Saturday, September 24, 2011

Melita Island 2011 Boy Scouts

This is how we say good morning in Montana. It is one of the many reasons why we love living here. It's a good thing Val will get up to take such beautiful pictures . . . I will provide the sunset pictures one day.

The Boy Scouts own an island on Flathead Lake and every summer scouts from all over come to experience life on Melita Island. With this view every morning, can you blame them.

Chad is on the far right getting ready to do the polar plunge. Every morning at 6 a.m. he got up to do this crazy stunt. Crazy things boys will do for a badge. Trust me Flathead Lake is not that warm, especially at 6 a.m.

Another beautiful morning on the lake.

Means another polar plunge. The boys had to participate 4 out of the 5 mornings so Chad slept in the last morning. The boy in the yellow towel is from our troop and he was 1 out of 3 that did it every morning. Say it with me . . . crazy!

The Troop's camp site. Keston didn't stay with the troop because he was also working. This week nearly killed him because he was up at 4:30 to start breakfast for 300 scouts would work the breakfast shift, do his classes/activities, work the lunch shift, more classes/activities, work the dinner shift and they hang out til 11:30 p.m. at the campfire.

The only picture of Keston - he wasn't with the group much because he was working. Keston lived on the island for about 7 weeks and he loved every minute of it. Because he was such a hard worker and got up every morning he gets to choose where to work next year and guess what . . . it will not be in the kitchen. He is working on his leather work. he made this great arm band.

The whole troop. Even though Chad is only 11 he got to go with his dad and he had a great time.

On one of the last days they have the raft race. Chad rode the raft and the older boys pulled him through the course. They won by a long shot. One troops raft completely fell apart but if you wait until the last minute and just tie the barrels together you get . . . a winning . . . raft . . . something is wrong with this picture.

Another year of scout camp is over. Everyone loves it. It was hard to get Keston to come home, Val would prefer to live out there, and Chad had a great time - he is already talking about wanting to work on the island. It is great to be in such a beautiful place. We are blessed!

1 comment:

Ken Doig Family said...

Looks beautiful, glad to hear a great time was had by all. I can tell I need to teach these boys the real definition of camping. Glad Keston had fun working up there all summer, I'm sure he loved it!