The 2nd Day

The search for our wayward Scoutmaster continues. Search efforts were getting in the way of adult nap schedules. As reinforcements, a team of Himalayan Yeti, trained in advance tracking, have been recruited and deployed. We attempted to give them priority search areas (cots, napping chairs, etc.), but none of us spoke Nepali.

Monday was the first day of classes with a wide variety being taken by our Scouts. The newest were off to TNT to start learning basic Scout skills and get a head start on rank advancement. Others are taking everything from Nuclear Science to Canoeing. In particular, two of our finest combined their canoeing class with an impromptu swim test as they forgot which side of the canoe was up. Our first camp inspection was performed with a troop score of 54 out of 60.

Two of our elder statesman began a service project by climbing one of the minor Rabin County peaks to upgrade the camp radio repeater.

I can’t name names, but the day was topped off by one of our adults having our ‘Back’ by representing the Troop in the scoutmaster Belly Flop contest. Pictures will be available next week, suitable for framing.

More to follow…

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The First Day

To spite the name of this blog, we have been abandoned by our Scoutmaster. He left abruptly Sunday afternoon using some weak excuse about continued employment. His minions have taken command of the adult patrol until he can be located.

The boys have settled in at the Powell campsite for those of you familiar with Rainey (same campsite as last year). The last few swim tests were completed and a couple class schedule issues worked out. Yesterday was a full day with building the gateway, organizing camp and the opening campfire. It ended up also being a late one with boys being excited about finally being at camp (till well after Taps). Each day starts early for two motivated youth that have signed up to complete the mile swim (in pristine Lake Taccoa at 5:30 AM). This morning was a gourmet breakfast and then it was off to their first classes. More to come…

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Summer camp 2015

Summer camp begins on Sunday June28! Please meet us in the Home Depot Parking Lot. We ask everyone be there NO LATER THAN 9:30 so we can load the trailer and get on the road. We will stop at Wendy’s for lunch in Clayton before going to Camp Rainey Mountain. Make sure your scout has money for that and if you would like money for the trading post as well. Also, they should carry their water bottle with them as they will be separated from their footlocker before they get to our campsite and they will be walking around camp. All medication should be checked in with John Shepard at Sunday. Please put it in a plastic bag with instructions on the amount and when the scout is to take it.
Have the boys leave the electronics at home. First, they are there for the outdoor experience and not to have their noses stuck in a video game. Second, there is nowhere to charge them. Finally, cell phone coverage would be described as non-existent. The camp is located at the head of a long valley with mountains on three sides. Don’t expect to hear from your scouts until 07/04/15 when they give you a call when they are getting close to the church to be picked up.
Weather in Clayton doesn’t look to bad with high temperatures in the low to mid 80’s and lows in the low to mid 60’s. Rainey Mountain is typically a couple degrees cooler. There is a good chance of rain mid-week so make sure you bring your rain gear! The call it Camp RAINey Mountain for a reason.
Thanks for the two families who have RSVP’s for the dinner Thursday evening. We now have our numbers set for buying the food for the scouts.
If you are interested in sending a “Care” package to your scout please mail it so it arrives at camp while we are there. In other words mail early. Be mindful of what you send as the boys will be sleeping in tents or Adirondacks which are still open shelters which means they can have visitors it they have food laying around. The address for packages is:
Camp Rainey Mountain
Troop 514, Scout Name
1494 Rainey Mountain Road
Clayton, GA 30525

Don’t mail anything to them after Tuesday as they will not get there in time. Remember Friday is a holiday.
If your scout is taking a handicraft merit badge, make sure they have money to purchase their kits from the trading post when they get there. It’s not fair to the adults to ask them to fund these purchases for the scouts.
Please take time to thank the adults taking a week of their vacation time to spend it with your sons. I can speak from experience, the adults have a great time with the boys and always have a sense of pride in all of them as they band together and take care of each other. It is a very special time. The adults attending are John Shepard and Todd Kruegler who are taking charge this year. Steve Back will be back as well. New comers are Bernie Barnhardt, Scott LaRou and Matt Smith. Mike Leary will be coming up the beginning of the week and Ed Fleeson will be there towards the end of the week as well.
The leaders will be updating the webpage with activities and things going on. For youth protecting, they will not be giving the names of any scouts on the Web page.

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