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A Week at Camp
Our week at Many Point summer camp was great! We had 46 scouts enjoy an amazing week of sun, wind, and one night of storms.

On Tuesday night, we were evacuated to the storm shelter for a couple hours. It was quite an event. The staff put in extra effort leading rousing songs for quite awhile. Turned out to be very little weather to actually hit the camp, but we were up very late.

Then, at around 5:30 on Wednesday morning, deja-vu all over again. This trip to the shelter wasn't so much fun. Looking over the lake from our campsite, I could see a wall of white rain moving towards us so there was a bit more urgency. No songs that early in the a.m. :-) Just waiting for the "all clear" which came about 7am.

Two tents and a pop-up shelter got whomped by the high winds, but that was all. After that, the weather was beautiful all week.

I had the most fun I can recall at camp on Friday afternoon when we sailed for 2 hours. I had two new scouts with me and they were pretty nervous about sailing for the first time ever so they wanted to go with someone experienced. I told them I've sailed a lot. I've had my own sailboat since I was younger then them. I sailed practically every day when I was a kid. And, I never tipped over unless it was on purpose. Even when I made big waves in the tub, that sailboat of mine didn't tip. :-)

But, they went out with me anyway and it was a blast. The daggerboard was whistling we were going so fast and at such an angle. One of them did slip overboard once but we wheeled around and picked him right up. Then, the other kept asking to go overboard and finally couldn't resist when we were on our way back in and "fell" over the side. I let him swim the rest of the way in as a "punishment".

Oh yeah, we did have 6 new scouts get a 12-hour bug that really cleaned out their systems (if you know what I mean) and then they were just fine. All in the same patrol, tentmates, one right after another for 4 days. One guy lucked out and didn't get it - even though he was sleeping between two that did.

We've got our campsite for next year reserved and it's a great one! Room for more scouts and close to the action - I'm looking forward to it already.

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Posted: 17:37 07-22-2010 507
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Comments:
 Jul 23, 2010 - Mitchel
"I let him swim the rest of the way in as a punishment."

Scouts aren't punished. They have learning experiences.
Jul 23, 2010 - scoutmaster paul
Hopefully, the " "s around the word "punishment" will make it more obvious that it was what he wanted to do and not actually a punishment.
If not, then please add:
"Letting the scout swim to shore was not actually a punishment. He wanted to get in the water and swim. It was a short distance, no other boats nearby, lifeguard ready to help, and more efficient than trying to turn the sailboat to get him. I believe it was a safe, fun way for him to get to shore."

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