By Holly Wouters
After a full year of Scouting and months of preparation, 1st St. Marys Scouts set off on a journey. A week long camp at the Halliburton Scout Reserve with 11 youth (ages 11-14) and 3 leaders, the troop linked with 1st Mitchell Scouts for a total of 20 youth and 5 leaders. The troop was all ready for an adventure with the campground and program proving not to disappoint.
Upon arrival everyone was barged to their campsite and prepared for the week ahead. As the site was on an island, canoeing was the only mode of transportation. Everyone quickly fell into step with their canoe partners. Paddling skills developed quickly, as well as individual confidences became more prominent in their previously developed skills. Each day the troop would have scheduled activities that they all canoed to. Activities such as Kayaking, paddle boarding, archery, rifle range, snorkeling, rappelling down a 60’ rock face, rock climbing, sailing, hiking, and star gazing. With all the activities mentioned there was still some spare time each day for leisure activities. Each camp site at the HSR has its own designated swimming area that was well used. Fishing was also top on the agenda for most youth with the fish plentiful.
The popular destination for Scout groups from all over gave a chance for St. Marys youth to meet troops from as far away as Ohio and as close as Guelph. Badge trading at these types of camps is a must, as it gives the youth a chance to meet others with the same interests, and share stories of the day’s activities. This also gives leaders a chance to meet other leaders and share stories, experiences and helpful tips from their years of scouting.
After all arriving home, the excitement of flushing toilets, a shower and a sleep, brought on an impromptu 5 minute dance party. Having seen the transformation in the youth in the short time of 7 days was truly remarkable. The reward of seeing the youth develop into young adults is well worth the hard work, preparation, and a week without a hot shower. Thank you to all our Scout supporters and parents who helped make this journey possible. Your support though our craft show fundraisers has made this journey a reality.
For more information on how you can join in our next adventure please contact 1st St Marys Scouts group commissioner Kim Conard at email@example.com 226-919-6486 or visit www.scouts.ca
If you are a youth wishing to join scouts we are always welcoming new members any time of year
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