Pequot Museum / Yawgoog Camping Trip

Friday, September 15 -
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Rockville, RI

Event Info

Pequot Museum picture

This month, Troop 54 camped at Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, Rhode Island. Our last time there was for summer camp in 2013. This time, we were back at the Anthony Acres site, a fairly remote location where we camped in 2009.

The site had several nice, root-free tent locations with picnic tables and firepits. The nearest water was at a fantastic, new latrine building about half a mile away. There were no other amenities at the site. We arrived at night to set up camp in the dark. In the light of day, we saw that our tents were pretty well spread out.

We had ten Boy Scouts and four leaders participanting on this trip. This was our largest contingent of Scouts since October 2014.

During the day on Saturday, we drove to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, Connecticut. This is a really nice, modern museum of Native American culture and history. Reportedly very busy on school days, it was nearly empty during our visit; we were the only group. Our visit included an archeology classroom exercise that illustrated some of the concepts used by the museum's researchers in unearthing facts about the Tribe's history. We also went to the top of the viewing tower. The highlight of the museum was the Pequot Village exhibit, a detailed reproduction of life in a 16th century Pequot village. THe move “The WItness” was a moving account of the destruction of the tribe at the hands of the English.

Once again, the weather was perfect - not a drop of rain and temperatures in the 60's and 70's.

The camp cooking was more successful than last month. For dinner on Saturday, the Scouts cooked “One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni”, and for the leaders, Mr. MacNeal made “Balsamic Chicken With Spinach and Mushrooms”.

This was the troop's 105th consecutive month with at least one overnight camping trip.

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J. Froimson

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