We finally did it. For several years after getting married, we thought when we had kids we would bring them back to Pocono Plateau for summer camp, back to where we met. The Plateau has always meant so much to both of us. It is where my fait took root and started to grow. Well, three wonderful children later we find our selves in NC, not exactly within an hour or two driving distance from the Plateau. Well the kids are now at a good age where a camp like Music & Performance Camp at the Plateau would be a good fit.
So, we finally did it. Kim and I were volunteer counselors, me at Music & Performance camp with the boys and Kim at Eco Adventurers camp with Caitlin (she was a bit too young for Music & Performance). Many things about the Plateau are the same but many things are different also. Arriving at the Plateau was like it had been… the anticipation… the long wooded drive off the main road… the cooler fresh air and the wind in the pine trees… the sight of the old familiar buildings and of course the lake and cove. There are a few new buildings, The new dinning hall (we helped raise money for it, but never seen it complete is now sitting where Quonset huts (also known as Pine) used to be… the More building now has heat and doors to each bunk room… The old dinning hall is now a recreation room and craft room. A new highlight for the kids was wooden structure near where the camp store used to be (now adjacent to the dinning hall) that they call the Ga-ga pit. This game is a cross between dodge ball and four square. Maybe some pictures later will help explain.
The week was great. The weather was wonderful. The children's musical was Christmas in August. Dian Ramage was the music director for the week. Dian was the music director the last few years when I went to Music Camp in High School. There were several other adult counselors there that were part of the camp in the late 80’s and were now bringing their kids back to the camp as Kim and I were. It was a lot of fun. The kids enjoyed the usual camp stuff like hikes, boating, swimming, fishing, Ga-ga pit and more while they continued to practice and rehears the musical three times a day.
I volunteered to be the camp photographer for the with the idea of doing a slide show for the kids and family at the end of the week. I took more then 1,000 pictures during the week and narrowed it down to about 300+ pictures for the video. You can see the slide show video, about 20min, here (you will need to install browser plug-in to make it work). Below are just a few pictures of mainly just my family from that week.
Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.
his past weekend the family (all 5 of us) all went camping (in one BIG tent) to the Woodfield Scout Preserver for the Cross Over ceremony. The Cross Over or the Arrow of Light ceremony is for those Webelos scouts (cub scouts) that have achieved the Arrow of Light and are crossing over into Boy Scouts. Collin was one of those Webelos. In the past few years he achieved Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1 and Webelos2.
The weather for the camp out was quite nice, mid 60’s during the day, but quite code as low as 29 degrees over night… Can you say burrrrrr. The boys were real good with paying attention and helping out setting up camp and taking it all down and pack. We took a few hikes and enjoyed some free time. The main purpose for the camp out was the Cross Over ceremony. The ceremony was after dark was done quite well. About 40 boys crossed over to Boy Scouts that evening including boys from other packs.
Collin is looking forward to bigger and better things in Boy Scouts.
Below are just 24 pictures (of the 140+ pictures taken over the weekend) in a slide show.
The Arrow of Light story read at the ceremony:
In the ages past, when the Nations of the red man spread across the land, there was a young member of one tribe called Akela. Akela wished to be a warrior as the older men of his tribe were, but no one would consider him so. "Little Akela, he is too young to join the hunt," they would say. "Too slow to run with the Bobcat clan. Not clever enough to hunt with the Wolf clan. Such a young one is not strong enough to join the Bear clan." No matter how hard Akela worked, all ways were barred to him. But the Aged Chieftain of the tribe saw Akela differently than the rest. "The spirit of this young one burns brighter than the largest fire. Akela has served his brethren well for one of his age. The time will come when the tribe will need only that which Akela can give."
One night in the fall during the harvest, a party of warriors was canoeing back to their village after a hunt. On this night, the fog rolled thick across the river. The fog was so heavy, the river path back to the village was hidden from view. A nearby river path to the right led to a roaring chasm. The warriors did not know the safe path to take and were trapped. Akela had been practicing his hunting skills in the hills above the river and had seen the danger to the canoe. He wrapped an arrow in a skin, set it aflame, and shot it into the sky toward the safe river path. The warriors in the canoe saw the flaming arrow through the fog and followed it toward the safe river path and the village.
The warriors went to the Chieftain saying, "We were trapped on the river and the Highfather sent an Arrow of Light through the sky to guide us." The Chieftain smiled and said, "The sign which led you to safety came not from the heavens but from one who you thought was too young to do anything." He brought Akela forward to the surprise of the warriors. "Akela has proved himself worthy to wear the name of warrior. He has aided his brothers in their time of greatest need. Hereafter, all young members of our tribe shall become warriors only after meeting the challenges of the Arrow of Light. Let them each be filled with the spirit of Akela and follow his example of unselfish service to our brethren." And it was made so and carried through to the present day as you Webelos stand before us now, ready to receive the Arrow of Light.
ack 17 Cubs and Webelos enjoyed beautiful weather for the Fall Camp Out at the Woodfield Scout Preservation. Collin and Austin both experienced (again) shooting with a BB rifle at the shooting range. During the fall camp out is usually a festival of sorts. The kids get to play simple games and such and receive some sort of candy prize.
Collin also got to experiment and get good at starting a fire with Flint and Steel with cotton ball and redwood cedar bark scraps.