Three “Generations” of Trappers

Three “generations” of Trappers met in the Hub during the 2011 Alumni Reunion Weekend: Ken Wrigglesworth (Trapper in 85 & 86), current Camp Director Kevin Bell (Trapper in 91 & 93) and Jacob Ursulak (Trapper ’11).

Kevin, while draping a lovely skunk pelt across his chest, is explaining how 19th century trappers would fashion bikini tops for their ladies from skunk pelts.

Drop us a line at the Thunderbird ( or add a comment here if you have any tales to tell of your adventures at the HSR Trapper’s Cabin.


Kenneth Jorgensen

George Kerr writes:

The Toronto Star has the notice of Ken’s passing.  I was speaking to him on Sunday and new his situation was serious, but we had a good chat.

Ken was a Cub & Scout at the 58th Toronto Group under the Leadership of Gwen & Fred J. Finlay.  He maintained his interest in Scouting till the last, as in our chat on Sunday.  I first met him as a member of the HSR Staff in 1950 and 1951.  He went on to be the Area Commissioner, Etobicoke Central Area and later Deputy  Regional Committee to Bert Page.  He was also in the 1980’s on the Regional Special Events Committee.  Training was his first interest as a member of the GTR and Ontario Training Teams which many Scouters were the benefactors of his Courses.

During the years Ken & I kept a close friendship, despite being his “Field Exec” for several years.

Toronto Star: Peacefully after a courageous battle at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Ken Jorgensen of Doe Lake was in his 79th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Andrea Hansen. Dear father of the late Philip, Randy (Sue), Eric (Carol-Ann) and Andrea’s daughter Laurie (John). Loving grandfather of David, Sarah, Emma and Peter. Ken was an active volunteer in Scouting, a retired Housing Manager for Metro Toronto Housing Authority and a member of Corona and Connaught Lodges AFAM. He also helped Andrea establish and was chairman of Strings Across The Sky Foundation, which empowers high-arctic and remote community youth through music. The family will receive visitors at the Opatovsky Funeral Home-Dempster Chapel, 210 Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls on Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. A service to celebrate Ken’s life will be conducted in the chapel commencing at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011. Pastor Richard McQuillin and Corona Lodge officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Strings Across The Sky Foundation ( or Hospice Huntsville ( would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at

Gone Home – Roy Hockings

HOCKINGS, Roy – Peacefully passed away at his home on November 4, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Olive. Loving father of Cliff (Rochelle), Dave and Pete (Gemma). Cherished grandfather of Jessica (Jake), Ashley (Jeff), Ian Jiouey, Jay Jay and Jelique. Proud great- grandfather of Sydney and Tyler.

Roy who was a professional Scout Executive for the Greater Toronto Region, served as Camp Administrator in 1972 and 1973 and Camp Director from 1974-1979.


Mark Purcell (80-84,90-92) spent his life in scouting and almost every summer at Haliburton Scout Reserve. Mark “officially” worked at HSR for eight summers from 1980 to 1984 and 1990 to 1992 where he served as Rifle Instructor, Assistant Store Manager, Composite Skipper, Outtripper, Environmental Improvement Specialist and Assistant Cook.

Mark could be found most weekends assisting at HSR as a volunteer almost every year he was not officially employed. Perhaps his most visible presence was his appearance at the Friday evening camp fire many weeks each summer where some creative segue would lead him into a rousing rendition of “The Lumberjack” song.

Mark attended Seneca College in the Recreation-Parks Operations and Services program, followed in 1991 by Culinary Management at George Brown College.

During the early 1990’s, Mark began to use his culinary skills to support the operations of the Leatham Scouting Centre at Woodland Trails Camp. When an administrative vacancy occurred in the camping department of the Greater Toronto Council, Rob Selby (92-06) asked Mark to fill in. Callers to the camping department soon became very familiar with the friendly voice and the helpful manner of  “Mark in Camping” .

Mark remained with Scouts Canada for many years eventually working full time for the Central Ontario Administrative Area responsible for the management and administration of seven camps. In the past few years, Mark expressed a desire to resume the career path he had left in the early 1990’s and with the support of the council, was able to return to George Brown College to complete a post-graduate Food and Nutrition Management program.

Upon completion of this program, Mark was able to secure a position as an assistant food service supervisor at the Regency Manor Nursing and Retirement Home in Port Hope Ontario in April of this year, and resigned from Scouts Canada.

We are assured, however, that if you call the Regency Manor Nursing & Retirement Home and ask for Food Services, chances are a voice will answer,   “Hello, Mark in Cooking…”