Lots of fun was had at the August 2015 canoeing camp-out! The last two canoeing camp-outs had been canceled due to rain, so in my three years of Scouting, this was the first one we actually got to go on as a Troop, and boy it was fun!
We arrived at the campsite late at night. It was pretty good ground to be camping on since it was mostly flat, non-rocky soil. After the trailer was unpacked and camp was set up, everyone went to bed. The next morning we got up early, 6:30 AM to be exact. Once all patrols had eaten breakfast and cleaned up, the Troop went to our launching site to begin our 8-mile canoe trip. After getting situated two to three people per canoe, we set off on our adventure.
The beginning of the trip was pretty calm and quiet, but nevertheless we enjoyed taking in Nature’s beauty. Two lead canoes set the pace. We made three stops along the way: two were at random river banks where the Scouts were able to get out of their canoes and frolic in the water, and the third stop was for lunch.
After lunch, the Scouts played in the water again. It was a bigger area this time and the current was much stronger. Even the older boys had a hard time keeping their footing! We did current racing, where we raced each other to see who could get to the top of the current first. Scouts and Old Dogs got together and locked arms to do a big float down the current. We had so much fun!
When the adult leaders said it was time to go, we continued down the river. Everything was normal, until Michael Paulson’s canoe slammed into Mr. Paulson and Mr. McBee’s canoe and capsized them! Mr. McBee said there would be payback! After awhile, we reached the end of our route. We returned to camp tired, but we’d had a good day. At Closing Night campfire, everyone heard the story about the canoe capsizing and we all laughed! In the morning, we ate breakfast, packed up, and drove home.
One of the best parts of this camp-out was that each time we all played in the water, the older boys interacted more with the younger boys. That was pretty cool. From canoeing long distances with fellow Scouts on a beautiful river, to splashing and playing around in the water, to someone’s canoe capsizing, this turned out to be one of the best camp-outs our Troop has had!
Jacob B. Y