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Winter Camp XXX History

Dates:December 27-31, 2006
Location:Beaver Creek, Clearwater, & High Point cabins, D-bar-A Scout Ranch
Theme:Pirates of Brownsea Island
Youth Cost:$39.39
Adult Cost:$43.43
Attendance:34 (16 youth, 18 adults)
Leader:Aaron Ankiel
Adviser:Paul Kupser
Income:$***.**
Expense:$***.**
WCUES Score:184
Catchphrase:Look, they got the lake on fire
One of the thematic activities at the "Pirates of Brownsea Island" Winter Camp was an afternoon of boat construction on day three. On the night of day four, the boats were set adrift at the Beaver Creek waterfront and set afire.

Two themes vied for top honors at Winter Camp XXX and finally we opted to combine the two and have a single theme Pirates of Brownsea Island. The schedule was modified to include pirates in the early part of the week and then to include more traditional scouting activities once the pirates lost their ship and washed ashore on Brownsea Island.

New activities included X Marks the Spot, boat building, and Brownsea island games. A number of new activities planned for the event did not occur due to a change of schedule enacted late on the third day. Brownsea island games were based on traditional activities, but carried them to the extremes one would expect from Winter Camp. We had a 2 mile long string maze. New meals included the Business Lunch, Cannonball Lunch and the Dinner and a Movie featuring Carribbean cuisine.

The event was also enlivened by the inclusion of a surprise 30th anniversary celebration. The anniversary was marked by the arrival of Kristie Donohue with a specially decorated cake for the event and some souvenirs for all the participants. The cake was made in three layers and featured roman numerals on the edge of each layer. The top layer was labeled with the XXX for our 30th anniversary.

Another memorable event occurred when the youth leaders staged a "coup" and decided not to follow the schedule they had created for the remainder of the weekette. This split the youth contingent down the middle and left none of the youth completely happy with Winter Camp, something that would come back to haunt us in the coming year and especially at Winter Camp XXXI.

Campers left Winter Camp knowing that there were only 180 days until they could celebrate El Mediodia and know that their future was closer than the past.

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