December 7-9, 2001 - MacGregor Point Provincial Park
MacGregor Point Scout
After finally loading the van, we drove over to Frontenac School to meet the other Scouts that were going on the Winter Camping Trip. We made room for three more Scouts. Lawrence, Jeff and Mike joined Curtis, Scouter Heidi and myself for the trip to MacGregor. After a three-hour drive we arrived at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
Once we arrived at MacGregor Point, we unloaded the van and then went to our assigned "Yurts". A "Yurt" is an eight-sided tent with insulated walls made of canvass. There were three windows and a door in the "Yurt". To keep warm we had a heater beside the door. There were two bunk beds, which slept six Scouts, one on the top and two on the bottom. The bottom bunk could fold into a couch, for sitting.
The Scouts that were in my "Yurt", were Lawrence, Mike, Ben, and Scouter Bill. Ours was the Wolverine "Yurt". After we put our camping gear in the "Yurt", Mike heated up the water for "Mug Up". Unfortunately, we lit a fire but no one came to watch the fire. We doused the fire with water and went to bed. I slept on the top bunk. Our "Yurt" was warm and comfortable.
The next morning, Scouter Bill woke us up at 8am. For breakfast Lawrence and I cooked pancakes and sausage rounds. After breakfast we all cleaned up and then went to the other "Yurt" where the Cobra Troop was staying. Once the meeting was over, the nine Scouts and Scouters Bill, Phil, Liz and Heidi went on a hike. We hiked for two hours along the "Lookout Trail". Along the trail, we learnt about Trees, Wildlife and Forestry. On the hike we were able to see a beaver dam, trees that had been gnawed down by beavers and walked up the stairs to the lookout. We were able to see the Duck's Unlimited Project, which was a manmade wetland.
After our walk back to camp, we had lunch. Lunch was juicy jumbos cooked on the barbecue with Pringles and Pepsi. Later we went on another hike. Our hike was along the beach at MacGregor Point on Lake Huron. We walked for a couple of hours. On the hike we went to a playground and all the Scouts had fun playing on all of the equipment.
Supper was cooked by Mike and I. The Troop dined on hamburgers with hot chocolate. After supper, we went to the Cobra's campsite for a campfire and "Mug Up". At the fire Scouter Bill told stories which were "The Monkeys Hand" and "It Floats on Water". They were ghost stories. For "Mug Up", James and I boiled the water. We also ate tortillas, salsa and double stuffed Oreos.
When we finally went to bed, Ben wasn't feeling well and kept us up. After he went to Scouter Liz and Heidi's "Yurt". We all finally went to sleep.
The next morning came early and Scouter Bill woke us up at 8am again. Mike and I cooked breakfast on the Sunday morning. We had bacon and eggs with toasted bread. Everyone made their breakfast into a sandwich. After the breakfast cleanup, we worked our way into lunch as we took so long to have breakfast.
For lunch we had the rest of the juicy jumbos and Mr. Noodles. Once lunch was finished we all packed up our gear and loaded the vans up for the trip back home. We carefully cleaned the "Yurts" so we would be invited back. We jumped back into the van for another three-hour trip. After we arrived at Frontenac School, we all went our separate ways home.
This winter camp was fun. The "Yurts" were warm and dry to stay in. I suggest for years to come, that the 15th Burlington continue to go MacGregor Point for a winter camp. I enjoyed the hikes and the food, which was good enough to eat. I learned about forestry, wetlands, fish and wildlife and how important it is conserve this great resource. We are lucky to live in Canada. Another interesting thing was that there was no snow on our winter camping trip. Please do not buy double stuffed Oreos again.
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