March 18th & 19th
Troop 107 braved the cold on an overnight backpacking trip to Double Springs Shelter on the Appalachian Trail. We started our hike in the fog and ended our hike in the snow & ice. On this trip we focused on important scouting skills:
map & compass
proper packing techniques
& fire building
Saturday, March 11th
Scouts from Troop 107 participated in the 17th annual Merit Badge University. This year’s MBU was held on the Milligan College campus in Johnson City.
Our scouts worked on several merit badges including: Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the Community, Stamp Collecting, Engineering, Fire Safety, & Geocaching.
Tuesday, February 28th
We had a joint Court of Honor / Pack Meeting with Cub Scout Pack 107 on Tuesday evening. This included a Webelos Crossover ceremony, award ceremony, and a Pinewood Derby Race.
Our 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.
Troop 3 joined us to distribute gifts to veteran’s on Saturday. The boys hand delivered to each patient and left remaining gifts to be distributed to future patients. 296 Gift Bags were distributed!