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COOL CAMP CAMP PARSONS CH I E F S EATT L E COUNCI L


“ROUTE INCLUDES A FERRY.” If directions to camp feature that little notice, you’re in for a wet, wild week of fun. That’s certainly true at Camp Parsons, a Pacific Northwest gem tucked in the Hood Canal. The views alone make the two-


hour drive from Seattle seem like a trip around the block. That is, if your block includes the Olympic Peninsula, home to mountains, a dense rainforest, and the west- ernmost point in the lower 48.


Imagine seeing all this from a kayak or canoe as you cruise the glassy salt water at Parsons—truly a surreal experience for Scouts. But it’s not all peaceful. Not


during activities like the “rowboat fill,” where Scouts see how many guys they can fit into a rowboat before it sinks—the record is 28. There’s also the famous jump


from the Parsons Pier, seen below. When the tide’s up (Scouts can’t jump from heights greater than


they are tall), a refreshing plunge into the water feels divine. Prefer something a little drier? Try this: ffEcology-based merit badges taught in a setting you won’t find in a classroom back home.


f fHilarious staff-performed plays based on classic stories. Past shows: Snow White, The Lion


King, and Lord of the Rings.


f fA 30-foot climbing wall, an archery range, and a rifle range.


ffFun programs for adult leaders, such as a Wiffle Ball golf tournament and a Scoutmaster belly flop competition—which, not surprisingly, is a favorite of the Scouts in the audience. ¿


EVER VISITED Camp Parsons? Want to see some other Cool Camps? Go to scoutingmagazine.org/coolcamps.


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SCOUTING ¿ MARCH•APRIL 2012


JOHN R. FULTON JR.


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