by David E.
The trading shop is always a highlight of summer camp; this is especially true for Emerald Bay. Not only can you relieve yourself from the hot summer air with a Mexi-coke or a chaco-taco, but you can also buy your equipment for various merit badges, such as rifle, shotgun, woodworking, fishing, leatherwork, and many more. If only the prices weren’t so ludacris!
This year was unique compared to most years, we had our overnight trip at the beginning of the week rather than the end. That being said War Canoe (although not actually being a canoe fight unfortunately) is an incredibly memorable part of Emerald Bay. From the snorkeling to sleeping on the beach, to the actual canoeing, it was truly a memorable day.
Of course the main attraction of Emerald Bay is the waterfront and water activities. These include sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and the infamous polar-bear swim. And while some of these are almost completely unique to emerald bay, few other camps compared to the eloquence of the water activities at Emerald Bay.
While the camp site at Emerald Bay is quite similar to the camps, there is little fault in the design of this tried and true method of keeping campers out of the cold and relative comfort. We also had the fortune of sharing our site with another troop, and we were lucky enough to be very close to the showers, most activities and (most importantly), food.