Summer Camp 2009

July 5-11, 2009
Treasure Valley Scout Reservation

Event Info

Class B T Shirt

Troop 54 was at Evergreen again this year (we won't be there next year). The camp had undergone a miraculous volunteer and philanthropic effort to recover from the December ice storm. Except for piles of wood chips everywhere (half a million pounds processed so far), you could hardly tell there had been a problem, much less a major disaster. The weather was pretty wet and cool, especially around the middle of the week.

We had twenty-one campers this year, who experienced an updated program with more merit badges and other activities than ever. During the week:

  • Several members of the troop participated in the Order of the Arrow's Hour of Service.
  • Older Scouts participated in COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience).
  • Our seven first year Scouts at camp participated in Brownsea Island Adventure.
  • One of our Scouts (and one of our leaders) helped man a "war canoe" during the annual camp race.
  • Our Scouts earned 42 merit badges (and lots of partials).
  • We had several rank advancements.
  • Our OA members ran an election at another troop and helped serve the ice cream social.

Troops in camp during Week 1 this year:

EvergreenTroop 54 (Worcester, MA)
HickoryTroop 173
High MesaTroop 15 (Connecticut, Out of Council)
MadoreTroop 15 (Massachusetts, Out of Council)
Pine AcresTroop 4 (Out of Council)
Sleepy HollowTroop 131
ThunderbirdTroop 28 (Worcester, MA)

At the closing ceremony:

  • Most of the COPE participants were awarded certificates of completion by the COPE staff.
  • One of our youth members (Derek B) and one of our adult members (J. Mitchell) were tapped out for Order of the Arrow.

At the closing campfire:

  • Bowen K was awarded a certificate of completion by the COPE staff.
  • Peter S was awarded the Monkey's Fist award for his helpfulness and enthusiasm at Brownsea Island Adventure.

Photos by: Joshua Froimson, Kathy Russo and Peter Hansen

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