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Summer Camp 2014 – Live Blog

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Noah is commanding the night with plans for tomorrow mornings plans to get home on time. IMG_20140627_203533_1

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Preparing for the afternoon activities.

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The gateway is complete!

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The sun sets here are a nice way to end our hot afternoons.

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Forgot this one…

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Scouts preparing for their overnight camp out.

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Space Exploration – launching rockets.

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Scouts having fun in the sun.

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Staff gets her pet snake out to help her do paperwork.

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Energy Merit Badge.

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SPL takes an afternoon break…

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Gateway construction continues..

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More scouts playing cards.

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These guys love playing cards anytime they can. We have an hour before lunch, so it’s a great time to play.

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Metalworking by Sean and Paul.
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Late night first aid for a rope burn from one if our tents. Our First year scouts are learning about first aid here at camp and had an opportunity to put it to use.

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Motor boating.   Sorry for the picture, but a camera phone isn’t good for far away shots. But you get the idea that our scout’s are having fun on the water.

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Climbing Merit Badge.   Unfortunately thunder has cancelled the afternoon climb.

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Waterfront Is where scouts learn canoeing, kayaking, small boat sailing, and motor boating.

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The building of the gateway.

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Two more card games.

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First aid skills review…

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Tuesday night card playing…

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Hanging around camp…

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Lining up for dinner before the rain.

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Lunchtime…

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Outdoor skills…

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Scouts have started their morning sessions. IMG_1403619175306

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We had a good day today, with good weather. Here are some pictures of our nighttime preparations. Good night.

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Free time swimmers…

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First Year Camper’s learning scout skills.

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Swimming Merit Badge

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Scouts on their way to their classes.

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Adults having some hot fun forging some metal into a useful tool.

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Hammock City. We have 11 hammocks setup and the scouts love them for sleeping and lounging before their afternoon activities.

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ALL of Camp Boddie staff camp to our lunch table and asked Julian to stand up, and then sang Happy Birthday to him.

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New scouts are waiting to enter the First Year Camper area. All the scouts are having good time getting a custom to Camp Boddie.

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Campsite flag ceremony.

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Camp Fire Program

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Swim checks…

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Checking in…

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McDonald ‘s stop before camp

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Preparing for departure

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We had a great trip. We’re on our way home. See you all soon.

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We have arrived getting ready get on the trail! It’s a bit windy, but the sun and sky are beautiful.


We’re leaving today for summer camp – Camp Boddie.   We’re looking forward to having lots of fun and making awesome memories.  This post will be updated often (live blog) with various pictures and activities.  Be sure to check back often.

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New River Bike Campout – Live Blog

20.43

Noah is commanding the night with plans for tomorrow mornings plans to get home on time. IMG_20140627_203533_1

14.15

Preparing for the afternoon activities.

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13.49

22.30

The gateway is complete!

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22.27

The sun sets here are a nice way to end our hot afternoons.

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19.26

Forgot this one…

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19.23

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19.21

Scouts preparing for their overnight camp out.

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16.28

Space Exploration – launching rockets.

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14.56

Scouts having fun in the sun.

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14.34

Staff gets her pet snake out to help her do paperwork.

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14.21

Energy Merit Badge.

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14.03

SPL takes an afternoon break…

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13.47

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13.44

Gateway construction continues..

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12.14

More scouts playing cards.

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12.09

These guys love playing cards anytime they can. We have an hour before lunch, so it’s a great time to play.

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12.05

 

Metalworking by Sean and Paul.
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21.46

Late night first aid for a rope burn from one if our tents. Our First year scouts are learning about first aid here at camp and had an opportunity to put it to use.

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16.37

Motor boating.   Sorry for the picture, but a camera phone isn’t good for far away shots. But you get the idea that our scout’s are having fun on the water.

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15.28

Climbing Merit Badge.   Unfortunately thunder has cancelled the afternoon climb.

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14.29

Waterfront Is where scouts learn canoeing, kayaking, small boat sailing, and motor boating.

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13.37

 

The building of the gateway.

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22.12

Two more card games.

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22.09

First aid skills review…

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22.03

Tuesday night card playing…

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18.48

Hanging around camp…

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17.25

Lining up for dinner before the rain.

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13.42

Lunchtime…

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11.36

Outdoor skills…

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10.15

Scouts have started their morning sessions. IMG_1403619175306

22.45

We had a good day today, with good weather. Here are some pictures of our nighttime preparations. Good night.

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19.51

Free time swimmers…

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15.14

First Year Camper’s learning scout skills.

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14.32

Swimming Merit Badge

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14.01

Scouts on their way to their classes.

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13.59

Adults having some hot fun forging some metal into a useful tool.

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13.23

Hammock City. We have 11 hammocks setup and the scouts love them for sleeping and lounging before their afternoon activities.

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12.53

ALL of Camp Boddie staff camp to our lunch table and asked Julian to stand up, and then sang Happy Birthday to him.

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11.01

New scouts are waiting to enter the First Year Camper area. All the scouts are having good time getting a custom to Camp Boddie.

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08.23

Campsite flag ceremony.

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21.09

Camp Fire Program

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18.59

Swim checks…

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17.51

Checking in…

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14.11

McDonald ‘s stop before camp

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10.32

Preparing for departure

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10.50

We had a great trip. We’re on our way home. See you all soon.

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We have arrived getting ready get on the trail! It’s a bit windy, but the sun and sky are beautiful.

Venture Patrol Conquers Linville Gorge ITAYG Trek!

