"Blake Cortright is a 16-year-old Eagle Scout from New York. Blake recently produced The First Encampment, a documentary that tells the story of the first organized Boy Scout camp held in the United States in 1910 at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks."
- Todd Kelly
"Blake Cortright became an Eagle Scout at the young age of 14, and two years
later he created a documentary about the Scouts' first camp that will air May 29 on public television.
The Shaker High School sophomore got the idea for his film after attending a Boy Scout camp and learning that the first time the Scouts ever gathered for a camp was at Silver Bay in the Adirondacks."
- Tim O'Brien,
"Local history is being preserved by a first-time filmmaker, who is a sixteen-year-old boy scout from Latham."
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"The Boy Scouts of America has been called the largest environmental organization in the country, and its handbook a conservation best seller.
That both were launched one hundred years ago on Lake George, at Silver Bay, might have remained forgotten were it not for the work of a fifteen year old film maker from Latham."
"Inspired by scouting from generations ago, 16 year-old Blake Cortright is
sharing a bit of little-known history in an upcoming documentary."
- Meg Hagerty
"Seeing his first video on YouTube was fun, but Saturday at 4 p.m. Blake Cortright is taking things to a whole new level."
- Bill Buell
Barry Stoner, WMHT's Chief Content Officer told the Times Union:
"He's got a good story, and he tells it pretty well."
The original version required a few technical tweaks, he [Barry Stoner] said, but he has worked with far more experienced producers whose efforts needed more work than "The First Encampment."
- Barry Stoner
WMHT Chief Content Officer
"This is a very impressive documentary from a young talent.
The production value and techniques used are excellent.
The film moves…and more importantly, it moves the viewer.
Cortright could be following in the footsteps of Ken Burns.”
- Tom Lowe
“A professional documentary, with an 'old time' feel.
This remarkable video made by an Eagle Scout,
has important facts about the beginnings of an
"Shaker High School sophomore, Blake Cortright, is on the fast-track to a promising career in the film industry."
- Stephen King
North Colonie Central School District
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