THE SCOUT LAW
A Scout is:
1999 Summer Camp Review
The following is the article placed in the local newspaper, the Melrose
covering this year's camping adventure. Pictures follow the article.
Located north of Pondsford, Minnesota, is a place
where hundreds of Boy Scouts gather each summer. Here, near a lake surrounded
by tall birch trees and mighty pines, is the camp known as Many Point Scout
Camp. Scouts from across Minnesota, and in fact from across the USA, have
a great time at Many Point canoeing, swimming, sailing, climbing towers,
shooting rifles and bows, and learning scoutcraft.
Thirty Scouts from Melrose Troop 68 attended Many
Point during the week of July 11-17. Jay Hinnenkamp, Pat Christenson, Jesse
Wolbeck, Ben Kociemba, Jacob Duclos, Jeremy Lang, Keith Faber, Andy Kleinfehn,
Nick Ellering, Brett Moening, Benji Imdieke, Nick Schwieters, Jamie Wolbeck,
Brandon Denn, Mike Linnemann, Ryan Bergmann, Kyle McClure, Darin Christenson,
Matt Waldorf, Jason Lang, Chris Berg, Alex Ellering, Mike Viere, Jonathon
Wolbeck, Nathan Ellering, Mike Orth, Josh Duclos, Marc Wensmann, Dave Ostendorf,
and Jacob Ellering spent the week at camp with adult leaders Steve Borgerding,
Eymard Orth, and Jeff Duclos.
A typical day began with breakfast at the dining
hall. The morning hours were divided into four sessions. The first three
were used for merit badges classes. The fourth was used for a troop activity.
After lunch the troop had some free time, a camp wide event, or more troop
activities. In the evening all program areas throughout camp were open
for the Scouts to enjoy. Most evenings saw the gang around the campfire
before hitting the sleeping bags for a good night's rest.
Troop 68 participated in several troop activities
during the week. On Monday, the troop had a troop swim and a Dutch oven
cooking demonstration. On Tuesday, the did a camp service project as part
of earning the Super Troop award, and then spend a couple of hours sailing
on Many Point Lake. A few troop members completed in the camp's triathlon
know as the Ironman.
On Wednesday the troop took part in the ethics for action program which
helps the troop to develop team skills while playing games that involve
problem solving. The afternoon was spent at the beach again when the troop
had another troop swim period. The Scouts also spent a little time preparing
their songs and skits for the Friday night campfire program.
The troop gathered at the beach again on Thursday
morning for the greased watermelon game. It is played like water polo except
that a watermelon, covered with lard, is used as the ball. During the afternoon
the Scouts were at the camp's climbing tower. Volleyball was also a popular
The Scouts finished work on most of their merit
badges Friday morning. Most of the afternoon was spent at the archery and
rifle range. The troop was divided into two groups at the ranges, the experienced
and not so experienced.
When it came time for the experienced group to shoot
the 22 rifles they chose to do the ëegg shootí. Each rifleman would get
three practice shots to site in his target. Then, the paper target were
replaced with an egg. Most of the eggs were raw, but a few were hard boiled.
The object was to hit the egg with one of the remaining two shots. If a
Scout missed the egg with both shots then he had the choice of eating the
egg, or wearing it. Only three Scouts missed the egg, but a fourth Scout
received a penalty egg for trying to hit someone else's egg. Three guys
choose to wear their egg but hitting it on their forehead. One of them
was please to discover that his egg was hard-boiled. However, the one who
choose to eat his egg was not pleased to find that it was not hard-boiled.
Most of the troop headed to the camp's fire tower and
history museum after supper. Then it was time for all troop's in the camp
to gather for the Friday night closing campfire program. The camper's energy
was high as the program began, and continued high throughout the campfire.
Troop 68 was the only troop to perform during the program. They sang their
song MPSC, which was based on the Village People's YMCA. An Order of the
Arrow call-out ceremony was held after the campfire program.
But troop members were not ready to back to their
campsite yet. They headed to the site of Minneapolis Troop 195 for another
campfire program. Both troops had a great time performing their favorite
songs and skits for each other. Many of the staff stopped by to join in
As Saturday morning arrived the troop began to pack
for its journey back home. Most Scouts agreed that the week flew by too
fast and could hardly believe the time had already come to go home.
All three adult leaders agreed that this was one
of the best summer camps that the troop has attended, mainly to the fact
the the Scouts were so well behaved. In fact, as they all agreed, it did
not even seem like there were thirty troop members in attendance.
If you would like to see more about this year's
trip to Many Point Scout Camp check out Troop 68ís web site at www.melrosetroop68.org.
As our pictures are developed the best will be placed on the web site.
Members of Troop 68 raise the flag at the morning ceremony
Thirty Scouts and three leaders from Troop 68 attended
camp this year.
The climbing tower was a popular place to spend one's
They spent one afternoon at the rifle and archery ranges.
Scouts who missed their egg target on the rifle range
got to wear their target.
This was the biggest catch of the week for Troop 68.
Sailing is always a popular event at camp, if there is
Somewhere in the middle of this crowd is a greased watermelon.
Another popular sport of Troop 68 was volleyball.
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