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Granny

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Granny is one of those Many Point gems that sparkles in who she is as a person as well as what she contributes to Many Point Scout Camp. Granny is the source of those fantastic carmel and cinnamon rolls that make every breakfast a treat at Many Point. She is also the source of that great Granny bread! Granny has worked at Many Point for twenty-three years and goes through about two an a half tons of flour a summer! In her time at Many Point, that is about fifty-eight tons of flour!!! Troops love Granny and her name is mentioned every week on the adult leader feedback forms.

Beyond the baking, Granny works to provide all the meals in the Buckskin Dining Hall, the staff lodges, some Flintlock programs and Ten Chiefs hot stacks. She gives credit to a great team that includes two of her nieces. Granny continually works to solve problems. She never blames someone else nor gives an excuse. When the power went out in the Dining Hall one day, she still managed to serve a hot meal. If more people show up for a meal than expected, she finds a creative solution. If a troop misses a meal time, Granny goes out of her way to make sure that troop gets fed! Her positive attitude is a great contribution to Many Point.

Granny comes from a Finnish family of thirteen children! She proudly boasts that she was number 6 1/2. She and her brother were twins. Her mother had her baking and cooking when she was in fourth grade. Granny is the head cook for the Menagha Schools. She has had that job for thirty three years and could have retired long ago, but Granny is the type of person who loves the people with whom she has contact as well as the joy of doing her job. Granny is the first at work and the last to leave. She and her sister Carol own and operate the Cottage House restaurant in Menagha which only serves fresh home-made cooking, the old-fashioned kind.

Granny is a Many Point gem who truly adds to the shine of Many Point Scout Camp!

The View is Worth the Climb

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Many Point’s fire tower sets it apart from other Scouting camps in the US. The tower looms 100 feet in the air, and Scouts challenge themselves mentally and physically by climbing 136 steps to gain a unique aerial view of the lake and camp. While in the cabin at the top, Scouts identify different sub-camps, other lakes in the area, and wave and yell to people below who did not want to make the climb. On a clear day, Scouts can even spot the Tulaby fire tower in the distance. Often, there is a sense of vindication at the top because Scouts conquer their fear of heights by making the trek. For many Scouts, the climb may be a challenge, but the view is definitely worth the effort.

Ironman!

Yesterday Scouts, adult leaders and staff participated in the weekly Ironman competition as participants swim, canoe and run a predetermined distance. The very nice thing about this competition is that everyone is a winner! At Many Point the focus is on growing, as a Scout tries new things and gets a little better with each effort. Spectators along the route and at the finish line cheer just as hard or harder for the person that comes in last as they do for the person that comes in first.

It is very common to see staff and adults canoeing, swimming and running alongside a Scout and encouraging him on the course. Moms and dads participate with their sons and share the memories for years to come.

That is what Many Point is all about–a magical place where a Scout can try new things and develop not only skills but also attitudes and character that last a lifetime. Participants may look tired at the end, but they are energized with what they achieved and are that much stronger for the next challenge!

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CITs

It is week 3 for camp, and the counselors-in-training are past the halfway point of their experience here. Already they are becoming a part of the staff. From a CIT playing the violin at an opening campfire to another CIT getting beginners comfortable in the water through games, the future of Many Point is shining bright.

The CITs have completed their second week of being in camps, and many have already expressed their disappointment at having to leave before the end of the summer. Many of the staff also do not want to leave, even when camp ends.

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Loon Count

Yesterday (July 6th, 2011) the Scouts, the staff and the Family Camp campers participated in the annual Loon count of Many Point Lake. We have been working with the Minnesota State DNR and this program for twenty years as we join with Loon counters throughout the state. The count goes on even though the state in shut down.

Each camp (including Family Camp) went out in boats at 10:00 a.m. to patrol a predetermined section of the 1700 acre lake. Family Camp campers joined the Family Camp staff on the pontoon to observe the shoreline from Family Camp to Whaley’s Resort. It was a great day for the Loon count, with a slight breeze and pleasant temperatures. It makes it easier to see the Loons when the lake is relatively calm.

This year’s count is even more important than past years because of the oil spill. Biologists fear that the oil spill may have affected the Loons that migrate to portions of the Gulf Coast for the winter. Last year the Many Point count revealed 17 Loons that were living at Many Point Lake.

Not only is the Loon the Minnesota state bird, but it also plays a strong role as a symbol of Many Point Scout Camp. It is the oldest bird in the ornithological list and is unique in that it has solid bones, as opposed to the hollow bones of other birds. Those solid bones enable Loons to dive to great depths. It’s primal calls have come to be a sign of the north and have welcomed Scouters to Many Point for 65 years!

And the final Loon count for 2011 is……14.

Many Point Loons

Water sking on many point

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New programs at many point are exciting for older scouts that return to camp.

Many Point Rendezvous

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Many Point is always inventing new programs to get scouts and adults involved all over camp.  Tonight was the First Annual Many Point Rendezvous were scouts and adults participated in a ton of activities. Scouts and adults from all sub camps got involved at the beach, log rolling, or learning how to shear lash at Outdoor Skills.  One of the most popular places at the Rendezvous was the climbing tower, where scouts learned how to be lumberjacks.  With each activity scouts could earn points for their respective camp, at the end of the night scouts from each camp battled in a camp v. camp tug of war.

A list of the activities you can do at Many Point Rendezvous

Log roll

Log pull

Flapjack cooking

Shear Lashing

Fried Frog Legs

Tea Making

Voyageur Canoeing

Live Music (talent show)

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Floating on Water

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Scouts are busy finding adventure all over the lake swimming, fishing, as well as sail-boarding.  Sail Boarding is a fairly challenging activity, scouts have to balance on there board while lifting the sail to catch the wind just right.  Most of the time, this is a challenge since there is either a strong or weak wind.  Just like sailing the scouts have to switch side as they change directions.  But once you catch the wind, you can travel across an entire bay of Many Point Lake in no time at all. Another night of learning, adventure and water, never a dull moment at Many Point Scout Camp.

A New Frontier

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Innovation is one of the most important parts of Many Point.  We believe that our success is our ability to be flexible and change with the changing needs of scouts and scouters that come to camp every season.  This year Many Point started a Frontier Outpost, where scouts learn the basics of logging, branding, and building in the Frontier of the 1800’s.  Scouts enter a land in the past. William Thompson and Fred Peake are your guides through Frontier, the will give you all the knowledge and tools to begin your adventure.  The pictures above show only a part of all you can experiences on the New Frontier.

Campfire Lights

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Experiencing a closing campfire is a great ending to a week at Many Point.  Laughing with friends, planning skits and getting awards presented.  However, there is always a different way to view a campfire so I decided to take timed exposures of the campfire and the events following.  The photos above are the best of the campfire.