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While Pinewood Derby might be a much anticipated event during the school year, Summer Camp tends to be the pinnacle for many a Scout.
We’ve lived in locations where Cub Scouts only had a day camp option, areas where the younger Cub Scouts did day camp and the Webelos could camp overnight with a parent, and now we are in a location where Cub Scouts have the option to do either day or overnight camp with just a 1 to 5 ratio for chaperones.
Boy Scouts have the opportunity to do a weeklong summer camp with many Boy Scout Councils having their own fixed site. Summer camp provides the chance to work on several merit badges, many of which are required for reaching Eagle.
What we discovered here in Alaska is that some Troops (like our current one) are large enough to also offer high adventure trips for the older scouts. We’d heard about boys going to Philmont or Seabase in small groups from a Council. What we hadn’t experienced prior to now were trips that are considered high adventure being done by just a Troop. P is going on one such trip this July to Aniakchak (one of the least visited units of the National Park System) as a joint venture with a neighboring Troop with an Assistant Scoutmaster who is quite familiar with the site from his job as a geologist. They will be the first Boy Scout group to make this trip and I’m sure it will prove to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I sure hope my boys all have a great summer camp experience this year at their respective locations.
Did you or one of your children ever go to a Scout summer camp? Was it a fun time for them with precious memories formed?
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