Nico and I went camping with the Cub Scouts on the weekend of March 18th. It was the first time camping outdoors for either of us.
We bought some basic camping supplies, packed up and left for Camp Chestnut Ridge in Efland, NC on Friday evening. Luckily for us, food for the weekend was included, so we didn’t have to worry about cooking and hauling all that associated gear.
The first night was great! We arrived, set up our tent and then joined in with the group for dinner (Pizza Hut pizza delivered)! After dinner, the Cub Scouts played chase and Zombie Apocolypse while the dads set up a campfire for toasting marshmallows and making smores. The air had just a touch of a chill, so the campfire felt really great. The group of 40 kids and parents headed back to the tents around 9 pm and settled in for a good nights’ sleep.
Nico bundled himself up because temps were supposed to drop into the low 40’s and then he jumped into his sleeping bag and dozed off. Nico woke up about 4 am complaining that he was cold. We quickly reconfigured the sleeping bags into “blankets” and snuggled together and then Nico felt much better.
Saturday was a gray, overcast day with on and off sprinkles. The highlight of the day was horseback riding! Nico got to ride on a horse named “Chief” and I rode on “Candy” for nearly an hour as we strolled through trails throughout the woods of the campground. Nico’s horse had some gas and made some super loud farts while we were riding. Nico loved that as well as the other 11 people riding horses. Everyone had a good laugh!
The rest of the day was filled with activities and playing with friends. Nico tried Archery, went canoeing, watched his friends try zip lining, built forts and generally had a blast just being a kid and getting dirty!
At night it got cold!!! Earlier in the day I left the campsite to pick up winter hats and a comforter to help keep us warm for the evening. It was a good move because the temperature went down to 38 degrees that evening with rain and wind! However, we were toasty warm with the extra supplies.
Nico slept in Sunday morning so we missed the included breakfast. Instead, we packed up our gear and got ready to head home. We stopped at McDonald’s and looked forward to seeing Mom and Tyler and also sleeping in comfy beds.
Nico said he had a wonderful time and asked when the next camping trip would be!