Ok hopefully I have enough time to try to type this and get it submitted all at once. Maybe the earlier problems were that I would type, then try to save it and add, then submit later. Anyway it wasn't working. So here are some pictures:
It's now after lunch. Lunch was sandwiches with toppings, chips, a few other things I didn't take so now don't remember, and finally BROWNIES hot out of the oven. Scoutmaster Joe's wife is leaving this afternoon, so I wanted to be sure to make them for her last meal with us
Evening - ok now writing after a full day and it is hard for me to remember any detail. A perfectly beautiful day though weather-wise. Daytime it was sunny and warm but not hot. I think after dinner it was 70 degrees here and when I checked Eden Prairie it was 80 there. I sat at the beach in the evening and it actually got cool with an awesome breeze coming off the lake. Again, no bugs. Well, hardly any. No humidity either.
Swimming MB was quite busy. We had plenty of adults helping but with seven boys in the water doing three different things, they all distracted each other and it made for a busy period. But I think we got one boy who completed his final swimming requirements from last year (he still has some "discussion" stuff) and one boy who seems close to also completing. Then we have five new boys who made a good start on requirements. With them we practiced different strokes. One tried to tell me that the sidestroke isn't a real stroke. Ok, well you still have to learn it.
It was quite relaxing at the beach during adult swim. Open swim continues to be an exciting time, especially for the swim staff. The bulk of our boys are quite young, and so there is a lot of action out on that raft. Thankfully we have plenty of adults who make it a priority to come down to the beach to help during that time. There was an unfortunate event that happened during open swim that turned out ok, but was stressful for the beach staff, and all at camp. An honest mistake for sure, but a mistake nonetheless - I would like to emphasize that everyone was safe. Due to carelessness, one boy finished open swim early and inadvertently moved someone else's tag to the "out" board. So at the end of open swim, that second boy came to remove his tag only to see it already gone, but the first boy's tag was still on the board. By this time the other boys had been dismissed and were walking back to campsites. Several adults very clearly remembered boy #1 leaving the beach, so all were confident all were safe, but for many reasons, we needed to call a beach emergency (the first in my twelve years) and call all back to the beach. We did a head count and had all the boys. The boys were reminded of beach policy and dismissed, while the other two boys were talked to privately. I think all the boys took this emergency very seriously. It was a good learning opportunity for all at camp.
Supper tonight was wonderful. I know I have gone on endlessly about food at this camp but tonight was an example of what I'm talking about. We had spaghetti and sauce, but the real treat was the HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD. Now when I say homemade, I'm not talking about warmed up stuff from the store, nor bread dough baked. I'm talking taking yeast, flour and all the other stuff. They rolled it out and added garlic and other butter, tasty stuff and rolled it up, baked it and sliced it to make this swirled, warm, tender, crispy garlic bread. Amazing.
Activity tonight for the boys was an emergency preparedness drill. Some thought we had already done that at the beach, but this second drill went ahead as planned. I didn't participate but I believe the scenario was to be called to the storm shelter from their campsites (like the one last year in the middle of the night.) I'll have to check with someone to see how that went. Personally, I spent the evening at the beach with a few people just enjoying the peaceful time at the water. It actually got chilly.
Walking around camp I see a lot of very happy, cheerful, cooperative people. Everyone is helping and doing what needs to be done.
I'm sure there were some things today I forgot - likely the funny stories, so hopefully I can return to that format tomorrow. Tonight I just wanted to give you an update on the day. I have a few more pictures to show, but adding those complicates things and adds quite a bit of extra time that I don't have tonight. I'll try to get them added tomorrow.