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The Kings Point Eagle Scout Association presented the 18th annual USMMA
Camp-o-ree, on April 25-27, 2008, an invitation only camp-o-ree.Justin Hennigan, an Eagle Scout formerly from our troop and Senior at the academy is the reason for our invitation.
An uncooperative lighting problem caused a slight delay in our Friday night departure.106 miles and 3 hours later we arrived at Kings Point, Long Island, NY.
At registration we were directed to a camping area where we would have very tightly packed.While walking back to the cars, my director, Midshipman Zarredic, the co-chairman and organizer for this event explained how the seniors were working the event.I asked if he knew Justin, who was from our troop.Justin is well known at the academy for his sailing skills.At that point we could have all the room we needed!Justin and eight others represented the academy at the 2008 World Sailing Open in Miami, Florida early in April and did very well for their amateur status.
We completed camp set-up around and just in time, a quick moving shower blew thru.
We awoke at for Colors. Ben Rouis, an engineering student, and sailing team member was our Saturday morning guide.Ben brought us to the AtomicPhysics Lab for a LAZER demonstration.Along the way he gave us a little inside iggy on academy life.We toured the sail room, and the Kings Pointer, an ice breaker and training vessel stationed at Kings Point.
. In the afternoon we boarded the USCGC Katherine Walker, a buoy tender, commanded by Lt. Amy Florentino.The adults spoke with her for some time, she was very pleasant and informative.We learned a lot about the opportunities for women in the US Coast Guard.While aboard, Brenden Lambert and Rob Welch both tried on cold water survival gear called Gumby Suits.Once on the Bridge the fire alarm went off, there were seven crewmembers up the ladders in seconds!A false alarm blamed on the ventilation system.On our way to the propulsion labs, there were fire fighting, and knot tying demonstrations.Some of our scouts got to experience the power of a fire hose as they tried to squirt over saw horses.Keith Vaivada showed off his knot tying skills by showing them a few knots they didnít know.
In the propulsion lab we met Prof. Gordner who knew Justin and spoke very highly of him.Our very own Bill Welch, a Navy man, talked shop with the professor about steam engines and distillers.
Dinner consisted of hamburgers and hotdogs, potatoes and veggies.After dinner our troop was selected to retreat the flag.The largest American Flag in the US Navy flies on a 172í flag pole.Andy Squire assisted several cadets untangle the lanyards.The flag being so big was a major operation to fold.It took our troop and another just to keep it off the ground.Shaun Chelbus assisted in securing the lines.
The closing campfire was over by 10 pm, by the time Dave Thatcher and I returned from the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmasters meeting, just a half hour later, all were in their tents, exhausted and ready for bed.
There were 54 Troops and 1,300 scouts and scouters registered.
On Sunday morning we woke to a slight drizzle.After a short colors presentation and exit speech we were on our way home.
The SPL for the weekend was Dave Thatcher, who did an excellent job!There were two new scouts and one new adult member on the trip, Brian Krauss and his son, Jeremiah and Brian Vaivada.The troop was glad to have them along and they enjoyed themselves as well. Thanks to all the adults, for taking care of all the cooking and cleaning.With a full schedule of events, this allowed some down time for fun and games.
We are looking forward to a return invitation.
We met MSgt Hauser J.R, USMC. A great American man. He made quite an impression on us, we are glad to have met him. Here are some articles he forwarded to us.