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Venture Crew 276's Week at Camp Somers

TAP into Sparta Staff

Monday, August 25, 2014 • 11:13pm

ALLAMUCHY, NJ - The week of Aug. 3-9 proved to be eventful for members of Venture Crew 276. Members of the crew had the opportunity to attend Venture week at Camp Somers at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. A normal day consisted of Land Navigation, COPE - Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, Siesta Games, a Conservation project and many different choices of night-time activities every evening.

Land Navigation consisted of designing, creating and walking an orienteering course with the more experienced scouts teaching the less experienced scouts map and compass skills.

COPE started out with a focus on teambuilding activities and skills. The week ended with more challenging COPE which consisted of high ropes adventures, multiple stories in the air, while attached to belay lines.

Every day from 1 to 2 p.m., Camp Somers has Siesta. During siesta hour, individuals, troops and crews have the opportunity to participate in the Siesta Games to compete for the Siesta Cup. Events included volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.  “With a new game each day, there is never a dull siesta. Not only did Crew 276 have so much fun at the games, we were thrilled when we were announced as the winners of the Week Five Siesta Cup,” said Katie Rozek, Crew President.

The crew undertook a huge task for the week as a conservation project.  The crew rebuilt a road. The road up to one of the campsites had gotten so bad from erosion, that is was impassable by vehicle. The crew’s job was to build rock walls for water drainage and to fill the road bringing it back up to level. The crew uses rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows to move tons of fill.

Most afternoon and evenings, the crew had the opportunity to participate in open-climb, open-shoot, and open-swim. Other evening activities were the opening campfire, canoe wars, cooking competition, Venture pistol shoot and an even more exciting closing campfire with many skits by the Camp Somers staff.

In addition to all that, throughout the week, every troop and crew is encouraged to build a gateway to their campsite and participate in the camp-wide gateway contest. Crew 276 used their gateway building as an opportunity to teach lashings to other scouts. Their gateway won the gateway contest for Week 5.

Rozek added, “Crew 276 had such an amazing week at Camp Somers that we will definitely be going back next year.  With so many things to do at Camp Somers, COPE, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, ATVs, Boating, Swimming, Shooting and more, every time will always be a new and exciting opportunity.”

They have meetings every first Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining, see venturecrew276.com for more details.

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