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“As Smooth Sees It”
by Keith Lefebvre

“Bear Paw Scout Camp Devastated” update

July 19, 2019 will be a day that changed Bear Paw Scout Camp for years to come, beyond what most folks will never know or understand. July 19th is when a big wind came through camp and changed the landscape and so much more.

When the Summer Camp Staff of 2019 woke up with the sun shining and walked out to a changed world, it changed them also. A few went home that Saturday afternoon due to prior commitments, thinking that summer camp was done and over for the season because camp had been destroyed. In many ways it was, physically anyway, with buildings damaged beyond repair, with trees gone, with campsites torn apart.

But something wonderful happened that weekend. The Staff of 2019 came together and started cleaning up. By all accounts, Camp should have been closed for the season, no Session 5 or Session 6. There was just too much damage. But then the challenge was put forth: could we get things cleaned up before Wednesday and at least give the Scouts who had signed up for summer camp their chance to Experience the Adventure here at Bear Paw? The summer staff did what no other Camp Staff had ever done or attempted. They worked tirelessly, some even putting in 12 - 14 hr days This was beyond anything a summer camp staff contract asked for.

They did not take time off. They did not go home. They did not walk away. They put on their gloves, grabbed whatever tools they could lay their hands on, and worked nonstop putting Camp back together again.

When the campers showed up early Wednesday morning the staff were ready. Yes, it was an abbreviated program session, but the Staff did everything they could to give the Scouts an experience they would not forget.

The program ran through Sunday morning and the Scouts from Session 5 walked away with a pancake and porky breakfast, just like every other Scout this summer.

Staff cleaned up and with no time off in 2 weeks, grabbed the Scouts from Session 6 a few hours later and proceeded to give them a full week of Scouting fun. At the end of the week, the 2019 Summer Camp Staff put the summer program to bed for another year.

The Staff worked almost 3 weeks straight with no time off, often washing their clothes and uniforms late at night in washing machines that only had cold water. Some got very little sleep but arose each morning with a smile on their face.

It's been just over a month since that storm rolled through, but we would ask that if you ever run into any of these fine, outstanding Summer Staff, be sure to give them a huge "thank you" for what they were able to accomplish. Without each and every one of the them, Summer Camp 2019 would have ended on July 20th.


   Keith Lefebvre  from  Oconto Falls, Wisconsin has been a RidersUSA member since 2007. He is a  Father, Husband, Mentor to youth and men, a Student of life, Speaker of truth, and a Lover of Liberty. Keith is a US Air Force Veteran and a NRA Certified Shooting Instructor. He rides a 1977 Electra Glide and a 120 horse 2001 Electra Glide


September, 2019



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