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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.)