Tesomas Day 6

Today started with the Chilly Willy challenge to staff, when we arrived at the waterfront, we were surprised to see three five gallon buckets holding frozen cylinders of ice instead of one. We knew it was going to be a long haul and said a prayer to keep us physically strong throughout the challenge, mentally awake to take advantage of strategy rather than sheer brute strength, and morally straight to prevent any illegal holds or foul words.

The challenge started out with the Three Old Goats, and two of our biggest scouts. We wrestled the ice to the beach twice scoring two points. We had to switch to fresh players for round three because the 1st string gave it all they had, Tesomas Staff, including Steve and Davis (who, by the way, may not get much help from T35 on their eagle projects) scored two points! First string was ready to go back in; but wait the flaming arrows and second year scouts were dying to get in the game and went for it! Our smallest scouts stood up to Tesomas’ biggest staff members…alas we did not win.

We were, however victorious, everyone involved wants to do it again and next year, Troop 35’s scouts will be a little bigger, a little stronger, and a lot smarter.
It’s amazing to see how each scout has truly advanced this week, not only with merit badges and ranks, but also with character, citizenship, and physical fitness. The boys who were homesick at the beginning of the week don’t want to leave now and one of our scouts has signed up to be a counselor in training next summer. The tradition continues and Troop 35 keeps getting stronger every day.

We’ve already asked the camp director to have the ice ready on Day 2 Tesomas next year.

For now we’re focusing on finishing up merit badges and finding our water bottles.  The mile swim and closing ceremonies are all that’s left until we hit the road.

That’s it for the blog for now. We’ll do a recap when we get back. Look for your scout tomorrow at Gary Church between 5:30 and 6:00pm

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Tesomas Day 5

Todays, BLOG will be short, we are all tired and Jonah is doing his campfire program for his Communications merit badge that we all want to go watch. Today was a good day. Brandon B got to sit at the head table at breakfast with the MC’s which is a high honor and really fun. All the scouts are making great progress on their advancements and merit badges. This evening was open night for all activities. Mr Vail helped to run the Tesomas chess tournament. We had great turnout with over half of the participants being from our troop. Hot off the press, the winner was Jack V, with Colin and Garrett in the top four . As I write this, we are strategizing for the Chilly Willy which will be at 6am tomorrow at the waterfront involving troop 35 versus the staff. For those of you that don’t know what that is, it involves water, ice and a little healthy competition. Ask your scouts for more details when they get home.

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Tesomas Day 4

Today began with Jacob, Will, Jonah, Collin conducting the flag ceremony, continued with Brandon, Adam, and Jacob recognized as great scouts by their merit badge counselors and ended with Adam and Jonah being tapped out at the Order of the Arrow ceremony.  Troop 35 is looking good and we are ready to challenge staff to a chilly willy on Friday.  We’re looking forward to a campfire and a restful sleep.

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Tesomas Day 3

Another beautiful day at Tesomas, the Smiley Doppler is currently calling for rain on Thursday but today is gorgeous.

Today started with some early risers on a fishing expedition that resulted in Allyn and David knocking out the “catching” requirement for Fishing Merit Badge.  This resulted in the idea for a fish fry to supplement our campfire brats planned for the evening.  Allyn, Mr. Harrison, Mark, and Mr. Childers all contributed with a total of six largemouth bass that were prepared for the fire per Fishing Merit Badge requirements.

The Old Goats started their morning with some zip line drops after breakfast and the Flaming Arrows demonstrated their knowledge at Eagle Quest.  After merit badge work was complete and some letters home were sent, we had a great meal on the campfire.  The campfire meal was topped off with a Dutch Oven Birthday cake for Garret who is now 12 years old. 

Garret, “Happy Birthday Toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  you!”

After dinner the whole camp was opened up to something like a free-for- all and all of the activities were open. Waterfront, Shooting Sports, Cope and Climbing, and Handycraft were all available. The Old Goats volunteered to clean up while the scouts took off for all kinds of high adventure.  The camp is very quiet now.  We’re whooped and it’s bed time.  Tune in tomorrow for more.

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Tesomas Day 2

The first full day at camp ended with a bang as the neighbors across the lake lit some fireworks for our enjoyment. This first day was so packed with activities that it felt like a week, it’s hard to believe that we have just arrived yesterday.

Our Troop 35 Tesomas staffers, Dan S., Steve S., and Davis W. have made us feel really welcome and at home. The Flaming Arrows have settled into the place and will be acting like they own it next year. The 2nd year scouts are working hard on their four to five merit badges this week and doing a good job of leading by example. The star and life scouts are really running the camp well with honorable mentions out to Mark H. – Senior Patrol Leader, Jacob P. – Troop Guide, and Brandon B. – quartermaster and camp fire marshal.

Steve S. is working the waterfront and is merit badge counselor for Fishing and Lifesaving. Allyn M. and David R. are fishing with Steve and Jonah is earning his Lifesaving merit badge. It’s great to have a Troop 35 scout mentoring up here at Tesomas. Troop 35 has loaned many members to Tesomas for summertime work over the years and hopes to continue the tradition.

Allyn and David need to catch and cook a fish to earn their merit badge. Tomorrow morning, Mark and Jonah are going for a run to find the secret pond that the staffers fish and report back to Mr. Peterson. David, Allyn, Collin, Mark and Mr. Peterson plan to hook into some fat fish before breakfast.

P.S. The parents of the Flaming Arrows will be pleased to know that they all successfully earned their totin’ chit and still have all of their fingers! (See pic below for proof)

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