Troop 868 in Action

Summer Camp Trip 2007 (June, 2007)
Owasippe Scout Reservation

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For summer camp 2007, Troop 868 made its first repeat visit to a camp since the troop tradition of selecting an out-of-council camp began back in 2001.  Interestingly, Camp Wolverine on the Owasippe Scout Reservation was also the destination for that first out-of-council summer camp "road trip."  This year's trip was still totally new to almost the entire contingent; Scoutmaster Meek was the only person in the group to be an Owasippe repeat camper.  However, two scouts in this year's group had older brothers (both now Eagle Scouts and college students) who had attended summer camp at Camp Wolverine back in 2001.  It was the wonderful experience had by the 2001 scouts that led the Patrol Leaders' Council to schedule a return visit.

Owasippe is the oldest Boy Scout Reservation in the United States.  A gift to the Chicago Area Council from the Chicago Tribune newspaper back in 1911, the reservation originally spanned some 15,000 acres near the village of Twin Lake, Michigan (about 20 miles northeast of Muskegon).  About 2/3 of the original acreage has been sold off over the years but the current reservation still encompasses nearly 5,000 acres.  The reservation is home to 5 fully independent camps, Camp Wolverine being one of them.  The others are Camp Blackhawk (a dining hall camp), Camp Carlen (not operating during 2007), the Robert Crown Adventure Base (limited use during the 2007 season), and Camp Reneker (a family camp for the spouses and non-scout children of staff and unit leaders).  The Diamond "O" Ranch (host to an outstanding horsemanship program) is also a separate program area.

The 2007 Summer Camp Trip began with departure from the Shepherdsville Community Center early on Saturday, June 16.  The first day's destination was Columbus Avenue United Methodist Church in Sandusky, Ohio.  The troop had made arrangements to stay at the church while visiting Sandusky for the purpose of riding the roller coasters at Cedar Pointe Theme Park on Monday.  On Sunday, the troop attended morning worship at the church then spent the afternoon playing miniature golf, riding go-karts, and bowling.  

(Back L to R):  ASM Chuck Davis, Committee Member Philip McClure, SPL Stephen, Tim, Trey, SM Bob Meek.  (Front L to R):  Clinton, Jonathan, Dylan, Adam, Nick, Gabe, and Connor. The first meal of trip was a picnic lunch at an interstate rest area along Interstate 71.  Scouts teamed up to carry plastic tubs and coolers from the bus to a shady picnic spot.
It didn't take a troop of hungry boys very long to get the food on the table. And once it had been prayed over, the boys were more than willing to dig in.
Columbus Avenue United Methodist Church in Sandusky, Ohio hosted us for 3 nights. The guys grilled steaks outside and Saturday evening dinner was eaten in the church activity hall.
Meal times were an opportunity for scouts to fellowship together and practice table manners. After dinner, Jonathan sat down with Asst SM Davis to tie some fishing knots and work on Fishing MB. 
Other scouts elected to spend the evening playing various board games. 'Risk' was a favorite among the older boys who played just about every evening.
Tim takes aim at the cup as Stephen watches and waits.  (L to R):  Tim, Philip, Trey, Stephen, and Alex move on to the next hole.
Clinton watches the hole as Jonathan putts. Air hockey table is always popular with our guys.  Philip and Stephen found a table in the game room at the golf place.

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