Two Amazing Campouts for Troop 66

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Troop 66 members participate in a campwide oarless boat race during the water carnival on the last day of camp.

Crab Apple Funyaking Trip

On a Friday night most of our troop went down to a campsite near the Deerfield River in Charlemont, Mass., and the next day we would funyak. A funyak is an inflatable kayak. The next day the remainder of the troop who did not come Friday night came. We changed into swimsuits and got ready to kayak. We got on helmets and life jackets and got a quick explanation on how things would work and also about safety. Then we got on the bus taking us down to the other part of the river. During the funyaking it was mostly calm waters but with a few level 1 and level 2 rapids. We funyaked about eight miles.

At the halfway point there was a place where we could rest for a bit, have a snack, take the water gun war to the land and then continue funyaking.

Summer Camp 2022

On Sunday morning we all went down to Camp Mattatuck, near Watertown for summer camp. When we got there, we set up our stuff and then went to get lunch. We checked in at 1 p.m. and checked how well everyone could swim so that they could participate in water activities. The rest of the first day was mostly a tour of the camp and hanging out before the next day started.

Every day apart from Sunday we would have this schedule: get up at 7 a.m. (6 a.m. if you wanted to swim super early,) eat breakfast at around 8 a.m., at 9 a.m. do instructional swim if you are still starting to swim or can’t swim (if you can swim its free swim, or do what you want as long as it’s allowed,) at 10 a.m. we would do a morning activity. Some morning activities were nature hike, archery and more. Then if you had a merit badge class you would go to one. If not, you got lunch at 11 a.m.. After lunch you would most likely work on a merit badge. (Some merit badges were first aid, communications, welding, etc.) There were also a lot of activities throughout the day to do if you don’t have anything important. The activities included: archery, boating, rock climbing, etc.

At 5:50 p.m. there was a flag lowering ceremony. At 6 p.m. dinner would start. At 7 p.m. we would have a nightly activity. A few of these were: rifle shooting (under EXTREMELY careful supervision,) water polo, and more. We had to be back at our campsite by 9 p.m. and would have to go to sleep by 10 p.m. Some amazing highlights of this campout were when we won the fastest BMX time for the second year in a row, when, even though our cardboard boat sank, one of our troop members pushed on and almost got us second to last despite the odds; the camp-wide campfire at the beginning and end of camp; the water carnival on the last day of camp; and most of all, the crazy amount of fun we all had camping at summer camp.

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