We were a very young troop competing against older boys and our scouts did themselves proud. Honor Troop for the second year in a row. This is something we should all be proud of!
We’ve just attended our final flag ceremony and the scouts and the other adult leaders have returned to the campsite waiting for our turn for dinner in the dining hall. First, I would like to thank the adult leaders who have attended. Todd, Mike, Alfie, Steve, Nathan and Matthew, you have made this a wonderful week for all our boys and as usual, have help me in every aspect for the week.
Second, parents you should be extremely proud of these you men. They have exceeded my expectations. They have held there own against older scouts. They didn’t complain about the weather when it rained or when it was hot. They got over homesickness and hopefully have learned a little about the world around them and the environment they live in. They are and will be the protectors of our planet for the next generation. We have thrust leadership on them and would like to recognize the you man who has taken on the responsibility of senior patrol leader. He didn’t ask for it and at 13 has done a fine job.
My purpose was twofold, first to update you and second to find out their inspection score for today. They don’t know it but it was again a perfect score! They are not olny judged on the gateway but on troop gear being stored neatly and the site clean of trash. We have a huge dinner last night and a lot of trash could have gotten out of control, but they want to come out on top.
Our final campfire is tonight. The awards will be presented and only then will we know how others thing of us and how we are judged against our peers. No matter what happens I know that both myself and the the other leaders are extremely proud of these young scouts and you should be too.
Sorry for the late update for Thursday. Busy day and had to shop for dinner. Yesterday was “free range Thursday” where the scouts were free to visit areas that they had classes or didn’t and try out different activities they were not signed up for. The morning for the guys in TNT was taken up with a five mile hike where they used map and compass to navigate. When they got back, the cooked their own lunch. The troop entered teams in three of the four competitions throught the day. We know we won won and possible two and may have come in second on the other. They did really well considering they were competing against scouts who were a couple years older then they are. Last night was the staff’s night off and thanks to Nathan and the other adults we have our renowned lasagna dinner. It was a big hit with everyone. Ms. Tracy provided cookies for us and the Hogan’s brought ice cream sandwiches.
Out color guard practiced late into the night to prepare for our flag raising this morning. They did great! They’ve received many complements and should be prouded of the hard work they have done.
Weather has been hot the last couple days. However, found out yesterdays that there is a huricane off the cost and we are feeling the effects. Lots of wind and this morning the humidity is great.
I’ll try to write again later this afternoon and let you know how the day went as well.
The day ended yesterday with clear skys all day but hot. The boys had beef stew last night and after a couple added salt they ate it and I think some even liked it. Home sickness is waining and the boys are getting into the daily routine. Up at six and clean up the aderondacks and the camp site. They earned a 48 out of 50 on the first inspection which was the best for the blue meal group and they were the first to get in line. At about 7:15 we marched down to the parade field for flags. We return to camp and go to breakfast at 8:30. By 9:15 they are in their morning classes and the first three periods of the day. Lunch is at 12:45 and then their last three classes. Free time followed by flags and dinner. Tonight we have the OA campfire and fireworks. Got to go now as the Geocashing class needs the computers.
Day 2 of summer camp.
The guys were much quieter last night. I think it was a combination of being up to late the night before and being exhausted from a full day of activity. We had one incident of home sickness last night and a migraine but both were improved this morning. Had bacon and eggs for breakfast and pizza for lunch. I taught scoutmaster/assistant scoutmaster specific training all day today so I have seen much of the troop but will be headed back out after this post. The troop will be participating in a scout skill competition this evening. This involves note tying, orienteering, and fire building. It is a competition against other troops. The troop gateway and flagpole have both been assembled and look great. Out campsite allows for a long view of it as you walk up the road.
I’ll check back in in tomorrow with another update.