Camp Read Day 1

Post date: Aug 04, 2014 7:40:23 PM

Greetings All from Camp Read in the Adirondacks!

Yesterday everyone arrived at camp in good time, and the boys made short work of setting up camp. Our Senior Patrol Leader Matt G has been running the show, and has been instrumental in keeping the boys on task. After a Camp Tour, the boys all participated in a swim test, which was threatened by thunder but we squeaked it in. Dinner was hearty fare with songs, as usual, and then it was on to the opening campfire, put on by the wonderful staff here. Mention the phrase "Bounce...Just Bounce" to your scout when he arrives home and that will surely put a smile on his face.

Although the day remained dry, not so for the night. Thunder, lightning, and of course rain were served up by the weather gods. As far as I know, the boys slept through it all and stayed dry.

Up by 6:45 this morning, Troop 154 was the only unit here to brave the weather and participate in the Polar Bear Swim. (Go 154!) The water was wonderfully calm, relaxing, and we had it to ourselves! The boys had to be dragged out of the water after the half hour time limit (because they were enjoying it so much ha ha)...

Today has been the first day of Merit Badge sessions, so a bit hectic to say the least. Some boys have to take the camp bus to the other area, Camp Waubeeka, for shotgun, home repairs, and horsemanship. Ashton, the only non-veteran, has transitioned smoothly to the camp routine and seems to be thriving.

Tonight's event is the Staff Hunt, where the staff hides around the camp, and if they are found, the boys throw them in the lake. Other planned events for the week include climbing, caving and more!

Stay tuned for more posts!

Note, I am trying to convey the pics via a link as opposed to being embedded, but I couldn't figure it out at the moment...

Rick and Karen