Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm back home and it's hot outside...

We're back....
and yet another year of summer camp is behind us. This was our 7th year at Camp Hansen. A week that started out with a heavy rain storm on Sunday night. The rain was so bad that the cooks had trouble getting to work because the road leading into camp was under water. But being scouts we are always prepared and not only did they get them into camp but breakfast had already been started and was on time.
This is the gate leading into camp.
There is a lake nearby and many are able to take fishing, motor boating, canoeing and kayaking merit badges. No swimming is allowed in the lake. The camp provides a swimming pool. It's cleaner and affords easier access for aquatic merit badges.
This is Richard, he is from Chapman, Kansas. The black head band signifies he is on silence as he was tapped for Golden Eagle. One leader and 4 boys made it to camp from Chapman this year. A first for all of them.

This is Cody, he is from Chapman also. Cody was registered to attend camp his first time last year and a few days before he was to leave the tornado hit. Of course mom and dad needed him at home and he understood. This year he finally made it to Camp Hansen and said he had a wonderful time. I've known and followed this young man since he first joined scouting as a Tiger. I hope to one day see him earn his Eagle rank.
Nature at it's best. I love the rolling hills and the native prairie grasses.

The native flowers are pretty too, even if many are considered noxious weeds. We have to teach the boys to stay away from this thistle. I couldn't resist taking the picture though.

The drums were sitting near the staff quarters garage so I lined them up in the
grass for a picture.
These two are brothers and Ranger Rex's sons. Rex was the camp director this year and his oldest son worked as the camp ranger. They were preparing a surprise for the campers and their parents.

I'm not sure what mom and dad thought but the campers loved it. I think they looked great and love that they are following in dad's footsteps. ("No, dad doesn't have a mohawk".)This was done on Friday and there is a big camp fire with skits and such to signify the end of the week and celebrate the weeks events.

This is the climbing tower. I never did make it over their to take pictures so I snapped this one from afar.
The heat here since returning home has been awful. We've topped 100 degrees with a 70% humidity. I just want to sleep when the weather is like this, but alas,
back to work tomorrow for me. For those of you experiencing high heat please, please remember to drink plenty of water. Remember sodas, teas and coffee don't count to prevent dehydration.
Hope you all had a fabulous week last week, I know I did!!
More later,


turquoise cro said...

Welcome home Tess! Could YOU tell me more about that thistle? We had them upon our hill where I grew up and they grow right in my front yard! Are they poisonous! I'm always digging them up!
I think the boy's hair-do is great! I used to go to 4-H Camp and I sure had FUN!!!I wish I could have heard those drums! That is one of my FAV instruments!

lori vliegen said...

hi tess! what a beautiful area to be camping! so glad you all had a great time! :)

Tess said...

Hi turquoise CRO, I'll have to do some digging for more info about the thistle. We tell the boys to leave it alone because of the barbs. The stems have sticky "thorns" that hurt and it seems once you've got one in your skin you've got 10. They are pretty though. (The second picture.) The boys know to stay away from the first one pictured because you can easily see the thorny leaves. Again they hurt. I don't think they are poisonous though. I referred to them as noxious weeds becasue in our town they discourage plantng them because they are a hardy plant and will take ober an area. Camp Hansen is a wildlife preserve so they leave as much of the nature alone as possible, including thorny thistle plants.

julie king said...

it looks like a wonderful week of outdoors and good company!!!

Anne said...

Hi, Tess! Sounds like ya'll had a wonderful time at camp! You took an amazing photo of Cody next to the Eagle. The lighting is so soft and you can really see his face well. I enjoyed seeing all the other photos, too for a bit of that "camp flavor"! Looks like a great place! :-)