Most of my best memories from summer camp involved the water.
Where else but Camp Cherokee’s epic waterfront could I swim, canoe with my friends, or sit on a massive airbag called “the blob” and get propelled 15 feet into the air?
At camp or not, summer isn’t summer without water activities. But with great fun comes great responsibility, and that’s where you come in.
To be honest, this week’s Photo Friday topic — Great Moments at Summer Camp — is a little redundant.
After all, it’s hard to find any moment at summer camp that isn’t great.
I speak from experience. I attended Camp Cherokee (now called Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp) with my troop six years in a row when I was a Scout. The location stayed the same each year, but the adventures, challenges, and excitement were fresh every time.
From the looks of the photos you sent me this week, it appears I’m not the only one who had a blast at summer camp.
That’s the concept behind this week’s edition of Photo Fridays, a feature highlighting real photos submitted by real Scouters. So far we’ve covered Cub Scout Fun, High Adventure, and Funny Moments.
Next week’s topic: “Scouters Can Have Fun, Too!” E-mail your best shots to me.
But first, enjoy these 39 photos!
When it comes to life-changing experiences, there’s no substitute for camping.
And when it comes to the Eagle-required Camping merit badge, there’s no substitute for Requirement 9A.
It reads as follows:
9. Show experience in camping by doing the following:
a. Camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events. One long-term camping experience of up to six consecutive nights may be applied toward this requirement. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched, you need not pitch your own tent.
That one paragraph has caused a few Scout leaders some consternation. Bill, a district-level training chairman, sent me this e-mail:
What’s the only thing better than visiting a national park with Scouts?
Taking that same trip for free.
That’s the beauty of National Park Week, held this year from April 21-29. For these nine glorious days — spanning two full weekends — all 397 national parks waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.
National Park Week is one of several fee-free periods each year, but it’s by far the longest, giving you plenty of time to put your wallet away, find a park, and watch America’s Best Idea get even better.
Hungry after a long day of hiking, paddling, or snowshoeing with your Scouts?
Three little words can save the day: “Just add water.”
The beauty of freeze-dried meals comes in their simplicity: Boil water, add mix, and you’re done.
But — speaking from experience here — ease of use often comes by sacrificing taste. The freeze-dried meals I remember were bland, watered-down concoctions that were a chore to eat.
That was years ago, and times have changed, says Brandon Garrett of The Ready Store in Draper, Utah. Continue reading