Back from Camp (Long Commercial)
Ed Faynor (EDFAYNOR@AOL.COM)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 08:07:00 -0400
Several members of the group have posted "back from summer
camp" notes and I would like to join them in sharing our Troop s
summer adventure. Earlier in the year I posted a request for
information from Troops who had summer camped at
Cedarlands Scout Reservation in Long Lake NY. I wondered
what we were getting into when there was no response.
What we got into was one of the greatest scouting resources
in the northeast. (IMHO)
Cedarlands is ......
...... 5,500 acres of wilderness located in the heart of
the Adirondack Mountains.
....... a canoe slipping across 500-acre Lake McRorie.
....... an excellent base for a backpacking trek along
the Northville-Lake Placid Trail or into the High Peaks.
........ running a sailboat down 14-mile Long Lake.
........ three mountains and two lakes, the largest Scout
camp in the Adirondacks.
....... a source of unlimited canoe trip alternatives
as part of a 100-mile chain of lakes and rivers.
..... home to the loon, hawk, black bear, deer, fisher,
porcupine, great blue heron, coyote, beaver, bass,
The Cedarlands program and staff are prepared to put
High Adventure back into the summer camping experience
for Troops that can use a boost. A short 2 = day
backpacking trek up into the mountains for our senior
scouts brought back some of the fun and challenge that
had been recently missing from their scouting experience.
Our new scout patrol came together into a working unit
when they remained at the base camp and worked together
on advancement through the Pathfinder program. We even
squeezed in several Merit Badges into a full week s schedule.
With no central dining facility, it is definitely patrol cooking
or hunger pains, but it works well to develop the Patrol Spirit
and some really good cooks. I was amazed at the Geritol
Patrol (adult leaders) . We ate as well as the Scouts
(better, but don t tell them).
The base camp sites are widely spaced so that you believe
that your Troop owns the wilderness and yet close enough
to the action not to be a problem. Real troop interaction is
limited to common activities like Vespers and opening and
closing Campfires and the campwide games at the end of
the week . Everybody was too busy with their own programs
for this to be even noticed.
The staff of course is excellent. This type of scouting
environment requires all of the basics to be there, but also
a dedication to the High Adventure experience. You have
only to see the climbing / rappelling director walk face down
a 24ft sheer rock wall to appreciate the level of experience
and skill the staff brings to their assigned tasks.
Cedarlands was an experience that will be remembered
and cherished by everyone in our troop.
If this sounds interesting the Council Office in Utica NY
is at 800-578-4873.
Their information packet is only outdone by the Camp itself.
ASM Troop 61
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City