Wednesday, July 18, 2007

2007 Camp Lassen Day 1

Jack and I met about 11 kids and and 10 adults from the Cub Scout Pack 233 early Wednesday morning for the trip to Camp Lassen. Lassen is located forty-five minutes east of Chico off Highway 32 near Butte Meadows, California. The group will be spending parts of the next four days there.

After a stop for an early lunch in Chico, we rolled into Camp Lassen about 12:00 p.m. It had started to rain lightly as we left Chico. When we got to the camp, it was raining steadily. Several of the parents ended up buying ponchos from the camp store.

We spent the next couple of hours unloading the cars and setting up camp in the rain, including building a sink for our camp improvement project.

Once we had every thing organized, we went for a medical check. The swim check was next. In order to use the canoes or the kayaks, we have to take a swim test. Several of the parents and boys went for the swim test. Try as I might, I could not get Jack motivated to take the swim test.

By late afternoon, it had stopped raining. In reality, the rain was probably a blessing. Several of the parents talked about how dusty the camp was in past years. The rain should keep the dust down for at least a couple of days.

The boys spent the free time in the afternoon whittling and collecting firewood.

Before the dinner, the entire camp assembled as they took the flag down. The group for the next few days looks to be more than 175 cub scouts and parents. Dinner was served cafeteria style in a large dining hall.

After dinner, everyone met on the dam overlooking the lake. The theme for the camp this year is Pirates. The staff put on a pirate production on the lake and the boat and swimming docks.

We finished the night with the pack sitting around the campfire.

Jack and my tent with the lake in the background

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