Paul Miles (PGM01@ALBNYDH2.BITNET)
Mon, 6 Dec 1993 08:40:18 -0600
I'll second the recommendation for Cedarlands in upstate New York. Although
not one of our council's camps, we camped there in '91 and '92. Last year we
had to stay close to home due to conflicts with Jambo and maintaining adult
We'll be back this year with the "veterans" gung-ho and the new scouts really
looking forward to it. Cedarlands does stress patrol method and offers a
variety of activities, from a good Merit Badge program to High Adventure, made
better by a great staff.
I must relay this story: In '92 (my first summer camp w/ this troop & first at
Cedarlands) I was unable to stay the entire week and had to leave on Wednesday
nite :-( When my wife came up to pick me up it was just before the usual Wed.
night Vespers, I think they call it. We stayed for the program and what it
amounted to was all the scouts/scouters gathered near the shore, sat in a
circle and there was absolute silence. Except for the night noises, loons on
the lake, crickets, waves against the shore; I mean to tell you set against
the sunset in the Adirondacks, this silence was deafening! After a while the
staff encouraged all to reflect on what was important to them in their lives.
Either tell a story, read a poem, sing a song, just whatever. As each person
spoke in turn it came to my wife and she talked about the beauty of nature and
the beauty of this thing that we know as Scouting and how fortunate she felt
to have the opportunity to be a small part of it. Very moving indeed. This
instantly became one of my fondest memories in scouting.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City