This weekend scouts will be challenged to be physically fit by taking on boundless adventures. This promises to be a lot of fun and challenging. Thanks to Mrs. McLeod for honchoing this event and we are all looking forward to it. Bring your gloves, lunch, and look for more details in the announcements. Later in the day, we will set up at Camp Acton for an overnight camping trip. I’m glad to be back out camping and putting into practice the scout skills that we have been learning. This is a hybrid family event. In most years we would have had a family bike trip to welcome families and new scouts to the Troop. So this event is more local and under COVID guidelines will be the next best thing. New scouts need to have a parent and the older scouts can come to join their patrols. What is different is that we will not be sharing tents and have options for cooking. Don’t forget to bring your own propane as camping fuels are up to the individual scouts and patrols.
My daughter’s car, an older Ford Explorer, has turned into the scout house gear locker complete with tents, flags, water jugs, and stoves. Also, if you have a red-handled ax that from was our last trip, please return it to met (it was mine). I neglected the cardinal rule of gear; If you like it. put your name on it. If you love it, leave it at home!
Good luck to our Order of the Arrow (OA) inductees and good luck with the Ordeal. The OA is the national honor society for scouting. Scouts are elected by the Troop and requirements are 15 nights of scouting, first-class, and for scouts who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law, especially cheerful service, and approved by the scout leader. The ordeal is camping out on your own with no tent and limited gear (easy for most of our scouts) and then performing service with good cheer. Good luck and do your duty.
This month we will be still meeting outside and will need to make some adjustments in November for the deceased daylight. Meeting outside is important and within guidelines. We will make some adjustments but continue to offer a challenging, rewarding, and fun scout program. After all, scouting is all about being outside.
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