On Saturday, Nov. 20, 14 cadets from Missouri Military Academy’s Boy Scout Troop 1889 embarked on an epic camping trip to MisMilAca, a secluded wooded area and lake near campus.
The trip — led by Vice President for Institutional Advancement Robert Silbaugh, MMA business instructor Chris Schafer ’89 and troop leader Richard Dehlinger ’93 — began with an equipment check in the basement of the Centennial Gymtorium on Thursday. Then, on Saturday, the cadets set out for MisMilAca.
Upon arriving, the Scouts set up their cold weather tents and collected firewood. Several cadets cut large logs into manageable pieces with an ax and a saw. Some Scouts tried fishing, but the fish didn’t bite. The group also took a 2.5 mile hike around the lake.
For dinner, cadets cooked chicken fried rice so good that they came back for thirds. Dinner was followed by dessert, peach cobbler and smore’s, also made by the cadets. After, the Scouts relaxed around the fire until taps.
A chilly morning with rain did not dampen the Scouts’ attitude. They prepared breakfast burritos, struck camp and returned to MMA with great stories to share.