This true story developed during summer camp at Camp Perkins in 1987. Troop One was camping in our Thunderbird Roost Campsite. One of our favorite leaders was Louie T. Hamlett, who was in his eighties, and camping in the tent with Scoutmaster Hughes. Mr Hamlett was retired as the managing editor of the Times Record News and retired Scoutmaster of Troop 24 sponsored by Fain Presbyterian Church.
We traveled to Camp Perkins on Sunday afternoon, set up camp, had our swim checks, and went to supper. Upon leaving Thunderbird Roost, we passed by a small tree next to the road. Louie thought he heard some leaves moving. The tree was about eight feet tall and about four feet at its width. We went on to supper and later returned to Thunderbird Roost.
The first day, we awoke, prepared for breakfast, and got on the road for the Dining Hall. After breakfast, we walked along the road toward our campsite when Louie said, “Stop and be still.” He stepped next to
the tree, waited several minutes, then stuck his hand into the leaves and pulled out a light green, grass snake between two and three feet in length. All of our scouts were amazed, and word spread quickly about Louie’s find. Louie and a few of our scouts carried the snake to the nature area and put it in a cage for all the campers to see. This was day one, snake one.
The next day we awoke, went to breakfast, went to our morning classes, and prepared for lunch. After lunch, we returned along the road by the tree, Louie told us to stop and be still. He stepped next to the tree, waited a minute, then stuck his hand into the leaves and pulled out a large, brown, bull snake about five feet in length. Our scouts were doubly amazed, and word spread like wildfire about the second snake. Louie, many of our scouts, and now scouts from other troops escorted the snake to the nature area and put it in a cage for all the campers to view. This was day two, snake two.
The next day we awoke and on the way to the Dining Hall, at least half the scouts in camp followed Louie. They followed him wherever he went because they didn’t want to miss out on day three, snake three.
However, the third snake never came, and camp was back to normal by Thursday.