We met at Briarwood a little before 6:00pm on Friday afternoon and spent some time working out the puzzle of how to get one of those masterlock things off of the shed door so that it would open. It turns out that after about 45 minutes we discovered that it is a key works best to remove it and allow access to the contents of the building. After that slight delay, our Patrol leaders with the support of the SPL insured that the trailer was loaded and we were off to Parks Ferry. Where we were greeted by several deer wondering around the park.
The Troop set up camp and then spent a little while at the pavilion working on the dry portion of the Watersports merit badge complete with a thorough explanation of the buddy board and safety precautions. Our SPL and patrol leaders coordinated the troop's start of our day Saturday morning and it was off to our tents to get some rest.
We had a few ants that were kind enough to come by the camp and welcome us to the park through the night and several that decided to spend the rest of the weekend with us. We did not allow them to participate in the skiing. The Scouts spent the day on the water, rotating in and out of the boats as scheduled and taking advantage of the swimming area as supervised by our Lifeguard Charles. A big thank you to Charles B. for helping out on this trip and allowing the Scouts to have access to the swimming area.
While we were out on the water Mr. Gilland met our new camp neighbors, the Brookwood Highschool football team. Because of a little bit of a scheduling mix up at the park, they were not expecting us to be camping where the 100 or so of them were planning to pitch their tents. Thanks to the superb diplomacy of our Scout Master, not only was there no issue with the camping arrangements but we were also rewarded as the football team shared their delicious corn on the cob Saturday night and then extra biscuits, eggs and sausage Sunday morning.
In spite of a short shower as we were returning to camp, our patrols really showed off their cooking skills Saturday evening. Both prepared a dinner with a Mexican theme that was enjoyed by all. After dinner we had a great camp fire and then everyone was ready for some well deserved rest.
Sunday morning we were up early to enjoy a great hot breakfast as prepared by each patrol then it was off to the water for the last remaining skiing opportunities while the remaining Scouts started to break camp. After several more successes on the water we finished our weekend with a worship service led by Joseph H. then loaded up in the vehicles for our return ride to Watkinsville.
Congrats to all of the Scouts for a great trip and especially to the following six Scouts who earned the merit badge this weekend.