July 9th, 2014 by admin
“We got to have s’mores and the chicken from nature and looking for crickets; to roasting a Starburst…”
Campout Night stirs up many thoughts and feelings when the word is spoken at Camp Wood YMCA. It’s the night when campers and counselors grab their sleeping bags, a tarp and their food. They hike out to a campsite where a fire is started and the memories begin. As they lay out their tarp, that search for a perfect spot for their sleeping bag begins. Well, all boys may not think about that just yet…as the night under the soon-to-be-seen stars begins, but that time will come when they do begin to search for where they put their sleeping bag!
The boys experience it on Tuesday night and the girls on Wednesday night. In the meantime the anxious anticipation and excitement awaits. What will happen? Will the stars light the way? Will we need to get back to camp before the rain? Will we find enough grasshoppers to chase? Or in the case of a past week of boy cabins…who will be willing to dangle the grasshopper over his mouth? And how long will it take to get the fire going. Along with this campers are found wondering: What songs will we sing? Will I see animals? What games will we play? Will it be fun?
This week we asked the boys to write down their favorite thing about camp-out night; having just returned from the adventure out into our grasslands.
The comments came back in one sentence replies. One that I found the most intriguing went as follow: “We got to have s’mores and the chicken from nature and looking for crickets.” Now I’m not sure where the chicken from nature story unfolds, but it’s good to know that our campers know that chicken is not produced in a grocery store frozen food isle!
Amongst other top rated comments were:
“the fire” and gathering firewood; followed by “the food”. S’mores were a common theme along with being outside and meeting other cabins. Being with the counselors, baby frogs, exploring, the game of mafia and playing statues with Jacob, sleeping under the stars and seeing the constellations all were highlights of the boys night out. One comment may lead us to believe that a few of the boys were a bit adventurous while the counselors were dozing, but they didn’t get too far from their camp-out home and for this we thank the night sky and those who were awake keeping watch over the boys. We can’t close out our comments without mentioning that one counselor decided to test out the roasting of Starbursts, and apparently it went well, or at least it was funny enough to make it a “favorite thing about camp-out” activity. Counselor Kyler you will forever be famous.
Next up: Girls night out…story and pictures to come!