WILDWOOD — The beach alongside Morey’s Piers looked more like mud than sand Saturday, but the hundreds of scouts in town didn’t seem to mind.
This weekend marks the annual Spring Beach Jam for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and scouts, parents and scoutmasters took advantage of a sunny day Saturday after a downpour the night before.
“It’s windy, but nice,” said Rob Mayer, whose son, Christian, is with Troop 236 of Long Valley, Morris County. “We’re lucky, we came down this morning. Some folks who were here last night said it was pretty wild.”
Scott Day, leader of Troop 188 of Landing, Morris County, was used to wet weather at the Beach Jam.
“Every time we come down, it always rains,” Day said. “(At least) it always rains the first night. As long as we can salvage the second day, that’s all that matters.”
The trip is a reward for the scouts, Day said.
“After they’ve done a couple years of putting in hard work with the scouts, they deserve it.”
Boy scouts from Troop 188 were gathered together, setting up groups so that older scouts would be overseeing the younger scouts.
“Nobody’s alone, and they check in every couple of hours,” Day said.
For Girl Scout Troop 62485 of Franklinville, Gloucester County, a camping spot right by the busy Boardwalk turned out to be a plus.
“It’s really convenient,” said Lexi DiClaudio, 15. “Instant music, we have all the stores we like. We’ve been up and down the Boardwalk three times today. ... And we get really good prices because we’re Girl Scouts.”
Meanwhile, Amy Gaglianone, 14, described the beach camping experience in one word: “sandy.”
Boy Scout Troop 149, of Thornton, Pa., learned lessons from past encampments.
“Over the years, we’ve figured out that closer is better,” troop leader Mike McCarrick said. “In the old days, we’d schlep out closest to the water we could get.”
And then, said scout Kyle Koch, 17, came “high tide.”
Now, McCarrick said, “Spencer and Spicer are our lucky roads.
“And also, it’s one of the better places because they don’t unload (equipment),” Nadia Zinno added.
In the meantime, the scouts — and the parents — kept busy.
“The boy just took me on two roller coasters,” Mayer joked. “I’m recovering.”
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