The 1st Lennoxville Cubs held an Early Spring camp at the Lake Lovering Scout Reserve last weekend.
The snowstorm which afflicted much of the area did not spare our camp, which plunged into darkness on Saturday night as a result of a power outage.
With no lights, no power, and no heating, our plans necessitated a quick modification.
After brainstorming with the Cubs, we decided to embrace Mother Nature’s challenge and throw a spontaneous slumber party in the main lodge of the camp.
We used candles and flashlights, heated the cabin with a woodstove, cooked our meal in a Dutch oven (which luckily, does not require electricity), lined all our sleeping bags, and soon a great, cozy slumber party was underway, complete with jokes and giggles, by the flickering candle lights.
The shadows on the wall –albeit somewhat eerie at first- soon provided for a great deal of entertainment and creativity, as our young members experimented with forming shadows of different animals with their hands.
Our ‘Early Spring Camp’ may not have been as spring-like as we had originally anticipated, but was great fun nonetheless. It taught us resourcefulness and adaptability, and brought with it a strong sense of togetherness.
We are proud of our youth for handling the unpredictable situation so well.
Yours in Scouting,
Didi Gorman, 1st Lennoxville Scouts