Camp Read Day 4

Post date: Aug 07, 2014 2:47:28 PM

Thursday greetings from sunny Camp Read!

Well, it's Thursday morning and we are moving into the "home stretch" phase of the week. The weather has been kind to us once again, with rain last night after everyone was safely in their tents, and now a clear morning. BTW, you learn many things up here as a camp leader, and one thing is a that there is a Dutch word for the phenomenon where it's sunny and raining at the same time, which we've experienced on more than one occasion. Ironically, that word sounds suspiciously like "CameronIsInHell"! I think the "Cameron" must refer to the sunny portion and "IsInHell" is the rain part. I'm sure James L can clarify this for you.

Before I forget, I'm very pressed for time today so I'll probably post this as an "incomplete" and hopefully have time to add more photos later this afternoon. So call it a "partial", a word that has been getting a lot of use around here.

They were short on drivers to a managed state forest for the Forestry merit badge class, so I volunteered to do that. It will take me out of camp for a couple of hours, but I'll be leaving the troop in the capable hands of Mr. Hegarty.

Yesterday after dinner was the Camp Buckskin Triathlon. The troop all rallied behind the participants:

Archery--Freddy "Hawkeye" S.

Running--Ryan "the Gazelle" W.

Climbing--James "Spider" L.


Swimming--Matt "the Porpoise" G.

I've never seen the group so pumped up about an event. Freddy in particular, (who had been apprehensive about Archery before camp) was jazzed about carrying a portion of the Troop on his back. The results came in today, and I'm sorry to say that we didn't place in the top 3, but it wasn't for lack of effort. Just mention the words "Troop 1 Crestwood" when your scout comes home if you want to put him in a bad mood and a scowl on his face.

Many scouts (and one leader (Brian)) had a chance to participate in "Open Shoot" last night, where they are given a rifle and a target and the opportunity to be snipers for a while. That was a good thing for Cameron and others who did not get Rifle Shooting due to the lottery structure.

We have a busy day today. In addition to the normal Merit Badge Classes, the boys have to make Patrol Flags (the week's theme is Pirates), clean the community shower house, and schedule make-ups for time that will be missed tomorrow. They are all looking forward to the UnBirthday Party this evening.

signing off for now, but check back later for photos--

Okay, I'm back, and here's a bundle of photos:

CPR course for First Aid

Ashton competing for the Golden Arrow

Matt -- Equestrian extraordinaire

Freddy, aka "Hawkeye"

"Oh, you're supposed to hit the MIDDLE of the target?"

Run, Forrest, Run! ...I mean Run! Ryan, Run!