It may have been a return visit for the boys of Pack 391, but they found ways to experience a couple of 'firsts' on their visit! They came in on Friday afternoon and got settled in. The campground is always at its best with the happy sounds of kids having fun and the smell of campfire smoke in the air!
They got off to a slow start Saturday morning, sleeping in a bit, but by early afternoon, they were ready for a guided hike down Beech Bottom Trail. This particular group had never seen the Secret Creek before, so they were ready to go. Once we got down to the creek, their eyes went wide . . . and shoes and sock came off in a flash -- especially when their tour guide went right on in!
They splashed and played and had a marvelous afternoon in the creek waters. They even tried their hands (literally) at catching crawdads, but no one was quiet
brave fast enough! We relayed the story of some of the youth guys who visited the camp weeks prior, who caught several crawdads and grilled and ate them! That certainly sparked interest from the younger boys!
Soon the guys were traveling across, up and down the creek -- shirts were off and they were soaked from head to toe -- but everyone was having a marvelous time.
The tour guides needed to head back, but the guys opted to stay down at the water and continue to play! Truthfully, there isn't a better place to be on a warm summer afternoon.
The next morning, as we headed out to church, we were amused to see that the boys had once again headed down to the creek for some water play! One of their leaders informed us that not only did they go back down, but they also caught their own crawdads and then cooked and ate them -- hmmm, we wonder if that counts toward a survival training badge?
So the Secret Creek is no longer a secret to Pack 391 -- we hope they'll be back soon to enjoy it all over again!