STORIES of TROOP 175

Camping and Events

Once upon a Cave…..

Once upon a time there was a scout troop that actually made it to its weekend camping destination on time!

That must have been many many years ago before I joined Scouting!

But lo and behold that indeed happened this past weekend as Troop 175 embarked on its first camping event for 2011. If this weekend was any indication, it’s going to be a great year!
Part of our fairy tale success came from the fact that almost everyone was at SJB and READY at 4pm. Great job scouts and parents. Leaving around 4 pm seemed to make a huge difference in the amount of traffic we encountered – we made it to Elgin in only about 45 minutes with very little traffic ( Andy B, you would be so proud!!). Because of this, and because we only stopped for a very quick potty break, we actually got to the site under the suggested time – 3 ½ hours.
No, we did not have any encounters with a cow this time (we were ready this time Mr. B), BUT there were reports of deer crossing right in front of a few of us near the cave. That is always dangerous and reminded me how cautious we have to be when driving with the precious cargo that we are entrusted with. But I digress….
Another seemingly beneficial aspect of our early arrival was that we were one of the first group’s there and we ended up getting a spot in the upper part of the cave where it isn’t so cold (just wet. The tarps are a must). We were in the “ToadStool area” ( fits in with the fairytale story line, we just needed to find Alice and the Mad Hatter)

This was a very tight fit and a few of us had to sleep in a narrow area that had 3 lights running all night long –but since it was about 15 degrees warmer than the spot we had last year, I think we made out ahead!

Tents work well too here.


One of our spelunkers.


Lately I have been trying to come up with scary stories to share at campfire, most have been dull, but some have been scary and sometimes too scary. Since we didn’t have campfire, I tried my best as I noticed this odd looking fixture above our heads.


I tried to tell the story of 4 finger Jim, who hid out in the cave while on the lamb from the police. During an Earthquake, he was stuck between 2 huge slabs of rock and his hand became forever encrusted in a stalagmite . They didn’t buy it, but I still thought it looked pretty neat.
Eagle cave really feeds you well – quick and efficient also! These boys don’t look hungry do they?
Our day was quite full after breakfast. This year we brought some ice fishing gear. This was a big hit as the boys had to cut holes in the ice with a manual auger – sorry I couldn’t bring the power one but the gas would have made the drive up very smelly. While we only managed one fish, the act of using a large metal corkscrew to cut through a thick foot of ice seemed to be quite appealing to most of the boys. Next year I’ll find a way to get the power auger up there.

And we brought a sled. The neat thing about this was that the scouts could sled down a decent sized hill right next to the lake. They did manage to get a bit wet from rolling around in the snow and snowball fight we had as we left.

In the afternoon, another troop even came out and staring playing football on the frozen lake!

After a quick lunch of Sloppy Joes, we warmed up by doing some further cave exploring. Eagle cave management plants a bunch of stuffed animals in the cave for scouts to find for a prize – a great enticement for them to search. While the cave is quite large, you can probably explore most of it in a few hours, so we had a little time to kill. We did a bit of orienteering and then headed back to the lake, caught another fish and headed back for dinner. Since most of the scouts were a bit cold after all that time on the lake and sledding, the early dinner of fried chicken at 445 was a needed break.

Evening was once again a lively round or two of bingo and then a night hike and bonfire.


All in all it was a long and enjoyable day. Great weather, great activities, great company, and great food. I always enjoy it – especially when it’s not too cold!!
Once upon a time, Troop 175 lived happily ever after? (let’s hope so!!)

Next up – the Red and Black on Feb 27th. Hope to see you ALL there!.

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