There are a lot of good campouts but this year at Bovay was one of the best with many activities such as rock climbing and orienteering hunts. This campout has all you can want. At this campout there was rock climbing, knot relays, cooking competitions, and more! Some of the big highlights is when the awards ceremony.
Bouvay certainly had many things to do that were very enjoyable! - such as rock climbing, rappelling, shotgun shooting, and more. It was a good place to learn a lot of skills like knot tying and using a map and compass.
You would get there at around 5:00 on Friday evening and set up camp and go to bed. When you woke up on Saturday you got dressed for the morning ceremony at 7:00. After that you got back to your troops camp and set up dining flys. At 9:00 the activities started and almost everyone went straight to rock climbing (except for the patrol I’m in we were stuck cleaning the bathrooms.) For the first half of the activities most people completed the knot tying relay, rock climbing, and rappelling. At around noon everyone came back to our campsite to have a lunch of tacos. Soon after everyone went back to the activities but this time doing the orienteering course, stretcher relay, and tug of war. Soon after this all finished most kids hung out at their flys. At around 4:00 people started cooking dessert for the dessert competition.
People also cooked chili for the best chili competition. At 6:30 was the time for judging, many people didn't finish in time so they didn't get judged. At around 8:00 the bugle call played and another ceremony commenced. Most kids stayed awake till 10:00 but then everyone went to bed. Waking up to an extremely cold morning many kids were huddled around the campfire and were reluctant to leave the warmth to go to get a delicious breakfast of tacos. Soon after the bugle call was played and everyone headed to the awards ceremony which awards were handed out from stretcher relay to the knot tying relay. Soon after it was time to pack up and we got jamboree patches and zoomed home in our cars!
In the campout you would get there on Friday and set up tents and go to bed but on Saturday you would wake up early, get ready for the morning ceremony then start your activities after the ceremony. Most of the activities were friendly competitions. At around noon you would eat lunch then back to activities. In the evening you cooked dessert for a competition then you would eat dinner and talk with your friends till going to bed. Then you would wake up early, eat breakfast, go to the awards ceremony then pack up and go home. It was a very enjoyable camp. I would go far enough to call it my favorite!
This is one campout you would not want to miss!
This was the Wilderness Survival campout. We met at the Scout House at 6:30am, where we started our journey. It was very cold when we got there, but it warmed up gradually throughout the day. We set up our equipment on the edge of a wide plain. This year, the forest around the plain was laden with firewood, and we had no trouble at all collecting a large pile. At about 11:30am, this year’s Wilderness Survival Scouts left for the forest.
For the rest of us, time was spent fishing in the lake and sawing firewood with new handsaws. We had a light rain around noon, which fortunately ended before we had to start fires. At 3:00pm, all of the patrols had a fire going and started preparing their dinner. Dinnertime was at 5:00pm, and according to the parents the meals were delicious although mostly prepared by FCE Scouts (Kudos, young scouts). Fun things do occur during cooking. For our patrol, our brownies were indistinguishable from coals, and about as palatable as them. We definitely invented a new flavor of brownie, and one of our patrol members claimed to enjoy it.
After dinner, we began preparing for skits. Though we normally had to resort to some halfhearted story due to the lack of creativity, this campout, our patrol came up with a genius skit, involving a chicken trying to cross the road. We performed our skit by the bonfire at 8:00pm, where we saw other decent skits. After skits, some of us immediately went to our tents, while others ran around in the night. At this time, it was already freezing cold and quite testing to the Wilderness Survival team and the rest of us.
After a miserable night, we were reunited with the beleaguered but excited Wilderness Survival Scouts and cooked breakfast. A few hours later, we were all in cars, speeding towards home. We had all survived, marking the 13th year of this campout.
Thank you, Mr. Stocker, for your generosity and continued support of our troop. We will see you next year!
This campout was the Feast Campout, which comes once a year, and Scouts taking Cooking Merit Badge cook feasts. Our patrol’s feast was great; everything was delicious (with the exception of the green beans wrapped in bacon). All the patrols cooked delicious food, as well as using a lot of firewood. However, for me, the night was terrible. There was a huge rainstorm that night, and my tent got flooded, and all my things and clothes were drenched. So, I spent the next 3 hours in misery. The next morning, me and my tent were luckily not in the middle of the forest from the winds of the night, and my tent dried quickly enough next to the fire. Overall, though the campout offered superb food, I would rather have not have come.
