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Cub Scout Camporee

I know, I know, I know.  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything here.  What can I say?

Actually, I’m sure I could share quite a bit…I was at the Phillies’ game when Jimmy Rollins hit a walk-off double to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS…my chickens finally started laying eggs…I’m heading to my first World Series game this weekend…I visited to new Wegman’s in our area.  All these things were pretty cool and were new experiences in my life.

There is one experience that really stands out for me as a highlight for this month – I went on an incredible, fun, wet camping adventure with my son last weekend.  If you live on the east coast, you might remember that the weather last weekend wasn’t the greatest.  In fact, the rain at times was downright torrential.  Despite the bad weather and the resulting muddy conditions, I had an awesome weekend with my son and his Webelos Den at the Lafayette District Extreme Challenge Boy Scout Camporee held at Pennypacker Mansion.  Besides camping and cooking in the mud, we spent all day Saturday using compasses to navigate a challenging course while we hopped from activity station to activity station.  The kids had to navigate a pitch-black hay maze on their knees.  They had to work together to drag a log up a big muddy hill and then saw off a slice of wood using a two-man saw.  They had to work together to build a catapult to shoot water balloons at a “raging” fire.  They had to tie a knot around a stake without getting closer than 20 feet from the stake.  They had to build a container to safely drop an egg.  All in all, they did nine different stations that were creatively laid out by the Boy Scouts of Troop 105.

At night, we dodged thunder and lightning to make it over to a large tented area where we enjoyed skits and a movie.  Isaac and I both had a blast!  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones.  At our pack meeting this week, several of the other dad’s were commenting about how much fun they had camping together with their sons and the Cub Scouts.

I’m looking forward to more opportunities to enjoy these kinds of adventures with my son!


October 30, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I hope you really didn’t have to camp out with your tents surrounded by water, like this picture shows! We are beginning to feel about like this picture and that we should build an ark. Since Sept. 1st, Dallas has had 14+ inches of rain. Our backyard is a muddy mess. Tess and Isis were whining to go out this morning after being cooped up in the house yesterday. Amber couldn’t stand their whining, so she started howling. I think they were hurting her ears. So I finally succumbed to their whining and let them go out in the muddy backyard. They were out until about 6:30p.m. I had to bring out a bucket of water with Puppy Shampoo to get their bodies clean so they could come in the house. They were wiped out and went to the pads in our bedroom and proceeded to fall sound asleep. It’s hard work…keeping up with the squirrels that run back and forth on top of the fences and the trees. The squirrels taunt them and I’m sure they stalk the squirrels. Dad said they almost caught on the other day.

    I’m glad you and Isaac had a great time last weekend! Love to both of you!…and Leanne and Hannah, too. Have a nice weekend. Hope the Phillies win tomorrow night, Jon. Have fun:)

    Comment by Mom | October 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. We camped in some wet places over the years, but never anything quite like that.

    Comment by Norman Stolpe | December 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. […] a Boy Scout Camporee sponsored by Schwenksville Boy Scout Troop 105.  Last year, I attended this event with him, and I had a blast despite the rain.  This year, we decided to let him camp without me. […]

    Pingback by Camporee – My Son Is Growing Up « Jon Stolpe Stretched | October 17, 2010 | Reply

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