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Grinch at Squam


The Grinch at Squam

-with apologies to Dr. Seuss!

Every Loon down in Loonville liked RDC a lot…

But the Grinch, who spent all his summers across the lake, did NOT!

The Grinch hated RDC!  The whole summer season!

Now, please don’t ask why.  No one quite knows the reason.

It might be the sailboats, kayaks and hydrobikes

Or doing the laundry, which he really dislikes,

But I think that the most likely reason of all,

May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Whatever the reason, His heart or his hampers,

He stood there in summer, hating the campers,

Staring out from his cove with a sour, grumpy scowl,

At the happy-go-lucky swimmers, in their flip-flops and towels.

“And what’s happening with canoes!  He snarled with a sneer,

“Going backwards, even swamping, with their hands trying to steer!”

Then he growled, with his green fingers nervously drumming,

“I MUST find some way to stop the campers from coming!”

Because next Saturday, more campers would arrive,

They’d come with bicycles and racquets, from the west and east.

And then every night the campers would sit down to a feast.

And they’d feast!  And they’d feast!  And they’d FEAST!


They would feast on gluten free chicken parmigian, ice cream, and roast beast.

Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least!

And THEN they’d do something he liked least of all!

Every Camper in RDC, the tall and the small,

Would go to the Playhouse, with fiddles-a –playing.

They’d stand hand-in-hand.  And then they’d start dancing!

They’d dance!  And they’d dance!  And they’d DANCE!  DANCE!  DANCE!  DANCE!

And the more the Grinch thought of this Summer Square Dance,

The more the Grinch thought, “I must take a chance!”

“Why, for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now!”

I MUST stop next week from coming!  But HOW?

Then he got an idea!  An awful idea!


“I know just what to do!”  The Grinch laughed like a rat.

And he made a quick RDC t-shirt and hat.

“What a neat little trick!” he said with a chuckle and laugh

“With these cool clothes, I look just like Rec Staff!”

Then he loaded some bags and some old empty sacks,

On a little golf cart he sped down the dirt tracks,

Toward the cabins where the campers lay asnooze in the beds.

All their windows were dark; quiet filled the crisp air.

All the Campers were dreaming sweet dreams without care.

When he came to the first house with a little lawn chair.

“This is stop number one,” the old Grinch hissed,

And he opened the door, empty bags in his fist.

He walked in the living room, the fireplace still aglow,

And he saw the puzzles, games, and books, sitting all in a row.

“These bathing suits,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!”

Then he slithered and slunk, up to no good,

Pranced around the whole room, and took everything he could!

Frisbees!  Racquets!  Laptops!  Fishing Gear!

Monopoly!  Chessboards!  Baseball gloves!  Even the beer!

And he stuffed them in bags.  Then tiptoeing across the floor,

Threw all the bags, one by one, out the door!

He did the same thing to other Rock and Deep houses

Leaving crumbs much too small for the chipmunks and mouses!

It was near dawn.  Bell Tower hadn’t rung, twas too early to start,

All the campers were still snoozing when he packed up his cart,

Packed it up with their goodies!  The gloves and the balls!

The kayaks!  Bicycles!  The playing cards and dolls!

A thousand feet up!  Up Mount Rattlesnake,

He rode to the tiptop to dump his huge take!

“Pooh Pooh to the Campers!” he said with grinchly gall.

“They’ll find out Squam Lake is boring, no fun at all!

“They’re just waking up!  I know just what they’ll do!”

“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,

Then the Campers in RDC will all cry Boo Hoo!”

“That’s a noise,” grinned the Grinch, “That I simply MUST hear!”

So he paused.  And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.

And he did hear noises rising over the trees.

It started in low.  It carried in the breeze.

But the sound wasn’t sad!  Why, this sound sounded happy!

It couldn’t be so!

But it WAS downright sappy!

He stared down at RDC!  The Grinch popped his eyes!

Then he shook!  What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every RDC camper, the tall and the small,

Was having fun!  Hiking, swimming, singing, with no gizmos at all!


They were having a a blast, every man, woman, child!

And the Grinch, his Grinch-feet as cold as ice from the lake,

Stood puzzling:  “How could it be?  Can’t they give me a break?

“There was no Journal, Globe or Times!”

“Not even the internet, ipods, or (like this poem) good rhymes!”

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe joy at RDC,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”

“Maybe summer at Squam…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then?  Well…in RDC they say,

That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!

And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,

He whizzed down Rattlesnake through the bright morning light,

And he brought back the games, kayaks, Frisbees – quite a sight!

And all the breakfast for the dining hall – the fruit salad, French toast, even hot chocolates

And he, HE HIMSELF!  The Grinch he prepared all the omelettes!

Poem by Andy Pugh for the RDC Talent Show, Augut 1, 2013.

RDC Staff Reunion Weekend

RDC Staff Reunion Weekend September 5th – 9th, 2013

Open to all staff from 1897 to the present!

In the spring there was a lot of interest in the RDC Staff Reunion but to date we only have 1 reservation!

If you have been planning to sign up, please sign up today! We need to have a minimum of 20 people signed up in order to hold organized activities. Staff are welcome to take advantage of the low rate regardless of the number of attendees.

