Last week Troop 888 attended their annual summer camp at Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, RI. I was lucky enough to be one of the adult leaders who went along. I have to say it was a great week, tough but a lot of fun. All the boys worked on different merit badges for their rank requirements but they also got some free time to have fun. Some boys tried stand-up paddle boarding, others shotgun shooting. The troop was challenged by Troop 454 to a game of water basketball, which was a lot of fun. Then we challenged Troop 454 to a game of water dodge ball. Some of the older boys hiked the trails at Yawgoog and worked toward the Yawgoog Hiker segment. Each night we had a great big campfire and everyone sat around and relaxed. On Friday night we had a Flag Retirement ceremony where we retired several old worn out American Flags. It was a very memorable week and I can’t wait to do it again next year. The best part is next year BOTH Alex and Nick will be going up.
Camp Yawgoog Gate
Yawgoog Pond Sunset
This past Saturday Alex and I went with Troop 888 to a Shotgun Shooting merit badge clinic in Flanders, NY. The clinic was run by Ducks Unlimited and several Boy Scout Leaders. They did a great job and were very professional. Everyone had fun and learned a lot.
All last week Nick has been attending a fishing camp down at Short Beach in Smithtown. They have been teaching them how to surf cast and fish from the beach. The’ve used all sorts of different rigs and he even has caught some keepers. Here are some of the ones we actually got to eat. They were Porgies and they were delicious. Nick even helped Paula clean them.
Yesterday we went into Manhattan to take a sailing tour on the Clipper City Tours boat. We visited the 9/11 memorial and walked around Battery Park. Then we finished off the evening with a nice sailboat ride around the Governors Island and past the Statue of Liberty. It was a very nice trip, we all had a great time. Here are some pictures of the trip.
Just wanted to wish everyone Happy 4th of July.
The boys from Troop 888 and I went canoeing on the Delaware River. We canoed 20 miles over 2 days and camped out overnight at a wilderness area at the halfway point. It really was a good trip, everyone had a good time. Here are some pics from the trip.
I recently reviewed a day pack that I had gotten as a gift. This is a nice pack that works well as a day pack or for a single overnight. See my review here. Kelty Review on Trailspace.com
Alex is off to the 8th Grade Dance tonight. He is all dressed up and ready to party!
Well, I finally finished the log table and its out poolside. I think it looks really great and I hope it lasts.
Here are some pictures of the table and Nick relaxing with his feet up.
I am planning on a new summer project for the boys and I. My father always wanted to build a sailboat and he frequented these sites Stevenson Projects and Chesapeake Light Craft while he was researching. I am pretty sure he always wanted to build the “Weekender” sailboat from Stevenson Projects.
I am not quite ready to build that boat but I think Alex and Nick would enjoy building this little one called the 3-in-1. I just purchased the plans today and will have to pick some time to take off this summer and start working on it.