With earphones in, eyes shut, multiple pit stops, and cups of coffee consumed, my pathfinder group from Manchester made it to Oshkosh. The pathfinder group “Manchester Mustangs” part of the Kentucky/Tennessee drove 8 hours to reach the 2019 Oshkosh pathfinder camporee.
The pathfinder group had decided to travel to the camporee as had they been to the 2014 Oshkosh. As I had just recently moved, I had not witnessed the packing of the trailer and Mrs. Amy, one of the club leaders, said “it was like Tetris trying to fit everything in there”. In an already small club, I was one of the few pathfinders that had been to the 2014 Oshkosh camporee “Forever Faithful”. I had an amazing time so I knew this time was going to be even better.
After the pathfinders had got the trailer loaded, they came up to Kettering, Ohio and stayed at my house, because of the long and busy day the other pathfinders had experienced. That night we got to reunite with friends that we had not seen in a long time, then almost every kid purposefully stayed up late so they could sleep on the 8 hour drive. The group left the house around 8:00 am and set off toward Oshkosh, Wisconsin and while the parents drove the kids either talked to each other, slept, or watch a show or movie. People in the car I was riding with were chill and people in other vehicles were easily entertained. Michelle and Amber would say “it was fun, exciting, and crazy”.
After bathroom breaks and lunch stops and 7 and a half hours, we made it to the hotel in Oshkosh. At the hotel pathfinders stayed with their parents and eagerly awaited the beginning of the camporee. Everyone got up early in the morning so we could get the west gate and get checked in before everyone else had gotten there. Once in our camp site we unloaded the trailer of everyone’s belonging and some of the boys even started putting up the canopy. After that, tents went up and lunch was made. This is shaping up to be one of the best international camporees ever.