Re: Summer Camp & Parents Night
Berk Moss (mossfam@TELEPORT.COM)
Sat, 21 Jun 1997 07:58:57 -0800
Our "home" camp, Camp Baldwin (Cascase Pacific Council- Oregon &
Washington) does fantastic Friday night campfire. Parents are encouraged to
attend and very often families camp the night in nearby US Forest Service
sites. Cooking by patrols ends with Friday lunch. Friday dinner is an all
camp chicken BBQ and parents and families can buy in and eat with the
scouts. The Camp campfire includes a wonderful song fest of Americana.
After it ends, my Troop always has a Troop campfire and ducth oven cobbler
made by the adult patrol for the whole tropp and guests. The SPL then gives
out some honor camper awards etc.
Saturday morning the Scouts have an all camp breakfast with families again
welcome. We strike camp, but we have the assistance of additional adults to
help the patrol leaders keep the Scouts on task.
About 11:15 the camp meets and the flag pole for awards and final colors.
Camp closes at noon. With our large Troop, the Troop Quartermaster and the
Patrol Quartermasters are later in leaving after loading trucks etc. but
they are awaybu 1:00. The Troop decends on the first town off Mt Hood and
fills the Diary Queen with kaki.
We found it works. Boys usually want parents to stay. College age Troop
alumni often come up on Friday afternoon to be with the troop for the
closing (more help!). We have a great time.
(A little P.S. )
On Thursday evening or Friday morning we have a manditory Troop shower. The
patrol leaders take their Scouts down to shower (swim suits are ok for the
modest) and brng them back to camp where all bandages are changed. There is
a remarkable improvement in the looks of the Troop and the adults often
remark "Wow, what happened to those kids?" But, a few hours later on
Friday afternoon as mothers arrive, they often remark "What happened to my
As for me, my wife says at the end of summer camp all my wrinkles are
turned the right way up!
| Berk Moss
||||/ \ Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 427
oooo\_/ Multnomah Village, Portland Oregon
/ \ Pioneer District Advancement Committee
\ | Cascade-Pacific Council
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