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Lost Pines Scout Camp, Capitol Area Council, near Bastrop, Texas
Lost Pines Scout Reservation is home to Lost Pines Scout Camp and Tom Wooten Resident Cub Camp. We were pleased to be able to visit Boy Scout Camp and were welcomed by Laurie Carona, the Program Director, who sent us off to a friendly family camping area equipped with playground and electric and water hookups. We quickly made ourselves at home and noted that in addition to the full-service sites for motorhomes like ours there were also tree-shaded tenting sites tucked among the pines.
Just a short while before dinner, we wandered the camp a bit and admired the many large, tall pines on the property. The surrounding area is practically devoid of pines, and we suspect their presence is a phenomenon of the Lake Bastrop area.
Following the flag ceremony, we met Tom McSwain, Camp Director, and his wife Claire, the Business Manager. We had a nice dinner, photographed a large group of Scouts heading off for a Wilderness Survival overnight, and then we were swept off to the Heritage Center for a demonstration of Native American crafts and lore.
Overnighting at Lost Pines is relaxing with cooling breezes and no unusual noises (we're particularly attuned to this now, having been awakened by coyotes at Chisholm Trail Adventure, an interesting but jarring event). Mornings are comfortable, and the sunrise over Lake Bastrop is spectacular.
Beginning day two of our visit, we were assigned a guide to see us around the large property and visited all the program areas (many before they were even in operation). Our guide, Will Penn, stopped through the well-stocked trading post, giving us a chance for a bottle of PowerAde and a visit with the staff. George, a Scouter for 54 years, runs a fine establishment.
Lost Pines has a brand-new, giant kitchen facility that would be the envy of any commercial restaurant establishment. Shiny and new, the commissary provides food service for both Tom Wooten and Lost Pines.
Equally impressive is the camp's health lodge. While no one wants to be injured at camp, we can't think of a better place to be should assistance be required as it more resembles an emergency room than the standard camp health lodge. The same building also houses a meeting room used for Scoutmaster meetings.
A visit to the shooting sports area wrapped up our tour of the camp, and as we were packing up to leave we ran into Martin Payne, Director of Camping and Properties, who gave us a few details about a new 5000-acre property nearby to be used for wilderness adventures and outpost programs.