With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, the unofficial kickoff of summer is here and with it comes camping. I think no matter where you camp, or with whom you camp, you always bring back memories that are special. A year ago I took our Boy Scout troop for a weekend of camping at Douthat State Park. So many things happened in 48 hours that a “top ten list” was produced of the crazy things. There were two things that stood out in my mind from that trip. The first happened on a long hike up one of the mountains. As we got to the very top one of the boys twisted his ankle and we had to carry him the whole way down. It didn’t help that he was one of the larger boys in the troop, but in the end it built character for the boys. On that very same evening, the storms of all storms hit. Inches of rain fell over a non-stop torrent that lasted for more than an hour. During that stretch I managed to keep a nice fire going, which came in handy trying to dry things out. We lost two of the 5 tents in the storm andsome of the boys had to sleep in vehicles for the night. You may think with hearing just 2 out of a top 10 list of things that happened this was not a great trip. But a year later the boys still talk about it as if it was one of the best campouts they ever went on.
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