NO MEETING TONIGHT (3/7/2011)
Troop 777 invited our troop to camp with them at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation (MASR) for the weekend. Realizing that this was a great opportunity for our Scouts to complete many of their advancement requirements, we agreed to go with them and had a great time!
Everyone met up at MASR on Friday evening around 7 PM. We got our gear into the cabin, got the Franklin stove going and set up a campfire outside, too. We helped our Scouts select tent sites near the cabin (several Scouts needed to fulfill specific “sleep in a tent” requirements). Next, we got working on dinner and/or evening snacks. Lancers had baked potatoes (cooked in the fire) and hamburgers. Stealth cooked hot dogs over an open fire.
Mr. Allen presented a thoughtful devotional on the Scout Oath – specifically focusing on what it means to pledge our honor to do our best to do our duties.
In the morning, we prepared our breakfasts and started packing up our gear to save time later. We took a five-mile hike along the Sussex Rail Trail from Waterloo Road to Cranberry Lake and back. Along the way we saw evidence of beavers (cut down trees with toothmarks, etc.) and spotted either a large hawk or a golden eagle.
After lunch, some Scouts attended a weather workshop (how to predict the weather by observing nature) and others worked on lashings/knots and other sign offs. We rounded out the day with “Capture the Flag” and then broke camp and headed home.
New Scouts were able to complete several of the following requirements:
Tenderfoot – #1; #2; #3; #4b
Second Class – #1b; #3b; #3d; #3e. #3f; #3g (considering that this outing is our troop’s fifth outing – and this one was an overnighter – Scouts who complete a second camping trip may also qualify for requirement #3a)
First Class – #4a; #4b; #4c; #4d; #4e; #7b