Our October campout was at the Barker Ranch or the shotgun campout as we like to call it. There we were settled next to a lake where some cows were staring us down from the other side. We didn't have much wood, so Mr. Turret came by 4 times with a loaded, wood truck. The weather was a perfect 70s, the grass was so thick that it felt like a bed and it was so soft. After a little while some kids started a football game using bushes touchdowns, it was really fun. Despite the lack of fire wood, the fires were huge and the cooking couldn't get any better. One patrol's cornbread was so good that adults came by for 3ds. Most patrol leaders are doing cooking merit badge. This was the closest campout to the scout house. That meant no stop at the big Buc'ees. Every hour you could hear more and more booms from the shotguns firing. Scouts, scoutmasters and parents fired shotguns and some scouts even earned shotgun merit badge. This was also the new Ranger patrol's, also known as leadership patrol's, first campout. They're meant to be a junior staff patrol.
Everyone started their day early at around 6:00 AM getting ready for the campout. At around 6:30 everyone got ready at the scouthouse and prepared themselves for the long 2 hour drive.Eventually we got there at 9:00 and set up 2 flys and our tents. It was a rather hard job setting up our tents because we were in such an enclosed space. For a few hours most people relaxed,played football, or ate. The younger scouts went on a nature hike. At around 12:00 a fall in was called and we were told we could start swimming. There was an awesome rope swing which was built last summer camp. The water was rather cold and muddy but everyone still had a lot of fun. At around 1:00 the lifesaving merit badge people were called and they worked till 5:00 on their requirements. The rope swing was open for a few more hours. When it closed the scouts went back to the campsite and started cooking. At around 6:00 the scouts served. Everyone cooked the same dish: Sophitia cheesecake, green beans, and lasagna. We had to cook on fire tables because of a fire restriction.During this time and the bonfire we cleaned. At around 8:00 a bonfire started. There were a lot of embers flying everywhere and people ran around avoiding them. We retired an American flag by burning it piece by piece. At 9:00 the bonfire finished and people played around till 10:00 or went to bed. We woke up early the next morning and made a delicious breakfast. Everyone packed up early because it was supposed to rain. We closed up the campout with a church service and cleaning. Then we sped along to home in our cars!
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.
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