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The Laura Mack Cabin

The Mack Cabin was built in 1962 as a dressing room for the teen and pre-teen boys with funds given by David & Gwynne Dresser Mack and the entire Mack family, as well as many individual and group donors (responding to a funeral appeal for donations to the Assembly in lieu of flowers) in honor of David Mack's mother, Mrs. Laura Mack, who was affectionately referred to by most who know her as "Mother Mack".

At the time, the teen and pre-teen boys ages 8-12 were housed in big army tents that were known as the Big Boys Tent and the Little Boys Tent. So when the Mack Cabin was built between the two tents (the Big Boys Tent being moved a bit closer to the road to make enough room), the boys suddenly had space for dressers, hanging clothes, and other personal belongings, as well as their own bathrooms right nearby — a HUGE improvement from going all the way to both a tiny dressing room and the men's room on the second floor of the Main Building... especially in the middle of the night in the rain! The two halves of the Mack Cabin were known colloquially as Big Mack and Little Mack (this was decades before that fast food restaurant's famous burger).

Since that time, the Boys Bunkhouse has been built on the site of the old Big Boys Tent, with plenty of room inside for the boys' belongings. The Little Boys Tent has gone the way of history (pre-teens are now housed with their parents) and its cement slab holds the camp clotheslines. The Mack Cabin itself now holds the Single Men's Quarters (SMaQ!) with a room on each side (one with 2 sets of bunkbeds and the other with 2 twin sized cots), the Bunkhouse bathroom, and the camp's laundry facilities.

© Trevor 2018
© Trevor 2018

 

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