Camp Bell 2016

What a great week we had this year at Camp Bell.  The weather except for about a 3 hour window was dry all week.  The heat and humidity were a bit much especially when it was time to finally hunker down and get some sleep.  All in all it was very successful and the scouts accomplished a lot.  Each of the six scouts came out of Camp Bell earning at least two merit badges including our newest scout Jack H. from the famous Pair of Jacks.

We also saw the other Jack get nominated for the Order of the Arrow and was recognized in a special ceremony at the closing campfire Friday night.  Along with that we also saw several scouts including Nat and Will check off several rank advancements and should have no problem attaining first class by next summer so they can hopefully be nominated for the OA as well.

Some of the highlights of the week included three scouts on the first day of program getting up on waterskis- great job to Wyatt, Dan and Jack H!

Clearly we have some scouts who have talent at throwing tomahawks and shooting archery, but also saw some great knife-making and leather work.  Then again we also have scouts that can EAT.  All in all I think we blew through about 18-20lbs of bacon in five days, 200 mozzarella sticks, a ridiculous amount of french fries, more fried dough than at the Cheshire Fair, 24 pork chops, 4lbs of smoked sausage, 6 dozen eggs, endless pancakes and French toast, 6 tubes of cinnamon rolls, mountain man, Johnny Appleseed pork chops, Frito pie, oh did I mention the 9 pizzas we made on Sunday night, Chinese stir-fry and one massive tub of homemade mac & cheese!

The scouts needed the nourishment with their daily program activity and while not every activity was filled with excitement the scouts learned a lot about life at camp and that the patrol method is key to the success of the patrol.

I am proud to announce the scouts won the Cast Iron Cook-Off for the third year in a row, I think they are getting close to becoming a dynasty!  (BTW they can do dishes also!!!), they won their first Travois race even after starting 15 minutes behind the first team, and they won the Farm award for being the first patrol all summer to work on and earn the Plant Science merit badge.  Great to see them come home with three awards with the Travois and Cast Iron aka The Golden Spatula being two of the most coveted awards they had out at camp.

Finally, I wan to thank the leaders that helped pitch in and help me this week due to my work schedule. Also thanks to Dan R. our outgoing Senior Patrol Leader and Wyatt for leading and positively directing the scouts the adult leaders appreciate your efforts.  A HUGE thanks goes to Richard Crowe for being up there from Monday through Saturday Without his support camp would not be as successful as it is.  I must say though with another year under their belt, the older scouts know the routine and really started to click by Tuesday night which was a relief to see.  Also great to see how well the scouts all got along and participated in all types of activities day and night.

I look forward to an exciting year in scouts for the rest of 2016 and 2017.

Yours in scouting,

Peter Switzer

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