This Page is a collection of the original pages for 2008 Campouts.

January 2008 Campout - Skiing
By Doug 

In January, we usually go to Sundown Ski Resort. It is a more relaxed campout. The scouts are free to ski all day, and we stay at Camp Little Cloud later on that night. After dinner, the tradition is to play card or board games. Since we ski at Sundown Ski Resort, the campout fee is usually much higher than normal, to cover the cost of ski rental and a lift pass. The cost of the fee is usually around $55. An alternate activity is usually planned for those who aren't interested in skiing. Lunch for the scouts will not be provided, and the cost of lunch at Sundown can be hefty, so the scouts are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

February 2008 Campout - Primitive Sports 
By Doug

This month, we went to Kent Park.  Kent Park is a few miles out of Iowa City.  Over the years, Kent Park has been a traditional campout.  This campout was primitive sports campout.  On Friday night, the stag patrol came out early.  We had a magnificant poker game and had a nice relaxing night before the whole troop came the next morning.  When the troop arrived, scouts had the chace to make fire with nothing but wood and a bow.  The troop was also taught to make arrowheads and atalatals.  Targets were set up, and scouts took turns shooting arrows.  This was one of our best campouts and the scouts are eager to go back.

March 2008 - Service Project Campout
By Doug

March campout is usually our service project campout.  In the past we usually go to Big Sand Mound.  In 2008 we were not able to go, so we planned an alternative campout.  In the past years at Big Sand Mound, we've helped with turtle population, picked up trash, and cut down trees.

April Campout 2008 
By Nathan

The April campout this year consisted of a series of events that the entire district competed in. On Saturday morning, there was a series of competitions that patrols could enter. One was a memory game where you had to look at a group of food items, and then write down as many as you could remember when the food was covered up again. For another, you had to hard-boil an egg without using your hands; however, you could use other things such as sticks. The patrol that got theirs hard-boiled the fastest one, but got penalties if the egg wasn’t hard-boiled when they finished. At yet another station, you had to do a sort of a relay. Two scouts at separate tables, while blindfolded and their good arm restricted, had to piece together half of a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich; they then had to meet in between the two tables and piece their halves together for a final scout to eat, regardless of where the food had been. There was a similar relay that involved the making of a pancake, as scouts ran relays to different scouts to accomplish all of the tasks required to construct the pancake, such as putting on syrup. A final event was another hard-boiled egg competition, where patrols had to boil an egg over a fire that they prepared using sticks and other materials they could find. Although you could stop at any point, you were given time penalties if the egg wasn’t hard-boiled when you finished. In the afternoon and evening, patrols competed in two cooking competitions: one involved a set batch of ingredients, while the other was an overall cooking contest. Despite occasional showers throughout the campout, there was less rain than anticipated and it didn’t interfere with any of the events. Overall, this was a well thought out and fun campout. 

May Campout 2008 
By Nathan

For our May campout this year, we visited Backbone State Park, where we did a variety of activities throughout Saturday. The diverse set of activities scouts could do included fishing, Frisbee golf, hiking, and golfing. Also, later in the evening the Stag Patrol ran a set of booths we went to about different scout skills, such as tying knots and starting a fire. However, although there was no rain on Friday or through Saturday morning and afternoon, steady rainfall set in by early evening, and lasted through Sunday morning. Despite this, we all survived, and the many activities made this campout very fun overall.

June Campout 2008 
By Nathan

Instead of a normal campout in June, there was instead Scout Camp, which lasted for seven days. During most of the time, scouts worked on merit badges while enjoying special events. On the first day, the scouts arrived and did health and pool checks. Also that night was the opening campfire. The second day, the scouts started their merit badges and Eagle Quest, which lasted through the sixth day. In the evening there was a camp-wide game. The third day featured a cookout in Upper Meadows, along with open climb, shooting, and handicraft. Family night, when parents and family could visit, was the fourth day, which included a potluck. The callout for Order of the Arrow also took place that evening. For the fifth day, there was the Wilderness Survival merit badge overnight, as well as open archery and swim. On the sixth day, scouts finished up their merit badges and Eagle Quest, and the final campfire took place in the evening. Finally, everyone packed up and left on the seventh day.

July Campout 2008 
By Nathan

The July outing took place on July 19, and was a one-day biking trip up and down the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. The scouts biked up eight miles from Hiawatha and then biked back. Although the biking expedition only lasted one day, the weather was good, and the trip was very enjoyable for those who participated

August Campout 2008 
By Nathan

The August campout took place from the 22nd to the 24th. On the campout, the scouts canoed down the Wapsipinicon River, stopping for lunch at Pinicon Ridge. After lunch, they canoed from Central City to John’s Lake. Although there were clouds on Friday, the weather was lovely in the daytime; however, it did sprinkle Saturday night. Also, the water flow was normal, which was a relief after all the devastation caused by the flood.

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October Campout 2008 
By Nathan

This October we camped at Lake McBride from the 17th to 19th. Although there were stormy clouds on Friday night, no rain occurred while we were there and the weather cooperated well. Although, due to a reservation mix-up, we ended up taking the campsite of another troop, Troop 250 was willing to take another campsite, and we made it up to them by including them in our campfire on Saturday.On Saturday morning we went to different stations to learn scouting skills such as fire building, blade safety, and knot tying, and to try and get requirements signed off as well. In the afternoon we worked on building shelters for our patrols, which we had the option of sleeping in that night. On Saturday night we had a campfire, including participation from another troop from Iowa City (Troop 250) and a wood badge ceremony for our scoutmaster. Finally, we packed up and left Sunday morning.


November Campout 2008 
By Nathan

For the November campout, we went to Stone City and stayed at a barn that was the last remaining building in a large estate. The estate was built during the time when Stone City was quarrying for limestone, but fell apart after the advent of concrete drove the owner out of business. To help the newly resurging community, we first helped with two service projects. One was clearing weeds out from around the remains of one old building, and the other was to stack firewood. After completing both service projects, we went inside the house and settled in upstairs. Most people played either dodge ball or board games until dinner was served. For dinner the Crawdads cooked many delicious courses, such as ham and turkey. After dinner, we went outside to the fire ring and gathered around a large fire. The campfire program was well-planned, and the skits were interesting. After the campfire, we went back inside for pie and then bed. In the morning we had breakfast, packed up, had a religious service, and finally returned home.



December 2008 Campout - Gourmet Food Cookoff

The December Campout is a chance for the scouts to show that they can cook.  They will spend all afternoon on saturday preparing their meal.  For dinner, the adults judge each patrol on neatness, grace, manners, meal, aesthetics and timeliness.  Awards are given to the patrol that cooked the best meal.

After the dinner, there will be singing of Christmas carols, followed by a gift exchange.  If you want to participate in the gift exchange, but a gift that is around $5 that is related to scouting.  These gifts should be wrapped in christmas paper.  There is another optional gift exchange called the "White Elephant" gift exchange.  These gifts are meant to be a joke or an unwanted item.  These "White Elephant" gifts should be wrapped in newspaper.  To get a gift, you must give a gift.

The campout went very well.

Gourmet Meal Contest Rules 
Adult Scouters are the judges of your meals, preparation, presentation, et cetera. They are your guests, so act properly.
-Provide an invitation early in the afternoon to those adults whom the Scoutmaster assigns to your patrol.
-Set the table for your patrol plus your guests.
-Prepare enough of your meal for your patrol and two adults, plus enough for all of the other adults to sample if they wish. To judge fairly, other adults may wish to taste some of your food preparations. 
-All food cooking will be done outdoors over wood and/or charcoal heat.