Day 1 (Saturday, June 17): by Sam
On Saturday, we were all driving, but that did not stop us from having several fun memories. We started off the day with Bob Evans. Miss Felicia brought us candied bacon, but neglected to give Liam the cookie he was promised for his late food. We made a drink called the Puppy Fruppy Frappuccino. The ingredients cannot be named. When we got to The Summit, we proceeded to claim and setup our tents. We discovered all the hidden secrets of our campsite and had pulled pork for dinner. I myself went to bed with minor indigestion, but felt great in the morning. Overall, Saturday was a fun and eventful day.
Day 2 (Sunday, June 18): by Aidan
On our second day at The Summit, the weather was very hot. We did a lot of walking to our activities. We all redid our swim tests and enjoyed cooling off in the water. We met our guide, Taylor who is a Navy Midshipman. We did a walking tour of The Summit with Taylor. On the tour, we saw statues of famous BSA leaders like Mr. Rex Tillerson, our Secretary of State. There was a lightning storm all night but we stayed dry.
Day 3 (Monday, June 19): by Pierce
Today at The Summit we started our rafting adventure by going kayaking for 4 hours. We started our day by packing our day packs for our day of kayaking at Bravo Lake. After packing we started our 15 minute walk to breakfast. Once we finished eating, we went to colors, and then walked back to camp, to pack our bags for the two day rafting trip. Once everyone’s bags were packed for rafting, and put under the pavilion to be brought to the river we started our hike to Bravo Lake in the rain. When we arrived at Bravo Lake we were all soaking wet even with rain jackets on, so we went into one of the changing tents and changed into our bathing suits. After we changed there was still a lightning warning, so we sat under the pavilion and did debates. When the rain finally stopped we were ready to start kayaking. We headed out to the lake and started by capsizing and draining our kayaks and learning the basics. After learning the basics of kayaking we practiced doing some capsizing and rescues for capsized kayaks filled with water, but we mostly swam around during this time. During this time it started raining again but there was no lighting warning so some of us went back out and kept kayaking and swimming while some of us stayed dry underneath the tent waiting for lunch. When we were all done with lunch we went back out into lake bravo and did some kayak races and screwed around in the lake. After our day down at Bravo Lake we headed back to base camp and packed the rest of stuff for rafting and headed to dinner. When dinner was done we loaded up the bus and took a 30 minute ride to the first river camp site. Once we arrived at camp we loaded our gear into tents that were much like summer camp but they were much bigger, newer, nicer, and held four people in bunk beds. After we had all setup camp we played some card games like Kemps. When it was time for lights out we climbed into our sleeping bags and settled down for the night as we were repeatedly woken up by the sound of trains that were right next to our camp site.
Day 4 (Tuesday, June 20): by John
Today we started going down the river in “duckies”, which are inflatable, two-person kayaks. First though, we did some work for the park service rangers. This included spreading mulch and painting the outside of their quarters. We also cleaned and painted the outside of a historic train station. Then we got on the river. We paddled through class I, class II, and class III rapids in the duckies, and a lot of people flipped each other and got flipped. Even though it was my first time doing it, I think I did pretty well kayaking. Afterwards we had some very good pasta for dinner, which was prepared by another troop that was there with us.
Day 5 (Wednesday, June 21): by Adrien
The day started with a car horn alarm by our guide Taylor. We then all rushed to get ready to cook breakfast for the other crews. For breakfast we made eggs with vegetables and ham. We then got cleaned up and made our way down to the river by bus. Once we arrived, our raft guides went over all the dangers which freaked out Josh who ended up not going down the New River. While down river we experienced nice rapids which were mostly around class IV and class V. After the raft “ride” we decided that worst rapid of the day was the first one where we hit Chicago which was a big hole. Once our rafting day was over, we loaded up a bus and headed back to camp where we were all relieved by the freezing cold showers we all took.
Day 6 (Thursday, June 22): by Josh
Today our crew went to “water reality” though I might call it aquatic ninja warrior because it felt more fitting in that it was an obstacle course in the water. The goal of this was to get your team to the other side of the course and finish in the least amount of time. Afterwards we finished some of the requirements for the whitewater merit badge. During the afternoon we got onto our chariots . . . I mean mountain bikes . . . and continued our journey around the mountains. In the evening we said goodbye to Taylor and did our evening devotion along with Thorns, Roses and Buds.
Day 7 (Friday, June 23): by Liam
Today is the 23rd, our last full day at The Summit. Today started with an early rise at 6:00am. After breakfast, we went to our electives. For most of us (7/10), it was off to the canopy tours (which is a bunch of zip lines). For the others (3/10), it was off to the ropes (a challenge course). After lunch we went on The Big Zip a 3/4 mile long zip line which was a blast. This was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done in my life! I just wanted to let you know we had a pretty uneventful dinner. Oh and we also had a pretty big storm last night that threatened to blow us away.
Day 8 (Saturday, June 24): by Sam
On our last day at The Summit, we left promptly at six o’clock as one of our scouts needed to make a flight. On our way home, we all made a pit stop at a Starbucks for breakfast and drinks. The mood was somber coming home, as we were all sad to be leaving such a beautiful West Virginian paradise. Although we were sad to leave The Summit, we were all very happy to be reunited with our families. Saturday overall was a day of reflection and remembrance of great times at The Summit.