SOC 70th Anniversary Weekend Schedule



The 70th Anniversary of SOC will be a time to reflect on our shared history, engage in fun activities, enjoy good food, and sing around a campfire. Best of all, it will be a time to reunite with old friends, and share happy memories. For your convenience, here is the schedule of events for the weekend (subject to change). We look forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Arrival and Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 12, 2019

8am – Breakfast, Big Timbers

9:30am – Reflections on the History, Formation and Philosophy of the NJSOC, Kittatinny Hall
Kerry Kirk Pflugh, president, Friends of NJSOC, welcome and introduction
Tom Card, NJSOC Environmental Educator  
Robert Partridge, son of De Alton Partridge, first Director NJSOC
Dr. Thomas Rillo, professor emeritus Indiana State University (by video)
Mrs. Virginia Littell, wife of Senator Robert Littell
Mr. Jerry Schierloh, former Associate Director of the NJSOC
Dr. Jim Merritt, former Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator

12:00pm – Lunch, Music and Announcements, Big Timbers
NJSOC Friends Award of Merit announcement

1:15pm  Dedication of Piney Point Legacy Kiosk, Piney Point
See end of schedule for details

2:30pm – NJSOC Now and into the Future, Kittatinny Hall
Dr. William Thomas and SOC staff

4:00pmCamp Wapalanne Legacy 1950-1985
Friends Officers and former Campers and Counselors

5:00-5:45pmNetworking and Visiting

6:00pm Dinner, Big Timbers

7:30pmCampfire and Music at Piney Point followed by Star Gazing in Kirk’s Corral

Sunday, October 13, 2019

7am – Sunrise Run around the Lake, Trading Post

8am – Breakfast, Big Timbers

9:15-10:30am – Activities
Climbing Wall, Barricaded Road
Archery, Archery Range
Boating, Boat Dock
Spinning and Weaving, DeGroat Cabin
Blacksmithing, Barn

10:45am-Noon – Activities Repeat

12:15pm – Lunch, Big Timbers

1:30-3:30pm – Activities Repeat
except for Climbing wall
Fly Fishing, Kirk’s Corral 

3:45-5pm – Open time/Depart 

Dr. John J. Kirk Piney Point
Memorial Kiosk
Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:15 pm 

Dr. William Thomas,
Director, New Jersey School of Conservation

Kerry Kirk Pflugh,
President, Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation

Explanation of Piney Point Memorial Kiosk
Jerry Schierloh,
former Associate Director of the New Jersey School of Conservation and Friends Officer

Reflections on our Father
Paul G. Kirk,

The Irish Blessing
Debbie Kirk Zupito,

Final Thoughts on a Life Well Lived
John P. Kirk

Dedication and Blessing of the Memorial Kiosk
Rev. Kiernan McHugh,
President of the Sussex County Academy of Catholic School 

Ribbon Cutting
Dr. Bill Thomas, Friends Officers and Kirk Family 

Closing Song – Power and Glory
Pete Martyniuk and the Wapalanne Warblers