At the September 2002 final Vigil induction of OA
Lodge 413, the idea was discussed that we wanted to do something the next year
to continue our fellowship even though EAAC was merging and would no longer be
here. Thanks to the Bush family and the Cedar Valley Trust we knew that Camp
Cedar Valley would be saved at least as a rural place where we could gather.
What started as an idea for present and former Scouts to have a fun weekend
quickly expanded in concept to include families. A few present date Scouts came
with family or a unit leader who invited a small number of other youth.
What started fifteen years ago as a casual gathering of
friends has become a much anticipated annual gathering. All the original camp
buildings have been renovated and moderized into very nice cabins and other
facilities. Even the old rifle range has a new roof. Large numbers of families,
Boy & Cub Scout groups and countless friends spanning the history of EAAC
make the trek to Viola for the weekend. September 2017 was no different with
approximately 210 attending the weekend set against nearly perfect weather.
Temperatures were moderate, the skys blue and not a rain drop to be seen. Our
patches for the year, combined with the ones from 2015 and 2016 formed a large
backpatch, the center of which marked the 50th anniversary season of Pine Trail
Reservation (center patch).
Led by Camp Director
David Butler, and Program Director Daniel Kueter, a great weekend of activities
were available with canoeing, hiking, rifle, shotgun and archery available for
all to enjoy. Dr. Kueter arranged a new activity with horseback riding
available on Saturday. All the events were very popular. John Phillips setup
his tee-pee at the old archery range area, and had numerous regalia from his
collection out for discussion and demonstration as well. Saturday wrapped up
with an evening campfire program of old favorite skits and songs, and some new
skits from our present day Scouts. Sunday ended the weekend with breakfast
followed by a chapel service.
The date for 2018 has already been set which will be
our 16th annual gathering. So mark your calendars for September 14 - 16, 2018,
and periodically check our website for plans, details and registration
information. In addition, remember, that the buildings and camp can be rented
year-round for groups or individual use. The nicely renovated cabins are
frequently in use but we want to encourage everyone to make more use of the
great facilities. For more info on rentals, click the "Lodging @ CV" link to
YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE PICTURES FROM THIS YEAR CLICK THE 2017 LINK BELOW.
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