MSCA Fall Campout – September 9 – 11, 2016

MSCA stands for Missouri State Campers Association. This is the Missouri FCRV. Since Beth and I are 2nd Vice Presidents of the association we had a very busy weekend. This means we were responsible for the planning and execution of the campout. The campout was about an hour from the storage lot at Lazyday Campground. This is the third year in a row the the fall campout has been at Lazyday. We left on Thursday night. Since it was close we got there in good time and got set up and relaxed in preparation for a busy weekend. We slept in on Friday morning but woke to a nice weekend. We spent part of the morning taking the campout schedule around to people that had arrived earlier in the week for the Slow Travelers campout. The Slow Travelers are the Missouri Retirees chapter. They usually have their spring and fall campouts coincide with the state campout. For lunch we drove into Montgomery City with a group of about 10 people and ate lunch at Oliver’s on Sturgeon. We ate here last year and it was very good so we went there again. I had a breaded tenderloin sandwich and it was huge. Really, really huge.

Friday evening we had a potluck followed by card bingo. The turnout was good and everyone had a lot of fun.

Saturday morning started with a breakfast prepared by the Slow Travelers. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice. Yummy. Breakfast was followed by a board of directors meeting and that was followed by the general membership meeting. Beth and I were reelected as 2nd Vice President. No surprise since we were unopposed. After the meeting preparation began for the Chinese auction. At 2:00 there was a hospitality put on by the Pitch ‘N Pull chapter. They are celebrating their 50th year as a chapter. A presentation was made to one of their members who is a founding member and has been a member of FCRV for 50 years also. Following the hospitality the talent portion of the teen queen contest was held. After that there was nothing going on until about 4:30 when we started cooking burgers and hot dogs for the evening meal. After a great meal the evening gown portion of the teen queen contest was held, followed by the crowning of the teen queen. That was then followed by a first person presentation by Jan Repart who does Civil War reenacting as a Civil War nurse. It was really interesting. Finally, after her presentation be held the Chinese Auction and called it a day. It was a busy day and we were worn out.

Sunday began with a devotional service held by Beth along with a hymn. After the service we loaded up the canned goods and paper products that we collected and took them to the church in Montgomery City. This is the second year in a row that we have done this community service event and given to this church. For lunch most of the members went to the Senior Center in Montgomery City for an all you can eat chicken. It was quite good. When we left there we went back to the campground, closed up the camper and headed for home. It was an enjoyable weekend but it certainly was busy.

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