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An evening at scout’s twilight camp

  • The California Highway Patrol helicopter landed at Penngrove Park for a photo with the Twilight camp scouts Photo courtesy of scouts

By: Irene Hilsendager
June 22, 2018

As the sun was lowering itself in the west amid swirling fog, the Summer Twilight Camp drew to a close. A group of 105 boys and girls, led by their camp director, Robert Connell and his wife Kate, was waiting for the special evening when they could sing and do little skits for the parents.

The afternoon started with the unfolding of the colors and raising the flag with great ceremony, followed by the saying of the “Pledge of Allegiance.” All groups along with their leaders dispersed to different areas of the park to practice one last time before the camp closed for the summer. There was a designated area for the archery class; another area displayed the firing range for the practice of bb guns. Inside one overhang, a “bang,” “bang” was heard where the leather class was finishing the last of their projects. Another tent had displays of many different colors and sizes of rocks while a scientist was showing off shale and fossils. Another interesting group was learning to tie knots and next to them was a first aid class demonstrating the Heimlich maneuver and how to stop, drop and roll if fire engulfed them.

The day closed with a catered dinner from Lombardi’s, from Petaluma and the lowering of the flag.

Back in the 1990s two camps existed; one at Two Rock Coast Guard and another at Rohnert Park. Patty Stahl decided to condense the two and just make it into the one being held at the Penngrove Park. She started the concept in 1999 being a major decision but was sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America. 

The Penngrove Park is in a much better location and safety was a major issue for all of the children.