Written By: Austin

The Venture Patrol’s latest embarkment was at Linville Gorge in our good ole state of NC…. Hmm? What’s that? Whats the Venture Patrol? Well then, let’s back up a little bit and break this down just a tad: The word “venture” according to Dictionary.com is as follows: “An undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one.” In other words: a crazy amount of fun! 😀 Now that we have that established, let me tell you what a venture patrol venture looks like. Picture this.

Imagine walking up the side of mountain… through dense bush and brush, pushing and shoving through leaves and branches. Meanwhile trying to maintain your balance as your feet wobble on top of loose rocks under the weight of your backpack. The 45 degree incline of the mountain-side is putting a burning sensation in your legs but you ignore it and keep going and pushing it to the back of your mind because you know what’s waiting for you at the top; what’s been calling your name every since you were a Tenderfoot scout. You replace the discomfort with all the stories that the older scouts loved to talk about so much, summiting and scaling mountains and seeing spectacular sights. You wonder why they always struggled to find words to describe what they saw. Now your in their shoes, “Whats this all about?” You ask yourself. “Man, this better be good.” You say, half complaining. Suddenly you emerge from the claustrophobic wood, with a few scrapes from the briers that wanted to say high on the way up; and a bruise or two from a tumble off that unstable rock. You stumble out onto a massive rock that stretches for a good few hundred yards. When you catch your breath and look up from your muddy boots, your eyes fall upon something you’ve never seen before. The grandeur of what you are seeing inclines you to ask yourself if your dreaming, but the wonderful breeze that quickly cools, and almost chills, the sweat on your face gives you more than enough proof that this is real.

Mountains…. as far as your eyes dare straining to see and capture in one moment. Blue mountains. Huge mountains. Something is so very mystifying about them, maybe its the colosality of the rocks; or maybe its the fact that you are only six feet away from a cliff that drops a thousand feet; or maybe its the feeling of inexplicable accomplishment; or perhaps its being eye level with a big white cloud but something about this really puts life into prospective for a time and provokes deep thoughts.

This trip was very difficult, including a massive climb up along the trail at a inclination of 75 degrees. Many times the certainty of the direction of the trail was sketchy due to it’s being blocked by fallen trees and being over grown by bushes and briers. The humidity and heat were inevitable and very uncomfortable. However, the pros out weigh the cons by a landslide. The views of the mountains were the best that I have ever seen in my entire life, which made the rough terrain worth it. To combat the heat we pulled off the trail a couple of times to swim in the river.  We crossed over a bridge made of a tree split in half with a hand rail attached. We also waded across that same river our last day on the way out, with our gear on, making for a very interesting exodus.

After all the grandeur sights and trials of this past weekend, I realized what this trip is: humility. Realizing that we are so very small in this giant world.  Come explore it with us, the Venture Patrol, and realize your full potential in God’s creation.

-Austin Garmer-

Here are many more pictures.

Summer Camp

What a great time our 24 Scouts had at camp learning basic scouting skills, earning Merit Badges and having some fun.  It didn’t come without its challenges, but what would camp be without them?  We are Scouts and that’s what we do, overcome and learn from our mistakes.  Our classroom is in the outdoors, and these elements have our scouts think differently.  They learned many things outside of the scheduled program as well; how to manage their stuff, arrive on time to sessions, get along with many other scouts and personalities, survive in 100+ degree weather, etc.  Summer Camp is a great place for our sons to grow as boys, scouts, citizens.

It was a very hot year with temperatures over 100 degrees most of the week.  A couple times the high dipped to 98 degrees!  🙂  The temps at night were in the low 70’s temps and humid, due to a couple thunder storms.  Thankfully we didn’t have any heat related medical emergencies.  The weather next week will be in the low 80’s!  Go figure.

The Troop won a couple competitions: the SM & SPL belly flop and the Pioneering gateway.  The belly flop takes lots of talent and without the help from the SM our SPL, Carlo could not have won!  Ha!  That’s what I told him anyway.  Actually, because we brought so many scouts and family member’s this year we had the loudest yell to win the SPL Belly Flop.

The Pioneering Gateway was planned at previous meetings and Monday Austin and mostly Sean started building.  It started off kind of rocky, as they forgot to bring the twine left in the church cabinet.   They borrowed some from neighboring Troops to get things going.  Thankfully, Mr Bob came by for a visit and brought some twine and many drinks for us.  Thanks Bob!  In just two days Sean built the gateway with the turn style doorway.  His pioneering skills were not satisfied and continued to build a platform.  At this point most of the scouts were intrigued and wanted to help and play.  Great job Sean!

The cooking competition was super close again this year.  So close they had to use a coin to split the tie and we did not win.  Anthony, Logan and Joseph did an excellent job preparing for this competition and I am looking forward to seeing them treat their patrols with some really good cooking on our campouts.

We had four scouts who were to be tapped out in the Order of the Arrow ceremony: Noah, Landon, Rene, and Robbie.  These scouts were selected by our troop as scouts who live the

Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  Only Noah was able to come to camp to be tapped out and celebrated at the OA lodge with an ice cream social.  There next step is to attend the Ordeal weekend to become members of the OA.

There’s lots more to report on about summer camp and by no means did I scratch the surface of everything we did.  I’m sure you each have heard the story from you sons experience, one that I’m confident that he will remember for the rest of his life!

Thank you for allowing the Troop to take care of your son this past week.  It was certainly a wonderful experience.

Yours in Scouting,

Scoutmaster Dan

Many more Pictures Here!