What a perfect day for the canoe trip. The weather was as perfect as you could want with a nice warm day buut not hot and just a hint of a breeze. We set off from the North Tonawanda Botanicle Gardens and ventured north on the canal to the Campbell Blvd. over pass. Over all the entire trip lasted about 4 to 4 1/2 hours. The scouts all said they had a great time. They learned about team work in a canoe and even managed to play a game as they paddled along by throwing an apple from canoe to canoe. Everyone did their part and I think it was a huge success. I hope that evetns like this will inspire the scouts and encourage them to dream up bigger and better ones. I look forward to doing more like it with them! Be sure to see some pictures of the event on our picture page.
The Lightning Patrol had a little hands on practice tonight as Mr. Kindron brought over his canoe. The scouts had the chance to get into the canoe and get a feel for it. For some it was the very first time they had ever sat in a canoe. They practiced proper technique for getting in and out of a canoe and the role that stability and movement in a canoe have. Everyone enjoyed it with the exception of the bugs that seemd to be out tonight.
Later, the Lightning Patrol made more preperations for the October Campout. They prepared a menu and duty roster and practiced for some of the events.
Troop 931 spent this meeting night learning about more canoeing skills concerning some basic methods to paddle and how to position ones self in a canoe. We also reviewed parts of the paddle and then discussed the various parts of a canoe.
In addition to this the troop discussed the upcoming fall camporee as the guide has been released. They soon discovered that they have a lot of work to do to get ready for the camp out in October. There will be many events to compete in not to mention the regular preparation for going camping. Over all it was a productive meeting night.
The scouts of Troop 931 & the Lightning Patrol held their first regular weekly meeting of the new scouting year tonight. We had 100% atendance tonight which was nice to see. Everyone came back to the troop excited and energized to do a lot of things this year. The Scouts arrived a bit early tonight so that we could get a little planning done before the start of the meeting. Mr. Kindron and Mr. Rotolo provided skills instruction on Canoeing and covered Canoe paddles. The discussion centered around the different types and styles of paddles and how to care for them. After the skills instruction the scouts met as a patrol and were tasked with developing the next two weeks of meeting plans. Guidance was provided by Mr. Rotolo. Mr. Burke joined us later and the troop closed out the meeting with Gregory receiving his Scout Badge and Quartermaster badge of office finally. It was announced that the troop will be canoeing on Sept. 28th, info to follow; Next month we will be camping at the district camporee; and the next month Patrol Leader elections will take place.
Troop 931 held its very first over night camp out from August 31st to September 1st. Although the location was not exactly "off the beaten path" as we camped out in the back yard of Mr. Kindron's house, it did prove to be useful. The purpose of this cam out was two fold. First, to give the new scouts in the troop (which is everyone) a chance to get some experience doing and using camp gear and methods. Secondly, to go through what the troop owns for gear and do clean up, inventory and practice with it. Over all it was a success. We all learned something about each other and how as a troop we work together. We also all had fun doing the tasks that were needed. Some scouts had never cooked before. Some had never done KP duty before, some had never slept in a tent that they had pitched. even the leaders learned that they have some things to work on.
The scouts made some excellent food as well. Everyone had a their fill of what ever was on the menu and no complaints were made. I hope that in the future the scouts of the troop get creative with the menu and explore the things that they can make at camp. Our menu consisted of classic hot dogs and burgers, camp bread, Texas Ranger Stew to pancakes. Oh, did I mention the Choco Chip Pie?