Friday the 15th
– Troop 26 Lead Team arrived at Jakes Place around 4pm Friday. We’re happy to find more than enough room to accommodate the 11 boys, and 5-7 adults attending the campout. Weather forecasts for the weekend being a main concern, (scattered showers) largest tarp was set up over the Boys area. Then, concentrated on pitching our tents. Just as we finished, and preparing some chow, Troop 26 arrived. Perfect timing. The rest of the evening was spent setting up both campsites, (Adult Leader side, and Boy Scout side). Pointing this out, only because, as a Boy led Troop, it’s important that the Boys feel they’re on their own, but the Adult Leaders are a short distance away if they need us.
Saturday the 16th – After a restful night, Reveille at 7:30am, time to freshen up, and prepare Breakfast. After a great Breakfast, it was time to move onto the our Opening Flag Ceremony. Ryan was instrumental in showing the Wolverine Patrol how to tie, (using various knots, of course), and raise our Flags. After the Flag Ceremony, the Scouts prepared for the planned 5 mile hike. We are very fortunate to have Don Davenport join us, and instruct the Boys on basic map & compass reading. One Scout, Lloyd, was picked to lead us on the hike. It was decided, (by Don), that we would try some bushwhacking, (no particular trail), then find the Uwharrie Trail to come back on.
The weather was perfect, not to hot, and the Trail had some interesting finds, (Box turtle, Ant hills), not to mention how lush with new growth the Forest is. As planned, we made our course correction, about midway through our hike, and headed back on the Uwharrie Trail. We took a break to drink, take some pictures, and review what we’ve seen, then the rain came. Most of the Scouts were prepared, and our trek back was uneventful, just wet. When we got back to Camp, the rain subsided, and Lunch was prepared, and enjoyed by all. There was a short respite afterwards, (especially for the Adult leaders, nap anyone!). Next on the agenda, was for the Flaming Arrows to get an Ax Yard together, so wood could be gathered, and cut for the Campfire later. Some of the Scouts that had free time constructed a swing, and most of the Boys had a big time with it. The Adult Leaders made use of the time by cleaning & organizing some of the Troop trailer. It was decided later that we would need more time to thoroughly take care of it. The Troop had some official business to take care of also. We retired 15 American Flags. The Ceremony went very well, and I’m very proud of the Scouts for their service. Dinner was then prepared, and again enjoyed by all. It was decided to let the Boys enjoy free time by their campfire, as the Adult Leaders enjoyed theirs. I think our main job that night was perfecting our Cookie making. 10pm rolled around, and it was time for Taps.
Sunday the 17th
– Another restful night, Reveille at 6:30am, time to freshen up, have a simple Breakfast, Prayer Service, and break Camp. Just about after Breakfast, the rain came. This time pretty heavy, so it was decided to wait it out for a little while. Unfortunately, it kept coming. So, it was decided to have an abbreviated Prayer Service, break Camp as best as possible. Leave No Trace, and head home, with this adventure under our belts.