Lakeside Beach Fun at Camp

paddle boardOne of the most favorite parts of camping for most boys and girls is the activities that they can take part in. They enjoy hikes through the woods, campfires with ghost stories, and being able to get into the water at times throughout the day. There is just something great about enjoying all the water sports and it is even better if the lake has a beach for them to enjoy as well because it leads to a whole lot of lakeside beach fun at camp.

Watersports and More

camping water sportsMost all scout camps have large lakes for the kids to enjoy nearby. They also try to have a variety of things available for kids to use in the water. This is so that the campground and troop leaders can encourage them to get active and stay that way. They may have paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and more. They may also have large inflatable rafts for the kids to float on or pool noodles for times when they are trying to push people into the water in a competitive game of jousting. The possibilities and the fun are endless, but there also comes a time when everyone wants to just simply sit by the lake and enjoy.

Beach Fun

campers on the beachOn the beach of a lake, most scouts enjoy simply hanging out. They love to have a bond fire in the evening hours where they can roast marshmallows and kick back in lounge chairs where they may have a hanging cup holder resting for their chilled soda. This is big because most of the time at camp they only get water or milk so soda is a big deal. They also tell ghost stories and at times if there is a girl camp next to a boy camp, they all get together in this area to mingle. During the day, they also enjoy that spot by the lake because it is still a great hangout spot for them when all other activities have slowed down. Girls enjoy sunbathing on the beach and boys enjoy hunting for sticks and other things that they can throw into the water or make toy rafts with. When the water is clear, these same kids also enjoy wading into the water to see what wildlife may be hidden beneath the surface.

Making it Happen

As with all other areas in the camp, nature doesn’t always make it enjoyable for the kids. Some summers a camp may have to go in and remove lake weeds or spray for pests down by the lake. They may have to replace the lounge chairs and set the burn pit back up. It is the campgrounds efforts that make everything worthwhile and more enjoyable, but they can only do it with support from the troop leaders and all the scouts who want to be there to enjoy it. Without people willing to go camping, campgrounds have no reason to make sure the paddleboats are working and the kayaks are durable and this is truly sad because of all the missed opportunities for fun.

Creating A Comfortable Scout Camp

bunk beds at campThink back to when you went on a school 4H camping trip or a boy/girl scout camping outing. Chances are good, you have some pretty fond memories of your experience, but also a few not so great ones. Did you go only one time or did you go every chance you got? Many parents, when asked, say that they only did it a time or two because they liked being home more. Most likely, it wasn’t because you didn’t like the activities. More often than not, it was because you didn’t enjoy the whole discomfort thing that we dealt with back then. Now, things are improving. Everyone is working on creating a comfortable scout camp so that more kids will be willing to attend and perhaps even a few of their adult parents.

Camping Back in the Good Ole Days

bug bitesBack when you were a child and going camping with a group, you probably had to sleep on an old rickety bunk bed. They would be very hard and often you could feel the bars under your back while you were trying to get comfortable. There were also uncomfortable picnic benches for you to eat at and more bugs than you could count that would be swarming around you while you were trying to enjoy your meal. These campgrounds were not designed for comfort, but seemed to make everything more uncomfortable. Things are finally about to change. Those days are ending and everyone is happier to go out into the woods with their troops.

The Changes Being Made

summer campsSofter beds are the first priority. The beds that used to be there were serviceable, but they didn’t make kids or troop leaders want to return the following year. Now, campers have a higher quality mattress under them when they sleep and the bunk beds are no longer rusty metal bars of uncomfortableness. Mosquitoes are also not a problem like they have been in the past. Now, there are campgrounds that use lawn spray to kill mosquitoes before campers even get there and afterward when the campers first start scratching.

Why Comfort Matters

By creating a more comfortable place for campers to stay, more campers may be willing to attend the big trips out. The idea of boy scouts and girl scouts is to get kids outdoors and active. Teach them to love nature and all that it has to offer. If campers are not willing to go, they cannot enjoy all that is there for them to see and do. This defeats the entire purpose of having troops. Therefore, the idea is that if campers can get out and enjoy the outdoors, they will be more willing to spend time there in the future. It will help them to see the fun parts of it rather than the not so fun parts. It will ensure that they grow up loving the outdoors and perhaps be more willing to pass on that love to their children in the future. The future of the scout programs depends on it.