Troop 2319 was very busy this past weekend. We had scouts in 3 different locations and two different state, a first for our Troop! We had several of our older more experienced scouters out hiking, getting closer to earning the Backpacking Merit Badge with each step and the bulk of the rest of the scouts went dump camping at Camp Westin on Lake Allatoona. We even had several of our Inaugural Crossovers with us. That’s right, they crossed over into Boy Scouts on Thursday and came out camping with us on Cold Weather Camp Out the very next day. Way to go! We even had a scout in Alabama attending a Leave No Trace Training day and we’re excited for him to bring his new and refreshed knowledge back to the troop. check out some pictures of the Backpacking and Cold Weather Camping weekends below. February Backpacking: Cold Weather Camping at Camp Westin:
On 2/3/19 our Troop 2319 celebrated a very special Scout Sunday service with our Chartered Org Unity North Atlanta. The Troop assisted with the service providing a color guard, opening prayer, and shared the Scout Oath & Law with the congregation. After the service we gathered for fellowship with the members of Unity and enjoyed great conversations about scouting! Check out some of the pictures from the event.
The troop had a great time at Camp Sidney Dew this weekend. For some scouts, this was the first experience with cold weather camping, but everyone seemed to stay warm and have fun. Most of the scouts worked on their Emergency Preparedness merit badge in the morning and then spent the afternoon exploring this fantastic scout camp. Click below to see all the pictures and pay special attention to “Venturing Treehouses”
A small group of brave and intrepid scouts and scouters took a brisk 19 mile trek along sections of the Appalachian and Benton Mackaye Trails as part of the backpacking Merit Badge. Rain, cold, and snoring campers did not keep this group from having a great time along the way.
For our Troop’s December outing, we had a wonderful time at Escalade Rock Climbing Gym where we had a lock in and numerous scouts had the opportunity to finish the climbing merit badge! We had a great turn out and whether they came out to climb or just sit around and play games, everyone had a great time. What could be better than staying up late, climbing all night with all the pizza and Gatorade you could drink? check out some great picks buy clicking the image below.
Several scouts attended Brain Camp, a safety based event put on by out Charter Org Safe America, and it loos like it was a lot of fun! There were a lot of interesting talks by first ponderers as well as dozens of booths from a wide range of safety based organizations promoting everything fro safe driving to healthy living habits!
The troop had a great weekend at Camporall up at Woodruff Scout Camp. The weather was a bit on the colder side, but it was bright and sunny. There were lots of great activities and even a dedicated board/card game area with giant jenga! We had a ton of Weebelos from several packs join us this year and we look forward to seeing many of them at crossover. We ended the night in the main amphitheater and after awards, prizes, and a BIG campfire, we even got to watch a movie on a giant outdoor movie screen.
We had a great Halloween party tonight. Everyone was in attendance, Sully, Captain America, the Sphinx, and even Jake from State Farm. There were a ton of great costumes and we gave out some awesome prizes for the best ones. It was a lot of fun!.
Unity North held their annual Trunk or Treat event tonight. It was a little damp out, but everyone persevered and made it work. Troop 2319 came out and setup a booth with candy for the kinds and in true troop tradition, coffee for the adults. It was really cool to meet so many people from Unity at one of their events.
This past weekend, the troop had a fantastic weekend working on the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. We left around 5:30 Friday and when got there, the scouts did a great job and were able to get the main campsite setup and build their survival shelters. The scouts stayed out in their shelters overnight and showed they had what it took to survive in the wilderness. On Saturday we reviewed what should be included in a personal survival kit, multiple methods for purifying water and when each method should be used, and worked on starting fires using methods other than matches or lighters. We had some light showers in the afternoon, but everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with time for work and relaxation. The temperatures dropped to below 40 degrees on Saturday night, but all the scouts woke up easily on Sunday morning allowing the troop to get packed up for an on time return. Overall a great weekend! Check out a couple highlights below and then follow the link to see all the great shelters the scouts were able to put together this weekend! Check out the rest of our pictures here HERE!