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”
It’s hard to believe we are already having our second court of honor as a troop. It seems like we just held one and already, scouts have earned enough to warrant holding another one. Great work scouts!! As is our new tradition, Unity allowed us to hold our CoH in their main sanctuary, shout out to Unity for letting us use such an awesome space for this! A lot happened at this CoH besides the usual badges and awards generally given out. We had the pleasure of announcing that even though we have only been in existence for half the year, we were able to achieve a GOLD JTE score, we also borught in and donated a ton of bears for a fundraising that Unity was heading up, and our Unit Commissioner, Mike Lotz, and District Director, Jacquelyn Alford were both in attendance. Thank you to everyone who made this happen! That includes thanks to the district and parents for supporting us and a big thanks to all the scouts who took the leap and helped us form our new unit. Done of this would be possible without all of you!
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.
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.
We had a great time with all our various Webelos who came to visit. Its always a lot of fun getting to know the next group of scouts who will hopefully cross over into our troop. For fun, we even ran one of my favorite activities, chariot races! The goal is to lash poles to chairs that are strong enough to carry your team mates. It a great way to practice your lashings and have fun!
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!