Yet an other summer camp story
Rick Clements (rickcl@POGO.WV.TEK.COM)
Fri, 5 Aug 1994 12:08:07 PDT
I just got back from Summer Camp at Camp Baldwin. Well ... I got back
Sunday, but I have been busy with things like getting my daughter
off to the Sun Bird Jamboree in Canada.
We had no fires. The state forest service had outlawed them because
it was too dry. (A fire did get within 5 miles of camp. The camp
staff kept an eye on it because we might have had to evacuate, but
we didn't.) We did have a good lantern fire with two other troops.
With the discussion on Scoutmaster's time, I will mention that our
Scoutmaster was unable to attend. He had planned to spend the first
night with us, but his boss changed his mind.
The boys got quite a few merit badges and even more partials. The
pre-camp info had a list of which badges required things to be started
before camp. The new boys had planned to take 1 or maybe 2 badges and
work on there 2nd and 1st class. The acting Scoutmaster wanted them
to take at least three. He thought they would easy ones like basketry
and wood carving, but the boys thought they looked too easy and
weren't interested. They finished Horsemanship. They got partials on
Astronomy and Wilderness Survival. (The overnight on Wilderness
Survival was on Thu.. They had already signed up for an overnight
horse ride that night.)
Most nights we only had a few boys in camp. Between over night horse
rides (we had a lot of boys on the Mon. & Thu. ride), Wilderness
survival, patrol overnighters and Astronomy, the camp was pretty empty
I went on the Thu. horse overnighter with my son's patrol. There were
60 horses not including the wranglers. It brought new meaning to the
phrase "disapeared in a cloud of dust". We often couldn't see the
horse's feet or the horse two ahead of us. We got to the site, took
care of the horses and then picked up our gear, slept under the
stars and rode back in the morning. The horse overnighters were the
highlight for most of the boys in our troop.
Most of the meals were patrol style. A few were cooked by the camp
staff. The boys are looking at which camp to go to next year. Most
of the Council camps have dining halls. The boys have a preference
for cooking them selves because "the food's better". So, they want a
camp that offers patrol method cooking, but they don't want to go to
the same camp every year.
Rick.Clements@tek.com Committee Member, Troop 721, Reedville OR USA
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