It was a cold, rainy, and dark arrival at the latest installment of camping.Camping only by name.We had all the luxuries such as lights, heat, running water, full kitchen and mattresses.With all these amenities, we had very little to carry.
The Promethean Institute, located in Milford, PA, from the information we received was a drug rehab center from 1997 to 2005.There is little information about this facility.
Our accommodations were comfy to say the least.There were six rooms that held 10 and eight rooms that slept 8.More than enough room for our troop.
It has been a while since we camp last and the troop was excited and stayed up very late.
We had a very busy schedule planned for the weekend.Some of which was canceled for several reasons.No outdoor activities this weekend! Heavy rain and high winds put the kabash on that idea.
Signaling Merit Badge started off the Saturday morning session.Mr. Squires worked on the Signaling, while Mr. Hayes prepared a signaling tree for about three hours with a few of the older scouts for a one hour training session.Morse Code, Wig-Wag, and Semaphore consumed most of the day.
Our evening play was to work on the computer Merit Badge we started a few weeks ago, followed by Movie Night.Jerry brought his computer and a projector to show Master and Commander, starring Russell Crow, a movie which the BSA adopted because of itsí display of youth leadership.
As some of the best laid plans can fail, these too were canceled.As dinner was being served, we lost power due to the big storm.We ate by flash light and the emergency lighting.Not to be confused with an emergency generator, these light were battery back-up lights in the hall and the main stairway.They lasted just short of two hours before they too were out.Since most camp outs are without power, we just switched gears and assembled in the reception room with the large fireplace.Skits, songs, and stories lasted a few hours.Tired from the previous late night, little by little the scouts dropped off to bed.This left the adults for some quality conversation and some I-POD music by Jerry, Jeff and Andy.
Early morning still did not produce power.Larry made a quick get-a-way for water to clean the cooking equipment.The remaining campers gave the facility a much needed cleaning, leaving the place WAY CLEANER than when we got there.Mr. DeGennero was obsessed with cleaning the kitchen!He did an amazing job!
As usual, Larry, the troop wife, outdid himself with the adults menu.The poor weather and loss of power was barely a setback.We all had a great time and look forward to coming back again!
Troop 174 meets every Friday, during the school year, 7:30 - 9:00pm, American Legion on Ball Park Rd. Dingmans Ferry, PA.