Aquapaug Camping Trip

Friday, December 1 -
Sunday, December 3, 2023
Camp Aquapaug
South Kingston, Rhode Island

Event Info

Camp Aquapaug patch

Troop 54 made our first trip to Camp Aquapaug in South Kingston, Rhode Island, a Narragansett Council camp. The Campmaster let us change our site to the Knowles Shelter and its field. This was a perfect location, with a fire pit, its own frost-free water valve and good proximity to the central latrine (heated space and heated running water). The shelter was next-level plush, with a concrete floor, electricity, a stone fireplace and picnic tables.

We had 3 Scouts and 3 leaders on this trip for a total of 6 participants.

We had some rain, especially during the first night, but the temperature was pretty mild for December. The Scouts had planned to use a large, personal tent, but it failed to keep the water out, so they set up a troop tent brought as a backup.

The camp is 200 acres with several sites, and we were the only ones camping there. We hiked some of the trails around the camp, which is on the shore of Wordens Pond, Rhode Island's largest natural lake, over 1000 acres. The terrain in this camp is very flat.

We held a flag retirement ceremony, retiring 837 flags. These had come from the Shrewsbury Parks Department.

The Scouts all worked on rank advancement and got signed off on several items.

Probably the best thing about cooking in a shelter instead of under pop-up canopies is that it avoids the need to dry the canopies back at home.

A feature we had not seen before was a camp map you got in an app called Avenza using a QR code on the camp's notice board. Created by a leader in a Rhode Island troop, the map had neat functionality.

This was our 180th consecutive month with at least one overnight camping trip, a full 15 years.

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