STORIES of TROOP 175

Camping and Events

In the Land of Cobbler, the man with the pie cutter is King!

 

White Pines is always a very popular event. I am not quite sure why.Maybe it was the idea of a canoe trip. Maybe it its the time of year – the first campout after school is out and the boys realize how utterly bored they are? Maybe it’s playing in the creek? Maybe its hiking or fishing. Maybe the great menu the Scouts planned? I know it certainly is not to see the nuclear plant on the way there:

Whatever it is, this weekend was certainly a hit and probably will cause the boys to tell all their friends to come back next year.

It is so much fun that this time we decided to see what it would be like if we left early – like 3 pm early. We had 2 teams go this time – one early and one late. Getting their early was nice since we were able to get the tents set up before the other scouts arrived, and we were quickly able to start a campfire.

We did find a new friend this time around:

It was just too bad that we didn’t have any scary “cat stories” for the campfire that night.

He was a big hit

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We played a game called “killer” or “mafia” as the boys term it – thanks to Drew for this one. It does not involve violence nor any simulated killing, but rather requires the narrator to get up in front of the group and explain how a member of the community had been killed – kind of like Clue – and then they try to solve for the perpetrator.

Suffice it to say that this game can go on for a VERY long time. So long, that we were asked by the ranger to keep it down after 11 pm.

Well you might think that meant the boys would have gone to bed early, but at 12, 2, 4 and 5 am some scouts STILL could not sleep. Gee, I wonder why….Yes apparently he was the houseguest that just wouldn’t leave. Turns out that he is owned by a local farmer. But sorry guys, we could not take him on the canoe trip with us!!

Speaking of canoeing, I was a little shocked when I got a call from the outfitter that night. When they identified themselves, I thought, OH NO, now there’s a problem. But it turns out that she wanted to know if we could use 2 kayaks instead of canoes. You can only imagine the response to that one!!! YESSSSS….Mr. Cieply, can I be in the kayak???!!!!!, etc etc.

The sleep deprived scouts and leaders didn’t seem to have a problem getting up bright and early the next day. It must have been that they wanted to enjoy the great campsite?

The trip started off with only a few little hitches, but we were on our way rather quickly:

 Cool kayak huh!

Surprisingly we had little trouble navigating the river and even got to see an Eagle – sorry my camera was put away (anyone else get the picture)

Oh yeah what a tough guy with that paddle.

Buh Bye!!

Take that!!

Eat my dust

There were some very scenic areas here. The eagle’s nest was right over here:

Oh yeah, the weather was great!

WHAT SHARK Mr Cieply!!!!????

Ok we’re cool!!

Well as you might see in the picture below,  a young strong Scout paddling away, taming a mighty river.

However, I don’t think I have ever heard anyone scream that loud before when encountering a spider in their canoe …but I digress……

One of our older Scouts was Senior Patrol Leader for the first time, and while I thought he did a great job, the boys reaction was just as positive.

(Harry in red in the middle – with someone trying pull a Ninja move on him!)

I do have one small complaint about his leadership skills though. He set a less than perfect example when he almost ruined a perfect canoe trip by losing his shoes on the river.

But lo and behold it is always better to be lucky than good. A good Samaritan dropped off his missing shoes almost immediately after he got to the end of the trip. What luck!!

He was so happy!!

He clicked his black slippers and WHOOSH we were back in Kansas. Where he even taught the younger Scouts their Totin Skills.

 As for the Cobbler item in the title, the Cherry Cobbler we made on Saturday was OUTSTANDING. If you want to replicate it at home I highly highly highly recommend you go over to Aldi – yes Aldi – and get their White Cake mix, along with a can of their Cherry Pie mix and put this all together in a pan. Mix it up with a bottle of 7up, Cook till done and add whip cream….all I can say is YUM!!

And apparently, one of our boys was not too happy that he was denied seconds…but then again he didnt have the pie cutter!!! The name of his town that night -the town that encounters a “murder” by the killer, was Mr. So and So is a So and So ville….(because he took the last of the Cobbler). Sorry pal, but thems the breaks!!!

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