We headed out for Destination Unknown at 8:00 am on Saturday, December 3rd around 10:00 a.m., we arrived at the gate to Jackson Lake Island, a campground located close to Millbrook, Al. We took a brief hike to our camping area, which included walking through the town of Spectre, a movie set from the film Big Fish. After arriving in camp, we set up our tents. After lunch, we set up Christmas decorations for the annual Troop 97 Christmas campsite contest. Our “Judge” for this event, was Hee Haw Santa, a special dignitary from the North Pole. After the judging was completed, the top prize decorator award went to Panther Patrol. Their prize was a steak dinner cooked by the Eagle Patrol. After dinner, we all watched the movie “Big Fish”, which many parts were filmed on the location we were camping at. After the movie, we had “Cracker Barrel”, which consisted of nachos and cocktail wieners. After that, we all went to sleep in our tents.

The next morning we all woke up to a cloudy / light rain type of day and had a troop provided breakfast. After breakfast, we broke down camp. At 10:30 a.m. we had a scouts-own service lead by Michael Harden, acting Chaplain’s Aide. Following the service, we all shared our thoughts about the campout with our traditional Roses and Thorns. At 11:30 a.m. we had lunch. At 12:30 p.m. we left Jackson Lake Island, drove through the city of Wetumpka, which was also used in the movie, and arrived back at the church at 2:00p.m. Even though the rain was frustrating at times, all in all, everyone had a good time.

Report submitted by:

David Kirk
Troop 97 Historian