Monday, July 07, 2008

Boulder Creek Scout Reservation Day 2

Up before 7 a.m., the kids gathered for Morning Colors at 7:45 a.m. After breakfast, the kids started into the program for the day. We have nine boys at camp: Jack and two other boys from his Webelos 2 Den and six boys from the Webelos 1 Den.

Their first program activity for the day was handicrafts. They spent an hour and twenty minutes making bird feeders or bird houses and painting them. Jack enjoyed it and actually said at one point that he wanted to come back during free time.

The next session was BB Guns. Last year was the first time that he had ever had a chance to shoot a BB gun and he loved it. He has been talking about getting a chance to do again for weeks. Oddly, Although Jack is right-handed, he is left-eyed and shoots left handed. He did very well and improved his scores steadily over five targets.

After a fire drill and lunch, we headed to the archery range. At this point, the day was getting pretty hot. Jack and several of the other boys were starting to wilt. As a result, Jack did not enjoy the archery range as much as he did last year. He also struggled with the finger guards that they made the kids wear this year.

Free time was next. Over the course of the day, the staff had been hawking their activities for the free period. Johnny, one of the boys in Jack's den, wanted to do the Nature Hike and convinced Jack and Tim to go with him. Philip and I also tagged along. This was a 2.5 mile hike with 34 different points of interest where the staff stopped and talked about plants. It was a reasonably challenging hike. I will post some maps in the next couple of days. I was very proud of how well the boys did; they hiked without complaint and paid attention with the staff was highlighting the points of interest. The hike took almost an hour and a half.

After Evening Colors and dinner, there was a Competition Night at the main campfire. Selected boys competed in a series of contests for "fabulous prizes," including water balloon tosses, whistling after eating crackers, pie eating, and ice potato.

This was an extremely busy day. By the time, we got the boys cleaned up and down for bed it was after 10:15 p.m. Jack crashed hard.

Philip, Bruce and I made a quick run into the town of Boulder Creek for ice and water.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I'm right handed and left eyed too shooting guns and photographs ;)