The troop had a great time this summer at Camp Boddie, where 36 scouts enjoyed learning new scouting skills, took various merit badge classes and enjoyed the perfect summer camp weather.
The legendary summer camp experience began at 10:00 am when everyone met at the church, loaded up the trailer and piled into the cars for our three hour drive to Camp Boddie. About half way through the drive we stopped at Mcdonalds for lunch, and continued on for the rest of the trip. We reached the camp around 4:00 and we were greeted by our camp guides Ellen and Jeremy, who gave us a tour of the camp, since our troop was new to Camp Boddie.
By the time we got done with the tour it was time for dinner, so everyone put on their class A’s and headed out to the dining hall, where we got the first taste of the camp food (which was not too bad). We then had to go straight from the dining hall to the “ool” (there is no “p” in the pool) to take our swim tests. When this was over we hiked back to our campsite to finish unloading the trailer before we headed off to the campfire. At the campfire we got the chance to meet the staff for the week and they all did a skit. When the campfire was over we finished unpacking and we to bed.
The typical day at summer camp was as follows: the troop would wake up early (some scouts got up 45 minutes earlier than the rest to go running) to get our campsite ready for inspection. After this the troop headed off to breakfast. At breakfast we often had bacon that was in the shape of an 8, which tasted really good to most of the troop. Shortly after breakfast our merit badge classes began. Our merit badges ranged from Metalworking to Shotgun Shooting to Space Exploration. I think that many of the scouts enjoyed their merit badge classes and trying out new things. The new scouts in the troop went to a first year program where they spent time learning basic scouting skills. It seemed like they really enjoyed it. On Thursday night they got to go camping outside of the troop with the scouts that were in their patrols during the program. Before lunch we would have three merit badge sessions and when they were over everyone headed back to the campsite. Noah, our SPL, would take a quick head count and before we headed off to lunch. After lunch most of the scouts had about an hour before their next class started so they hung around camp or went to the trading post. We all had three more merit badge sessions in the afternoon. Afterwords, the troop would met up at the campsite for dinner where we put our uniforms on and headed out.
After dinner we had free time activities or “twilight activities”, where the scouts could go swimming, canoeing, rifle shooting etc. After twilight activities were over, the scouts headed back to the campsites to get ready for bed.
Tuesday at camp was the Order of the Arrow day and they had a tap-out ceremony that night. For those of you that do not know, the Order of the Arrow is it is scouting honor society where scouts must get voted in by their troop based on how well these scouts live the scout oath and law in their daily lives. We had four scouts get tapped out for the order: Anthony Martone, Matthew Garmer, Logan Berg, and Chris Wilson. Congratulations to these scouts!
Friday was sports day at camp but it rained most of the day. This did not stop us from have fun. At the campsite the scouts had tug-of-war contests with the staff in the pouring rain. The loser of the contest would end up in the mud below the center of the rope.
Summer camp was a lot of fun and I think that everyone enjoyed it. Camp Boddie was a lot of fun and I am sure everybody will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.