Christopher P. "Kit" Fearon

January 27, 1931 ~ March 29, 2010

Silently each Scout should ask

Have I done my daily task?

 Dedication to:

 Christopher P. “Kit” Fearon

11 June, 2011

 Pledge of Allegiance

Scout Oath & Law

On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God & my country, to obey the scout law, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, brave, clean & reverent.

 

“The Hiker”

If you have read the bio for Chris Fearon in the book “For Joys …” then you know about his extensive experience and dedication to youth as a scouter and enthusiastic educator.  Kit was a camper at the original Camp Read on Long Pond in 1944 and 1945, and was a scout in Scarsdale Troop 8 until his graduation from high school in 1949.  He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and served as Assistant Scoutmaster. 

Chris continued his scouting career while in college where he served as Assistant Scoutmaster in a nearby troop and returned to work at the “new” Camp Read in 1954.  Joe Cooke assigned Chris and Dick Ford to clear land for the Kanawana troop site, and Chris became its provisional scoutmaster.  He led the Kanawana Troop out to Springhill Ponds with Ken Hadermann along as guide, marking a new trail and mapping the area with potential camping sites.  Ken’s first trail maps designated the route the “Fearon Trail”.

Chris has hiked in New York, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, Vermont, Canada, Argentina, England, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece and on the southern Tunisian desert, often on his own.  In the spring of 2005, at the age of 74, he climbed Mt. Joe by Heart Lake in the Adirondacks, that time with a group.  To quote Chris, “I hike solo when the alternative is not to go at all, and today I always carry a cell phone.  I have degenerative arthritis, and it is either keep hiking or buy a wheel chair.”

He served on the Camp Read staff as Army duty permitted in 1955, ’56, and ’57.  After his discharge from the Army he became a teacher at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY.  In 1957 he started taking students and scouts to Read for ski trips, staying at the “old farm house” (known today as Boland Lodge).  This was the predecessor of the Ski Camp held at Read today and was an outward-bound type group which he called the “Campaigners”.  In addition to skiing, this group took mountain climbing, hiking, and canoeing trips in New York and Canada until the mid-sixties.

In 1964, Chris was an English teacher at White Plains High School and was asked to become director of Camp Buckskin at the Read Scout Reservation.  Chris continued his involvement in scouting, and of course hiking, in between his world travels and work as an educator.  From 1994 to 2003 Chris was a boating school director on Wellesley Island near Watertown, NY.  He hired as many as six Eagle Scouts at a time as counselors knowing that they would “be prepared” and do a good job.  Although not married, he was devoted to his parents, two sisters and a brother, and to their children, his nieces and nephews.  He spent much time with them at Wellesley Island and the Watertown area.

Kit’s involvement with the Camp Read Association started from the first reunion at camp in 1979 and the inception of the “formal” Association in 1989 where he served as Newsletter Editor & Historian in the beginning, and “keeper” of the Camp Read Chronicles.  The Chronology was a compilation of stories, facts, events and experiences, started with contributions from Joe Cooke, and populated with input from many Association Members.  Chris was very proud of the Chronology and enjoyed being the “keeper” throughout his Board of Directors career in the Association.  He was also a writer and editor on the team that produced the book “For Joys We’ll Ne’er Forget”.

In March of 2010, Chris drove down from the Adirondacks with Peter Oberdorf to attend the Association’s annual Pot Luck Supper.  He spent the Saturday morning shopping for refreshments for the dinner with Tom Hunter and me.  After lunch we took a ride to White Plains since Chris hadn’t seen the City where he used to live and work in many years.  During our trip, Chris mentioned that he was very content with his life and that he’d be fine if he were to pass on.  He had mentioned the same sentiments to Peter the day before.  Chris must have known it was his time because he passed on the day after the dinner.  We thank the Lord for allowing us to enjoy one more day with him.

Earlier that spring, Chris was working on the dedication plaque for his good friend, co-worker at White Plains High School, and hiking buddy Ken Hadermann.  What we didn’t know was that Chris would pass before Ken.  It is most fitting that Ken and Chris have lean-to’s dedicated to them that are across from each other, and located on the hill that over looks the trail head to Spring Hill Ponds.

Chris will be remembered for many things but especially for being a “Class A” Camp Read gentleman.  His friendly manner and penchant for story telling about the “old” days at camp were always enlightening and enjoyable.  Scouting and hiking were in his blood.  Chris had hoped that scouting would retain its place as America’s most popular youth program.  He certainly did his part and more to make that happen.

 

Thomas A. Dietz

Past President

Camp Read Association

Presentation of the Plaque

 

FUNDED BY THE CAMP READ ASSOCIATION

AS A TRIBUTE TO HONOR OUR WELL-LOVED FRIEND

 

JUNE 11, 2011

Scout Vespers

Softly falls the light of day

As our campfire fades away

Have I kept my honor bright

Can I guiltless sleep tonight

Have I done and have I dared

Everything to be prepared

Taps

Day is done

Gone the sun

From the lake, from the hill, from the sky

All is well

Safely rest

God is nigh

 

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