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Camp Constantin and the Jack D. Furst Aquatic Base
, Circle Ten Council
Near Graford, Texas on Possum Kingdom Lake
Camp Constantin is unique among the camps we've visited so far owing to its Jack B. Furst Aquatics Base. We arrived a bit late in the afternoon, and, while waiting to meet staff, took a self-guided tour of camp. The first campsite we visited was Breezy Point Campsite and it had a happy Troop out for a swim at their own private beach. A fair breeze was blowing off Possum Kingdom Lake helping to cool down the over 90-degree temperatures.
A short walk took us to the aquatics area where we were pleased to see dozens of sailboats, more than 25 canoes, jon boats, ski boats, utility boats, and a two-story boathouse which the Scouts use as a launching pad for the Double Blob.
Later we were met by the camp Business Manager and former Program Director who took us for a tour of the more usual program areas, all well developed and busy. At his suggestion, we took a short trip to Johnson's Peak, a 25-minute hike to 1352 feet that afforded a broad view of Possum Kingdom Lake and the peninsula that Camp Constantin shares with the YMCA camp.
We attended the evening flag ceremony where staff in Hawaiian shirts (in honor of that evening's Possum Fest) retrieved the Colors. Camp Program Director, Manny Ramos, was kind enough to announce our presence during dinner, along with various other important announcements. Scouts and Scouters devoured a traditional Texas meal including chicken-fried steak, white gravy, mashed potates, and corn served family style at the table. Following dinner we attended Possum Fest and observed virtually the entire camp (approximately 370 Scouts and Scouters) enjoying watersports and sundaes. Possum Fest is a big event for camp, occurring on Monday, the first full day of program, and it kicks off a week of more fun, judging from the sounds of laughter, than any group of boys should be allowed to have.
If your troop enjoys watersports, you couldn't go wrong spending a week at Camp Constantin. Bart Green, the Camp Director, told us of plans for a new boathouse and water flume to be built in the near future; that sounded like extra icing on an already well-iced cake.
We had a fine time and enjoyed the company of the staff at Camp Constantin, leaving early the next day for a long ride to Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop, Texas.