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Joining the Oljato Yacht Club helps fund capital improvements

Click here to download the form to donate and join the Oljato Yacht Club.
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The Camp

Oljato thru the treesCamp Oljato* is a magical place! It is located at 7,000 feet in the Sierra’s (Kaiser Peak Range) on the shores of Huntington Lake. Access to the heavily wooded camp requires a one-mile boat trip across the picturesque lake. From the moment of arrival to the last day of camp, Scouts are immersed in the outdoor adventure of Scouting. Oljato accommodates approximately 350 Scouts, adult leaders and camp staff during each of the seven week-long summer sessions.  The Oljato summer camp program is very popular and is generally fully booked.
Waterfront activities are a key element of the Camp Oljato experience. Huntington Lake is a well-known sailing lake and Oljato is fortunate to have one of the most sheltered coves on the lake. This location allows Scouts to learn and explore on comparatively calm waters. During a week at summer camp, virtually all camp participants engage in several waterfront activities.

Ten staff members are assigned to the waterfront and are focused on assisting hundreds of campers working on Second and First Class waterfront advancement, eight different merit badges (Canoeing, Fishing, Lifesaving, Motor Boating, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Swimming, and Water Skiing) and BSA certifications for Boardsailing, Lifeguard, Snorkeling, and the Mile Swim.

* Oljato is a name of a Navajo Indian village near Monument Valley, Utah, and the name means “Starlight on the Waters.”

The Oljato Yacht Club

Oljato funding chartThe Oljato Yacht Club is a loosely organized but enthusiastic group of Scouts, Scout family members, camp staff, camp staff alumni, boating enthusiasts and philanthropic supporters who help maintain a sustainable waterfront program which provides the equipment for youth to be outdoors, have fun and learn safe water sports.

Each year, the Council’s professional staff and the volunteers on the Facilities Committee carefully and parsimoniously allocate the scare non-profit resources available to operate Oljato. These staff members and volunteers also actively seek donations of new and used water front supplies and equipment.

The Oljato Yacht Club finds ways to help supplement the equipment budget. Joining the yacht club is easy. Simply make a donation of funds, time or equipment. The cumulative level of donation over the years leads to advancement through the ranks.

When a donor has contributed funds, time or equipment equivalent to $3,000, they are eligible to receive an Oljato Yacht Club burgee. (see below)

Donations reaching $3,000 makes a donor eligible to be a Vice Commodore and at $5,000 the donor is entitled to include the title “Commodore of the Oljato Yacht Club” on their resume or business card. Eventually, after many hours of labor, or contributing a special piece of waterfront equipment or the grand sum of $10,000, a donor will receive an Oljato Yacht Club burgee embroidered with the words “Past Commodore”.

All members maintaining current email addresses on the official distribution list will also receive periodic updates, from the Oljato Water Front Staff, on developments in the lives of the staff and campers enjoying life on the shores of Huntington Lake.

OYC burgeeYacht Club Burgee
Members belonging to a yacht club or sailing organization may fly their club’s unique flag (usually triangular), called a burgee, both while under way and at anchor (however, not while racing). Traditionally, the burgee was flown from the main masthead, however it may also be flown from a small pole on the bow pulpit, or even the starboard rigging beneath the lowest starboard spreader on a flag halyard. Some traditional clubs have also been granted the right to fly a special yacht ensign at the stern.
At traditional clubs the burgee and the ensign is hoisted at 0800 hours each morning and lowered each evening at sunset. This ceremony is called colours. Traditionally, the first time a member of one club visits another; there is an exchange of burgees. Exchanged burgees are often displayed on the premises of Clubs, such as at their clubhouse or bar.

Use of the Term “Yacht Club”
The traditions and prestige normally associated with yacht clubs have to some extent been subverted or appropriated unofficially by groups and businesses calling themselves “yacht clubs”. For example the “Gowanus Yacht Club” is a beer garden in Brooklyn, NY,  the “Samui Yacht Club” is a beach resort in Ko Samui, Thailand and “The Eagle Rock Yacht Club” is a non-profit dodge ball league in Glassell Park, Los Angeles. These so-called “yacht clubs” don’t necessarily involve sailing on the private yachts of their members as their main purpose or activities, but often outwardly maintain a nautical or water-oriented theme.
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club was the unofficial name for the United States Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War. In this case the term “yacht club” was appropriated with humorous intentions. The Seventh Fleet’s nickname became very popular among its members at the time.

Click here to download the form to donate and join the Oljato Yacht Club.
Click here to learn more about the Oljato fleet.

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