Tuesday, August 8
After Monday night’s dinner all of our scouts took part in the “Staff Hunt”. All of the merit badge counselors and the counselors-in-training (C.I.T.s) hid on the camp property. The program's director Johanus donned a classic British hunting helmet, energized the scouts, then unleashed the scouts to track down those who were hiding. The scouts brought the captured counselors and C.I.T.s to the lake to be pushed in – a longstanding tradition. Our own Jonny was found by several scouts from our Troop and was sent into the lake by Ashton! Michael Kistner, Lucas and other scouts from Troop 154 found several well hidden counselors as well - bringing us the win with most counselors captured.
After the staff hunt we retired to our campsite. Daniel showcased his balance on a tightrope and overhead guideline that had been set-up on site. A big shoutout to Mr. Kistner for bringing up the tightrope; our campsite now has a mini C.O.P.E. course! All of the boys decided to build a campfire as the sunlight was fast fading from the sky. As they started to construct a teepee of sticks to start the fire, rain greeted us. The sprinkle quickly stopped and the boys had gotten the fire started and kept it to a manageable size. Thanks to Mr. Perlman for instilling this in the scouts.
Tristan, Michael Murphy, and Ian, entertained us with a variety of riddles, jokes, and stories. I was rightfully hissed with my riddle of, “A plane crash lands on the border of the U.S. and Canada, where do you bury the survivors?” The campfire entertainment was rounded out with popcorn popped over the fire by Ian, Peter, and Lucas. And what better way to finish the evening but with toasted marshmallows?! Evan perfected his with just the right amount of “toast” after the first one appeared to be blackened Cajun style. Our evening ended with a patrol leaders council, the Senior Patrol Leader Ashton and the Patrol Leaders Michael and Michael met with three adult leaders to discuss what we are doing well and how to make the rest of the week even better.
The boys of 154 are divvying up the responsibilities of life at Camp Read. A duty roster has been created. Just a few of the items there are doing: setting their tables before meal time and busing them afterwards without reminders, waking each other up to be at the parade field in time for announcements before breakfast, and organizing the campsite for the daily inspection. These skills will be sent back with them to be applied in your home!
Ahead of us today we have our merit badge classes, the pie eating contest tonight, and another Polar Bear Swim at 6:45 tomorrow morning. A special thanks to Mr. Sutton for managing the blog.
Hello Friends & Family! We are safely situated in Camp Buckskin within Camp Read within Brant Lake within the glorious Adirondacks!
Yesterday was Arrival Day, and, as usual, it was eventful but went smoothly. Arriving here around 1, we were greeted by our camp guide, none other than Jonny Sutton! What luck! Jonny helped us get settled in and was our escort for the Camp Tour, among other duties. He kept us on track throughout the day, kudos to Jonny!
Many of us took the swim test, but others are still waiting to see if they can avoid it (i.e. Jambers, WeekOners). Why do something unwanted twice if you can only do it once? Well, that’s the philosophy anyway, we’re still waiting to see if it pays off.
After a solid dinner of chicken cordon Buckskin and mashed potatoes, we proceeded up the hill for the opening campfire. As usual, a good time was had by all, with skits, songs, and camaraderie.
This is a repeat after me song! This is a repeat after me song!
The climax of the campfire program is when we do the Buckskin chant, by spelling “B-U-C-K-S-K-I-N” three times, then yelling “Buckskin” three times across the lake. Another Camp across the lake yells the same right back at us, (or so it would seem). In reality, it is the echo of the Adirondacks, beckoning to us to return again and again.
The late night got even later, as the boys filled out Blue Cards in preparation for today’s merit badge sessions. Note to the future: I think we used to do this BEFORE the campfire. Not sure what happened yesterday.
Now it’s Monday, and we awoke early, thanks to Ashton’s leadership and most of us jumped in the lake for the Polar Bear Swim. Those that did it are halfway to a wonderful Polar Bear patch, adults included. I’m still hopeful that we can get 100%, but we’ll see. Ian has a toe injury (not from Camp Read :-) ) which prevented him from participating, but he wasn’t alone.
There were some interesting sounds last night, I could have sworn I heard the owl call my name. Wait, ...my name’s not “Hoot”, though, so he must have been calling another owl.
We’ve had breakfast of course (French Toast, sausages), and have moved on to the daily routine. The adult leadership has been instrumental in keeping the kids on task, so our work is now pretty much done, ha ha.
The weather has been fine so far, on the cool side but pleasant. We’re all hoping that it stays like this.
Until tomorrow! Pictures soon...