Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays from Camp Cedars.  I am recovering well from my recent knee surgery.  Chuck made a visit to the dining hall earlier in the week to measure some of the plaques hanging in the entry area.  He reports everything was in order.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


The Fremont Tribune was here recently, and I am now as much of a celebrity as I ever want to be.  I am still in a bit of shock.....

Friday, July 23, 2010


Boy Scout summer camp has come to an end for this year.  Webelos Camp is upon us.  Staff is enjoying a few days off between sessions.  The weather has been cooperating with us.  OA Conclave and NBZ Festival on the coming weekends followed by Woodbadge sessions later in the fall.  All in all a great summer.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Birthday Reflections

It has been a madhouse around here the last couple of weeks.  I have been thinking about what to say, but to be honest, I am still a bit in shock.....Wow, what a birthday!  I thought I had been surprised before but not like this.  A wonderful day it was.  To see most of my immediate family together was something that has not happened in a long time, and many dear friends too.  So many honors and gifts I really feel unworthy.  I have shared these past 20 or so years with many hard-working and capable cooks, dish room personnel, camp staffers, council employees, and volunteers that it is impossible to take all the credit for the success of the dining hall and its program.  My thanks go to everyone who has been a part of the Scouting community, enriching my life and my job.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mom's Surprise Birthday Party

Guest blogger: Chuck McAllister

Mom's husband Clifford, two sisters from Texas, son from California, daughter from Omaha and their families attended Mom's surprise 69th birthday party today in the dining hall.  She was presented with gifts from staff, a cedar and horn guardian pipe, recognition from Order of the Arrow, Nebraska Admiralship, a plaque to be installed in the newly named Sandy "Mom" Roth Kitchen, and a signature quilt.  All are suitable recognition for her years of service to Scouting and Camp Cedars.  It was a memorable event.  Please congratulate her if you were unable to attend the festivities.

We successfully kicked Mom out of the building after lunch so that she can spend time with her family.  Though she has gotten better over the years about not insisting on being the last person to leave the dining hall, it still takes some convincing to get her scooted out the door.  Because we know how hard she works and how much she needs time off, it makes us feel good to see her green van creeping down the drive.  It probably helps that she has a few trusted individuals available to uphold her standards.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Where in the world

Chuck!!!.....Chuckles.....Dr. McAllister??.....O Worthy Chieftain......hmmm, he doesn't come running - not good.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Parents Night

Staff is currently progressing through their extensive repertoire of songs while serving Scouts, Scouters, and guests for parents night.  With a 50-60% chance of rain this evening, we're hoping it will hold off so that we can get the dining hall cleaned up in short order rather than needing to host the closing campfire indoors.  Overall, a normal opening week of camp.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Off and Running

Greetings from the dining hall.  It's Week 1 of Boy Scout camp, for which we have 77 tables set in the building, and we cook for an additional 2 tables for kitchen and ranger staff plus 5 more for Easter Seals.  Thus, we prepare for 84 x 8 = 672.  Being short one cook in the afternoon/evening and short one in the dishroom, we work a lot longer and harder to meet the needs of camp....but we still eat well, joke heartily with each other, and get about 5 hours of sleep on a good night.  No complaints so far, but if you see a flare on the horizon, send help.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Join us at Cedars

Spring has sprung.  The flowers are either budding or blooming, and the trees are leafing out.  I saw a fawn in the lawn at the dining hall.  The same old ruts are back in the roads to camp.  Staff is here to kick off the unofficial start to the summer camping season.  They will be hearing the latest planning details from Don, holding program area meetings, partaking in a little fun, and dining on their favorite camp food.  There are many familiar faces and some new ones.  It is shaping up to be a great summer.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

In Memoriam

Cedars staff recently lost two of its own.  Long-time district volunteer Harry Black was the 1993 Camp Commissioner.  Known in NBZ as Chieftain Wagon Wheel, he presided over ceremonies in 2002.  Marc Crawford worked in the dishroom for us in 2001.  Both will be missed by myself, Camp Cedars, and the Scouting program.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The snow is melting!

Spring events coming up at Cedars include three beaver (work) days, NBZ/OA regalia building day, Train-A-Ganza, camp staff training day, and OA Concalve.  I will be preparing meals for most of these Saturdays and hope to see you there.  Afterwards, it will be time to think about the food show where I will make some food item commitments with our vendors and place initial orders for the camping season.  Look out summer, here we come!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Over the river and through the woods

I recently made it to camp to get some things out of the dining hall for the rangers. There was not as much snow around the buildings as I thought there would be, but on the road to camp, even after several days of warmer weather and a bit of rain, some of the drifts were as tall as the van. The drifts were melting down some and now more snow. It has been snowing lightly without much wind for over 2 days now and we are nearly as deep as we were. I am hoping for a slow thaw, we don't need people in flood water in 40 or below temperature. Clifford and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary in January. Spring must be on the way because the deer are moving around....

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy 100th birthday, Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916. Its purpose is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. We at Camp Cedars are proud to be a part of this tradition and excited to contribute to the next century of Scouting.

According to the national office, as of December 31, 2009, there were 2.9 million youth and 1.1 million adults active in the program through 124,425 units.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

If "all roads lead to Rome" ...

...they don't lead to Camp Cedars. Both highways 109 and 77 have been closed for several days due to snow and ice. The situation should improve by midweek when temperatures are forecast to be around the freezing mark. Until then, we just throw another log on the fire.