By Todd Franko (Contact)
Published December 2, 2008
Video: Boy Scout Thanksgiving
A good snow might not be ideal for most campers. But if you’re in the Boy Scouts, it’s as good a time as any to head to the woods.
My son, Max, and I had the chance to camp with Scouts from Poland Troop 44 recently at Camp Stambaugh in Canfield. It was a key event in Max’s climb up the Scouts ladder.
The event was part annual Thanksgiving dinner for the troop, and part camping event for about 12 boys, ages 9 and older.
The Scouts put on a great turkey meal as well as several activities. The night evolved from food to skits to board games.
One cool event was a spontaneous night-time hike in the woods led by Boardman’s Andrew Gibson.
The woods at Camp Stambaugh have been home for Gibson for 20 years or so, Gibson said. It shows. With only the moonlight above, we trekked about a mile or so, led by Gibson’s son, who at about 4 or 5, seems already set for his own Eagle Scout status.
I was generally out of sorts as we crossed bridges and headed up hills – until Gibson said guided us up a ridge line and said that we should be at the golf course.
Golf course? I know golf courses. And soon enough, we were on No. 12 at Kennsington Golf Course engaging in a snowball fight.
Another cool part of the night was homemade ice cream from Rick Deemer. If you want the best vanilla-cherry ice cream, have Deemer’s.
The morning came quickly, and breakfast was boiling before our eyes — courtesy of an omelette in a bag.
If you’ve never tried a boiled omelette, don’t hesitate if you ever have the chance. It sounds bad, but it tastes delicious — as good as any breakfast at Bob Evans. I may not know moonlight hiking, but I know omelettes.
The attached video highlights the general process for boiling an omelette.
Camping in winter? You bet.