Hikes and nature walks. Campfires with stories and s’mores. Stargazing. Movies. Crafts and knot tying. Service projects. Outdoor worship.
Montvale holds a very special place in the heart of Maryville’s Cub Scout Pack 800 We have been camping at Montvale for several years, and every year we make new and lasting memories. Many of our scouts have completed requirements for their ranks at camp, and ceremonies have been held for boys crossing over from cub scouts into boy scouts. We have watched our scouts grow up at Montvale.
We love being able to provide a service at camp. We’ve cleared the campfire area at the top of a trail (dragging wheel barrows, rakes, weed eaters and other clearing tools over the rocky terrain). We’ve cleaned up around the challenge course. We’ve been privileged to be the first group to use the new basketball court. What a wonderful transformation we have witnessed and are a small part of at Montvale.
Being at camp is full of adventure! One year we were met with plain eastern stripeless scorpions in the bunkhouse and had to make it a habit to check under your covers before bed. We’ve experienced no heat, no hot water and no dry wood. We’ve also experienced games of ultimate Frisbee, flag football, making dream catchers and petting horses. All of these are memory makers and make the boys want to continue to return to Montvale.
While on hikes and nature walks we always do trash pickup and fallen limb removal. We check for the footprints of any wildlife that may have been on the trail and allow the kids to guess what has been there before them. The guesses range from dog to otter to mountain lion (some good guesses, some a little far-fetched). The trails are a great learning tool for the scouts. We even found an old piece of pottery in the old fireplace of the house footprint near the pool while on one of our hikes a couple of years ago. Our goal is to always leave the trails and the property better than we found them.
We conclude every stay with a worship service at the Chapel on the Hill. There is no better time to feel closer to your creator than when you worship in the midst of his great creation, his creation that we are blessed to visit and call Montvale.