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ClassB Goes to Camp La-No-Che!

This summer, ClassB had the pleasure of spending a day at impressive Camp La-No-Che, located on the North shore of Lake Norris in Paisley, Florida.

Our morning started out with a guided tour of the 1,480 acre camp. Highlights included a trip down to the beautiful lakefront to check out all of the options for Scouts looking to get out on the water. Camp La-No-Che is an approved site for the B.S.A.’s National P.W.C. pilot program. P.W.C. stands for “Personal Water Craft,” commonly called jet skis.

A beautiful day for some watersports

One of things that stands out about La-No-Che is the experience of the Aquatics program staff. Scouts can learn how to sail small crafts, practice open water rescues in kayaks, go canoeing, enjoy wake-boarding or drive the P.W.C.’s along the lake’s new boat traffic lane that La-No-Che staff installed this year.

La-No-Che is one of only a few camps in the entire country that is used as a testing ground for BSA National pilot programs and is the only camp this year to adopt both new pilot programs. That means that in addition to jet skis, Scouts at La-No-Che are getting the chance to drive A.T.V.’s for the first time ever at a Scout camp!

Another popular site at camp is the Native American Area. Resident instructor Jim Sawgrass is a Southeastern Creek. He impressed our group by lighting a fire using the friction bow method in a matter of seconds. Sawgrass and his fellow native american educators like Little Big Mountain (a descendant of Comanche and Mohawk), teach Scouts native american weaponry, early American history, Indian lore, archeology, wilderness survival, and primitive cooking. One of our staff members commented, “I appreciate the fact that camp La-No-Che teaches young boys how to use and conserve our nation’s natural resources.”

Sawgrass starts a fire using only friction

Atlatl action, aiming for hay bales.

After lunch with the troops, Sawgrass promised to let our group try hatchet throwing, blowguns, and the atlatl (an ancient method of throwing long spears). The weaponry activity was an experience our group will never forget. The challenge of learning how to use ancient weapons was part of the fun. As one member of our group mentioned, “if we depended on our skills with the atlatl, we would all go hungry!”

The trip gave us all a greater appreciation for the huge amount of work that goes into running and maintaining a camp like La-No-Che and the camp staff there have the resources, knowledge, and experience to really get the job done. We all wished our visit could have lasted even longer. A member of our IT department pretty much summed up our feelings when he said, “Camp La-no-che kinda makes me wish I was a kid again.”

Everyone enjoyed trying to hit targets with a blowgun.

Camp La-No-Che is an amazing place for Scouts to safely work on merit badges, experience new activities, and learn valuable life skills.

For more pictures of ClassB’s day at Camp La-No-Che, check out our flickr album.

Have you been to this camp? Leave us a comment about your experience!
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