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Troop 2319 arrived safely and toward the front of the in-processing line. Usually it takes two and a half hours to do medical check-in, but today was only 22 minutes due to dropping the forms off early. Orientation and camp set up went smoothly, but the opening campfire was curtailed after 20 minutes when the rain came down heavily. Add / Drop went as well as could be expected. We did not get extra slots for welding or water skiing, but did get 7 extra slots for the Ocoee whitewater trip. All is well.
We had a wet night. Two and a half inches of rain and 18 mph winds were a struggle to sleep through, but the weather today was a perfect 70 and sunshine. Classes began in the morning with some minor adjustments. The 1st Aid MB in camp is half finished. Only the practical hands on tasks remain. 8 Scouts went on the river today. The water was running faster, but there were fewer rapids due to the rain raising the water levels. Lots of individual free time in the afternoon. An Appalachian Folkfest after dinner and an overnight canoe trip for some.
-Col. Tom Welch
We had perfect weather again today. The 12 who went on the canoe overnighter paddled in across the lake just before breakfast making an idealic setting. Classes continued and we finished the 1st Aid merit badge. It was a big day for mail. I looked like Santa with a bulging bag of packages. We even had the chance to sing happy birthday to a special Scout. Every one scattered for afternoon activities. The Order of the Arrow had a social after dinner and then everyone pretty much went to the spoof merit badge on Scooby-Doo.
Classes continued. It kept threatening to rain all day until it finally opened up in the afternoon. A lot of bonding and cards under the tarps, but not much other activity. Xan has us very close to earning Honor Troop with Traditions. We are well on track. Tonight the first year Scouts went on a 5-mile hike for advancement. The older Scouts went repelling, worked on Honor Troop, went swimming and/ or attended the flag retirement among other things. Not a bad hump day.
What a great day! The merit badges are almost complete. It took a while but the Troop is firing on all cylinders. Looks like we will earn Honor Troop with Scouting Traditions. The boys are working really hard. A special shout out to Mason Cox who has us in the running for the Silver Spoon Award (cleanest eating area in the dining hall) thru his diligence as our chowmaster. Most of the boys had off camp activities today, either a raft trip on one of the rivers or a horseback ride. Lots of smiles and adventure stories. We will publish the link to get rafting photos after we get home from camp. Tonight’s special activity is open boating, but we have also been detailed for a shower house cleaning. All set for a big finish tomorrow. Home on Saturday.
For the final day of camp, scouts finished up their remaining merit badges, adults watched and cheered on campers participating in the Mile Swim, and a camp wide cardboard boat race was taken on.. We didn’t win, not even close, but the scouts had fun and that’s what counts! The night was finished off with closing campfire and picking up an absolute mountain of advancement materials to sort and enter!
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Thank you to all the scouts who came out today to help honor our fallen service members on this Memorial Day Weekend. Your dedication and service are greatly appreciated.
On Friday, we headed up to Skymont Scout Reservation, a camp we have never been to before, for a weekend of fun and relaxation. The drive was long, but getting see a new camp was great! A few scouts practiced some advancement, everyone spent a good chunk of the day exploring the camp, some went fishing, a few played some disc golf in the afternoon, and a lot of scouts were able to complete their Second Class, First Class, and Camping Merit Badge Cooking Requirements. The weather on Saturday couldn’t have been more perfect, what a great time it is to be out camping!
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In addition to CPR Training & Advancement last week, we also had one of our favorite activities of the year, our Annual Scout Picture Day! The pictures came out great and we added getting patrol pictures this year too. Link to all the photos will be emailed out shortly.
This past weekend, we had another group of scouts take on a Northern Tier Prep weekend. The weathered severe storms on Friday Night, thankfully the rain was gone by Saturday morning which lead to a near perfect weather. Scouts learned about how to pack the packs used to transport gear at Northern Tier and practiced wet entering & portaging canoes! It looks like they had a great time, thank you Steve Carlin for putting together and running this training for our scouts to get them ready for this summer!
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This weekend was the troop training camp out at Camp Jameson. For many this was their first-time camping with the troop. The day started with a little rain but our grub masters preserved and had breakfast ready. After breakfast the older scouts set up their classes in the pouring rain. We were lucky to have a big pavilion to use. The older scouts taught the Firem’n Chit, Totin Chit, First Aid Kits, Knots, and Flags to the younger scouts. Many scouts are now ready to move to scout rank. After classes we played some games in the field and the woodyard was open. Time quickly passed and it was time for dinner and the campfire program. Pranav hosted the campfire program which was enjoyed by all. We then started a game of manhunt which was unfortunately interrupted. We were notified that severe weather was on the way overnight and we would have to immediately pack up and leave camp. By 10pm the entire troop was packed and ready to depart. We headed back to Highland Plaza for a late night unloading of the trailer. Everyone had a great time despite the campout being cut short.
We also want to quickly shout out Doug P. who decided to use some of his free time to learn about Fire Pistons, made his own char cloth, and was able to actually get a fire started from a Fire Piston. Not an easy task to say the least. Great use of you free time Doug!
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We had our first Keep Cobb Beautiful Adopt A Mile of the year yesterday, the sun may have been shining, but the blowing wind made this a chilly one. Still, thanks to everyone who came out to help, we were able to get 7+ bags of trash off the streets and properly disposed. Adopt A Miles are always a lot of fun and a great way to give back to the community.