Troop 84 had a blast on this years summer camp at Camp Falling Rock. We spent 7 days and 6 nights earning merit badges, most of which were easy considering the ratio of counselers to scouts was 2:1. Everybody got a variety of merit badges, but none could meet the troop record of 14 merit badges earned at summer camp. Many of our newer scouts participated in Pathways, formerly known as Brown Sea, to get asclose as they can to first class.
From the Senior Patrol Leader: There has been a major question posed in a lot of troops and even in this Troop: Are smart phones something that we should use in our scouting activities, or should we forbid them and not allow it? Lots of people have arguments for both sides and there are plenty of good points to both sides...
From the Scoutmaster: While a smartphone can sometimes be helpful for certain Scouting activities (think GPS or star maps) scouts are encouraged to leave their devices at home so they can more easily focus on the event. If a scout chooses to bring a smartphone or digital device with them to a Troop 84 meeting or activity, they may do so - at their own risk - and under the following two conditions:
Troop 84 spent their Friday evening at the Court of Honor with Jayden Duckworth as our MC, in which 8 merit badges and 1 rank was awarded. We also had a presentation by Mrs. Snow, a representative of Friends of Scouting, who taught us about the 1% differences that could turn a Scouts life around. We then proceeded to the award ceremony and witnessed our Scouts making progress in their advancement adventure. In the end, we hung out, ate cookies and bananna bread.
UPDATE: Arrowhead District communication confirmed that everyone must update Youth Protection by October 1, 2018. (See attached image). I am still recommending that our troop complete the training by June 1st.
On February 10, 2018, 13 brave scouts and 2 daring Fossils braved a 250 mile trip westward. After a brief stop at Wright Patt AFB Museum, we journeyed to BlueSpring Caverns in Bedford, Indiana. We experienced a flat bottom boat tour of the underground river, "saw" complete darkness, white cave fish and crawfish, bats, loads of frogs. After a short training video and do's and dont's we "wild caved" and tried not to get stuck in the cracks in the cave. It paid to be tiny for once! We "slept" on bunkbeds, if you call that sleeping, had breakfast underground and survived.
The 10-mile hike campout is approaching very quickly! We will be going up to Camp Butler Scout Reservation and TENT CAMPING on the weekend of March 2-4. The flyer I have attached has all of the information you guys need for the campout & more! I hope you guys get the chance to come and enjoy hiking at the ONLY NATL. PARK IN OHIO!!!