Throwback Thursday: The Origin of the Flourhawk

LetItFlyThey say “necessity is the mother of invention”.

The late 1950’s saw another classic example of Pok-O-MacCready ingenuity.  At that time, campers used bean bag-style “ammunition” for summer camp games such as “Capture the Chief’s Bonnet”.  However, the process for making the bags was too time-intensive.  “The campers and counselors would sit in the Master’s Lodge and fill little pockets of fabric with flour and sew them up…sometimes that process took longer than the game itself!” said Jack Swan, owner of Pok-O-MacCready Camps and grandson of the camp’s founder, Dr. Charles Robinson.  The idea seems simple enough, right?  Well…

One day, Mr. Grimmitt (the summer camp cook at the time) ran out of flour for the meal he was preparing at the time and surreptitiously emptied all the sewn-up bags of flour as a last-minute solution.  Later on, when the staff came to fetch the “ammunition” from the can in the kitchen in which it was stored, they saw that the bags had been emptied. In a moment of panic, the staff recognized the need for a creative and thrifty solution and suggested it would be easier to procure a bag of flour and round up old socks from the campers and fill them with the flour.  Thus, the “Flourhawk”, as we know it, was born.

To this day, we still use Flourhawks in summer camp games such as “Revolutionary War”, “Capture the Chief’s Bonnet”, the “Blue & Gray Game”, and the “Peloponnesian War Game”.  Not only are these summer camp games fun and memorable, but they also teach communication skills, strategy, encourage teach teamwork, and foster leadership skills.

It’s amazing what you can do with a little creativity, a bunch of old socks, and 50 lbs of flour.







Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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