Troop 69 does Shin-Go-Beek
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 23:03:05 -0400
Troop 69 of Des Plaines Valley Council has just come back from Summer Camp!
Three adults (well, physically, anyway) took 12 Scouts (out of 14 in the Troop)
for a week at Shin-Go-Beek (Waupaca, Wisconsin), June 26th through August 2nd.
All these Scouts are 11 and 12 years old, and for the most experienced this was
their 4th campout as a Boy Scout. We also had two Scouts from Troop 142
us as SPL and ASPL.
Activities: Troop Swim, Troop Shoot, Troop Climb (was supposed to be Open Climb,
but the tower is right next to our campsite, so we got there first and everyone
went up the tower), Chillin' at the Nature Annex (overnighter sans tents, so of
course it rained at 4 AM), OA Callout (very impressive, good ceremonial
team, the quietest these boys have been, and lots of ?'s about OA), Water
Valley (everyone got pretty filthy, I warned the parents ahead of time that if I
sent their sons home clean I wasn't doing my job), Star Hikes, opening and
Advancement: Everyone finished off Tenderfoot (most were pretty close
1/2 way to 2nd Class and picked up a number of 1st Class requirements. Everyone
got Swimming MB, 1/2 got Rowing, 1/2 got 1st Aid, plus others for a total of
3 MB/Scout, plus some partials (wait until Moms find out what they need to do
to finish off Reptile & Amphibian Study). Firemen Chits and Totin Chips were
earned by all who didn't have them.
I had the two patrols go off together (but at separate times) to the 1st Year
Camper program, and during the various other activities stressed working
as patrols. Progress was made!
The daily schedule had the Scouts up at 7 AM and constantly moving until 10 PM.
The first couple of days we kept one adult in the campsite at all times during
program periods, and sent off any Scout who showed up to a program area. After
the 2nd day this was no longer necessary, the problem became getting them
the campsite when we needed them. Also, after the first couple of days, you
have set off a cannon in the campsite at 10:10 PM and not awakened anyone.
These boys have never seen anything like this. They were all quite excited,
it took them some time to realize that they had to keep moving to keep up
schedule. One boy said, "this is like school!" with regards to that. I
how often he got to shoot a shotgun or climb a tower at school. He got no
from his peers.
We made a bet with the Program Director (Terry Dutton) that if one of us
him through Challenge Valley, we could shave our Troop # in his hair. We
we had to serve him a steak dinner and abase ourselves. This we did, as a
number, with me dressed up as his "waitress". It went over pretty good.
Challenge Valley run, one of our adults tried to run it in long sweat pants.
came off when he dove through the mud, so he finished the run in a
T-shirt, underpants, and stocking feet. A real photo opportunity.
The Troop also served as Service Troop on Friday, and did a fine job with Flag
Raising and Retreat, even when Johnny set off the salute cannon during Retreat
and two clowns from one of the cabins on the lake fell out of their rowboats in
full view of the assembled camp in response.
Overall, it seems to have been all I could have asked for as a positive
for the Troop. We kept the boys in program as much as possible, and this should
help unify the Troop and give us good word-of-mouth for recruitment.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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