Zachary, Jeff and I left Sundy morning for Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Cuyuna. For once it wasn’t 90 degrees and humid. The weather was sunny and beautiful. We got to camp, checked in and we helped set up Zach’s tent. Once we were all set up we headed back to Brainerd to attend the wake of Don Howitz, one of our Boy Scout Leaders who lost his battle to cancer. Then the boys (minus Jeff and I) headed back to camp.
Sunday night they had a camp wide meal that the staff puts on for them and an opening night bonfire. Then bright and early Monday morning they wake up to get the food from the commissary to make breakfast and then head off to their merit badge classes. Most of the boys take three merit badges. Zach has already taken all the required for Eagle merit badge classes that are offered at Cuyuna so this year for electives he took Fishing at 9am, Woodcarving at 10am and Cooking at 11am. After the morning classes the boys head back for lunch and spend the afternoon doing service projects and hanging out.
In the evenings staff puts together some fun activities for them like Capture the Flag and the Foxfire Rendezvous. One night they have chapel and on Friday afternoon they have a Water Carnival of games at the beach.
The last couple of years I have taken off on Friday so I could spend the afternoon with Zach, take in the Water Carnival, the camp wide meal, and be there for the closing night bonfire and award ceremony.
At the Water Carnival this year they had a water relay race, a canoe tug of war, a Scoutmaster tube pull and a paddlest kayak race where they race the kayaks with just their hands- no paddles.
The camp wide meal was very good. We had scalloped potatoes and ham, green beans, corn on the cob, pears, vanilla pudding and “the cadillac of all cookies” Nilla wafers.
Back at camp we were visited by staff who told us it looked like rain was supposed to move in to the are by 9:45. So instead of starting the bonfire at 9pm it was being moved up to 8:30. Well, the predictions were wrong because on the way to the bonfire it started sprinkling. By the time we got up to the admit. building it was pouring and by the time we got to the bonfire our seats were all wet. Needless to say by the time we got back to our tents that night we were soaked.
It’s hard to get wet clothes to unsuction from your skin but we did manage to get changed and get to bed. It rained for a while but our tent kept us dry and then the winds came up and blew hard all night long. I loved every minute of it.
Breakfast the next morning was Frosted Flakes, Marshmallow Mateys, powdered sugar donuts and Rejuv. Can you say sugar?? With tents packed up and a heavy heart we joined hands in a circle and shared our favorite and least favorite parts of camp. A great bunch of kids each and every one of them and the parents who took vacations and stayed up there during the week (Dan, Mark, Jim, Craig, Alvin) are pretty special too. Our same site is reserved for next year and plans are already in the works for a 3 course meal for the Scoutmaster Cook off. I know the boys will be looking forward to their next campout!