After our hike ended (to the relief of some of the boys and the disappointment of others!), we returned to Mater Ecclesiae to set up camp. Because we had previously camped here near the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, we christened it Camp St. Michael (rejecting other suggestions such as “Camp Turnobanah”). Our first step was to build a fire.

Timber Wolf lighting fire

One of our Timber Wolves tries to light a fire with flint

While the Timber Wolves were busy with the fire, the Leaders worked on building a flagpole while the older Timber Wolves dug a hole for it to be erected. The end result was impressive.

Raising flags over camp

Timber Wolves help raise flags over camp — our U.S. flag and the flag of our movement

We ate a good lunch (burritos heated in the embers of the fire), then had some fun intermingled with badge- and knot-work.

Timber Wolf walking ropes

Timber Wolf walking the ropes

Timber Wolf wide game

Wide game!

Before long, it was time for dinner — again, heated right on the fire — and after dinner, a Holy Hour courtesy of our rector Fr. Pasley.

Timber Wolf Holy Hour

Holy Hour before the Most Blessed Sacrament



Soon the Holy Hour drew to a close, and the Timber Wolves filed out of the chapel to get cleaned up and dressed for bed. But that would not be the end of the day, even for sleepy Timber Wolves and Leaders; Akela had a wonderful campfire program planned, and we put it to good use. There were skits, stories, songs — and s’mores.