May 22-24, 2015« More activities from 2015
We met on Friday night at 6pm at the church and left at around 7pm after gathering and loading all of our gear. We arrived at Camp Pigott a little after 8pm, made our way to the Skagit campsite, and settled into camp. We ate dinner, conversed around a nice campfire, and were treated to Taps by our "Saxler" before heading to bed.
We woke up at 7am on Saturday to Reveille, made and ate breakfast, cleaned up the food, and got into our paddling clothes. We went over proper clothing, gear, and the parts of the paddle and canoe at the Craft Lodge before heading down to the lake. Camp Pigott has a couple dozen canoes and tons of PFDs and paddles, so we got geared up, demonstrated how to execute different strokes, and how to get into and launch a canoe properly. After that we got everyone on the water to work on all the strokes, maneuvered the canoes in various ways, and even got in a couple races.
We headed back to the campsite at around noon to eat lunch, and then back to the lake for the wet part of the training. Scouts learned how to get out of the canoes and back in as well as how to capsize and rescue the canoes in a few different ways.
After the training was finished, Scouts played a little football at the parade field, and then started working on their Dutch Oven masterpieces. Each Patrol made a main course and a few made desserts for the evening competition. They had bean burgoo, pizza, lasagna, and tater tot casserole. The desserts were turtle cake and cornbread. One dessert had a mishap, and the other two didn’t get made (amazingly). Scouts also worked on learning proper axe and fire use, lashings, and other Scout skills while they waited for the food to finish cooking. We ended the night with a nice warm campfire, lots of sweet saxophone music, and finally Taps.
We woke up early on Sunday again and got breakfast going. Scouts played more football in the field while adults organized several practice Camporee games. Patrols got to take turns at A-Frame Race, Centipede Race, Kim’s Game, Line Throw, Tarp Flip, and Tomahawk throwing. The Spartans Patrol took 1st overall and also won the Dutch Oven cook-off.
We loaded gear into vehicles, swept the camp several times for trash, and played more games in the field before leaving camp at 3:20pm. We got back to the church a little before 5pm. – MHG