This evening’s troop meeting covered how to plan duty rosters, and the patrols spent time working up meal plans for an upcoming trip to a camporee!
In the past six months, our troop has:
- Grown from 5 scouts to 18
- Gone bowling!
- Assisted with the FBC Food Pantry
- Conducted annual popcorn sale
- Completed 35 hours of service work @ NEW LIFE ISLAND
- Built and entered two sleds in the annual Klondike Derby (where our scouts competed to see who could build a fire fastest using flint and steel; demonstrate first aid; correctly tie ten different knots; complete an orienteering course; carry their sled over a broken bridge and much more!)
- Attended two orienteering meets (one was an overnighter at the US Military Academy,West Point,NY)
- Completed two, five-mile, hikes (Sussex Branch Rail Trail and Harriman State Park)
- Spent four nights camping (with two more trips planned for May, and Summer Camp planned for July)
- Spent a day at Valley Forge National Park (with 3000 other scouts) learning about the revolutionary war during the 99th annual Valley Forge Pilgrimage (the oldest scouting event in the USA)
- Visited Orange County Choppers’ world headquarters and showroom
- Studied all twelve points of the “scout law” (A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.)and how they relate to instructions from the Bible on Christian living and behavior (Note: you don’t have to be a “Christian” to be a scout, but our families are interested in learning how our faith beliefs and scouting ideals are similar and/or different).
Our troop has a lot to do over the next couple of weeks: complete swim tests for summer camp (and to meet advancement requirements); continue to work on advancement requirements related to Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class; determine who will be participating in the “Dan Beard” (first year camper) program; determine who will be working on which merit badges at camp; conduct our troop’s first Court of Honor; complete several Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review.
Here’s looking forward to the next six months!