Come to RDC as a ‘guest’ for a great low rate of $120 per person per night. Children, ages 2-8, are $60 per night. Children under 2 years of age are FREE! This rate includes 3 daily meals, housekeeping and ice & wood delivery.

Activities may include welcome reception, group hikes, lake tour, canoe or kayak trip, square dance…We are open to suggestions!

If you are traveling a long distance to be here, we can extend your stay on either end for the same low nightly rate.

All rates are subject to NH 9% Rooms & Meals tax.

Make reservations by calling 603-968-3313 or email becky@rdcsquam.com.

Spread the word – the more the merrier!



The Birdsall Family History at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps

The Birdsall Family History at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps

Marie (Bambi) Birdsall, a longtime Deephaven guest and descendent of the family for whom the Birdsall cottage was named, was the last person to stay in the original Birdsall cottage (built circa 1915) and the first to stay in the newly constructed Birdsall cottage (completed June 2013). This unique situation prompted us to ask Marie and her family to write something about the history of her family staying at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps. We thank Marie and Erica Munske Wileman for taking the time to document this special piece of RDC history.  Click on the link below to read their story.

View The Birdsalls At Squam (pdf) here



Fun Comes Naturally at RDC

Fun Comes Naturally at RDC

By: Adam WohnoutkaResorts and Lodges.com

The bobbing waters of Squam Lake reflect the cloud-dabbled azure sky. The pristine peaks of the White Mountains paint the horizon. A loon’s enchanting call echoes off the trees. Every moment at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness, New Hampshire is one that celebrates natural splendor.

However, there is one week when this outdoor oasis truly appreciates Mother Nature’s magic. From June 22nd through the 28th, celebrate Nature Week with a wealth of informative wilderness activities that include bird watching, lake cruises, and guided hikes.

What better way to start the resort’s first annual Nature Week than embarking on a daily bird rockywold deephaven campswatching expedition with one of the world’s foremost field ornithologists Dr. Robert Ridgely? Observe these beautiful feathered creatures in their natural habitat while Dr. Ridgely shares his expertise and answers your questions.  

Turn your attention to an aquatic aviator on a Loon Cruise. While exploring the idyllic Squam Lake, you’ll learn about loon conservation, biology, and monitoring from your expert guide. Hopefully, you’ll also get a closer look at these majestic creatures. Afterward, study the loon’s environment during the Aqua Lab.

Return to solid ground for Creatures of the Night:  Full Moon Hike. A tour through the naturally lit landscape gets you acquainted with the habits of nocturnal animals and a special evening presentation by singer/songwriter Steve Schuch of Night Heron Music unites music and nature.  

Showcasing so many outdoor adventures, you’d think that Nature Week would cost a lot of green. On the contrary. Not only are all these fun-filled excursions free of charge, this is also a five percent discounted week. And, though it is a special week, all the resort’s traditional activities are still available.

Also familiar are the outstanding amenities. This all-inclusive resort takes care of the cooking, cleaning, and organizing so parents’ time can be spent exploring rather than planning. After Dining Hall at RDCexploration, prepare for relaxation reclining on your private dock or screened-in porch, cuddling next to the fireplace, or sipping a cold drink refrigerated in an old fashioned ice box with ice harvested in January from Squam Lake.

“Once again, our family has congregated at Rockywold,” guest Karen Heidner-Ward said. “Over the 32-plus years we have been coming here, our family has returned for the wonderful camaraderie, peacefulness, and rejuvenation of our hearts and souls in a time where so many families are torn apart; we feel so fortunate to have this beautiful safehaven to share in some of the special and joyful occasions in life.”

Helping celebrate the environment, family togetherness, and exploration, fun comes naturally at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps.


Relax & Renew Yoga Retreat

Dragonfly Yoga & Rockywold-Deephaven Camps Present

Relax & Renew Yoga Retreat

Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2013

Join Dragonfly Yoga at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps to energize and nourish your body & soul with daily yoga classes, meditation, pranayama, T’ai Chi, sacred chanting, wholesome food, optional day hikes, kayaking, and time relaxing on beautiful Squam Lake.  Massage, Reiki, and personal Life-Coaching are also available to tailor your weekend!

To Register:  Visit www.dragonflyogabarn.com for registration form and payment options.  Please call Katie for more information: (603) 707-7529.

View the Relax & Renew Yoga Retreat email newsletter.


RDC Ice Harvest Video

RDC Ice Harvest Video February 2013 on Squam Lake, NH.  GoPro Video by Eric Morse and William Morse.  Ice Harvest Crew: Norman Lyford, John Jurczynski, Bill Sharkey, Jon Spence, Doug Adams, Eric Morse, Scott Hale, Keith Hosking, Mac McComas, Norm Spencer, David & CC White, Bruce Whitemore, Wayne Thompson and Ron Reynolds. Delicious food prepared by Kathy Wheeler and Becky Frost.


WMUR Article About Norman Lyford Icing For 68 Years

Meet the 86-year-old master of the Ice Harvest

HOLDERNESS, NH. —A master of a fading art, Norman Lyford, 86, is still cutting huge blocks of ice on Big Squam Lake for summer ice boxes after 68 years on the job.

Norman Lyford Photo Ice Harvest

Norman Lyford has been working the RDC Ice Harvest for 68 Years