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Winter Camp XXXVI History

Dates:December 27-31, 2012
Location:Beaver Creek & Clearwater Cabins, D-bar-A Scout Ranch
Theme:Ancient China
Attendance:41 (25 youth, 16 adults)
Leader:Tim Kasprzak
Adviser:Ethan Rein
Kitchen AdviserSteve Donohue
Kitchen DirectorBen Green
Newspaper AdviserMark Bollman-->
WCUES Score:302
Catchphrase:Welcome to Winter Camp
The actual slogan is written in Chinese and went along with the Ancient China theme for Winter Camp XXXVI. This legend graced a banner that was flown over the road into the Beaver Creek building at the start of camp.

Borrowing from a part of a former state slogan, it was a Winter Wonderland at Winter Camp XXXVI, as 8 inches of fresh snow greeted the campers on December 27th. Customs and traditions from the other side of the sphere and of centuries past pervaded the atmosphere of the encampment in line with the theme of "Ancient China."

As a large gathering convened in Beaver Creek, there were activities for all ages. Many of the campers enjoyed outdoor events of old favorites, such as cross country golf and capture the objective. But there were some new events and variants of old ones held at Winter Camp XXXVI, including a tomahawk throw on a trail of balloons, commando stalking, Chinese Prohibition (moving from one site to another without being detected), and the launch of Chinese lanterns. Some of the activities involved crafts and engineering. Bow making was especially popular, and a couple of Arrowmen spent much of their free time using the homemade bows. One camper was particularly successful in carving a flute from natural rushes that came from the Verde River in Arizona.

Three things highlighted the culinary experiences at Winter Camp XXXVI: chopsticks, bacon, and turducken. The Turducken Dinner, although very labor intensive, was enjoyed by all as they feasted on chickens stuffed in ducks that were stuffed in turkeys. Other new meals included the No Hands Electric Lunch, Bacon Breakfast, China Poverty Buffet, Chopstick Lunch, Improvised Eating Device (IED) Lunch, and Servant Leadership Meal. During the Meal by Numbers, the campers had to paint a picture on a tortilla with different colors of food.

Winter Camp continued to gain in notoriety, as evidenced by visits from various dignitaries, and Arrowmen knew that it could keep the promise of lasting until doomsday.

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