This past weekend our Troops plan was to float a portion of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. We all knew going into this activity that there was risk as well as the opportunity to challenge our selves. What we could never plan for was how well the Scouts did in the adventure leading to the adventure.
The Big River Campground is three and half hours away from our meeting hall, so we left a little earlier than we typically do to give us time in the day light to set up camp and relax for the night.
An hour out of town one of the cars in the convey starts “acting up”, so we pulled over, checked out and pushed on. Two hours into the trip that same car came to its final leg in a town called Madras. The car was finished, could not move. So we parked it and started planning on first how to recover the car and then second how to keep moving to camp. We decided to leave the car where it sat, right behind the Sonic. The owner was kind enough to let us keep it there. The next part was a bit more of a challenge. We had to transport 4 Scouts and a Driver to Sunriver… another hour and half.
We squeezed one more small Scout into a seat belt and left the remainder at the Sonic with the driver. The rest of the Troop moved on to the campground.
On the return to the Sonic from the campground one of the ASMs that was the shuttle car struck a deer on the highway. The deer was extremely hurt and so a call to 911 sent the State Police to the scene. They took car of the deer filled a report and the ASM was on his way back to Madras. Not a scratch on his car.
They loaded up the car and turned around heading to camp. By the time they arrived in camp it was 3 AM.
So where are the Scouts during all of this… well most of them do what all Scouts do when they get in the car… sleep. But what was surprising was the first year Scouts that proved that they wanted to be helpful. They volunteered to stay back. They helped unload, move and reload gear, they seemed to be everywhere doing everything. Hats off to them.
The adventure on the water was amazing. We floated the river returning back to camp around 6:30 PM. Needless to say spending a day on the river, a lot of the boys having a limited amount of sleep made for a real quiet night in camp on Saturday.
On the way home we rearranged all the kayaks and stopped into Madras to get the broken down car. We got it into the boat trailer, again the Scouts of the Troop giving 100% in chipping in to help as went and got the Troop Cheese Burgers and Fries.
We ate and returned home. Stories to tell and adventure had by all.
That’s what its all about.
Have a Great Scouting Day!