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Old 03-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #31
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I think our Troop has camped somewhat in your area. Several yrs back we camped at Smith Mountain Lake, climbed one of the Peaks of Otter (Sharptop or Flattop not sure which?). Another time we were at Camp Ottari, BSA camp somewhere near Blacksburg and did some mountain hiking. Two yrs ago we were at Camp Shenandoah, another BSA camp. -Lee
Camp Ottari and Camp Powhatan are the two base camps on the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation. My old troop, back in the day, went to Powhatan and my current troop goes to Ottari. If all goes well, I'll be back at Ottari for a week in July. We will be doing our next backpacking trip there as well.

The Peaks of Otter is sort of in my neck of the woods, in fact my family and I went there for dinner last Saturday. We have been thinking of taking the Jayco there for a weekend, but I don't believe the campground opens until May.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:22 PM   #32
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Camp Ottari and Camp Powhatan are the two base camps on the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation. My old troop, back in the day, went to Powhatan and my current troop goes to Ottari. If all goes well, I'll be back at Ottari for a week in July. We will be doing our next backpacking trip there as well.

The Peaks of Otter is sort of in my neck of the woods, in fact my family and I went there for dinner last Saturday. We have been thinking of taking the Jayco there for a weekend, but I don't believe the campground opens until May.
We were at Ottari for Fall 2006 I believe, just about had the place to ourself. We camped on a hill overlooking a small lake. This may look familiar to ya. Also visited a falls nearby.
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Looks like Ottari on the backside of the lake. We'll be there next weekend to do some backpacking. It is time to do some Jaycoing.

I don't recognize the falls.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:37 PM   #34
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Jayco Eagle Scout program.

Yes was a scout many years ago,but now it's a different type scout. I scout out campgroungs for My EAGLE. Happy Camping The new EAGLE SCOUT.The only way I can go camping because I couldn't get off the ground in a tent. THE BOY AN GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA IT GREAT FOR THE KIDs hope it stays around forever.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:39 PM   #35
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Yes was a scout many years ago,but now it's a different type scout. I scout out campgroungs for My EAGLE. Happy Camping The new EAGLE SCOUT.The only way I can go camping because I couldn't get off the ground in a tent. THE BOY AN GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA IT GREAT FOR THE KIDs hope it stays around forever.


Yeah I think most of us migrate to a different kind of camping in time. But I do know a few Scouters in their 60`s still tent camping with Troops.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:33 PM   #36
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One of my former neighbours worked for Scouts Canada as a program organizer. What a cool job to have.
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Wow, does that ever bring back memories! In Canada, our little towns had Cubs and Scouts, when I was a kid. I would imagine the cities had Girl Guides back then, too.

The one camping trip I remember involved riding in the back of two one-ton farm trucks out into the country, and setting up a couple of big tents at the edge of a bush. I can only remember bits and pieces, like the two trucks, my Dad's red and black Mercury and another fellow's green Chev or GMC, pulling away from our house in town. I can also still hear my buddy's Dad singing the Wabash Cannonball at the campfire.

As a Cub and Scout, I had the privilege of being mentored by some of the finest people on earth, many of whom were WWII vets. I was born at the end of 1947, so that gives you the time frame. Our Scout troop also used to walk out of our little town and cook supper in a bush during the winter, just on our own. I still like to do that, 50 years later.
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Great story, Kjohn. Looks like Scouting is a big deal in Canada too! -Lee
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...riding in the back of two one-ton farm trucks out into the country...
That's a no-no in today's Scouting. Everyone must have a proper seat with a restraint.

Years ago, we used to ride Scouts in the backs of pickups for short distances at low speed, but not any more.
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That's a no-no in today's Scouting. Everyone must have a proper seat with a restraint.

Years ago, we used to ride Scouts in the backs of pickups for short distances at low speed, but not any more.
Amazing reading the "Guide to Safe Scouting" today and how many "unsafe" things we did back in the day....guess we have gotten just a little bit smarter.....
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