Canoe Trip May 31-June 2

Over the weekend the Troop took a canoe trip on South Holston Lake. Glad to report no injuries or any (that many) overboard scouts!


 Friday:

We loaded our packs and water onto a pontoon boat and set course to a nice part of the lake. Starting sometime afternoon the scouts paddled out. One of us decided to take a kayak. Some beautiful scenery and an amazing attitude, it was a great first leg. As we get around our windbreak we had our first taste of the wind. The first canoe was, of course, the Master Canoeist. Then a huge pile-up of about 5 canoes and a kayak formed. We eventually got through. We made it to the camp in one piece.

Not long after our pontoon boat of supplies showed up. It brought us our tents and some high winds and waves. We had a bucket brigade of scouts and scoutmasters unloading our cargo. After tents were set and winds calmed some scouts went fishing. Hobo Packs were amazing that night! Some scouts were brought out on a small boat to check catfish lines.

Overall an amazing first day. We all had high hopes for the next day.


Saturday:

The first night on the lake was amazing. Saturday morning, scouts made 2 dozen eggs and 4 pounds of bacon. The Master Canoeist made sure none went to waste!

Not long after the scouts ate, we started the trip to the dam. An amazingly calm and peaceful morning. Little to no boats. We stopped at Cliff Island. Some scouts swam and others explored the island, although, no diving. Next, we were dead set on the dam. Still waters and amazing views. Pausing for some of the slower canoes to catch up from time to time. Before we got to the dam a B-29 flew over! At the dam, some scouts explored the viewing room and others used the restrooms there. We looked over the riverside of the dam and climbed in and on the old turbine. We had hot dogs, homemade brownies, cookies, and some drinks. Bellies full, scouts threw Frisbee, hiked a small trail to the top of some rocks, ate cherries and marveled over a strange bug! Not long after some last-minute restroom breaks; the scouts headed back to camp.

At camp, one patrol rode on an intertube and the other patrol swam in front of the shore. They switched after one group was done.

After scouts grew tired of swimming, some scouts went and fished for bluegills. Six or seven fish later the scouts were content and headed to camp; only to find out that our Scoutmaster caught a foot-long bass! Pasta and toasted cheese seemed to be a theme that night, along with a freshly baked cake! An amazing catfish fry later and all scouts and scout family were full. A few scouts headed back to their tents and hammocks while others stayed at the fire and talked till midnight.


Sunday:

Packing went well on Sunday. We loaded the boat and scouts cleaned any and all trash they found. The boat was loaded with our gear and we headed to 421 Boat Ramp. A fun, jam-packed trip was over as we unloaded the pontoon one last time. Scouts won’t be forgetting this trip anytime soon. SOHO was kind to us and we loved every moment on it!

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SWCC Merit Badge College – 2017

swccOur troop spent the day on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College gaining a wide range of knowledge.

The Benefits of the Merit Badge program are described by BSA as:

There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom.

Camp Davy Crockett – 2014

Camp Davy Crockett 2014 - Troop 107

Camp Davy Crockett Rifle Range The troop has returned from another week of Scout Camp at Camp Davy Crockett.

Our troop was awarded several recognitions including:

  • Honor Troop Award
  • Super Scouter Award (Allen)
  • 2nd place in 3 different Pool Activities
  • Religion Awards
  • Chaplain Challenge Award

Congrats to those who have completed some very difficult merit badge requirements.

While several from our troop were enjoying this week of scout camp, others are still making their trek through the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Blackhawk Patrol Campout

May30th & 31st, 2014

blackhawk campout

The Blackhawk Patrol camped out this weekend to work on their scouting skills.  They focused on outdoor cooking, pioneering projects, & the chess merit badge.  They also took a night hike and practiced navigating by the stars.  The weather was great and a fun time was had by all!