This weekend was our Spring Camporee at Camp Pomperaug in Union, CT.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived at our campsite was that our tree had a light switch.
We chuckled at this one, because it even included a flood light in the campsite. There was even electricty in the lean-to's. We thought this was odd for a Boy Scout camp until the next day when we realized that this camp is leased to the Connecticut Burns Foundation for their summer camp - and the electricity was intended for the youth burn victims who might require it for health and safety purposes. You can learn more about the burn camp by clicking HERE.
After a night of torrential rain and a forecast that was threatening to be wet all weekend, the morning broke to a blue sky. We ended up with an absolutely gorgeous weekend for a campout.
The theme for this weekend's campout was Reality TV. Each station was based on a current TV show and the Scouts had to do some sort of game or Scout skill based on that TV show. Our first station of the day was Duck Dynasty. We had to shoot rubber duckies off the ledge using bb guns.
After the youth had a half hour of fun, the adults got a few minutes to try their hand at it.
Our next station was "Chopped" where the Scouts had 30 minutes to create a special food item using a limited supply of ingredients - some were mandatory, others were optional. My Scouts created this Spider Crepe (no actual spiders were hurt in the making of this crepe). It's basically an apple-cinnamon-marshmallow doughy crepe with Cheetos as the surprise ingredient.
Does whatever a spider crepe does.
Next up was "Survivor" where the boys had to work together as a team to lash a tri-pod together to hang a cooking pot, build a fire, and boil the pot filled with water in the fastest time possible.
The "Coast Guard Alaska" station had two games that replicated rescue situations. In this scenario the Troop had to take turns throwing a hula hoop (imagine a rescue life ring) to the victim who had to catch it in the air on his hands held together. Our Troop caught a record 800 points in the time allotted.
Did I mention that it was a picture-perfect day for a campout?
Afternoon session at the "Shark Tank" involved ingenuity in creating a lashed useful camp gadget - and then having the best sales pitch to sell it to the judges.
An afternoon station involved "American Loggers" where the Troop had to drag a log using teamwork and a long rope along a set course for the fastest time.
Missed stations included a very creative NCIS station run by the Fairfield Explorer Post - police officers - whose youth ran a crime scene complete with clues and a footprint in the sand. The Scouts mixed up their own plaster of paris to make a mold of the foot print for their evidence locker. Very cool.
Another station was the ESPN station where the boys played a rousing game of frisbee. We also competed at the Shark Tank and the Deadliest Catch (where the boys had to lash together a fishing pole, blindfold the fisher and then guide him to catch the pre-positioned buckets with handles).
At the end of the day, our Scouts showed that they know the meaning of "A Scout is helpful" by carrying two picnic tables back to the shelter to be stored. Great work guys!
The Scouts grilled the perfect campfire burgers over our campfire grill. Dinner also included hot dogs, watermelon, potato chips and s'mores. Yum.
Our day concluded with a roaring campfire and great skits by nearly every Troop present.
Thanks Troop 82 of Fairfield for organizing such a fun and creative Camporee. The reality TV twist made it interesting and fun. I still don't know how you pulled off that amazing weather, but we are truly grateful.