The Troop had a blast at its first real Troop 106-hosted camp-out! We took advantage of the great camp site locations at Lions Field. All of the boys succeeded in selecting good sites and setting up their tents (including ground cloths!) & rain flys. The scouts did a fantastic job with clearing and making an awesome fire ring, too! They then gathered fire wood and a few of them started small fires using a flint & steel plus some petroleum jelly-coated cotton balls.
Two of Troop 110′s older scouts joined us for the campfire, and their experience and assistance was greatly appreciated! I think the Troop 106 boys were very impressed with how much Peter and Chris knew about scouting skills!
Before too long, they had a very nice campfire going, and had a nice dinner of hot dogs. We completely forgot about the baked beans, so we’ll use that for another upcoming outing!
The campfire was fun, too, with several not-so-scary stories, some not-so-mom-approved jokes, some trivia questions, and some songs. S’mores and cheese & crackers were enjoyed by everyone. Lights out was at 10pm, but several boys were so excited at being on the camp-out they were awake talking until the wee hours of the morning – but they kept the noise levels down, so everyone who wanted to sleep could do so.
It was a very cold night, but the boys really enjoyed it. Some scouts had paid better attention to the tips of the adult leaders and slept warmly, while others shivered a bit through the night.
The next morning, several of the Troop’s scouts watched a beautiful sunrise while keeping the fire going. Some of the boys have already discovered some talent in cooking (Tyler B. makes some excellent bacon) while others appreciated making their own “eggs in a basket”. Next time, we need a bigger pot though – and some more burners.
After breakfast was finished and all the plates were cleaned up, we jumped right into flag-folding, flag-raising and flag etiquette. The scouts all learned about some cool knots, had some first aid training, and had a nice hike. They also worked on their “Totin’ Chip” requirements, and can now carry and use pocketknives, hand axes, and wood saws on scouting excursions.
So, overall, it was a very successful camp-out, and they boys are looking forward to what they’ll plan and do next month!
Here are some pictures from the event: