Visiting Camp This Summer
June 30, 2011 Leave a comment
I went down to S-F Scout Ranch this past weekend. I miss that place. Tim, one of my friends who I used to work with, and I went down and stood with Paul in his cabin at Family Camp. As I sat out on the porch each morning, I thought about how quiet, relaxing, and peaceful it can be there.
It was great to be back in camp, visiting with returning staff members, meeting new staff members, and offering assistance. It was a Dad n Lad weekend. I enjoy seeing how excited 8, 9, and 10 year olds can be – as well as their dads – to be down at camp, experiencing the outdoors and a lake for the first time. Scouting has so much to offer. I hope all of these kids have the opportunity to be a part of it. I also hope that Scouting stays relevant and remains accessible. There seems to be a lot that needs to be done.
Some things remain the same – the camp, the basics of the program, camp staff antics, etc. But some things change. Change can often be for good, but I still have some concerns for the camp (staff) this summer. I hope that the staff has as great of a summer as I have had in the past and that the program remains as amazing, if it doesn’t become even better.
On another note, the weather down there always amazes me. While it rained Saturday afternoon at Family Camp, we had hail and pretty bad storms at the Camp Famous Eagle water front. It’s just down the lake, but the weather changes pretty dramatically. Later Saturday night, there was some pretty cool lightning. As it began to shift into a major storm though, we tried to leave Walmart in Farmington and head back to The Ranch. A minute later, we could not see the road so we headed back to Walmart to wait out the storm. It seemed like all of Farmington showed up to do the same thing!