Historian Report for Weblos Woods
Troop 618 arrived at Camp Meriwether at 7pm friday Oct 16. We carried our cooking gear from the parking lot to
Homestead site and setup tents at Baden-Powell.
At Webelos Woods, groups of cub scouts visit our station every 30 minutes from 9am to 4pm (with a 1 hour lunch break). Our activity was ‘outdoor cooking’. The webelos enjoy a quick version of a campout meal: wash hands, prepare Monkey Bread, cook the bread in a dutch oven, say grace, eat as a group (with skits) and wash dishes.
We were up early Saturday morning to get monkey bread cooking and ready for the first group. Our crew remained cheerful though the exciting and tiring day. Afterwards, Troop 618 led the camp flag ceremony. After dinner we cleaned our activity site and when to campfire where we performed a skit – If I weren’t a camper.
After Sunday Breakfast we cleaned camp and litter sweept the road between showerhouses. We ate lunch at the Tillamook cheese factory. Most of the scouts slept on on the drive home.
When we arrived at Timothy Lake near Mt. Hood, we loaded up our backpacks and headed out to camp. It was an amazing 4 mile hike with stunning views of the lake. We stopped for lunch and then headed to Meditation Point. Just as we got to camp, the rain started and continued through the night. We set up our tents and had a short hike around the peninsula. A number of boys enjoyed skipping rocks in the lake. Then we made dinner and got a fire started. After drying out our clothes a little, we had a short campfire program and went to bed. The next morning, the rain had cleared and we had a beautiful view of the lake and the dam across the way. We headed out of camp around 9:30 and hiked back along the trail to the cars. On the way back, we stopped at Little Crater Lake for lunch and Scout’s Own before heading home.
Thorns (what didn’t go so well): The rain, not bringing the right gear, tent/sleeping bags got wet, didn’t get a chance to build survival shelter
Roses (what scouts really liked): Hiking, the views of lake, skipping rocks in the lake, that the rain stopped
September 2015: June Lake, Chocolate Falls,and Ape Caves, Washington
On September 19th, 2015 the troop drove to June Lake for a one night campout and 11 miles of hiking. It was a 1.25 mile uphill hike from the trailhead to camp. We ate lunch and proceeded to hang our bear bags. The hike to chocolate Falls was about 1.5 miles each way. The first ¼ mile or so was all uphill. We traversed an ancient lava flow that was a cross between bouldering and hiking. In some sections it was easier to use the rocks them the path and in other sections there was no trail. We spent about 20 minutes at the falls. (Which look really cool.) The trip back to camp was downhill and much faster than the hike up. Luckily, we brought our sunscreen – as the afternoon sun beared down on us.
Most scouts had freeze-dried meals for dinner. After that we did a litter sweep and had free time to work on skits. Our “campfire” was dim due to the burn ban. We gathered at a 6 foot diameter log which washed down the mountain and landed out of place in a dried lava flow. There was an hour of skits followed by scout vespers. Lights out was at 10:00pm, so we’d be ready for wake up at 6:00am Sunday. We packed everything up, hiked out and had breakfast on the trail; arriving at the Ape caves around 9:00am.
The Ape Caves are divided into 2 sections: the lower caves are easy walking, while the upper caves are challenging. We hiked both, for a round trip of 4.7 miles. The caves were wet and cold (remember a jacket and flashlight) . We arrived back at the parking lot at about 12:30pm.
Next up was lunch at Two Forests park, which has laving castings from 1900 years ago. We had scout’s own in the remains of a lava tunnel. We were back home by 3:00pm Sunday.
Thorns (what didn’t go so well…): Scraped hands and knees on Rocks, sore ankles, chocolate falls wasn’t really chocolate, sore feet, “I was tired”, flashlight battery failure in the cave, confusion about cooking (when to have hot meals, or cold meals), slept poorly
Roses (what scouts really liked): chocolate falls, hiking and bouldering, view from the hike, getting up early, packs were well packed, finishing the whole campout plan
Buds (what could be better in the future): Do more backpacking, Get better at hiking as a group (stay together, don’t get separated), Be stronger (don’t get tired), get up earlier in the morning, better food planning, pack extra batteries, bring gloves, allow more time to study rocks.
On the weekend of June 12 – 14, 2015, Troop 618 went on a campout to lake Billy Chinook, a lake near Madras, Oregon. This campout was special, because there was so many things to do! Hiking, fishing and swimming are merely some of the fantastic activities provided.
While down on the lake, THREE large fish were caught by scouts. They cleaned the fish with the help of some experienced adults, then they fried and ate the fish that they caught! The best meals are the ones you make yourself!
Swimming and canoeing were other activities that scouts could do on the lake. Some scouts attempted to fish of the side of the boat, but to no avail. Many of the scouts had lots of fun swimming in the water and jumping off the dock.
Hiking around the Mesa near the lake gave us six miles of beautiful scenery. During the hike, the troop passed through the world’s largest juniper forest! The hike was lots of fun!
Unanimously, the scouts agree that they wish that there was more time in a day, so they could’ve had even more fun doing activities this weekend.
On the week of July 12th to 18th, the troop went on its annual trip to summer camp. This year, 52 scouts and adults from our troop visited Camp Parsons in Washington. The troop has not visited this camp in 7 years, and all were excited to go. Scouts enjoyed activities such as swimming, boating, crafts, rifle shooting, archery, scout craft, merit badges relating to conservation and the environment, and more! The troop also got to participate in four events held by the camp staff. The first was a music festival, then a beach bonanza, then a staff production of Frozen, and finally a Hullabaloo. On Wednesday night, our troop got together with Troop 80 from Magnolia to participate in an inter- troop campfire. This included a hot dog eating contest between Senior Patrol Leaders and a ton of skits. At the end of the week, the troop succeeded in earning Honor Troop, an award given to troops that work extra hard at camp. Everybody had an awesome experience. by Timothy
During the weekend of April 10-12, 2015, the troop hosted a camping trip where the families of the scouts were invited. Everybody participated in an assortment of activities such as gold panning, candle making, wrangling, smoke signaling, sack races, and tag games. The scouts also got to stay two nights in a fort. Scouts, adults, and families all had an amazing time.
submitted by Timothy