My Girl Scouts have been working on their Frosty Fun badge for a couple years now. Everytime we think we are going to get to finish it there is something that goes wrong. For example, this year I scheduled a campout in early January (this past weekend) fully expecting there to be snow so we could finish the badge… was there snow?? Of course not! In true fashion for us when we camp, we got the opposite of what we hoped for… January thaw! There was plenty of mud… but guess what? We’ve already done our Dirt and Mud badge! There was even some lovely rain. This is about the extent of the “frosty” we found, a little bit of ice on some runoff in the woods:
HOWEVER, it doesn’t matter to us. We have fun no matter what the weather. Eventually we will finish that badge, or I’ll just give it to them because we have worked so hard trying to finish it. 🙂
What did we do at camp over the weekend? The usual stuff.
We did a drawing badge – they always have fun with crafts.
We went hiking… of course our hiking didn’t go exactly as planned. First of all, we had never hiked in that portion of the camp before so we didn’t know where we were going. Second, we didn’t know where we were going. Third, 2 trails we headed down ended up as dead ends. But we did see some good scat and fun lichen on that trail.
Fourth we (I) kinda knew which direction we should be headed in to get back and it involved going up (and down) at least 3 pretty big hills. Fifth, we had some “whiners” who didn’t like the brambles/multiflora roses that were on the paths and had to go slow and pick them off/push them out of the way instead of just barrelling through like the rest of us. But aren’t they pretty with the water dripping off them?
Sixth, my pedometer says that we walked approximately 5 miles. Was it fun? Not really, but yes, in a weird sorta way. They girls are troopers. It is a one of those memories they will not forget.
We knew we were almost back when we reached the hill where we could pretend to be in the Sound of Music… OF COURSE they sang the songs too!
Later in the afternoon the sun came out, so we decided to hike to Pioneer Point. We tromped through the mud and were halfway there and suddenly it started to rain again! What the heck?? We just continued on. Once we got there and got under the pine trees it was worth the hike.
Back in the cabin we lit a fire to dry our wet socks, pants, and hoodies. Played a bunch of games (hide and seek, concentration, sardines), had an impromptu talent show (I’m not certain all of it was talent!), and of course, ate some more.
We always eat well at campouts. This time we did not cook anything on a fire (which we usually do). We just cooked everything inside. Our menu for the weekend:
Friday night: homemade pizza and misc. snacks we brought
Saturday breakfast: pancakes, bacon, sausage
Saturday lunch: toasted cheese and soup
Saturday supper: tacos/burritos and brownies
Saturday snack: no-bake cookies – which I was informed looked a lot like scat when they were dropped on the foil to cool. LOL!!! 😉
Sunday breakfast: bagels, english muffins, and cereal (our usual Sunday breakfast)
We completed less badges than usual (since we couldn’t finish the Frosty Fun badge) only completing the drawing one and part of the Scribe badge.
However, MEMORIES WERE MADE! Years from now when I ask them some of their favorite camp memories, I’m sure that one of them (or several) will recall the campout we got lost hiking for 5 miles and ended up on the Sound of Music hill.
The Hills were alive, with the sounds of Girl Scouts!!!!!