North Creek Troop 36 camps the wilds of Bakers Mills

BAKERS MILLS Eleven Boy Scouts from Troop 36 in North Creek did some back-country camping (but only a few hundred yards off the highway) the weekend of October 13-14 in Bakers Mills, and had a great time. Sure, it rained some on the night of the 13, and sure, the scouts were greeted the next morning by a coat of ice on all exposed items, but the complaints were few and the breakfast was excellent. Nearly everyone participated in the construction of an architecturally sound yet somewhat leaky shelter that looked like some sort of very large shaggy green ball half-buried in the earth. Some even slept in it despite the rain, although most of the builders opted to sleep in tents scattered around the site, staying more or less dry. All scouts cooked their own meals and set up their tents in anticipation of a great experience, and it was indeed, an excellent time. Scouts participating in this adventure included Richard Baker, Aaron Ferguson, Drew Hayes, A.J. Heid, Irek Malikowski, Dylan Moore, Patrick Prouty, Chris Sears, Jon Sears, Zach Watson, and Thomas Wilson. Many thanks go to Don and Karen Moore, whos property the scouts camped on, and who supplied firewood and lots of assistance. Mike Corey also attended the campout, working with a few of the scouts on orienteering in the form of GPS equipment as well as the stars (which came out in force with the passing of the rain on Saturday night). Thanks to the parents who also dropped by to enjoy the campfire with its hardwood-fed heat.

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