STORIES of TROOP 175

Camping and Events

Da Bears!

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Sometimes we don’t even notice the most obvious things in life, even when they are RIGHT in front  of us. This weekend was a perfect example of this – After walking back and forth in front of this stump, I realized that it was in fact an image of a bear that was carved into a tree. This reminded me of our beloved Bears coach  -“Coach Ditka”  – or as it should properly be pronounced “Dicka”.  I asked all your wonderful sons if the knew who that was…….only 1 said he did….

sad…

.and makes me realize how long ago that era was. And how even these young guys, who were just Cub scouts not too long ago, are growing up just too darn fast…….(Yeah I can hear them saying ” Mr. C , is talking about ancient times stuff again). Oh well…I m old!

This years camporee was set to be fantastic. We ordered warm dry weather and mother nature pretty much cooperated. On the way down, we did hit some pretty bad traffic. I think we should start leaving later, say after 630 just to avoid the traffic in the future.

Just a thought. The camp site is right next to the Dresden nuke site and it was really neat driving past the cooling lakes to see all the steam coming off the water in 50 degree temps.

Suffice it to say that the excellent weather allowed us to set up our tents pretty quickly and without incident. Getting set up in the dark is never easy.

Breakfast at the first campout of the year is always interesting. Less so this year because all of the Scouts have done this before. This didn’t stop them from making some outrageous pancakes though:

We had a decent turn out of 8 boys. Even numbers are great for tenting!

The Camporee is usually and opportunity to practice Scout skills after flag ceremonies

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The first event was signaling but for some reason I think that they boys wanted it to be beer drinking……ROOT BEER that is!

The theme was “Scouts of the Ring” loosely based on “The Lord of the Rings”. I think we found one of the elves here (or maybe Gandalf)

Suffice it to say that their “wizarding” morse code signaling skills weren’t sufficient to win this event.

They then had to go through a series of other events to highlight certain skills. This one dealt with cooking – like how hard is it to cook Ramen noodles:

It doesn’t appear to hard, but with this many cooks, you can rest assured it wasn’t a gourmet meal.

Here’s that elf again…he was a Blackhawk fan too!!

Of course considering that most scouts have attention spans of 7.3 seconds, it wasnt long before they were bored with cooking and immediately went into a game of “Ninja”.

Back at Camp we started lunch – And immediately there appeared to be a chair problem:

Note to Moms and Dads, don’t forget to pack a chair!

The afternoon event’s included “Storming the Castle”, essentially throwing tennis balls through a cardboard faux castle. They had to do 6 in 10 minutes.

Suffice it to say, we unfortunately have no future hall of fame baseball pitchers on our team. I suspect that we might not even have any slow pitch softball pitchers either….at least not yet. It took our guys over 10 minutes to only get 5 through the hole. Still, it was probably the most fun of all the events.

Luckily the rain that they had predicted missed us and this was probably the driest and warmest Camporee we’ve ever attended. I guess that’s a good thing!!!

Thanks again to all the parents who help on out these camp outs, Mrs S. and Mr B. were great assets to have on the trip and I know the boys all appreciated your contribution – I know I certainly did, since Mrs. S got the propane that I forgot to bring!

After dinner there was the OA – Order of the Arrow tap out. This is done by having current OA member walk throughout the camp while beating a drum in full Indian regalia.

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