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All's Well That Ends Well

Oh Spring!  Wondrous Spring!  Why can't you let us enjoy you on the weekends?

Okay, here's the story.  I am the senior adviser for a scouting group that is made up of teenagers.  We planned a great camp out as our FIRST outing for the new group.  All plans were laid, we loaded up Friday in 75 degree weather and off we went to have a fun camping weekend, with hiking and canoing planned.  And Saturday morning at 0730, a cold front blew in with a vengeance.  The temperature dropped 20 degrees, there were thunderstorms, our tarp over our cooking area got blown apart bending the poles, and inch plus of rain fell in about an hour, making our first morning miserable.  By 8:30 there was a small group of teenagers standing in about the only corner left of the cooking area tarp that was still up, huddled together and shaking uncontrollably...  This was not the vision for what we wanted to do to have fun...

So, thinking on my feet, we invaded one of the boys mother's house with food, warmed up, ate breakfast, cleaned up a little, and headed back to the campsite around noon to clean up the site and do some hiking.  But the plan at that point was to have a little fun and tear down the camp and head back to his mom's house for dinner and movies.  So there was going to be an end to it.  When we got back to camp, the place was a mess, the wind never stopped blowing and it was still only 42 degrees.  After hiking a little and fishing some, we headed back to camp, built a huge fire, warmed up and started taking everything down and packing up.  Off to mom's house for a spaghetti dinner and movies.  Everyone was so tired that they were out like lights by 10:00 PM.  And then they slept in on Sunday morning until 9:30.  But we took another hike through the woods, with people climbing trees, including mom, and then left by 1:30 to return to our respective homes.  Not a great camping experience, but all-in-all, not the worse possible times either.  So, they all decided that had it not turned so blasted cold, they would have had a good time and are willing to do it again...

So now I can say, I spent the weekend with a bunch of teenagers and all's well that ends well...

LonghornFan LonghornFan 56-60, M 6 Responses Mar 22, 2010

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I remember the first and ever camping trip i ever went on with a bunch of teenagers. Well, hmm, firstly I remember trying to set up a tent. And how it rained during the night so that only a few of the tents collapsed during the rain and only 1 or 2 sturdy tent held up, unfortunately these were not enough to accommodate so many people. Further, I was in one of the tents that collapsed. I had no sleep at all that night. It was chilly as hell!! but I had no place to keep warm....the food wasn't bad though, cooked over camp fire, that was one of the saving graces. But on the whole it was the most memorable night of my life. But one that I would not readily repeat again.

Not my idea of an overnight camp but the kids will remember it, good weather or bad weather.<br />
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Sounds like they all had a good time, one big adventure, that's what life is all about. You brave man ! : )

LOL two brave adults---maybe it isn't a bad idea, come to think on it....some kids actually behave better in mixed company. Have fun brave soul :).

Yeah, not just mixed, but you have to be a teenager to be in it. Talk about wild! But they are good kids and we always go out with one male and one female adult...

It's still not camping out weather here...frost on the roof tops--but the violets are blooming-- so Spring is getting started. Scouting can be such a great experience for kids...My husband used to tell me how much his experiences in Boy Scouts meant to him. I had a girl scout troop when my daughters were youngsters...it was a really good experience for me--and for my girl scouts too, I hope. Don't tell me they have mixed girl and boy scout troops nowadays...That would be really difficult---too distracting for everyone lol....

No flirting, no cuddling, a lot of shivering and pulling coats around themselves... And no, you can't go because next time is shooting day and I just don't want dogs with guns to start shooting at everything...