Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cub Scout Pack 350

It was a beautiful -- but very cold -- weekend for this youthful group of campers.  Most had not been up here before and since cub scouts have to have an adult family member to camp overnight, there were a good number of participants.

Friday evening a handful of veterans and hard core campers made their way to the camp and got things set up, but the majority of the group came in Saturday.  According to the leaders, it was a loosely structured weekend with no organized plans. Essentially a weekend of enjoying the outdoors, hiking the trails, and acclimating to tent living and campfire cooking.  Even so, they had quite the tent city going on up in the main campground . . .

And someone thought they'd do a little hammock sleeping, too!
We were told that all the boys enjoyed climbing in and out of it, but decided it was way to cold to spend the night in it.

We caught up with the group at lunchtime on Saturday.  They were enjoying the pavilion and the playground.

But while the big group was at the pavilion, someone had to watch the campfire in the main campground, right?
We found these two willing volunteers enjoying the warmth and peace and guarding the fire circle.  "Enjoying the chaos from afar" was the quote!

They did a great job cleaning up and seemed to enjoy the long weekend. We hope Pack 350 will come back and visit again.

Monday, November 4, 2013

FBC Huntsville RAs - Fall Camp Out

Another glorious fall weekend--with crisp evening temps perfect for campfires and warm, sunny days--presented itself for the annual fall camp out of the RA's of FBC Huntsville!  Folks started to arrive about midday on Saturday and got right to the business of setting up tents.
A Saturday arrival meant they could get here early enough in the day to have good daylight hours in which to set up tents!  That's always a tough chore for campers in the late fall, when they start on Fridays.  By 5:30 (and now, since DST ended, 4:30) it's hard to see!

No worries for this group, though.  They had about forty dads and lads and they made quick work of getting their overnight accommodations ready and then getting a blazing fire going down at the pavilion camp fire circle.
The chow wagon crew got busy too, especially the evening's grillmaster.  Something about that cool, camp air really brings out the appetite in the fellows!
Their program that night was a *magician* -- we weren't able to stick around to see him, but the setup looked promising!
The guys had a great night and had the added benefit of an extra hour (since they were here when the time "fell" back).