Sunday, July 8, 2007

Back to Paul Bunyan

Back in '95, I took my first troop of Boy Scouts, Midland Troop 798, to summer camp at Paul Bunyan Scout Reservation, far back in the Huron Manistee National Forest between Mio and Rose City. Sunday, Andrew, Robert and the rest of the Scouts of Troop 604 kind of closed that circle when they arrived at PBSR for summer camp.

When that first adventure started, Andrew was 5 and Robert was 2. They've changed a little bit.

For the last dozen years, PBSR has been tied up with this family in one way or another. Troop 604 hasn't gone to
summer camp at PBSR recently, opting instead for places like Lost Lake, Camp Tapico or Camp Rotary.
A lot of my four Eagle Scouts earned many of the badges they needed for Eagle at PBSR, and Andrew's aiming to earn most the badges he still needs there. Robert's also aiming for that, planning to collect enough badges for to earn his Life rank.
I'm encouraged. Back in '95, Skip Bleecker met me at the gate and welcomed me and the troop. This year, as we pulled up, Skip was there again.
PBSR still is as rustic as ever, but there have been improvements. There's now a kitchen sink at Lemonade Springs. No kitchen, but now, at the rustic camp on the north side of camp, at least there's the sink.

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