Sun, Jun 24, 11:28 PM
Hello from Camp Rainey Mountain (CRM)! I now know why they call it Rainey Mountain. It rains around 4p apparently – every day. So I hope your son packed his rain gear otherwise he will get wet. I was also hoping to really rub it in about our weather being so much better than yours. Right now it’s around 66, feels like 77, with 95% humidity. In Plano now it’s 88, feels like 92, with 55% humidity. So I can’t REALLY rub it in, but I can rub it in some especially with the breeze. So yeah for us!
Needless to say it has been a long day. And attempting to sleep on a bus does not count as a nights sleep. I think I “woke up” a few times thinking I was going to fall off the seat. We left Plano later than what we wanted and that set us behind most of the time. However, we made it to camp early. We had some exciting activities along the way. We watched a few movies. We watched a wonderful documentary about bees and how the collect honey and pollinate plants (you know, Bee Movie… Jerry Seinfeld), one of the 800 Marvel movies (Black Panther), and a movie with a talking raccoon and dancing sprout (Guardians of the Galaxy 2). I know, it’s not that many movies. People didn’t bring many movies. Many scouts were watching or doing things on their own devices. Times are a changin’.
We had out first junk food stop, I mean bathroom stop, in the hopping town of Minden, LA. We traveled onto Meridian, MS where we did our driver change. It is interesting how a stop at 230a and scouts still wanted to buy food. Mr. Buercklin got a 24 oz. coffee. It did not smell good at all, but, I wasn’t the one drinking it. We then drove to Tallulah Gorge State Park for a continental breakfast. You remember I said we were behind schedule? So we went to one of the viewing areas for the gorge. I felt like Clark Griswald in Vacation. We walked down (only a couple hundred yards from the parking lot), I nodded my head a few times, and said “Let’s get back on the bus!” So if you have the chance to come to the Gorge, stay longer than us. We then drove about 15 min. to Clayton, GA for lunch. Now keep in mind, we are behind schedule to start and we just had some breakfast and then we go have lunch. I learned at a younger age – you eat when you have the opportunity and we all embraced that. We wanted to go to Chik Fil A, but we remembered it was Sunday. So, it was Wendy’s and the DQ. Let’s just say the Clayton, GA DQ with one cashier wasn’t really prepared for our group. We ate and drove another 15 min. and got to camp.
It is very pretty at the camp. There are a lot of trees, hills, and a much different scenery than North Texas. It is a nice break. We aren’t the biggest troop, but we are the only troop from TX and we did travel the farthest. The one cool thing about some of the campsites here are the cabins. Yes, I know, I said the same thing when I first heard it, “Not very scouty.” The have an open door and 3 bunk beds that sleeps 6. However, the way the camp assigned the campsites we are split into 2 different campsites. Logistically it makes things more challenging and we are sharing campsites with other troops. But we will adapt and persevere. We will also show them our annual ritual of our Cornhole Tournament. It will be another great tournament.
We toured the camp and got an idea of where everything is located. It always takes us a day or so to get in the groove and learn where everything is located. We even had scouts locate the Trading Post even though it was closed. It’s nice of them to lay that ground work for the troop. One thing that is different is the dining hall setup. They have 2 dining hall sessions for each meal. Fortunately, we are in the first session (which means we eat first). But that also means we won’t get opportunities for seconds and we can’t waste time eating. Get your food, scarf it down, move on. Pretty simple actually. We also have to wear orange wristbands. So no, we did not go to a club in Atlanta, it’s for food.
After dinner we went to Chapel and Campfire. I saw the 2 big fire pits and I had thoughts from Woodruff in 2016 (how are they going to gloriously light the fire?). At Woodruff, they shot an arrow in the fire (multiple arrows). This year, 2 people, with 2 big sticks, with rags on the end dipped in Boy Scout water (that’s lighter fluid to you non-scouters). And since it rained today, they didn’t really light and they were working on the bonfires during most of the Campfire to ensure they stayed lit. One thing I enjoyed was the music they played. A lot of 80s music. One of my favorite 80’s hits was played and many of the people sang along! Very cool. It is also one of the greatest 80’s music videos. Watch and enjoy: https://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914.
