Summer is here and our troop has many activities to keep you busy and having fun! We kicked off the summer this past weekend at Camp Westmoreland with our TLT. Tomorrow night, June 10, we have our summer Court of Honor which will include Eagle recognition. On Saturday, June 13, we have our annual cooking contest. In about two and a half weeks, from June 27 to July 4, we go to summer camp at Camp Crooked Creek (near Louisville, KY). Two weeks after that we have our canoe trip at Grimes Canoe Base in Tennessee (July 17-22). On July 22, we will have a troop pool party at one of our local pools. On August 8 we have a conservation drive and we end the summer at Stone Mountain and Six Flags in Georgia (August 14-16).
The fun does not stop there. In September we have the Cub Scout Challenge at Ditto Landing and our Webelos camp-out on Monte Sano. In October, during fall break, we have a five day trip to Gulf Shores. We will camp at Gulf State Park and one of the days will be spent deep sea fishing. This is a trip for the whole family and will be from October 3 to October 7.
We hope to see you at many of our activities and wish you a safe, happy, fantastic summer!
The planned April camp-out for Savage Gulf has been switched to Buck’s Pocket from the 17th to the 19th. The weekend will be focused on advancement with a session on orienteering.
Spring is finally here and so is spring break! That being said, our troop will still be active over spring break. This weekend, March 21-22, 2015, we will go on a mountain biking camp-out at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, AL. If you do not want to bike or are not able to, don’t worry. You can hike or take advantage of the lakes and go fishing.
With that being said, we will still have our weekly Wednesday night meeting. That night we will go over First Aid Merit Badge. We hope to see you at both events and hope you have a fantastic Spring Break!
In the previous post, some outings were mentioned that we changed at TLT. In February, instead of going to Vicksburg in Mississippi, we are going to the Whitacre Farm to practice rifle and shotgun shooting. In April, instead of going to Shiloh Battlefield, we are going to Savage Gulf, a great place to hike in the mountains of Tennessee.
We added one camp-out to the schedule that is very worth mentioning. Somewhere around mid to late October and early to mid November, the senior scouts (star and above) will go on a survival camp-out.
Those are the schedule changes that arose at TLT.
Happy New Year to everyone! It is now 2015 and there are many exciting events coming up. This weekend, we kick-off our year as a troop by doing a conservation drive on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:00am. It will be very cold out there, so be sure to dress warm! Two weekends after that, we will have TLT (Troop Leadership Training) at Camp Maranatha, where we will plan out the year as well as other things. We will stay in cabins, so don’t worry about getting cold. In February, we go to Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi. In March, Oak Mountain in Birmingham for a mountain biking outing. In April, we will go to Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. And there will be other monthly camp outs.
Some of our bigger trips will be Six Flags and Stone Mountain in Atlanta, summer camp at Camp Crooked Creek, a fifty mile canoe trip down the Buffalo River at Grimes Canoe Base, and deep sea fishing in Destin, FL.
This just a glimpse of all of our upcoming activities. It will be a very exciting and busy year. If you want to be a part of what our troop does this year, come to TLT and help us plan out the year.
This is the official announcement for the Troop 364 Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 17, from 6:30 to 8:30. Bring a dish for everyone to eat and a candy gift for Dirty Santa. The gift should be less than $5.00. It will be a night of fun.
Congratulations to Roman for getting Eagle Scout! The Court of Honor this past Sunday was great. We look forward to Jay getting his Eagle badge on Wednesday night.
The scouts and adult leaders met at Latham Methodist Church on Friday evening and proceeded to travel to Camp Maranatha located on the Tennessee River near Scottsboro, AL. On arrival, they were met by Mr. Rogers who had preceded them to confirm the reservations and set up the troop trailer. The camp was quickly established with an advancement exercise, cracker-barrel and then a game of spotlight in the woods. The group would shared the weekend with the Huntsville High JROTC and, arriving on Saturday, Troop 96 from northwestern Huntsville. Weather was clear with temperatures dropping into the fifties at night and a star-rich night.
Saturday began early with Michael and his dad off to fish at sunrise, with a lot of stories, but no bounty. Mr. Rogers arrived early from Huntsville and started coffee along with Mr. Harlan to kick the day off – again another crystal clear day with temperatures reaching into the high 70s.. Brice used this weekend to complete his First Class cooking requirements with three robust meals. Jay also finished up his cooking merit badge with three meals, along with Rob who used the opportunity to finish his backpacking meals. The morning was spent on rank advancement activities and canoeing on the river. Three adventurous and, thankfully, high adventure experienced scouts made the trek across the river to Goose Pond with an unexpected team-building exercise in tipping the canoe over after leaving the opposite shore. They were able to right the canoe and paddle back to camp a bit worse for wear.
Lunch was prepared, cleaned up and then the COPE course began. We shared the time with Troop 96, as they also had a small group. The low course was used with everyone, who wanted it, challenging the different circuits of the course. The build-a-bridge leg was probably the most difficult. A few falls with the security of the safety harnesses did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm. The second activity of the COPE was a forty-five foot vertical swing, which faced the river. Again, enthusiasm was high throughout, with a few initially wondering what possessed them to consider it. All together, three hours were spent building memories and stiff backs for the real senior scouts (politically correctly referred to as “seasoned and highly enriched life professionals or “the old people.”)
Free time after the COPE was spent breaking camp, cleanup, canoeing and games in the pavilion. Dinner was prepared with meals consisting of grill chicken salad and homemade beef stroganoff, all well prepared and delicious. After dinner was cleaned up and the trailer loaded, the area was policed and then everyone headed for home. A well received weekend.
Yesterday’s Cub Scout Challenge was a big success. We had many cub scouts from all around Huntsville join us at Ditto Landing. The Cubs enjoyed all the stations, a favorite being the model rockets. The weather was perfect at first, but then it got hot as lunch was ending and we were cleaning up. Don’t forget to come to our camp-out at Monte Sano State Park this Friday through Sunday, September 12-14. You can stay for the whole weekend, one night, or just the day on Saturday. It will be a weekend full of fun that you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there! For more information about the camp-out, see the flyer in the post below.