Back in the summers of 1962 and 1963, Bob Mercer signed on as a counselor at a boys camp in East Orland called Flying Moose Lodge.
For two summers, he led excursions into the wilds of Maine, from Baxter State Park to the Allagash to the Appalachian Trail.
After two years, he left Flying Moose Lodge.But Flying Moose Lodge never left him.
“There’s an ambiance about the place,” Mercer, a Bucksport resident, said earlier this week, revisiting his old stomping grounds as another season’s Flying Moosers (“strong and husky, here we gather, tanned and dusky,” according to a popular camp song) went about their daily business. “There’s a feeling that when you walk down the path, the world ended at the public beach, and this is a whole different world here. After 40 years, it still feels the same.”
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Flying Moose Lodge
Where: On Craig Pond, East Orland
What: A trip-focused summer camp for boys
When: Seven weeks each summer since 1921 (with a hiatus during World War II)
Who: Owned and directed by Chris and Shelly Price
How to get in touch: Go to www.flyingmooselodge.com for more information.