On February 20-22, at Camp Fairhaven in Brooks, Maine, the Northern and Southern New England Districts came together for New England Winter Pow Wow, which was an amazing time of fun, fellowship, and drawing nearer to God. This year’s theme was “Radical Rangers”, and the Scripture verse was Matthew 13:44-”The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” For the third consecutive year, boys and leaders from across both Northern and Southern New England came together to share in the fun of Winter Pow Wow.
This year’s Camp Staff included Commander Ken Beaufort returning as Trail Boss, District Director Tim Haynes as Camp Commander, Commander Rob Cunningham as Registrar, and the famous Winter Pow Wow kitchen team of Sue Haynes, Sue Blodgett, Grace Beaufort, Linda Blomerth, and Katie Hatch once again did a fantastic job of serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and making sure that no boy or adult went hungry or thirsty!
FCF also had a visible and active presence, as many members were present in their full FCF outfits, and put on an amazing blacksmith exhibition, as boys and adults alike were fascinated by iron being heated in a furnace, coming out as red hot, and then hammered into useful items. Many FCF- made items were on display and for sale. Indeed, the FCF brothers truly embodied the spirit of their motto; “To Give and To Serve” throughout the whole weekend!
On Saturday morning, following breakfast, it was time for the action to begin! The Yukon Race began with the Dog Sled Review, whereupon Patrol Sleds passing inspection, would then made their way to the various stations throughout the campsite, including the Fire and Hot Chocolate stop, Rescue Station, Matchless Fire, Fire Craft, Ladder Making, Marksmanship, Tomahawk Throw, Knot Tying, “The Wall”, and the Hockey Puck Shoot, where boys got to shoot pucks into nets for 50 cents apiece. The proceeds of this event went towards Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC). Through the Hockey Shoot, Outpost donations, and the auctioning of an FCF-made item, over $1000 was raised for missions over the weekend!
On Saturday afternoon, it was time for the Dog Sled Competition, where awards were given to the fastest sleds from the Discovery, Adventure, and Expedition Dog Sled teams, who worked together to see who would be the first to cross the finish line. All of these events gave patrols valuable points that would go towards earning the big prize: Top Outpost at Winter Pow Wow! Ranger Kids were not left out either. Ranger Kids Coordinator Bethany Dean led Ranger Kids activities in the camp gymnasium, providing them with a variety of fun games and activities, and handed out awards to the winners in each event!
Boys and men also got the opportunity to participate in the Polar Bear Club, Yukon Jack 5-Mile Trek, and Snowmobile Trek. These challenges give boys and men the opportunity to experience winter camping at its best. And the warmer temperatures gave them the chance to sleep comfortably outside! Also, Josh Morin and Hunter Knowlton attempted to compete the challenging Hunter's Trek, which puts a Ranger's outdoor skills to the ultimate challenge!
The weekend's Guest Speaker was a familiar face to Rangers. Pastor Kevin McCullough gave an amazing testimony of the miracles that happened in the life of his son Benihah, and how God used a near tragedy to transform his life inside out. Pastor Kevin challenged boys and leaders to become radical for Christ, and many responded during the altar calls! The Holy Spirit was definitely at work!
On Sunday morning, trophies were handed out for the top patrols in each age group, and the Top Outpost award was given to OP #16 in Lewiston, ME, bringing an end to an exciting Winter Pow Wow weekend, one that challenged boys to be radical in having fun, taking on new challenges, and most important, being radical for Christ!