Weeks are flying by and it’s the end of school year. Happy to say we had a great White Water Kayaking Trip last weekend led by our APL and Acting Crew Chief Matt. Matt stepped into the breach to organize the troop, and review the equipment and food prior to leaving. Our SPL, Cameron was not feeling well and Matt was called to do his duty for the troop. Due to the water release we did not get onto the water until almost 4pm and off the river at 7:30pm. That means back to camp and dinner prep and no campfire program unfortunately but enough time for the senior scouts to plan Sunday. Thanks to Mr. Greene as honcho who coordinated all the logistics for this first-time event for the troop. We have rafted as a troop before but this is the first time that we were in our own kayaks. Mohawk State Park camping was great, a short hike the next day and pizza and ice cream. All in all a super fun trip.
This week we also had another first; thanks to Mr. Herrero for organizing a Surfing day-trip the day after school was done, providing another new opportunity for scouts. The waves were unexpectedly strong, but the scouts were prepared, did a great job and had some fun in the process!
Scouts elected new leaders for the July, August and September term, which requires commitment to participating in all the events during that time frame; we have these terms to enable scouts to weave in other activities they are typically involved with during the year. Thank you to Cameron, Matt and Jonah as our senior leadership team. Cameron specifically did an outstanding job as Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). It takes a team and he managed to hear everyone’s point of view and then make progress in all our planning. Well done.
New leaders, Jonah (SPL), Tommy ASPL, and Freddy ASPL fill the role for the July, August and September which again requires full commitment. They will be working on goals and can share those next week.
Summer camp is on the horizon next. Here is my quick advice as Scoutmaster for new scouts:
Remember: If you like something, put your name on it. If you love it, leave it at home.
Do your good turn, daily!
Mr. Duggan, Scoutmaster
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.