The sounds of tribal drums in the distance mark the impending battle. Two noble tribes step forth from the early morning mist, to match the strength and experience of the camp staff. Against the youthful exuberance of our heroes from Troop 35, in the ancient art of The Chilly Willy! The cries of The Blue Heron cracks across Crystal Lake Reservation and with a splash the battle begins. The sounds of ice and water, mixed with the flurry of arms and legs set the stage for an epic 5 on 5 battle. As both tribes tried to carry a block of ice to shore, the tide was quickly turning in the camp staff’s favor. With little time left and knowing that the course of history could hang in the balance, Coach Childers tried the nuclear option of sending all the boys in an all out frontal assault. At the sight of 20 screaming kids closing in from all sides the camp staff stood tall and eventually won the day. Humbled and beaten the boys of Troop 35 returned from whence they came vowing to avenge their fallen brothers!
The avenging started in the afternoon at the dodge ball tournament. Jonah S., Simon L., Josh K., Alyn M., Sebastian D., and Danny H. went on a tear and won the camp dodge ball tournament. (pictures provided by Will B.)
The boys continued with their rank advancements and merit badges, even through the rain.
Tonight’s dinner, which was served picnic style, was followed by the very solemn Order of the Arrow ceremony.
The Order of the Arrow is a sacred organization within scouts to recognize the best scouts in the troop. We had three scouts and one adult leader called out in the ceremony. Sebastian D., Will B and Simon L were the scouts who were tapped out. Mr. Leonard was the adult leader.
Congratulations to all the 2014 OA inductees!
And as always at Tesomas 2014… It’s one for the books!!!!
We got some rain again last night, but that did not dampen the scouts spirits. At the fire last night the boys shared their care packages and head a blast playing games and telling stories.
This morning at breakfast Jack V. issued a bold challenge to the camp staff, to a Chilly Willy tomorrow at 6am. Jack personally challenged the Shotgun merit badge councilor, Jeff, by telling him not to cry to his Mama when he loses to us!!!
After breakfast, The Old Goats, tapped into their inner lumberjack and split wood for the entire camp for a few hours. Tonight Mr. Childers, Alyn and Chris B. cooked dinner in camp for the troop and guests from Tesomas. We had Brat stew and Chicken stew and it was amazing!!!!
With dinner concluded the boys broke out on their own, some went and shot black powder rifles, some played volleyball, and some went to the EcoCon campfire. A great time was had by all!
And remember at Tesomas 2014… It’s one for the books!
p.s. Did I mention how great dinner was!!!!
Veggies to go with dinner
Getting fire for the brats
Chopping up food for dinner
Boys playing volleyball
Camp Tesomas, Where Camping is King!
Scoutmaster doing Scoutmaster things
Who wants some ice cream?
The logs that had to be split
Getting the 8 foot logs into 16 inch logs
Stacking the logs
Playing some water volleyball
playing some water volleyball
Happy scouts in class
Well we got some rain last night, but no worries Mr. Peterson personally guarantees that the rain will make all the scouts grow at least an inch (his words, not mine). After an overnight shower, the boys emerged from there tents ready to face the day, none the worse for wear! A quick pancake and sausage breakfast later, and they were off to there first merit badge class.
As the the older Scouts dried out, the first year Scouts got even wetter at the waterfront, working on second class swimming requirements. They were also excited to get their Totin’ Chit, so they can finally use their knives.
We finished the night with a fire, and games. Another great day at Camp Tesomas…where in 2014 it’s one for the Books!!!
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After a long ride to camp, and a lot of “Are we there yet”. We finally arrived at Tesomas Scout Camp safe, sound and all accounted for! The boys (and the Old Goats) are all excited to get the week … Continue reading
The scouts from Troop 35 gathered this morning at Memorial Park before loading the troop trailer with the scout’s gear and driving north.
Thirty-four scouts are beginning the adventure of a lifetime, some are renewing an old friendship with Camp Tesomas, and a few are going for the first time. Regardless, each visit leaves a lasting impression – young or old, big or small – and when they return, those who went are changed forever.
the ‘before photo’…
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