Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fall campout

As promised — and only a week after the fact — here are pictures from our fall Scout camping trip to a fantastic campground in Oconomowoc, Wis. But first, a brief rundown of the itinerary. After we checked in and picked out our beds (in our heated cabin!) and did the brief flags in ceremony, it was off to the play castle, a pretty awesome structure. The boys ran around like mad for a few minutes (Jack explored and took pictures), then got organized into teams for games: knife throwing (plastic swords), a lava pit/dragon's eye team exercise and jousting (which Jack chose to skip).

Then it was on to the ship, a large wooden structure in the shape of a boat on the shore of Silver Lake. The boys could stand on the bow, look through portholes, climb up the crow's nest and "fish" off the side by trying to lower a paper fish into a bucket. That preceded a trip to the mine, an underground series of dimly lit tunnels with a sand pit for buried "gold" coins.

We headed back to the cabin for some down time before dinner (KFC "catering"). That was followed by the campfire (his den performed "On Top of Spaghetti"), which led into evening snacks and bingo, at which Jack was allowed to be the first number caller. The weather was so unseasonably warm Jack didn't wear a coat the entire weekend or once complain about being cold. We headed back to the cabin — Jack actually asked if he could go to the bathroom building to brush his teeth — and eventually everyone got to sleep. Sunday morning featured a pancake breakfast cooked by our pack's partner Boy Scout den, then cabin cleaning and a return trip home. It was a really nice weekend and I think Jack had an excellent time. Hopefully the photos do it justice.

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Getting the dragon's eye across the lava pit. From Scouts

Photographing the lake form the ship's bow. From Scouts

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A self portrait. From Scouts

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