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Winter Camp XII History

Dates:December 27-31, 1988
Location:Beaver Creek & Clearwater Cabins, D-bar-A Scout Ranch
Attendance:21 (11 youth, 10 adults)
Leader:Rodger L.
Adviser:Steve Donohue
Lodge:Mi-Gi-Si O-Paw-Gan
WCUES Score:268 (Details)
Service Project:Clear the Trout Lake skill center, clean out a storage barn, and clear brush around Midway campsite.
Catchphrase:Six people, six cars. Six full cars.
The December 26 setup crew comprised six people each of whom drove to camp without any room for other passengers. As has been recorded in the official history of Winter Camp XII, one driver had to navigate to camp while balancing milk jugs on his lap.

A strong system of delegating responsibilities, coupled with exceptional youth involvement, helped produce the greatest task distribution at any Winter Camp. Each participant played a part in such things as activity planning and newspaper reporting, as well as food preparation.

Winter Camp XII saw the explosion of gear reach a new level when the six members of the set-up crew each drove to camp and had no room for any passengers. One had to drive with milk jugs literally on his lap.

Many new gadgets made their debut at this Winter Camp. The long awaited alarm system was installed to guard the road from Midway to Highpoint. Two ear piercing alarms and indicator lights adorned the cabins as part of this system. For the first time a system of indicator lights was used to monitor latrine usage.

New meal themes, continuing a long tradition, included a Junk Snack, Hell Lunch, Heart-Stupid Breakfast, Soup Line Lunch, Turkey Roost Dinner (finally), Bake-off Snack, Tag Lunch, and the Salute to the States Banquet. Many of the meals were especially challenging to the digestive systems, particularly on Backwards Day.

New activities were also introduced including the rolling donut shoot, human clue, human checkers, and the maze craze. The Winter Camp Future Society donated a handsome spice rack and sponsored a one year and ten year time capsule.

Winter camp served as a most fitting end to 1988 and Arrowmen left knowing that they would return to camp before the Earth could finish a complete orbit around Sol.

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