As most of you know I love being involved with Girl Scouts and recently I had the chance to be involved in TREC, which is a camping competition for older scouts in middle and high school. Teens Reaching Extraordinary Challenges!
Our team incorporated 4 scouts between 2 cities in grades 8 -12 who met during the summer to learn fire building skills, using a hand saw, packing a backpack, setting up a camp site and team building skills. We had a lot to learn and teach but we had lots of fun. Most of the girls had never used a hand saw before, a few had started a fire before, but this was a competition.
So the competition was in October and we were ready! Well who would have thought it would be the worst cold rainy weekend in October! YUP! Here’s some pictures
Here’s what our tents looked like the next morning. When we put our tents up that night there wasn’t a dry spot to be found so we knew in the AM we’d be in trouble. Thankfully we were properly trained (thank you Ms. Marianne) on how to put a footprint – which is the tarp under your tent – down before we put up our tents so no one’s clothes were wet inside!
Being cold now that’s another topic. We were fortunate enough to borrow these tents which were all exactly the same, however they were summer tents. So when the temperatures that night went down to 38 degrees the silky nylon did not hold back it’s piercing coldness. Unfortunately we did not prepare enough for this cold weather! We definitely learned we should have had fleece pants, wool socks and gloves.
Here’s MD and a scout during the saw competition!
Here’s MD’s lashing which should have won first place!
Here’s the Chicken Veggie Stew which won us 2nd place in the cooking competition for your division. It was delish! Chicken thighs, veggies, potatoes slow cooked over coals in a dutch oven!
Here’s the team showing off their Pokémon Patrol team flag which our Second place red ribbon! They had such a great time!
The biggest thing I heard after this event was how much fun they had, friendships they build and confidence they gained by this experience. Such a great experience for all of us. The team can’t wait to start prepping for next years competition!
So why did I show you all this – to encourage you to try something different this year! We knew about camping, but this event was something different and new for us!
Have a Magical Day!