2011 Summer Camp Highlights
The 93rd consecutive summer camp of Troop 3 took place the week of July 24th, 2011 at their private wilderness area, Camp Smitty, located on the beautiful, remote, and wild Hughes River in Wirt County, West Virginia.
For 47 consecutive years, Troop 3’s “Out” in Scouting has provided some very special and lasting memories for everyone who has had the privilege of camping in our pristine, rugged, and unique Camp Smitty wilderness area.
This year’s summer camp started on a note of “High Adventure”, unlike that of other troops in the Parkersburg area, with the entire troop paddling their kayaks and canoes, 31 miles by river, from the Base on the Ohio River in Belpre, Ohio, to their summer wilderness camp on the Hughes River.
Scouts spent the first night of their two-day river journey at Slate, West Virginia, camping on the Little Kanawha River property of Paul Hoblitzell. Following a fun-filled day on the river, which created some mighty hearty appetites, a fabulous pizza feast was warmly received by one and all.
The next day, the Scouts continued up the Kanawha and Hughes Rivers to Camp Smitty. After setting up camp and enjoying a refreshing river swim, the Scouts dined “like Kings” on thick, juicy T-bone steaks, twice baked potatoes, and numerous other side dishes, before concluding their active day around a roaring campfire filled with laughter, singing, and skits.
The first full day at Camp Smitty began with a tasty breakfast of expertly prepared Eggs Benedict, which set a “high bar” for the great food the troop enjoyed the rest of camp.
This year, as in recent years past, the daily camp routine was kept on schedule by the lilting calls of our lead bugler, Alexander Gilbert.
Camp activities this year, as always, provided important learning, tested everyone’s scouting skills, and produced memories of exciting outdoor adventures that will last everyone for a lifetime.
The Scouts were blessed with a week of great weather, i.e., low humidity and warm temperatures, with bright sunny days and cool nights, which made for great sleeping. Once again, nightly serenades by the Whippoorwills and Screech Owls quickly reminded everyone how wonderful it was to be spending their nights in such a remote and wild wilderness area.
Troop 3’s annual summer wilderness camp always creates an exciting and uniquely satisfying personal experience for everyone who attends! If you are not yet a member, don’t delay, because a program of exciting outdoor adventures awaits those who join now!