Troop 54 went to Camp Birch on the 15th of
February. We took about an hour road trip to Yellow Springs to do a cold
weather campout! Most of the boys wanted to sleep in the Adirondack, a three-sided wood shelter, a few boys
wanted to sleep in tents and a lot of boys wanted to sleep in the cabin. Let me
add, the cabin was only heated by a wood burning fireplace. It didn’t have
bells & whistles, or “real” heat.
Once realizing how cold it really was 96% of the boys ended up sleeping
in the cabin.
Although we didn’t get to do any ourselves, the troop got to watch a tree tapping. We learned it takes 40-50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup! We went on a hike around the camp in what seemed to be a foot of snow, there were plenty of wildlife footprints to check out. It wouldn’t have been a real cold weather campout without a few snowball fights, so we had to get a couple of those in while we were there.
Our overnight was completed with what we believe to have been raccoons scratching underneath the cabin next to Mr. Wright’s head. Surprisingly, Mr. Wright's snoring didn’t scare them off! We were cold, but had a great time. We’ve even told our leaders we’d like to go back ... when it’s warm.
Taylor (T54 Webmaster)
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