From canoeing the mighty Huron River to Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Troop 8 at St. Thomas Church runs the most amazing year-round outdoor adventure and leadership program in the area.

Final Friday

Thursday afternoon and Friday at camp were competition days, with Patrols A, D, and F representing Troop 8 in the camp-wide water regatta, and Friday featuring Troop 8 patrol competitions.

The regatta was a fun experience for all involved. Some were eager to compete in events and show our dominance, while some were content to encourage their fellow members and watch the staff members party like it's 1799. (At least that's what they looked like; I'm pretty sure they weren't allowed to smile back then)

Highlights from the regatta include: 

Thursday night: Let's Throw A Party - Troop 8 Style

Continuing the tradition of bringing Troop 8 flair to summer camp, our fearless trip leaders made sure to plan an evening to show Canadians how to party. While the scouts were out for their morning activities and the regatta, the adults began preparing for the festivities. Scouters Ray, Max, and Darian built and installed a new 40-foot flagpole to greet the guests and helped ready the sound system, strobe machine, and Christmas lights - all necessary features of "Troop 8 Party Central."

Thursday is beautiful!

Hi All! We're back up in our telecommunications at camp, after losing Bob's iPhone to the lake and losing Bob's iPad to the Wednesday evening out (Bob is looking quite sad, but we got him a Diet Coke so that he should feel better). Scouter Steve has arrived with a laptop, and Scouter Nate has now run his phone up the flagpole for digital connectivity.

Wednesday update!

T8 Update
As Wednesday morning dawned, the weather was beautiful. Morning was rather relaxed with Patrol F heading out to geocaching and Patrol E practiced flat water kayaking in preparation of their Thursday expedition.

Day 4: Full of Sound and Fury

Tuesday morning dawns bright and warm in camp, and the patrols are up putting together breakfast burritos. Most of the patrols are getting a breakfast routine down, and the guys are eating pretty well, even with extra support for the hyper-finicky eaters (note to parents: allowing finicky eaters is not a service!).

The patrols today are heading out to multiple camp activities. Patrol A and F have a climbing sequence today, beginning with the camp climbing wall and moving through a low-ropes course and finishing in the afternoon with a rappel off a huge cliff.

Day 3: Sunshine on my shoulders gives me sunburn!

Monday is our first day of full activities, and it dawns with the sun burning off the fog over the lake, heading toward a sunny day. Pancakes and sausage is the meal of the morning, with Patrol D cooking up beautiful pancakes under the culinary direction of Bean Rago and Thomas Larson. Patrol F produced good pancakes as well, but we're barely making their morning departure with help from other patrols, including Evan leading a mad dash down the steep slope behind their site to their canoe cache. Happily, their speed over water allowed them to arrive in time.

A little bit soggy.

Morning dawned with Earl bringing occasional drizzle and rain, punctuated by occasional sucker holes. The boys got to sleep in, though, and avoid some of the rain. Morning breakfast was breakfast muffins, and most of the patrols worked through these in good order... Mmmmmm.

Day 1: Arrival!

Greetings to all of you people stuck at home in the boring indoors! We will try to bring you entertaining updates from the field as much as our intermittent and very expensive electronic connectivity allows from the land of Mosquitos and Blackflies. Watch for daily updates, but don't worry if we happen to miss a day. We sort of can connect by standing at the high point of our island with a device held in the air while chanting Druidic incantations.

Summer Camp in Canada!

This summer the troop is returning to a past Troop 8 favorite expedition to Haliburton Scout Reserve in Canada Not to be confused with the oil company, Haliburton is a sprawling camp of 5000 spectacular acres with numerous programs and facilities, and a particularly extensive aquatics program.

Date and Time: 
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:00pm

Lillie Park South parking lot, Platt Rd. south of Ellsworth Rd.