|Scouts before the plunge|
|Josh, our program director|
After the flag ceremony, everyone headed off to class in the same routine that we've had all week. The scouts have been working on their homework and many have already completed merit badges. There have been mixed reviews about the classes. Some say they are boring while others say they are having a blast. Most scouts all agree that the staff is very friendly and they've enjoyed getting to know them.
We all joined back for lunch and enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips. After lunch and a bit of free time everyone headed to their afternoon merit badge classes and Goin' Great for the last time. On Friday afternoon, there is a camp wide competition called the Mountain Man Challenge and we'll be competing in that.
|Miles, Harrison, and Samuel cleaning creek|
While several scouts were working on the service project for camp, another small group of scouts led by Liam were working the orienteering course in order to fill in the blanks for the challenge. Orienteering involves using a compass to find a location based on coordinates and distance. The scouts believe that they did in fact find the proper locations to fill in the blanks for the right answer based on the clues (coordinates and distance).
|Will scaling the wall again at a fast pace|
After dinner, the scouts in the Order of the Arrow (OA) including our newest candidate Jason attended an OA ice cream social with other arrowmen at camp. This was a nice opportunity to visit with scouts from other councils and states and enjoy some ice cream. Meanwhile, back at camp the rest of the scouts were enjoying some s'mores by the campfire along with the troop sharing our campsite. It was a glorious evening.
|Nick chugging pickle juice at tavern|
After heading back down the hill from Boonesboro, we discovered that a bear was just spotted there and that it was headed towards the staff housing area. Bears continue to be present in camp, which is disconcerting for the camp staff an leaders. However, other than a sighting thankfully there have been no other issues. Today the sun was out all day and it got a little warm in the sun. It was still very pleasant in the shade and we continue to enjoy our time in the outdoors.
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