Son #2 Goes to Camp (Part 1)

Where: WEBELOS camp at Camp Hobbs

Who: Son #2

When: June 12-15, 2014



This is an aerial map of Camp Hobbs.

Today I am going to talk about my Webelos camp. I came to Camp Hobbs on 6/12/2014, around 6:00, and then I had to take a swimming test. I got the color white, which means “learner,” which is the lowest rank in swimming. After that, I helped set up a tent that somebody else was going to sleep in. Then, some people raised the flags of the U.S., Alabama, and Australia. Everybody separated into 8 different patrols, and all the patrols were named for Australian animals. I was in the Bandicoot patrol, and my group made a flag with a picture of a bandicoot on it that said, “Go Bandicoots.” Everybody tied their flags to their flagpoles, which looked like big, long, wooden walking sticks.

I shared a tent with a boy named Ryan. We had lights out at 10:00, but it took me a long time to go to sleep. In the morning I woke up at about 6:30, and at 7:00 we had a flag ceremony. The leader gave us our chores for the day, and then she picked two patrols to say Grace. The two patrols who led Grace got to eat first. That day my patrol ate second to last, and the line was enormous. The line was also very slow. When we were served, the food was almost gone. We had sausage, eggs, and grits. Nobody got seconds, and everybody got milk.

After breakfast, we had a few free minutes, and then we got instructions for our activities. The Bandicoots usually went with the Platypus patrol. We went to Outdoorsman, Archery, and Forestry. At Outdoorsman we learned about how to build safe fires, that places have been burnt down by electrical stoves and griddles, safety rules, and how to make a fire that will burn for at least 3 minutes. Then, we went to Archery. First, the person told us the rules, and picked 4 people to start. I was one of those 4. We took turns shooting bows and aluminum arrows at hay-filled bags that looked like targets. I actually hit the target 2 or 3 times that day, but they all bounced off the target. The other boys’ arrows actually stuck into the target. At Forestry, we learned how to tell the difference between red oak trees and white oak trees. Then, we took a hike and identified poison ivy, red oak trees, white oak trees, stinging nettle, and poison nettle. The difference between red oak and white oak trees is that red oak trees have pointed leaves, and white oak trees have half-round leaves and no points on their leaves.

After all our activities, everyone came to the flag ceremony. Then we ate lunch. We drank chocolate milk this time, and I can’t remember what we ate. My patrol’s afternoon activities were Engineer and Aquanaut. We went to Engineer first, and lifted a pound of lima beans using an easy to make pulley and a big brick using a pulley. We also drew floor plans of our houses. Then, we went to Aquanaut. I had to go to the Learner area, because I failed the swim test. I swam for about 2 hours. I swam and swam and swam and swam! Then it was time to get out. We went and had a flag ceremony, ate supper, and went to bed.  See you later for the second half!!!

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