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D.I.B.C. Crest D.I.B.C. 2002
May 10-12, 2002 - Camp Bel
 

DORCHESTER CAMP
Reports by: Lawrence & Spencer - Wolverine Patrol

Lawrence:

We got to Dorchester, unloaded the trucks and set up camp. After that, we went to get water and later took mug-up and went to bed.

The next day, we took breakfast (pancakes and sausage rounds), washed our dishes and went to the grand opening. Then, we got ready for the activities. After a few minutes, we started to do some activities. The activities were fun but the most unexpected activity we did was the "Dead Cricket Spitting". After that we had lunch (grilled cheese sandwiches). After lunch, more activities were to come. We got our shirts printed and then Spencer and Curtis arrived.

The Flags Come Out For Opening Ceremonies
The Flags Come Out For Opening Ceremonies

The East Burlington Scouts (And The Scubs) Join The Crowd
The East Burlington Scouts (And The Scubs) Join The Crowd

Future NBA Star
Future NBA Star

Spencer:

After winning our football game on Saturday, my dad drove Curtis and I to the Camporee at Dorchester Ontario, just down the road from
London.

Once we arrived at the camp entrance, we met up with Scouter Liz, who had patiently waited for Curtis and I to arrive. Once we had spoken to the security people, we were fortunate to have them drive our gear to the Wolf campsite with Scouter Liz showing them the way.

Once inside the main gate we were lucky enough to run into Scouts Lawrence, Simon and some cubs from the 15th. We then proceeded down the road to try out some of the displays that had been set up. There were many Scouts from all over Ontario and some from the United States. The displays turned out to be great fun.

 

Taking A Shot On The Ring Toss
Taking A Shot On The Ring Toss

Uggghhhhhh!
Uggghhhhhh!

While Lawrence was at the BMX track, the cubs and I were watching scouts who were doing the "Zip Line". The Zip Line is a rope which is pulled between two trees. The scout holds on to a handle that slides along the rope. The scout tries his best not to fall off and crosses the ground and lands in muddy water. If he misses he lands in a mud pile. It seems everyone landed in the mud pile.

The events that I tried were the tomahawk throw, the obstacle course, the grease pole, the log saw and the wood branding.

After the events started to close, we made a short walk back to camp. It had started to rain. We unpacked our gear, set up our beds and put on our rain gear on for the evening.

A Paddle Takes Shape
A Paddle Takes Shape

The Scubs Get All Tied Up With Some Kite Work
The Scubs Get All Tied Up With Some Kite Work

Trying Out Some Branding
Trying Out Some Branding

While supper was being cooked by Scouts Craig, Jesse, James and
Curtis, I went with some cubs to the scout shop. I bought a Canadian flag and some patches for my scout blanket. I also purchased an Ontario Pin for my hat.

After a spaghetti supper, we all helped to clean up. As the sun went down, the whole Wolf Camp had an auction. The auction points were collected by the events that your troop participated in. In the end
Lawrence had won a deck of cards and some stickers.

After mug-up, we headed to our tents and went to bed. It sounded like it rained all night. It turned out to a rather cold night.

The next morning we awoke to the sound of rain. Breakfast this morning was cereal and tea. It rained all morning but we were dry in our lunch tent. Everyone helped to clean up after breakfast.

After breakfast, we attended Opening and closing Ceremonies with the entire camp at the main reception area. There were about 4,500 youth at the ceremonies.

Back to the campsite the 15th traveled to pack up the tents and our gear to head home. It was along wait for Scouters Bill, Don and Liz for our rides home, as the parking lot was very full and muddy. The long wait affected some of the scouts who showed signs of hypothermia. These scouts went to the first aid tent to warm up.

On the drive home we were treated to a Wendy's meal in Ingersoll. We arrived back at Frontenac school at 3:10, a little tired and a little wet.

Conclusions:

The camp turned out to be quite a surprise. I have never been to a camp with so many scouts and I have never seen a camp with so many events to try. It turned out to be great fun. Too bad it had to rain and that I wasn't able to arrive Friday night and get a full day in on Saturday.

The food was good enough to eat (1ike I always say) and stopping at
Wendy's was a treat.

I hope to attend this camp again and hope the rain stays away.

 

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