We had our 1st campout of the season two weeks ago and I can definitely call it a success.  We have many new Scouts on board both camping and coming out for the Saturday activities and had a wonderful turnout.

The only thing I will say is that the weather was a nuisance to say the least.  It rained, it stopped, the sun came out, the clouds moved in, it rained some more…. This went on throughout the weekend but we all persevered.  The Scouts stood strong and didn’t let the weather dictate their outing!

There were many activities on Saturday right after a great breakfast.  We went on an early hike, followed by a few games of Dodgeball.  The leaders/parents also joined in and had their 2nd annual Dodgeball challenge vs. the Scouts.  The Parents were able to retain their title as they beat the Scouts once again!  Better luck next time Scouts….

smoresAfter lunch we all cooled off in the Pool followed by some free time, a Pinewood derby workshop and everybody joined in to cook Dinner.  After dinner, we had a quick campfire (due to the weather) and managed to stuff our faces in smores.

This was a great first campout as it was a good eye opener to the new Scouts and their Parents on what goes on.  I should also mention this was the first campout that we went green!  All the Scouts brought their meal kits and cleaned their own dishes.

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This certainly was a win-win.  We were able to save space in the trailer, made cleanup considerably less, saved time, did our part in keeping the earth clean and if that was not enough, Scouts cleaned their own dishes.  We encourage all the Parents to purchase their own meal kit in order to keep this initiative moving.

 

 

Enjoy the pictures!

voteIt’s time to Vote!

We are ready to select the camp outings that will make this year’s calendar.  Below you will find several locations our committee members, leaders and parents have suggested and we want your input.

Please select your favorite three (3) locations and we will tally the votes and place them in our calendar.  If your not familiar with these locations, click on the name and you can read up on it.

 

*UPDATE* Polls have ended and we have our list!


 

Which three (3) Camping trips should we schedule?

Total Voters: 12

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The Pack has certainly been busy this year.  We have already gone on four (4) camping trips with a few more to go.  In addition to the campouts, we have also attended another four (4) outings as well as had our Pinewood Derby and Raingutter Reggatta races…  Phew!  That sure is plenty but we’re not done yet.  We still have more adventures to go…

I have been unable to get some pictures from the Camp Sawyer so we apologize for not having them available.  If anyone has any, please share!!

 

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firstOur first Pack camping trip is finally under our belts. I’ve got to say that overall, it was a huge success. We had excellent weather and had a big group of campers as well as one-day participants. The food was fantastic and plenty of it.  The hike and eco-adventure were spectacular and the fellowship between new and seasoned Scouts made the trip.

The first night out was tough. Sunset showed its face about 7PM and most of us (me included) got to the park a bit later which made it tedious to get the tents and campsite up and running. Luckily, we had a shelter with picnic tables so we did not have to setup the mess hall/kitchen. As mentioned, there was a slew of new recruits that came and most if not all others helped setting them up. The kids seemed to have found a rhythm between themselves as they sat around a camping light (yes, I said camping light – not a fire pit) and told scary stories for a few hours which by itself was a great help to us parents/leaders allowing us to get everything set. Friday night was an early turn in since we had a BIG schedule for the next day.

On Saturday, we woke up to a fantastic breakfast which gave all of us the energy to tackle the nature hike where one parent took the lead and gave us a very informative talk as we walked the trail. After the hike, we had some fun with a few games of dodge ball and the younger children were drawing murals on the street with chalk. Lunch followed as the Webelos assisted serving. The Pack then split up into dens to do their own activities. We then all packed up under the shelter to work on the Pinewood Derby cars. All the parents then chipped in to get dinner completed and served at an incredible pace. We cooked for 40+ attendees, ate and cleaned up all in less than two (yes, I said 2) hours. The reason for the hurry is that we had our Owl eco-adventure at 7PM. There was a great instructional class which was then followed by an Owl hunt. While most of the Owl’s were not cooperating, we did manage to see one. We ended the evening with a HUGE fire followed by S’mores and the kids told some more scary stories.

On Sunday we all attended Scouts own where the boys gave thanks for things in their lives, we broke down camp and everyone helped and cleaned up. Thank you so very much to all the leaders and parents for whom we could not have made it possible! Now to what you all came here to see – the pictures. Enjoy and can’t wait for our next campout.