On Monday evening, we started our program by practicing our fire building skills in the parking lot. It was chilly and that served as a good motivator for each scout to be focused on gathering tinder and working the flint and steel carefully to light the lint that was brought from home. Most of the scouts got a chance to work with the materials and then we moved indoors.
Much of the rest of the evening was devoted to knots and lashings. Scouts practiced and coached each other to refresh their skills.
A scoutmaster’s conference and a pair of BORs were conducted and one of our scouts who was home on leave from Valley Forge Military Academy was able to advance from Scout to Tenderfoot to Second Class! He was working hard on his requirements and just needed the reviews to complete his advancement.
We wrapped up with our Scoutmaster’s Minute on our new series of looking at what the Bible outlines as a “Godly Man” and how those specific attributes may or may not parallel the attributes of an ideal scout. This study is largely based on a book by Gene A. Getz called “The Measure of A Man”. [Note: you don’t have to be a Christian to be a boy scout, but in our troop, our families share a common Christian faith and we take time to explore how our faith beliefs compare to our scouting ideals]