Games @ Summer Camp
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 24 Jul 1995 20:59:42 CDT
My most fondest memories of summer camps, either on staff or as a
participant, is the all-night UNO card games played two or three days
into camp. This was usually with four or more decks of the cards, and
we would play until the first person reached 1000 (not the traditional
200 or 500).
During that time, players would wander in and wander out. Staff
members would stop by and "play a hand" while others would got to the
Kybo. I would sit there, coffeemug by my side, fanning both the flies
and the occasional bee (the sugar brings them, I'm sure!) away while
at the same time, contrentrating on how I would discard my "Draw
Four"s in rapid succession (four decks does that, you know), followed
by a furry of color changes (red, then yellow, then blue. Even though
there are an equal number of cards found in each color, I've learned
that those colors come up less often when EVERYONE needs one of those
colors to "go out on" *hehehe*).
Of course, I would lose. But that wasn't the fun. The fun was
sitting around, meeting new Scouts and relaxing after a long day of
having fun, without Mom calling "You KNOW you're supposed to be in
I tried to do the same thing after camp, teaching the kids in my
neighborhood how the card game is played. They were interested in
playing just a short time, and I could never get the kind of games on
a hot summer evening, played by one overhead light, a small portable
radio turned on crackling in the background as we all groaned when
someone slapped down the "Wild" card or one of those other black
cards and announced "UNO!"
It's just something about Scouting.
I miss playing those games during camp and during OA conclaves!!
Hopefully things will slow down enough for me to once again enjoy the
company of fellow Scouts and Scouters and talk and play cards as we've
done when I was a Scout.....until we all got so tired that games had
to be "suspended" until the following evening, after taps.
I'll be out at Fort Campbell, working with my active duty counterpart
this and next week, so I don't know if I can get back here each
evening as I've planned to read and answer my mail. I talk tomorrow
with the folks at Austin Peay State University about net access (if
anyone knows of someone there I should talk with, please let me know).
In the meantime, I've given "instructions" (I've asked politely, that
is; one NEVER ORDERS a newlywed to do anything if they want to see the
first wedding annisversary!) to Jessica. Seems that I've still got
two orders outstanding and I've corrected those this evening, so that
when I get back here, I don't have to worry too much about catching
up. Both Kim and Jesse have been patiently waiting for their things,
and I've FINALLY got them both to the mailstop!
If I can't get back here (and it looks that way; the Public Affairs
Officer there at Campbell indicated that he wanted me to "spend some
time in the field to see how we interview and work with the
commanders" (oh mack fun!!!), so I don't know how much "free time" I
will have left.
I wanted also to thank all of you on the list for all of your
contributions to this forum. Jon, and "Lefty" (Doug) before him,
have spent a lot of their time in order to make this forum work for
all of us and in turn, the youth of your programs. I will only ask
that you please KEEP IT UP and PLEASE SHARE WHAT YOU GET FROM THIS
FORUM with other "Scouters" in your youth program.
(I use the term "Scouter" to not only refer to our Scouting adult and
youth leaders on this forum, but to refer to ANY adult member of this
forum, given the name of the list. If this offends you, please accept
my apologies and suggest another term other than "participant" or
"subscriber" -- for we all have become MORE than mere participants in
an online daily conversation and we do more than just subscribe to
this list...some of us, like me, LOOK FORWARD to reading each day's
mail, personal and on this list!)
I also wanted to once again emphasize, because I've received another
round of mail about this, that Scouts-l is NOT just a "Boy and Girl
Scouting forum", despite the name. (I understand that it was called
"Scouts-L" because "Youth-L" was already taken and because it most
accurately zeroed in on the reason why the list was created). YES,
YES, YES, if you have questions or want to share information
concerning the "Y" organizations, Big Brother/Sister, or even
church-based youth programs, or even (Jennetta!) if you are running a
Sunday-school program and are looking for games to play or leadership
exercises to try, THIS LIST IS FOR YOU!!! Even those of us in the
Scouting programs in the USA and elsewhere can learn and appreciate
your frustrations, your elations and your ideas and techniques to make
your program run. Please share them with us all, and take your seat
around this "virtual Roundtable".
Finally, this list is yours to enjoy and share. Please continue to
add to our fileserver, please continue to ASK and SHARE with us all,
and please let others know that us, and the rest of the online
Scouting community is only a phone call and modem squeech away!
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