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George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation, Carthage

After 7:30 Mass on Sunday, June 7 at SVDP, we loaded the trailer and left for Camp Pirtle at 9:30 a.m. Lunch was at Wendy's in Nacogdoches. In Mr. Lauten's truck, the "horse" game wasn't decided until we pulled into the last road to the camp. Upon arrival at 1:15 p.m., we did medical checks, got our meal bracelets, passed the swim test in the pool, and unloaded our gear after the short walk with troop guide, Trenton, to campsite #14. We were able to group our tents by patrol and the adults had their own site as well. Some of us used the wood tent platforms as a front porch. We shared the site with a troop from Longview. We had flag ceremony and dinner in the dining hall at six p.m. Mr. Lauten and Senior patrol Leader Trevor L. attended the Leaders' meeting. We met all the staff at the opening campfire. They had a fantastic speaker system and light show. The best skits were Titanic reenactment, Star Trek: Chigger and the brown pants, and the "Singin' in the Rain" sing-along. Lights out every night was at 10:30 p.m. Reveille every morning was at 6:30. The mile swim participants, Trevor L. and Mr. Lauten, had to be at the pool every morning at 6.

A typical day was Chapel at 7, flag ceremony and breakfast at 7:30, rest period before the three morning merit badge sessions, lunch at 12:30, two afternoon merit badge sessions, a free period, closing flags and dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by the camp's evening program.

Monday:Trevor L. went to the health lodge to get eye drops for his eye because of a scratched cornea. Mr. Jallans and Jared J. did their swim test before breakfast. We had a conservation project for our free time that involved cutting back brush on the trails from the trading post to the archery range. There was a fire drill in the afternoon. In the evening, Jared J., Trevor L., Chris S., and Herby L. competed in the 3 on 3 basketball tournament, the Hobo patrol and Spartan patrol played Ultimate Frisbee, Gunther S. played 4-square, and there was a kickball game. Mr. Lauten, Mr. Jallans, and Mr. Campodonico teamed up with the other leaders in camp to soundly defeat the staff in volleyball. The pool and slide was open until 9 p.m

Tuesday: The troop attended Chapel with Brother Tom at 7 a.m. We had popsicles after lunch. We had an ice cream party after dinner. The adult leaders had a fajita dinner at the Founder's Lodge. Mr. Williford, Mr. Lauten, and Mr. Jallans competed in the archery and shotgun competitions. We played basketball and football in the evening. Trevor L. competed in the knot-off as a one man team. Later that night, Trevor L. competed in the SPL challenge against the staff. Herby L. viewed the stars in astronomy Merit badge class.

Wednesday:ASPL Jared J. and SPL Trevor L. and the Spartan Patrol performed the morning flag ceremony and the Hobo patrol retired the flags in the evening. The troop had a water balloon fight after lunch. The hobo patrol took a 5 mile hike with their FCT class. After receiving our new t-shirts, we drove to the Carthage Twin Cinema to watch either "Terminator: Salvation" or "Up". We bought ice cream at Sonic after the movie. When we returned to camp, we were told to go directly to the dining hall. All of the campers had to leave their campsites due to the severe storm that was heading in our direction. The movie "National Treasure" was being projected during the storm. We were able to return to our campsites at 1 a.m. We didn't get much sleep that night.

Thursday:The pool was closed because the filter needed maintenance. Thursday was a do little day because of the rain and tornado warnings during the day. Mr. Lauten won the PGA golf tournament. We competed in the cobbler cook-off with our blueberry spice Mexican surprise cobbler. Mr. Lauten gave William the spice, cumin, instead of cinnamon to add to the cobbler. It didn't win, but it still tasted delicious. Trace M. beat Gunther S. in the finals of the rock-paper-scissors contest. Trevor L. did a karate routine in the Mr. Pirtle contest, but was runner up to the scout with the very original drum solo. Mr. Lauten won the Oreo lick-off contest. We received a score of 101 at the campsite inspection.

Friday:The staff set up a safe swim area at the lakefront that enabled everyone to finish the swimming merit badge and lifesaving merit badge requirements. The morning was devoted to finishing merit badges. The Hobos Patrol and the Phoenix/Stealth/ Spartan Patrol formed two teams that competed in the Golden War Shield Races. We had to run from station to station carrying the rope we needed to burn at he last event. We shot arrows, identified leaves and turtles, drew and colored artwork, ate a PB&J sandwich, rowed canoes, and built a fire. At the closing campfire we had a chance to sit next to a Hannah Montana look-alike. The staff finished their Chigger-Star Trek skit, "I am just a camper" and "I am just a staffer" skits, Mr. Williford and Mr. L. received the Scoutmaster Merit Badge award, Troop 505 accepted the Honor Troop award, and we went to the OA call out ceremony. We held a kangaroo court back at camp. Mr. Swanson and Mr. Lauten supervised the troop shower, which was the first shower for many of the Troop 505 scouts.

Saturday:We all packed up our gear, ate breakfast at the dining hall, got our campsite inspected and we were on the road at 9:15 am. We were back at SVDP by 12:30 p.m.

Memories:A.J.'s, "Good morning GWP!" yell, huge horse flies, hornets, daddy long legs, spiders, chiggers, daily flag ceremonies with our sister troop at our campsite, clapping when a chair turned over in the dining hall, "What's behind door #1, 2, 3, or 4?", waiting for your category to come up to get seconds in the dining hall, Classic rock music at meals, touching elbows before meals, adult swim at 4th period, AC in the scoutmasters' lounge (lucky for them), table waiters, cleaning the latrine, fried chicken, 96 degree heat on Friday, adult leaders requirement conferences on their porches, "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, all day Sunday!", "Where's David?", Twig and Woden in aquatics, Miles, program director Reagan, Jose the cook, Brother Tom, and trading post's Sally.

Roster:Adults: Mr. Lauten, Mr. Williford, Mr. Campodonico, Mr. Jallans, Mr. Taylor, and Mr. Swanson. Scouts: Trevor L., Jared J., Chris S., David R., William M., Reed W., Alex K., Herby L., Nicholas B., P.J. C., Noah C., Trace M., Gunther S., Patrick S., and Matthew T.

Favorite Merit Badges:All of the Hobo patrol members completed the First Aid, Swimming, and Environmental Science merit badges, Jared J, and Trevor L. earned two merit badges in their robotics class, Trevor L. and Alex K. did canoeing, Herby L. completed astronomy, Reed W. and Herby L. finished Fish and Wildlife, Chris S. earned the Climbing merit badge

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 August 2010 04:44

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