We have a busy day tomorrow. We are getting up at 630a. Morning flags at 730a. Breakfast at 745a. Panthers will be working on Trail to First Class Requirements before Period 1 which starts at 915a. They have a total of 3 periods in the morning before lunch. Lunch at 1215p. Period 4 starts at 2p with a total of 3 periods before dinner. Flag lowering at 545p, and dinner at 6p. There are twilight activities but we will also play Cornhole in the evening. We have this similar schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a modification on Friday since it’s the last day. We are going whitewater rafting on Thursday. The younger boys will go on the Natanhala and the older boys on the Ocoee (same rivers we did while at Woodruff). We also plan to have our Order of the Arrow Callout on Wednesday night. More on those in later blogs.
Since it is late, I did not have an opportunity to upload photos for today. We will upload a lot more photos tomorrow.
And our award winning feature of “Things Scouts Say” is neither award winning today or fulfilling. I think they are too tired. Don’t worry – this will get better. And we will also get “Things Adults Say” as well. But we do have one entry for the “Things Scouts Say.”
“You don’t see trees in Texas!”
Until tomorrow, have a good night.
Mon, Jun 25, 10:03 PM
Good evening parents! (Your response is supposed to be Good Evening Troop 221!). Not very spirited parents – it needs some work.
Adult: “Do you have any money?”; Scout: “Yes.”; 20 min. later. Scout: “Mr Spears, I don’t have any money.” (Of course, a TFC)“If it is a lake I have to have my goggles. If it’s a pond I don’t.” (This was a lively discussion among the TFCs. The adults of course don’t know the difference since the water is the same. Kid logic.)
Things Adults Say
“Sorry – I just put my hand in my pocket and made it go.” (The walkie talkie! The walkie talkie. Geez…)“He said duty… ha ha ha.” (Get it. Like doody??)“It’s your own boob sweat. Why do you care?” (We have 2 adults wearing camera harnesses and it causes an increase in the amount of perspiration on your chest. So this was strictly a medical discussion in non-medical easy to use words.)“I didn’t say you had to agree or disagree with me. I just said shut up.” (As said by the SM to a certain ASM in a joking fashion. And no, no scouts were around.)“What was that?!?!?!” (Watching the SM trying to read an email and falling asleep while reading the email and his hands seize up in the process.)“Mmmmm… I love the foam.” (Root beer float. Enough said.)
Tue, Jun 26, 10:39 PM
Tuesday was a much better day than Monday. We are getting our groove on. We know where to go, what to do, but a few still forget a couple things they need for each activity. This is normal for the younger boys especially. Tomorrow will be even better.
“Are those shorts kinda tight?” “Yes.” “They’re probably not yours.”“I forgot my underwear!”“#4 is down due to #2.” (Toilet issue)“No talking while people are throwing.” (From one of the main smack talkers who talks when people are throwing)
Things Adults Say
“Your going to cut your foot and forget about your finger.” (Said to a scout wearing just socks outside of his cabin while worrying about his finger).“I was drifting off and I saw the lights.” (Getting woken up unexpectedly in the middle of the night for a minor scout issue)“The bathrooms in the Admin. Building were full, but it was worth the wait.” (Yes the bathrooms in the Admin. Building are cleaner, nicer, and you don’t have to worry about your shorts getting wet.)“No tomahawk throwing during the game.” (The scouts should know better. You can’t throw a tomahawk during Cornhole! Mr. Meagher – no corn hole boards were injured.)“I had one and I could really work it.” (Reminiscing about butterfly knives from our youth.)
And we have pictures… You know how I mentioned the WiFi was kinda slow. Well, it’s slower than kinda slow and it’s spotty too. So I am uploading fewer pics while at camp. But just to give you an idea, I have over 500 pictures for today. So, be patient, you will get your “appetizer” today and main course after we get back to Plano.
Wed, Jun 27, 11:24 PM
We had a good day today at Camp Rainey Mountain. Yes – it rained again today. And yes, it was humid.
