This morning, Jenna shared pics of Eden off to 4-H camp, a first time experience for that girl. It brings back so many memories of camp. One in particular of Jenna’s first camp trip. Putting her on the bus was one of those special moments parents hold dear.
G-Ma has many stories to tell about her 4-H camping, both as a camper, and as a counselor, Big Chief, Little Chief, songs and games, etc. And now our Eden is grown enough to go off on her own to camp. (Will is a counselor this year, and he better look after her, because I know where he lives.)
My big camping experience was at BSA Camp Powhatan, near Hiwassi. Our troop and one other were the first to utilize the new camp, and it was not ready for prime time. It rained. The rains started just after our transportation left us off, and continued until the last day. The paths were little more than muddy ruts which swallowed our sneakers, as we sank in up to our knees. Day after day the rains came, and some were torrential.
The creek was dammed for a swimming hole with a large tree chained across the branch, and boards slanted against it. During the night of heaviest rains, the dam gave way, and the wall of water swept away the counselors camp downstream. No one was hurt, but that was just luck. Our cooks didn’t make breakfast that day.
Tents were on platforms with four cots to a tent. Without showers our daily bath was the cold water in the creek. Some of us decided to pass on that experience. It got pretty rank after a few days of constant rain. Everything was wet, and smelled of mold and mildew. Socks just soggy rags.
The parade ground was an open field with a tall pine tree for a flag pole. Of course, someone got the bright idea to use that pole for hoisting our scout master’s undershorts, and cut the line so it couldn’t be pulled down. I don’t know who did it, but one of the older guys did shimmied up to the top and pulled those drawers down. Just a small memory of camp life.
So, off Eden goes to start her camp stories. Have fun, girl, and come home full of tall tales to share.