Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great Lakes Boy Scouts Centennial Jamboree

I spent the this last weekend camping in the serene outdoors;

at the Great Lakes Centennial Jamboree, a 100th anniversary Boy Scout Jamboree at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Enjoying nature with my family - and with over 9,000 other boy scouts. (Technically, I heard there were 10,144 registered attendees.)

(Not in the same tent, of course).

My outdoor Wednesday post this time around is probably less photogenic then usual, but still colorful. It amazes me how many different tents are available to purchase in the USA!


I camped in the family camping area with my husband, daughter and oldest son Tom. Our tent came equipped with a wheelchair - Tom broke his foot the first week of school, and maneuvering distances without the chair is difficult, so the wheelchair had to come along as well. As if packing for camping isn't hard enough without the extra bulk of a wheelchair... My other 2 boys camped with their troop in the troop camping area.


Besides camping, there where many activites, exhibits, and events for the scouts to enjoy.

Outdoor hobby exhibits, archery, kayaking, climbing, kites, Military vehicles and helicopters, obstacle courses, frisbee golf, geocaching, paintball, rockets, radio controlled planes and boats, and much more.

Before:


After:


I have been so Inspired by some of the beautiful "foodie" blogs. So here is my attempt...

The black pot demo area featured outdoor cooking:


Boiling and poaching eggs in a paper cup;


Cooking eggs in a hollowed out onion or tomato, baking rolls in a orange peel;

and of course using your bungee cords and huge steel nails to bake the stray bird you might catch (in archery?) and want to eat. I believe these are the gourmet cooking tools for the outdoor camper.

I had a good weekend with my family (which includes 3 boy scouts). I hope you got to enjoy the wonderful outdoors and the serenity of nature. I am hoping to enjoy the serenity of nature soon too.



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16 comments:

Kammy said...

9000 plus boys - wow - I can imagine the fun they had !
Kammy

LV said...

With all that many boys around plus all the others. I am sure a great time was had by all.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

wow... impressive!!

I recall those days when my boys were younger... to me roughing it is calling room service!! hahhha... jk (well..kinda sorta)

If you get a chance please stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

It looks live everyone had a fun time.

Elizabeth G. said...

Fun time! Cool copters. Scrumptious looking food.

Have a great day!

The Lazy Peacock said...

cool pictures, i love the food being cooked in onions and tomatoes, so clever. and it looks delicious!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

wow- cool pics, looks like everyone had fun!
You do te coolest things!!!
keep sharing....

Karen

Mary said...

With the skills they've learned your sons will never starve. It looks like a marvelous family weekend. I hope that foot is healing and that you are all well. Have a wonderful day.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Wow, looks like everyone had a great time! I had so much fun doing stuff like that with my boys when they were young.

~ Tracy

daylily777 said...

Hi, Great Pics! Looked lke a wonderful memorable time ;~)
~Myrna

Jane said...

What a fun weekend! The Boy Scout Jamboree is always a fun event. (I had 3 scouts, too) I rode my first zip line at the Jamboree in TX. Wheeeeeee!!!!!

Jane (Artfully Graced)

cherry said...

looks like a great time was had by all.
hugs, Cherry

Becky K. said...

You are so brave! All of that excitement and you still did that cool cooking? Awesome.

Becky K
Hospitality Lane

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I enjoyed your post very much as I was once a cub scout leader and this brought back happy memories!

:-)

renaeterrell said...

What a fun weekend!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my pictures of New Orleans. We enjoyed our little day trip there. I traveled with my husband on business and we stayed in the area an extra day to do some site-seeing there. It is lovely and it was good to see the city was intact (in most areas) after coming back from the brink of disaster. Some areas are still badly scarred and my heart hurt to see vacant lots where homes and buildings were demolished, but for the most part the city has survived. Blessings.

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Wow! My youngest was a scout, but we never had a campout like that...in fact parents never went along-only the Scoutmasters. Our small town troop then dwindled down to nothing!Sad. If we had done fun things like you did maybe it would still exist! Very impressed!
~Nancy