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Fall Outdoor Skills Camp 2003
November 21-23, 2003 - Mount Nemo Scout Camp 

Senior Scouts Camping In Their Own Shelter The First Night
Senior Scouts Camping In Their Own Shelter The First Night

Fall Skills Camp 2003
Report by: Wolf PL Sean W.

The camp started out kind of interesting, by the time I got there it was already dark. Once enough people arrived we moved to our campsite. Before we to it however we had to walk through a very mushy area of grass which continued to be an annoyance for the rest of the weekend. Once we got there we found that there was only one picnic table present. Myself and a few other Scouts went to grab one from in front of the cabin where we met. Later on we grabbed a few from behind another cabin. We ended up having enough for two tables a marquis. Between the time we got there and the time we got all the picnic tables we realized that since Scouter Phil wasn't there yet we only had three tents. When he did get there we had set up most of the rest of the tents. However we had to stop to set up the marquis (There was one per patrol). That took around an 45min- an hour (My estimation) and then we were able to finish the tents and move the picnic table underneath the marquis. After that we had to sort out which food belonged to which patrol. After that was done we had mug up and went to bed.

Saturday morning went along pretty well. Everybody got up and had breakfast. After cleanup we started the activities. They were run by the PL's and APL's. The activities consisted of fire starting, knots, Camping health (hypothermia, etc), sever weather and bites, and Mapping and Compass work. There were four groups of scouts who went around and did the activities so that every time on group of senior scouts (PL and APL ) would get some time off. The rotations lasted a half hour and after the third one everybody stopped for lunch. After lunch was eaten and cleaned up the activities continued for another hour. Once the activities were done we had a little bit of time to ourselves, after which started the hike.

Learning Compass Directions
Learning Compass Directions

Where's There's Smoke, There's, Uhhhh.....
Where's There's Smoke, There's, Uhhhh.....

Getting All Tied Up
Getting All Tied Up

The hike went all through the camp. It started out going on a trail (And a bit off one) to get out the front gate of the camp. From there we went to, up, and past the road to our campsite and down a trail that led us over creeks ( I believe we only had one person fall in) and up a very large hill. Once at the top of the hill it wasn't a long walk up a trail and back to our campsite. Once back at our campsite we had a bit of time to ourselves before we had to start cooking dinner. The dinners we're actually quite fancy for a camp, one patrol had minute steaks, another had lasagne and the other had sloppy joes. The dinner's took a while to make and even longer to clean up. While the last one was finishing with dishes some people got a campfire started and people started gathering there. Once the last patrol had finished dishes the real fun began: hiding from Scouter Phil. The rules were basically that you had to run into the forest and find somewhere to hide, if Scouter Phil found you you had to go back to the campfire. After two games of that the second game started, finding Scouter Phil. In that one you had to go running around in the forest trying to find Scouter Phil, John, and Kevin. After Finally finding Scouter Phil we went back to our campsites and had mug up, then we went to bed.

A Felled Tree Provides A "Gathering Point"
A Felled Tree Provides A "Gathering Point"

Taking "Hug A Tree" To A Whole New Level
Taking "Hug A Tree" To A Whole New Level

Going Over The Creek On A Rope Bridge - Don't Fall In!
Going Over The Creek On A Rope Bridge - Don't Fall In!

The next day was started with breakfast as usual, until there was an accident. One of the scouts got hot grease on his hand and hit it against a hot pan, the result was a second degree burn. After he was taken to a clinic everything returned to normal and the rest of the scouts finished eating and cleaning up breakfast. Then started the long process of cleanup: taking down tents and marquis, packing up bins and coolers, throwing out garbage, and putting everything in the back of Scouter Phil's truck. That pretty much took up the rest of the time at camp. After a few hours most of the Scouts found some time to have lunch. And then the Parents started arriving to pick their Scouts up. And so ended another wonderful Scout camp.

There are however some things I might do different next time:

  • When the Scouts that go shopping are told not to buy things that will be provided by the troop, it would be nice if they weren't all in one bin e.g. When I wanted a cup-a-soup I had to go to another patrol and get one

  • Maybe we could arrive a little earlier so that we might be setting up with a little more light, or at least so that we aren't getting to bed around midnight.

There were also some things that I really liked about the camp:

  • The hike was really fun. We got to see more of the camp ground than I thought we would and I would now consider hiking around there with the rest of my family because the scenery is really quite nice.

  • The hiding from and looking for Scouter Phil was really fun, I would definitely do that again

  • I also think that the activities worked really well. Mine always seemed to finish at the end of the half hour. I would definitely keep the timing the same for the next camp.

 

 

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