This October campout was certainly a fun time for all scouts. Of course, with every October campout comes shotgun shooting. The shotgun shooting started after lunch on Saturday, and one by one the patrols went to go shooting. It was certainly a fun experience for all, after what was a very delicious lunch. By the end of the day, the temperature got cold. The night did not bring much sleep for me, due to both the cold temperature and people shouting all night. However, overall, this campout was a great experience.
For the February campout, we went to the Shipley Ranch. The name is no joke. Mr. Shipley himself brought 30 or so boxes of donuts for everyone, so there was way more than anyone could eat. We are very lucky to be invited to his ranch every year. Moving on, there was also lazer tag. A lazer tag company came to the ranch and facilitated a full-blown lazer tag war that was waged under the cover of night. Through all of this, we still did our normal campout duties. There was cooking, cleaning, and the pitching of tents. In the end this campout was balanced and fun, and would not be possible without the generosity of Mr. Shipley.
This campout started out more of the usual, but took a sharp turn later on. And I’m not just talking about the drop in temperature. What the Scouts had to endure to earn the wilderness merit badge was nothing less than commendable. I’m sure that they are happy to know that they have past one of the hardest tribulations that scouting has to offer. However, Wilderness Survival Merit Badge was not the only thing that took place this campout. There was a fire building contest where the goal was to pop kernels in a pan to make popcorn. It was a pleasant surprise to indulge in such a snack. What was not surprising was the quality of the food. I feel that this campout had a large variety of delectable meals that were begging for consumption. One of the most gratifying experiences of Scouting is the contribution to your patrol. When you bite down on that delicious brownie, you can feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you had a hand in making it. That is one facet of Scouting that never changes.
Shotgun Campout 2019
After getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep, we met at the scout house at 7:00 AM. Travel was quick, and most everyone had arrived before eight. After our tents and dining flies were set up, we were treated to a multitude of savory barbecue offerings. For that, we can thank the adults of that campout.
Next, we were on to the main event of the campout: shotgun shooting. The clays would be launched into the air, and the people taking part in the activity were tasked with blowing it into a million pieces. Personally, I found it to be a lot of fun, and it has interested me in shotgun shooting more. That is the same for many of our scouts at the campout. Overall, the campout was a lot of fun, and very unique in its own right.
This year’s March campout was extremely windy as there was a storm passing overhead and we just barely escaped the rain. We could not have our usual bonfire because of how windy it was for there was a great risk of it spreading. It was very cold early in the evening and also just as cold in the morning which left lots of us shivering because we were not properly dressed for the unexpected change in temperature.
The First Class Emphasis (FCE) Scouts were tasked with a 5 mile hike. This left many patrols without much assistance for a few hours. And for a couple of scouts, this was their first campout. They survived their first experience and had a good time learning some of the fundamental skills of Scouting.
Many scouts also passed their Board of Review, and ranked up. Their hard work paid off.
This year, our Summer Campout was in Elbert Colorado at the Chris Dobbins Scout Ranch.
On an early June morning, our troop left in separate vans and drove all day until we got to Amarillo and stayed at another troop’s scout house where we played volleyball, “Nuke ‘Em”, and Gaga Ball. We all slept on the floor or on a couch.
Once we arrived at camp in Colorado, we all began choosing tents and setting up cots. That evening, we ate dinner in the dining hall, and later the camp provided ice cream which we ate outside in the cold weather (yep, COLD weather in June – not something we see much in Houston).
Monday morning we woke to a 39 degree low and started merit badge classes and later played games with our camp host, Sterling. In one of the games, we had to find Sterling and other counselors who were hiding in the wooded area on a hill behind our camp site. A lot of us were climbing trees and jumping on the rocks. We had a really good time doing all sorts of silly things while looking for the others.
During the nights, scouts would play games in their tents. One night, Jude P. introduced us to Dungeons and Dragons. It started out with only a few people, but then, many others joined because it was very warm in the tent where we were playing. We all enjoyed Jude’s storytelling.
The camping merit badge group and the Cool Cima Dudes hiked Castelwood Canyon and Pike’s Peak which began on one day and overlapped into the next day. There was a chess merit badge class taught by Mr. Webb where we learned how chess originated and other interesting facts. The orienteering merit badge class did “The Big Race”. The Big Race involved them hiking across the CD Scout Ranch finding points using only their orienteering skills (map reading and compass use) in order to win the Golden Compass.
On Friday morning, we packed up, said good-bye to Colorado, and drove our long ride back home to Texas.
Everybody had a good time and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and weather.
We held our Summer Camp Court of Honor two weeks after returning home. At this Court of Honor Troop 642 Scouts earned 226 Merit Badges and 52 rank advancements including 3 Scouts earned their Eagle rank.
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