Monthly Archives: August 2016

Counting your eggs



What did we learn about eggs this summer?

a. chickens lay eggs

b. Craig has chickens

c. you can use eggs to vote for camp

d. all of the above

After our exile from Saugatuck, we set out to look for a new home.  We tried Nissokone and Dekoven and we liked them both.  We needed to decide, so we gathered our eggs and put them in baskets.   When we were done I counted them and told you all which basket had the most eggs.  That winning basket was the vote to alternate between the two locations.

I hadn’t planned to tell the details of the vote.  Before I started the poll I made a conscious decision to only tell you which one was the fullest basket.   I feel that it would be best for our community.

People are understandably passionate about camp and about its location(s).  I heard a lot of strong opinions about camp location long before the poll.  I think there is real potential for this to split our community. I thought only giving the winner would minimize conflict over the poll.  My intent is for us to move forward as a strong and unified community.

But some of you are curious.  What about the other baskets and the other eggs?   I understand.  This vote is important.  Having the numbers might give some of us closure.

I offered to see whether the consensus was to share all the results or just the winning result by doing another poll (since I had to do another poll for Nissokone dates anyway).  Some have been people starting offering their answer for that upcoming poll in the email discussion group.

One big problem with discussing this kind of thing on that email list, is that not everyone there is an active camper.  They don’t want frequent emails discussing  everyone’s choice or opinion.  We can easily lose the connection to our friends that can’t come to camp right now, but might again in the future.  People often unsubscribe from lists with that kind of content.

Unfortunately there isn’t another list right now for discussing things in depth.   So I thought I would move the discussion here.

In the meantime I think giving some more information about our fullest egg basket might be better for the community than waiting till after the next poll.  (We’ll still have a poll to see if people want all the eggs accounted for.)


Seventy campers voted.  

Of those seventy campers, sixty eight had been to camp at Nissokone and/or Dekoven.

Alternating’s basket won with 49.40% of the eggs.

UPDATE (8/24): the egg count poll is done – for results click here 
note (8/15):

I hadn’t realized that people wanted all the answers to the date and activity questions.  That will have to be shared as a list (without names) because it isn’t just numbers.  If we do vote to release the egg counts, I will also share the answers to all the other survey questions.  The first three questions about egg baskets were the only required to answer poll items, and those along with the question about which location first if alternating are how I chose the results.  The other questions about dates, etc. were for my use in working with Nissokone and Dekoven to set up our weeks.  I didn’t use that information for anything else. 

Please continue any discussion about the votes here in the comments rather than on the alumnus list.