June 26, 2011

Scouting Out The Summer

I'm off to Boy Scout camp for the evening with my older boys. This is probably the last summer they'll do camp as they're just trying to hammer out their last three Eagle Scout badges. Once those are complete, they won't see a reason.

Unless our Troop decides on a GREAT place to camp next year, that is.

Every year our Troop goes to two places, one that is close for the younger kids to be close to their folks in case they struggle with a week away and one that is far for the older kids. Last year they went to Camp Old Indian in South Carolina and had a really good time. This year, the younger kids of last year decided they wanted to go back.

So my boys decided they'd stay closer to home with the young Scouts. As they put it, "We've done that camp... why would we want to travel that far to do it again. It was fun, but not THAT fun."

Besides, there was a minor coup in our Troop and ALL the Scouts decided that they absolutely would not only NOT go to our local camp that we go to every year with our younger Scouts, but the older ones decided they weren't going to allow the younger Scouts to have to be subjected to it.

You see, the local camp is the hell hole of the Scouting universe. It's not only 100 degrees, but it's all dirt and the bathroom facilities are beyond primitive. My boys would rather take a shovel and go in the woods than use the absolutely disgusting facilities that are 'provided'.

Add to that, they heard that but 2.5 hours from us, in the middle of the State is a brand newish camp that has TREMENDOUS facilities and... GRASS. One of our Scout Masters drove over and 'scouted' it out and deemed it two thumbs up. It'll still be hotter than three hells, but it's scorching all over, and at least if you're going to rot in the heat, it might as be with a nice bathroom and grass under your feet.

And that decided it... my boys decided to stay close, hang with the younger Scouts (never a bad thing as mentoring goes), and then on my way to my folks' house next week, Bones, my husband and I will drive by and pick them up.

It works.

I'm so ready for them to finish this Eagle badge stuff so they can just focus on their Eagle Scout projects. Ringo has his picked out and planned in his head. My second son we discuss it. For Ringo, it has to get done. If he wants to put it on his college apps, he needs to make Eagle THIS YEAR.

So that's the story of the next 24 hours. I'm driving a load of Scouts to camp, staying the night, and coming back tomorrow to get back into the swing.

Hope for a cold front. Please. Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at June 26, 2011 08:47 AM

two words: High Adventure. Philmont, or Northern Tier. I did Northern Tier and it was awesome. I also did the FL Sea base - but that might be a bit redundant for you guys. Northern Tier - Merit badges earned - 1 (canoeing) but the most amaizing time was had by all. There is something about being 20 miles from the closest building that is really cool. We saw 2 other groups int the 10 days we were in Canada, great experience.

Posted by: Web at June 26, 2011 11:06 AM

where is this camp? My boys wanted to do a scout camp but I wanted to avoid the hell hole as well.

Posted by: vwbug at June 26, 2011 05:43 PM

Web, I'll have to look into those. I might be able to convince them to do one more camp if it gets cool at night. It barely cools down to 80 here at night and they're sick of that kind of camping.

I talked to them about Seabase. As a troop we were going to do it last SUMMER, but my boys told me no way were they moving CLOSER to the equator during a FL summer. My 2nd son reminded me that he is white, he burns, and there isn't enough sunscreen in FL to prevent that in the Fl Keys in July... in the water, even while wearing a rashguard shirt. So we nixed it. I did talk to him about it for some time during a holiday. I personally think it would be a blast, but I like diving.

VW- Camp Flaming Arrow in Lake Wales. Take the pike N to Yeehaw Junction and head west on 60 for about 40 minutes. It's about 2.5 hours. I highly recommend it... They're planning some GREAT new upgrades too!

Posted by: Bou at June 27, 2011 09:38 PM