Pack 95 went camping at a new site on April 21-23, 2017, Cheaha State Park. We have not been to this location in years, if ever, and it was time to go.
The hardcore campers followed the pack trailer up on Friday night to get in an extra night of camping and to help set up our campsite. We prepared the kitchen and had the fire pit ready for Saturday night’s campfire program.
Once most families made it to Cheaha Mountain and had their tents set up, we took a short group hike to Pulpit Rock. This point on top of the mountain gave us sweeping views to the west of the mountain. Cheaha Mountain is the largest mountain in Alabama and this vantage point did not disappoint us.
Our crack grub staff spent the afternoon cooking a whole pig in a portable roasting box. Think of it as a really big dutch oven. The pig was served with homemade guacamole, pico de gayo, Spanish rice and tortillas. Some of us are still dreaming about this meal.
After dinner, we were joined by Troop 95 and they held a flag retirement ceremony. They invited our cubs to be a part of this special ceremony. After a brief break, we held our own campfire program with songs and skits. At the end, we had planned to have a ceremonial passing over of the torch. Cubmaster Joe Swaika stepped down from his position and passed it on to Shawn Wright. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out before we could get started and everyone ran to their tents and tarps as the rain came in.
It was still raining the next morning when we woke up. After realizing half the pack has left in the night and we had no energy to cook pancakes, we opened up the pop-tarts and bagels and warmed everyone with coffee and hot chocolate. We did our best to pack up and stay dry.
Despite the rain, this was a really great campout and we couldn’t have done it without the parents and volunteers. Not matter if you cooked, cleaned up or stayed around to pack up the trailer it was greatly appreciated. We will talk about this campout for years.