Summer is flying by. We are preparing for the trip to New Mexico! The end of June I spent nine days at Grey Wolf, which was an amazing experience. Five adults + 21 youth staffers + 62 participants = week 3 Grey Wolf! Watching the participants over the week transform into leaders was an amazing experience. In a nutshell, it is living the Scout Oath and Law intensely for a week. We began developing our team in January in order to put on a great program for the participants. I believe we accomplished that! Course 4 finishes up today and it is time to put the equipment away for another year.
After a couple of days rest at home, I drove over to Tomahawk Scout Reservation to spend time with the troop at summer camp. I lucked out with the weather--it was very cool and comfortable for sleeping. Kerry and I were happy that the camp installed new latrines with a side for women! The boys were doing well, working on merit badges, and having fun. It was good to have a fire going in the campsite all day. A nice place to take a load off the feet and relax. On cook's day off, we had Cheeseburgers in Paradise at Scoutcraft and then for supper the boys fixed steak, baked potatoes, and dessert. A new twist is to have a couple of staffers join us for supper, which was great. They sit with the boys and it is a nice way to see how the scouts are doing and get feedback about the programs, etc.
I drove back home in torrential rains, did laundry, and have been resting up for the trip to New Mexico. I will take Outdoor Training, and Jim will take Round Table. He made copies of my little Dutch oven cookbook to share at the Midway.
|Gery and I are ready for Course 3!|
|Dutch oven cooking!|
|There is always time to sing|
|Mrs. C. checks her notes|
|Breakfast--A's mom made us muffins!|
|Morning assembly flag ceremony|
|Out for a walk. I guess you could say this is a self-portrait.|
|I took time to observe the color and textures of the woods.|
|The ferns grow in circles|
|A valentine from nature|
|The weather was nice and cool, so I planted myself and picked up my knitting!|
|Pretty blooms near the Trading Post.|
|Adult campsite--Big Agnes and the Gnomes are back!|