I Love the Smell of Mountain Dew in the Evening!

Whew, what a night, last night Jack V. defended his camp chess tournament championship and Mr. Barone won the adult division for the TriWizard tournament. Mr.Roberts and Mr. Peterson did the mile swim today, Sebastian B and Brent H followed them in a canoe to make sure they were safe.

Dinner tonight concluded with the World Famous Mountain Dew song (it’s my favorite camp song). Everything was set to finished up with the closing campfire, but mother nature had other plans. For the first time the closing campfire was canceled in the middle, because of rain. So 34 soggy scouts and 6 water weary adult leaders, trudged back to camp, waterlogged and feeling down. But have no fear, Mark H. and Sebastian B. defied the odds and got our own Troop 35 campfire going, and saved the day and the spirits of the campers!

All in all it was a good day at Camp Tesomas, merit badges were completed and scout skills were used!

In closing and and always, at Camp Tesomas 2014… it’s one for the books!!!

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The Kids are Alright!!

To all the loyal readers of the blog, yesterday was an epic day. Today the boys are just trying to finish requirements and have some fun in the sun!

So I’ll keep this short and sweet, in the immortal words of Roger Daltrey “The Kids are Alright!”

And as always at Camp Tesomas 2014… It’s one for the books!!!

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We Brought a Butter Knife to a Chilly Willy!

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!!!!


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He’s a lumberjack and he’s Okay!

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!!!!

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Into Each Life a Little Rain Must Fall!

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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