March 2007 Crow Butte Encampment
Unit arrived safely at Crow Butte Park. All present and accounted for..but are they ready for the challenges ahead? Only time will tell.
Young Marine First Squad - Lead by Cpl. Osborn, prepares to measure their paceS for the compass course challenge.
Listening carefully to the instructions is very important to achieving success.
Disch lining things up.
Looks like they've found their bearing.
Off they go..good luck First Squad.
Young Marine Second Squad - Lead by Sgt. DeGraaf. Time for Second Squad to get those paces measured and get this compass course started.
Group huddle for more details before they get going.
DeGraaf sites in and is starting to direct her Squad.
Time to head into the brush and find the next stake. Good luck Second Squad. By the way...Second Squad was the winner in the compass course challenge...just couldn't make you wait to the end of the pictures to find out!
Young Marine Third Squad - Lead by Sgt. Plumlee. Rearin' and ready to pace off their measurements. This is a critical part of the compass challenge and could be the difference between a win or a loss.
Hahn takes the compass and locates the direction for the Squad to proceed.
Barnes gives arm signals as Hahn sites in the mark.
Third Squad lines up at the marker and gets ready to pace off to their next mark.
Pacing off into the rough terrain, Third Squad is ready for action.
First Squad has quite a challenge on their hands. This is a Teamwork Building challenge. See the yellow outer circle? See all the white ropes ties to the bucket of sand? The object of this challenge is to work as a team, lift the bucket together without stepping inside the yellow outer circle, and without spilling any sand. Now carefully carry this suspended bucket over to another bucket and dump it into the other container "without" touching any of the buckets. Whew!
First Squad is carefully on their way, so far so good.
We did it!
Second Squad on their way..teamwork going great!
Another success! Young Marines Rule!
Third Squad in action. All of our Squads achieved success with this Team Challenge! In fact, they achieved it pretty fast too.
Now it's time to mix everything up with the Blindfold Maze. Each Young Marine has cotton put over their eyes, then a blindfold placed over, to ensure our Young Marine can't peek. Then the appropriate Squad Leader must carefully guide their YM through the maze. PFC Cline and Sgt. Guerrero are up for the challenge.
YM Driver, Hahn, Mo and Barnes wait patiently for their turn through the maze. Listen carefully.
Looks more like a Halloween Outing with all the leaves all over the ground...we'll get to that later. You can see by the orange staked outline, this is a pretty good sized maze to maneuver.
XO Mr. Haeg just had to get in on the fun too! And from what I heard, this was a very fun challenge.
Cpl. Osborn carefully making his way through the maze, as CO Mr. Carlyle observes.
SSgt. Bowman stumbles through the maze...just kidding..he did just fine.
Sgt. DeGraaf may look a little isolated by this photo, but she was safely guided through the maze too.
Part of our Young Marine experience is doing community service work. In exchange for camping at Crow Butte, our Young Marines earned the right to be there by raking lots of leaves. No the ground hasn't turned "blue", it's just a tarp strategically placed, check out the next couple photos and you'll see why.
As we stated earlier, looks more like fall than almost spring. So many leaves, so much raking.
Are you figuring the blue tarp out yet? It's like a giant garbage bag, just rake the leaves onto the tarp, fold it up and then....
Shove that leaf-stuffed blue monster into the back of Mr. Haeg's truck and haul it off! Great job Young Marines! OORAH!
CO Mr. Carlyle seems to look satisfied after eating his meal. After a rough day of activities, a great meal near a warm fire can warm you to the bone.
Time to strap on the feedbags! All these challenges tend to work up and appetite and our Young Marines ate real good.
Special thanks to our CO Mr. Carlyle, our XO Mr. Haeg, all our Staff helpers and volunteers in attendance. And special kudo's to Mr. & Mrs. Driver for being head cooks and keeping us all nourished during this encampment. Chow was awesome!
Another successful encampment comes to an end. We've got one fabulous unit..we're known as the TRI-CITY YOUNG MARINES! OORAH!!