On Friday evening, a small group of scouts traveled to Upper Black Eddy, PA to camp at New Life Island.
Our purpose in camping there was to assist in the camp’s “clean up” and service project day on Saturday. We arrived around 7:30 PM and carried our gear across the pedestrian foot bridge into camp (the camp really is on an island!). As we set up camp we also got a fire going as the night air was chilling down quickly.
We enjoyed homemade pies made with a set of “pie irons“, bread, pie fillings and chocolate chips. Tortilla chips and salsa were also tasty! Hot beverages were made using our latest gadget – a jet boil backpacker’s thermos. Pastor Ward brought his guitar along and we practiced some old (and some new) songs before heading off to sleep in our tents. While it was very cold that evening, we managed to sleep well with the proper gear and lots of layers.
On Saturday, we feasted on pancakes, bananas, sausages, eggs, and oatmeal. It was important to fill up since we had a lot of work to do.
After breaking camp, we worked as a team to move lumber, design “turtle basking platforms” which will be anchored in the river once the weather gets warmer. We used old bridge deck planks and split the work into an assembly line process. Later, we did some landscape clean up, affected general playground repairs, moved equipment and raked the Winter’s accumulation of leaves and twigs from around the dining hall.
Lunch was provided by the camp staff and we ate very well!
All in all, with seven of us working five hours, we accomplished a lot and tallied 35 service hours for our troop.