The camp out was a solid test for all of the scouts. They set up camp Friday in the dark and cold in great time. I was impressed. Saturday the pack stoves came out and fired up hot water and we were eating in no time at all. I nice hike around camp followed and then off to the Geo-caching MB.
What made this meeting a little different for camp prep was that for the scouts going to camp they had a different type of camping to plan for. This was their first intro to backpacking style packing. Meaning that, everything they would need for camp would be carried on them. No patrol box, no unloading out of the truck. Tents, food and equipment would be packed on them. The scouts came to the meeting and showed that they were ready to give this a try. Suggestions were made and ideas pointed out but overall everyone looked ready to go.
You can see Mr. Kindron, Eammon and Cole just left of center(Red jacket is Mr. K, Blue is Eammon and Cole in Uniform)
We had five scouts and two leaders from the troop attend the U of S this year. By all accounts it was a success and the boys showed some real enthusiasm afterwards. Classes included topics such as advanced knots, Sea Scouting, Patrol cooking and many more. The scouts had a chance to see 400 other scouts and leaders participating in a day of learning and fun. I hope that they bring back to the troop some of the ideas and skills they picked up.
It was a very busy night for the scouts of Troop 931. Several Webelos II scouts from Pack 193 came to visit. The scouts were split into the existing patrols of the troop and took part in all activities. This included the Camping mb skills instruction, the knot relay game, and the setting up of a very large tent that will be used for West Point. Two merit badges were awarded this evening, Gabe C. for Cit. in the Nation and Cole K. for Cit. in the Community.