Cub Resident Camp

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Cub Resident Camp
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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 9:25pm

I just got back from a 3 night stay at Cub Scout resident camp at Heritage Reservation with my son who is going into 3rd grade and my other son who attended as a Den Chief- partly because he really wanted to go back and partly so my younger boy would have a buddy at camp since no other kids from our pack would go.  We ended up staying in a tent unit area with 4 other packs.  The one pack- I didn't like the adults from the moment I saw them in the parking lot, so I picked two tents on the other side of the area from their group.  As it turned out, the group that moved into the side with me was from a town nearby and they had really nice 6 boys and 6 friendly parents.  It was also the first time at camp for all of them, so I was really able to help them out a lot with what to expect and my younger son made some new friends and my older son got to be den chief for the group.  The theme was Safari Adventure and the skits from staff had a lot to do with 2 warring tribes and we had to find the colored stones from around camp to bring the tree of life back to full strength to bring the 2 tribes back together.  There was also a dino dig area and some other theme stuff.  Besides that, the kids also had bb, archery, sling shot, and rock throwing ranges; nature, sports, swimming/boating/fishing time, sponge wars at the fort, and advancement time where they could pick among many belt loops.  Ian picked art the first day and weather for the 2nd day.  Art was fun even though he had it already... they used huge paper out on some big flat rocks and made a huge mess.  Weather was pretty boring and they couldn't do all the requirements... and they couldn't pay attention because the kickball game looked so fun.  Oh well!  The weather was pretty good, and only rained good one time for about half an hour.  But some bad storms missed us by not much and there was quite a bit of thunder, so sponge wars was cut short for us and I skipped the "sports time" and used it to batten down the hatches at our tent site.  And on the 2nd day of programming, there was also a lot of thunder so we didnt' get to swim at all- only play in the sand.  There was also a wooden boat play structure on shore which the boys played in for some time.  The other groups did get to swim or boat though.  It was a very nice 4 days/3 nights and I'm already looking forward to next year.  It's also fun to see staff from year to year... some of those kids and young adults are really awesome and do a fantastic job!

Oh- and that lady from the other pack that I didn't like from day 1- she made a pain of herself the entire stay... to camp staff, and to everyone.  She was vain and she seemed like she was "deserving" or something.  She showed off at archery and put down staff and the other kids.  She was rather mean with her own son.  I know that her actions didn't stand out to everyone, but I really tried to be nice to the staff and be a super example of kindness to the kids and all that when she was around.  She will stand out in my mind as someone we do not want to be... and the worst part to me was that she wore a scout uniform shirt to dinner each night like all the other leaders (so this means that she was more than "just a parent" to those kids.)

 

-Jen

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Registered: 05-28-2000
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 1:35pm

Sorry to hear that the weather impacted camp scheduling.  That sure isn't fun. 

ugh about the other group.  It's so tough to be around difficult people. 

I like the weather belt loop, but I'm not sure tackling it at camp was the best idea since it can't be finished there.  I've found that most of the boys will not finish something after the fact - they don't do it on their own and it is hard to get the parents on board. 

It sounds like the staff did work hard to put on a fun program for the boys.    I like the stone idea :smileyhappy: 

 

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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 3:04pm

On the way home, my older son was looking ill and ended up with a fever and sore throat.  Then the spots started appearing so off to the doctor we went.  Turns out he had hand foot and mouth disease.  I don't know if he picked it up there earlier in the camping trip or maybe at the family reunion right before we left or maybe at the surprise birthday party we had for my younger son before the family reunion.  Guess I'll never know.  We shipped the boys off to grandma's house anyway and were assuming the younger one would certainly get it (but luckily he never did).  This way, they would not come into contact with our daughter before she left for her week at Girl Scout camp.  However, after I dropped her off, the next day, I started with a fever, mild sore throat and then the spots.  They say it's not itchy for kids, but let me just tell you, it was one of the worst expriences I've ever had... Lucky I was home alone for the week because I couldn't sleep and walking was painful.  At the end of the week, I did manage to get to my cousin's funeral- but my doc told me I should n't be contagious any longer- just don't share drinks with anyone.  It worked out ok.  Now everyone is home and healthy.  I plan to avoid that virus from now on- haha!

Oh- and the funniest part was that during cub camp, they had a contest for who caught the biggest bug- and many people found beetles and weird things... my son kept saying he caught the biggest bug- the FLU!  and we all laughed... but I guess he wasn't so far off!

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Registered: 05-28-2000
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 5:57pm
Jen - I'm sorry you ended up so sick. (((hugs)))

lol about the flu "bug". That's a good story to remember. :smileyhappy:
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