A week ago we had a few scouts, parents and siblings at our rescheduled bike trip. We stayed at BSA Camp Greenough in Yarmouthport, MA at a new, for us, camp site. There were three newish adirondaks with bunks, flagpole, fire pit and picnic tables. Overall camp was clean and ready for scouts and we are lucky to have access to such a great place to camp, right in central Cape Cod.
This year the trip was led by ASPL and crew chief Lincoln. We biked directly from Camp Greeough to the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) link which then led to the full CCRT. This was new for us too. We proceeded east along the bike path. When we hit Nickerson we made the decision to push ahead for ice cream in Orleans which put us about 19.2. Our usual bike trips are 25 miles. This year, with a smaller group and a longer day, we tallied 38.5 miles. No scout was interested in doing 11.5 miles more for the 50 miler! It was a nice day, everyone stayed hydrated and we got back to camp and to plan around inclement weather conditions. We moved the tables inside for cooking and had some great meals. By 9:30 pm most everyone was ready to turn in after a long day.
Sunday, we broke camp, cleaned and left it cleaner than we found it (I’m pretty sure), and all departed for home. I’m looking forward to having a big family bike trip in 2022 at our usual Memorial Day weekend time.
We will need a quartermaster, so if anyone is interested talk to Henry first.
Tuesday we had a rainy meeting under the tents but made good use of the time to remind everyone about camp. The scouts shared experiences; lessons learned for packing and preparation; what is new this year; and what works best. One reminder is the camp troop Code of Conduct policy, which needs to be reviewed and signed by scouts and parents prior to camp. If you have any questions, let me know and I will be reviewing this with all scouts in preparation for camp.
See you next week.
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