Adult: “Do you need any meds?” Scout: “Yes.” Adult: “What do you need?” Scout: “Not Tums.” (This older scout is familiar with the T221 method of Tums curing almost anything and knows that’s not what he needs).“I throw up.” (Sometimes you just need to do that.)“I don’t know how I did that.” (A TFC who managed to button his scout shirt to the shirt underneath.)“Why do you have chocolate syrup Mr. Buercklin?” “Chocolate milk!!”“Every time I wake up my voice is deeper. I am Morgan Freeman when I wake up.” (Classic!)“We see your bed shaking from scratching.” (We have a scout who apparently attracts mosquitoes and he cannot stop from scratching and he doesn’t get any anti-itch cream either.)“Mine is uglier than that.” (Apparently they were comparing crafts projects.)“Moist is the weirdest weird.” (I agree it is weird.)“Staphylococa… it’s a word.” (hmmm….)“Im a germaphobe with claustrophobia.” Other scout: “Then how are you a Boy Scout??” (Very good point.)“Hey, my mom actually cares about me.” (The reaction of a TFC scout when he gets a care package.)“America believes in you.” (Encouragement before a game of Cornhole.)“Mmmm… sugar.” (A scout commenting on his melted ice cream.)Adult: “What did your mom send you?” Scout: “I’d rather not say.” (This adult knows this scout’s mom makes great cookies.)“I’m not even a cripple anymore.” (In reference to last year’s summer camp injury.)“We ready!” (About to play Cornhole of course.)Adult: “Did you pack your swimsuit?” Scout: “Almost.” (How do you almost pack something???)
Things Adults Say
“Holy smokes. Looking at the pictures, I had no idea how gray the back of my head is. I think I need some Just for Men after camp.” (Picture a little tear falling from my eye…)“Operation Texas is complete.” (In reference to swapping out the GA flag.)“I’ll hit that on the way home.” (What was meant was that we would get some water on the way back to the campsite. We have been here 3 days and it’s already home to us.)“Where’s your box kid?” (An adult wanting some of the goodies in a care package.)
Next verse, same as the last verse… Slow WiFi = not many pictures being uploaded.
Thu, Jun 28, 8:57 PM
Hello Parents. Today is going to be a little thin on the content. As I mentioned yesterday, we were all whitewater rafting today. So, no pictures (it’s hard to take a picture while having to keep 2 hands on your oar) and we were all in different boats and on different rivers. So this will be the short, but very sweet, blog. (But tomorrow will be abbreviated too since we have to pack tomorrow night).
“Are Skittles bio-degradable?” (Um no. I think they have a half-life.)Adult: “Where’s your rain gear?” Scout: “It’s in my bag. I don’t want it to get wet.” (???)“I peed my pants to keep me warm.” (On the river so it’s OK.)“I like that side because I throw straight. I throw curved on the this side.” (A scout thinking there is a huge difference on which side of the board you throw.)“Your parents love you. I was right!” (Comments by his friend getting a care package.)“All in favor of Mr. Buercklin stopping the bad jokes?” (Mr. B was TRYING to be funny during mail call but failed 🙂 ).“That did NOT happen.” (When a scout accidentally falls and tries to be cool about it.)“I’m not getting back in the boat.” (A scout on the Natanhala thinking there was a 30 ft. drop instead of only a 3 ft. drop. He eventually got back in the boat after this was discussed. We didn’t leave him on the river.)
Things Adults Say
“Crack on crack.” (Our guide instructing us how to sit in the raft. Butt crack on the raft crack between 2 parts of the boat.)
Fri, Jun 29, 9:12 PM
Well, our time at CRM has come to a close. It has been a good week. The staff here have been awesome and very energetic. The facilities are outstanding. But I think the humidify today has been about 118% with sunny skies. So we will substitute it with 99 degree weather. We shall see how that feels Sunday morning.
- We have an early start tomorrow morning due to when they will pick up our gear from camp. We are waking up at 430a EDT. So remember that when you see us Sunday. 🙂
- Our bus is departing CRM at 9a EDT.
- We will send out a Remind once we get on the road (and get decent cell coverage) that we have left camp and our approximate ETA to Plano 17 Acres. At the moment, our schedule is to arrive at 1a CDT Sunday (or for those of you that party into the night that is still Saturday night to you).
- After lunch, we will send out a Glympse and give you an update on our ETA arrival at CRUMC 17 Acres.
- We will need a few adults to assist the boys in unloading the luggage from the bus. If you can assist, we would greatly appreciate it.
- Please don’t be late to pickup your son.
- Please be sure and PICKUP ALL YOUR GEAR in the parking lot when we drop-off. Any items left in the parking lot will be donated to the dumpster (and maybe your scout if your late).
This is a more a do. In Geocaching, a scout traded his socks and dental floss for a deck of cards. That goes to show you what scouts REALLY think about the Clean point of the Scout Law.
Things Adults Say
“I remember when dumbnut and his son…” (This was from a different troop. It made us giggle while we were busy at our Adult Leader Meeting/ Trading Post break.)“Wash your hands cause they nasty.” (The Staff Leader to the Camp Staff. I think it applies to us too.)“Put the TFC down.” (Scouts seem to like to carry other scouts around for no reason.)