2013 Ft. Clatsop Day Camp Review

Yesterday we finished up our annual Ft. Clatsop Day Camp. This years theme was a Pirate’s High Seas Adventure.

It’s always fun to spend a nice sunny week out at camp, learning new things and having lots of fun. This year evidently the Program Director or someone forgot to write the sun into the program, but there was still plenty of fun and whether they knew it or not the campers also learned a lot.

Monday check in was rainy and blustery, but our campers were eager to come ashore. There were a few breaks in the weather each day, however Friday was our only truly nice weather day…just in time for family day.

Ft. Clatsop Archery Range

Ft. Clatsop Archery Range

While at camp this year, campers visited the always popular BB and archery ranges. And what would Ft. Clatsop Day Camp be without a trip to fishing (the only day camp in our council to offer fishing). I believe this year was a record year for fishing with at least one fish caught by each den…and new this year, the campers were able to keep their catch.

Fort Clatsop Day Camp Fishing
Fort Clatsop Day Camp Fishing
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Ft Clatsop Day Camp Treasure Hunt

Right across from fishing was our treasure hunting course. Campers learned to use a compass and followed clues. They were all successful in finding the booty of treasure.

Wood Working

Wood Working

Campers also made a couple visits to the wood tent to work on the best wood projects in the council. Projects ranged from bird houses to tool boxes to pirate treasure chests.

Webelos and Bears were able to work on their whittling chip and learn how to safely handle a pocket knife. Tigers and Wolves participated in a first aid relay and made pet jelly fish.

Kick Ball

Kick Ball

Our sport for this year was kick ball, allowing the campers to earn the kick ball belt loop. We also had several games of capture the flag.

Thursday we had 3 big events.

Our Webelos headed out from the Pioneer Church to follow a portion of the Fort to Sea trail, round trip being almost a 10 mile hike.

Our Wolves and Bears headed the other way to the beach for a sandcastle completion and lunch on the beach. While those groups were out of main camp brand new

Tiger scouts came in for a 1 day event which included BB’s, archery, fishing, wood projects (sea snakes and whistles) and then a quick hot dog BBQ and roasted marshmallows.

We finished out camp on Friday with a nice sunny day. Families were invited to come along with their scouts. They participated in various games and activities. Scout began the closing ceremonies with each den reciting a stanza from a poem about the wreck of the Peter Iredale written by our Camp Director (in a separate post on this blog). Each den also performed either a song or skit they had worked on all week.

We are so fortunate to have such a great location for camp, an awesome staff and most importantly…great parents to bring their wonderful boys to camp.

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