Sunday, July 3, 2016
The Scouts' tents stood in two lines, one down each side of the camp site, separated from the tents that the Scoutmaster and his fellow adult leaders, his Assistant Scoutmasters, called "home" the past couple days and would call "home" for several more. Most of the dozen tents were dark and that darkness only broken by a glimpse of light peeking out from two of their number; some of their number keeping their battery-powered flashlights or lanterns going through the night, not so much fear of the darkness but more for protection from the critters, the generations of raccoons that had grown so used to humans camping in the area for over fifty years that they had no fear and would invade a camp site or tent if they smelled food. Most campers would invariably bring snacks from home, keeping them in their gear, keeping them in their tents as an invitation for raccoons or skunks to come for a visit.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Our Troop is visiting Camp Gamble at S-Bar-F Scout Ranch in Knob Lick, Missouri the week of June 26-July 2nd, come by and find us and take your picture by our famous Camp Sign Post and post it to Social Media with the hashtag T417SignPost (#T417SignPost)...and we will share it. The Scout group furtherest away that manages to visit us will get a special shout out and more...
Stop by and post using Twitter, Instagram or Facebook #T417SignPost
Friday, July 17, 2015
In the next week, Crew 2417 will attend a Pool Party with Cub Scouts from Pack 432 and then attend an All-Scout Unit Camp Out with their fellow Chartered units; Cub Scout Pack 3417, Boy Scout Troop 0417, & Venturer Scout Crew 2417.
August will bring a canoe trip before assisting with School Night to Join Scouting in the Central R-III School District in the final weeks of the month.
Over 35 merit badges, 6 Mile Swimmers, 6 nights, 14 Boy Scouts, 50th Anniversary of S-Bar-F Scout Ranch in the Greater St. Louis Area Council. What an Adventure.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
My last update on my Wood Badge progress was back in February. At that point I had completed two ticket items, they were starting a Venturing Crew, which for those that do not know, Venturing is a co-ed Scouting program offered to those 14-21. This was my diversity item. I was prompted to make this one for selfish reasons, although they have benefited my community. My daughter had turned 14 in January and after years with the Girl Scouts and watching her older brother go through the Boy Scout program she was itching for some of the adventure offered in Boy Scouts. That item was a bit challenging, gathering up the required members. The Venturing program, in my opinion, has the ability to see substantial growth but that has yet to materialize in the small communities where we live and work.
My second ticket item was organizing a Merit Badge University. A Merit Badge University is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to come and work on a variety of merit badges not traditionally covered in a summer camp setting, where many youth in our area earn their badges. I wanted it to be different, however, with no Eagle Scout required merit badges. Instead, I wanted to bring back the concept of working on merit badges for fun, and to possibly develop a hobby or career for their rest of their lives. Steven Spielberg earned his Cinematography merit badge in the Boy Scouts and that fueled his passion and, some would say, successful career in movies.
Both of those items came and went, they happened, I wrote up my progress notes, supplied verification and photographs to my ticket counselor, also my Troop Guide, as per instructions from the course.
The third item, the STEM Camporee I discussed in February, went off with only a few hitches a couple weeks ago. Last week I finished up working on and getting approved a Cub Scout Pack Operations Manual. And today, finally, after 9 months of serving as a Unit Commissioner in my District, I was able to procure an e-mail verifying my work from our District Commissioner. I waited to submit my Operations Manual ticket item until a few hours ago and now I will submit my last ticket item.
This however does not mean my journey is over, but rather just beginning. My goal is to leave a legacy behind. And I haven't quite finished doing that yet.
Baden's Rowdy Beavers