Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Scout Campout, March '10

Scouting is all about the path. Finding it. Following it. And all the things that happen to you along the way. Knowing how important it is to help both new Scouts and new Scout parents find the right path, every spring we hold a special first year camp out.

Mr. McKinley heads up Troop 451's "Trail to First Class" program and while it was certainly a boy-led weekend, he did a tremendous amount of work and planning to make sure our weekend went off without a hitch.

Mr. Brown was the first recruit, working to help all the new Scouts work on their Fireman's Chit and their Totin' Chit. Some of the older Scouts also did a great job helping staff the weekend.

Young Mr. Perry helped some of the younger scouts put up a flagpole which proved to be quite the effort with 30 mph winds blowing. All in all, we had great weather but when the wind causes white caps on the lake, it can make putting a flag up a little difficult.

This weekend was all about meeting new friends, new Scouts, new parents and of course for some great bonding time for kids and parents.

It was also a great weekend to clean out all the chuck boxes and to check out our equipment. We also took stock of the adult dry goods boxes which are now organized and inventoried.

Don't mind us. We're just over here reading the Boy Scout Handbook like good Scouts. We're not up to anything...really!

Mr. Dave was acting Senior Patrol Leader and did an outstanding job all weekend. Nobody does the Apple Skit better!

We turned the new dads loose in the kitchen and they made some unbelievable cobbler!

On Saturday night, the older "Staff" scouts decided to sleep under nothing but a tarp and the stars in their own little enclosure. It was a very cool location, but easy to sneak up on.

High winds are not optimal conditions for dutch oven cooking so we wrapped our ovens to keep the heat in. Must have worked. Meals were the quietest times of the weekend. Thanks to Mr. Taylor the food was outstanding as was the fellowship.

After dinner Saturday night, it was time to settle in for our "campfire" in the fireplace and a late-night game of Werewolf. Final Score - Werewolves 2 - Villagers 0!

All in all, we had a great weekend. The new Scouts learned a ton as they started down the Trail To First Class. The parents all learned each other's names and now we all look to Camporee coming later this month.