Troop 868 in Action
White Mills Christian Camp w/ Webelos
(January 13~15, 2012)

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Each year in January, Troop 868 takes a winter cabin camping trip to which Webelos Cub Scouts from several area packs are invited.  The intent of the outing is to show the Webelos how much fun winter camping can be ... especially in a nice, warm cabin!  The Boy Scouts plan the entire weekend program around the Webelos, teaching them scouting skills such as first aid, map & compass, firebuilding, campfire skits, how to put up and take down tents, and how to safely chop wood with an axe.  The Webelos get to help cook the meals and also participate in the associated cleanup.  And, of course, there's the traditional Night Hike by flashlight after the Saturday night campfire program.

The destination this year was White Mills Christian Camp.  It had been several years since we had been to White Mills, so this was a new venue for the younger Boy Scouts as well as for all of the Webelos.  The camp has a large meeting room with a large, well-equipped kitchen.  Sleeping is in a heated dormitory with separate sleeping rooms for youth and adults.  The dorms have flush toilets and showers.  This isn't exactly "roughing it" by Boy Scout standards, but few of the Webelos have the kind of cold weather sleeping bags or other gear necessary to do winter tent camping.  It would not be good to have them be cold or wet all weekend on their first winter camping trip.

Upon arrival, everyone gathered in the main lodge where Scoutmaster Meek explained procedures and expected behavior.  Scouts then started carrying their personal gear into the dorm and selecting a bunk.
Thomas and several other scouts carried groceries for the weekend into the kitchen. Patrol Leader Kraig and Assistant Scoutmaster Moore set about preparing a dinner of chicken stir-fry for the group.
The entire group was soon assembled back in the main lodge waiting for dinner to be served. This is view of the inside of one of the dorms.
The breakfast crew for Saturday morning was led by Patrol Leader Connor, assisted by Andrew and Scoutmaster Meek.  Eagle Scouts Adam and Nick seemed to have plenty of energy!
After prayer, everyone lined up for breakfast. Scouts watched as their plates were served by the cooks.
After breakfast, it was time for cleanup.  Andrew and Ronnie seemed to enjoy running the camp's dishwasher.   The group stood in formation by patrols for a Saturday morning flag ceremony followed by instructions for the day's activities.
Eagle Scouts Nick and Adam taught a first aid class to help the Webelos earned their Readyman Activity Pin. Scouts John and Spencer taught the Webelos how to safely use woods tool such as an axe and bow saw.