Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 11:43:56 CST
It's been a bit over a week since I returned from our expedition to Sommers
Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota. We took two crews and made 10-day trips into
the Canadian Wilderness. Yesterday the local paper published six pictures
and a story prepared by two of the scouts on the trip.
All in all, we had a great trip. The first night at Camp Geiger (St. Joseph,
MO) we had arranged to use one of the camp sites. Upon arrival, the director
told us that the camp was full but he had made other arrangements: We slept
in the air-conditioned lodge that I helped build 40 years ago (and was never
allowed to sleep in!). We joined in the visitor's night campfire which
included a great pop corn promotion. More on that later.
Next night was at Fred C. Anderson (Stillwater, MN). Todd Tingblad greeted
us on arrival and we had a great chat.
I'll share some comments on the trips later. Both crews had different but
great experiences. Several of our scouts were quite taken by the arrival
of several co-ed crews from Kansas. They started their trips the day we
On the return trip, we stopped at Camp Mitigwa near Boone Iowa. They housed
us in the old Frankel Trading Post where I slept when I was on staff there
25 years ago. Camp director told a couple of other troops had been through
earlier in the season and said to let anyone know that they would be glad to
have other units schedule a visit. Mitigwa is a good days drive from Ely,
especially if you get out right after breakfast. We got a slow start, stopped
to do laundry and still got to camp around 9 p.m.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City