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Summer Camp 2014

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.Summer Camp 2014

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.Summer Camp 2014
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. Summer Camp 2014
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.

By: Sean

Summer Camp 2014 – Live Blog

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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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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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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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Summer camp at J.J. Barnhart 2013

This year at camp Barnhart was one of our many magnificent years. They had new and awesome staff, superb food, a new shop, and they still had everyone’s absolute favorite, Cheerwine slushies. The weather was also great. It only rained twice but cooled down the temp so it never went over 98 F. The Nighthawks (A.K.A: the program that the Spartans went to this year.) had a blast and most of them earned their “tot’n chips” and “firemen chits”. All of the other scouts seemed to enjoy earning their merit badges, as well.

We began to give nicknames to each day, beginning with Tuesday, which was called “Peer pressure teeth brushing Tuesday,” because parents were coming the next day. Then we had “Peer pressure wash-up Wednesday,” also due to our parents’ arrival. On Thursday we had “Peer pressure timely Thursday,” then “Peer pressure finish-up Friday,” and finally, what I liked to call “Sit back Saturday.”

Sadly we did not win the gateway challenge. The grading scale was 0 to 50, and I think the winning team earned a 48, while we received a 45 (we missed 5 points because we didn’t incorporate the theme enough). We constructed a portcullis. There was also the cooking competition. We had two teams that participated: one made Chicken Parmesan, and the other made Pizza. The team who made the pizza won the cooking competition. There was also the painful belly flop competition. All of the belly flops looked painful but some were definitely better than others. Sadly we did not win this competition either.

We had 6 people get tapped out for the Order of the Arrow, including was Logan Berg, Mr. Burns, Andrew Danko, Ethan Palmer, Mr. Secor, and Noah Secor. These scouts were selected by our troop as scouts who live the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

Though I have not included everything that happened at camp (because there was just too much of fun), I hope I have included enough to give you an idea of Boy Scout Summer Camp.

Written by: Chris

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!