Tenderfoot Skills Camp
Saturday, 19 May
1000 - Participants arrived at the parking area at Area 1 of Storrs Pond. The SPL inspected packs and organized the troop for for the hike in. SM briefed on hiking safety and procedures and selected a navigator.
1020 - Departed for the hike to the campsite. Conducted navigation checks enroute.
1045 - Arrived at the campsite. Set up camp.
1115 - Flag raising.
1125 - SM conducted a session on observing native plants. The group counted ten separate species visible from the campsite, without moving. We then divided into buddy pairs and each pair found ten species inside a 10-meter square area. Then each group found ten species inside a 20-cm square area. Finally, each group found ten species inside a 5-cm square area.
1145 - Lunch.
1230 - The JASM held a meeting to determine the order of events for the afternoon. The troop agreed to play Capture the Flag first and construct a Tyrolean Traverse second.
1300 - The troop played Capture the Flag in the area of the campsite.
1430 - After the game, the troop packed up climbing equipment and hiked to the ravine just before Area 1.
1445 - Arrived at the ravine, set up a Tyrolean Traverse, and ran all scouts across and back.
1545 - Returned to Camp. Enroute we stopped and sawed up a tree which had fallen across the trail.
1630 - Arrived in camp and began preparing dinner. After dinner, scouts began collecting firewood for the campfire, and the acting SPL prepared a program for the campfire. The SM conducted a knife skills training session for those interested (which turned out to be most new scouts).
1900 - Campfire. The SM issued a single match for lighting, and the fire lit on the first try! (Lots of dry pine cones, and birch bark...) the campfire program included the usual collection of jokes stories and skits, but also the baking of a dutch oven cobbler (peach), and the election of PL and APL for the New Scout Patrol.
2100 - Closing, bed prep.
2130 - Bed checks
Sunday, 20 May
0700 - New scouts began rising and preparing breakfast as early as 0530 (as usual), but all scouts were up and eating by 0700. Mr. Hoge demonstrated the preparation of pancakes. As breakfast concluded, scouts began packing for the hike out. We aimed for flags at 0835, but had some difficulty making that goal.
0845 - Flags, final police and pickup.
0900 - Departed Camp
0920 - Arrived Area 1
This was a very successful operation. We completed all goals, including Tenderfoot requirements 1-3 (camping and cooking) and First Class requirement 6 (plants). Scouts learned about stoves safety and usage, experienced hiking and camping procedures peculiar to Troop 45, and built patrol spirit. We even completed a small service project. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.