|Cedarlands, NY (Just north of Long
Lake; 250 miles round trip) Click here for
map; the lake appears yellow on the map for some reason, and is the
larger one in the center of the window.
|July 22 - July 28
|11 Scouts, four adults, and one dog stayed the
full week. In semi-random order, we have...
(Names in bold are adults. Names in bold and underlined are adults who stayed the full
week. Names in italic are very rare but well trained dogs)
|I apologize if I wasn't able to get a
photo of everybody that came along. If you've got a photo from this trip that
you'd like posted here, just let me know.
Cedarlands' 5,500 acres of mountains, lakes and wilderness make it the largest Scout camp in
Cedarlands has become a favorite spot for us, and we have other pages
on this web site devoted to it. In particular, you can see what we
did for the summer of 2000, as
well as a 2 night stay earlier
this spring (complete with maps and satellite photos).
I decided to try something different with this page. As with most of
the rest of the web site, clicking on one of the images below will bring up a larger, full
image. The difference is that each one will now come up in its own
separate window. This should allow you to browse through them all a
bit easier, without having to always use your browser's "back"
button. Also, for those with slower net connections (ala
phone-modem), you can keep reviewing this main page while the various images are
downloading in their own windows.
I also noticed that the brightness
and contrast of the images appeared to vary greatly,
based on what machine and monitor I was viewing them on. On
some computers, the images appeared dark and murky. On
others, they appear lighter (almost washed out), and
crisper. If you are inclined, try downloading them to your
system, adjusting them a bit, printing them out. Some of
these are quite nice.
Please feel free to send me a note
(firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me
know what you think of this approach.
Merit Badge Work
During most mornings, we broke into various study groups to work
on either the Camping or Environmental Science merit badges; both
are required for Eagle Scout. In the photos on the left, we
see scouts planting flowers... part of an experiment to find the
effects of acid rain and oil contamination.
A trebuchet is similar to a catapult, but operates on a different
mechanism. A quick search on Yahoo will bring you to all sorts of
pages going into detail. The scouts were provided printouts of
a couple of these pages early in the week, and on Thursday we canoed
to Windy Beach, where two teams spent 4-5 hours building competing
models using just found wood and twine for lashing. They ended
up amazingly strong and well built, and could hurl apples and potatoes
an amazing distance into the lake!
The guys did a very impressive job.
Life at Camp
We had an excellent camp fire each night. Since the weather
was so cooperative, it made it easy to do star gazing, where we
could easily learn and identify 7-8 constellations, as well as a few
stars and satellites.
We also had two full and productive snipe hunts (unfortunately,
no photos, but a couple of the scouts did get there hands pecked a
little). Checkers was a surprise hit with the scouts while at
the main area before retreating to their tents and the usual round
of card games.
The scouts did a good job cooking each meal, letting us enjoy
things such as omelets and hamburger stroganoff.
We didn't have any night time visits from bears (like last
year!), but that didn't mean they weren't around. Many of us
saw one ambling through the camp site on Friday as we were packing
up to go home.
We heard loons nearly every morning, and coyotes most of the
nights. A dear and its fawn were seen to be walking along the
trail next to our site, and a bunch of the scouts chased a huge
porcupine into the woods during our ascent of Mt. Masters.
We'll be supplying photos of the various animals we caught on
film as they become available for scanning.
Also check out what we did at
Cedarlands in 2002!