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Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking

This week, we had a skill session on cooking with Dutch ovens. After tent inspections were finished (around 7:30), we fell in for the opening flag ceremony, put on by the Dragons. Some Cub Scouts were visiting, and introduced themselves to the troop. Then we began the skill session. Ryan Z. and David D. taught us how to cook a few types of cobbler in a Dutch oven. Delicious! Then Mr. Zink took us outside to demonstrate putting coals on the Dutch ovens. Then we went inside for one of those classic, crazy games of dodgeball. We had a fairly long game, and then fell in and circled up. Mr. Smotherman announced that four Scouts had passed boards of review, and then Mr. Todd gave his Scoutmaster Minute. Afterward, Mrs. Haught gave out eagerly awaited popcorn prizes. For once, though, when the meeting was over, it just wasn’t quite over. Everyone had to get some of that delicious apple, cherry, and peach cobbler. Ask just about anyone, and they’ll say it was amazing. Yum!

Color Wars

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Color Wars

This month, the troop had a classic campout at Camp Achewon. Yes, you guessed it, Color Wars! This troop tradition is all about teamwork and patrol competition. It’s a weekend of Scout skills, unknown challenges, and unexpected judging.

When we got to Achewon on Friday night, it was already getting pretty dark. Once we had finished the unloading of the trailer, it was time to get rolling: literally! The trailer drove to the parade field, and the three small carts were taken to the beginning of the trail to the back campsites. Patrol boxes, personal gear, tents, and much more were unloaded from the trailer and loaded into carts and people’s arms. The Scouts worked quickly on getting their things to the campsites so they could set up. This continued for most of the evening. After everyone was done, they relaxed a little at their campsites and then went to bed.

Saturday was packed full of activities. After everyone cooked their breakfast, we had our morning flag ceremony. Then we…

Pioneering and Color Wars Planning

Pioneering and Color Wars Planning

This week, the troop did a few things to get prepared for Color Wars. After the opening flag ceremony, which was put on by the Dragons, we went to our patrol corners. Meanwhile, the Sharks, who were in charge of putting on the pioneering skill session, came around to each patrol to give them rope, sticks, and an assignment. The patrols had to make different structures using lashings. After there had been enough time to complete the assignments, we fell in. Patrol leaders got their planning forms, we were all informed that dinner would be judged (Dun-dun-dun!), and then everyone got to work planning for Color Wars. Once the forms were filled, the meals approved, and the signup sheets turned in, it was time for another wonderful game of dodgeball. For nearly ten minutes, you could hear the SLAM! BANG! WHOOSH!!! of the epic battle raging. Then came the cry that instantly put it to an end: “Troop, fall in!!!” We followed the command, and soon found oursel…

Veterans' Dinner

Veterans’ Dinner

This Saturday, the troop held a special dinner at the church to honor veterans. The Scouts arrived throughout the afternoon, and they prepared the room for the big event. Curtains were put up, flags were placed in their stands, and lights were positioned. Tablecloths were spread, candles were placed, silverware was laid, and salt, pepper, dressing, and butter were set out. Meanwhile, carrots were cut, salads were made, food was prepared, and then the salad was put on the tables. The Scouts rehearsed their roles in the ceremony, and then, since they were quite hungry, went to room 123 to feast on boxes and boxes of pizza.

Once the preparations were made and the Scouts were fed, the clock indicated it was nearly time for the doors to open, at 5:30. After this, veterans and their families came in and found tables to sit at. As this was happening, table hosts were greeting their guests, Danny C., the Scout organizer of the event, was rushing about, Mr. S., the adult organiz…