Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Achewon Flag Retirement


Achewon Flag Retirement



     For our last troop meeting until the fall, we went to Camp Achewon to have a flag retirement ceremony. When everyone arrived, there was a large campfire at the chapel, and the participants of the ceremony were preparing. Once everyone was there, Alexander S., the master of ceremonies, started the meeting. After it began, Ben M. read about the U.S. Flag. Then we all said the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Law, and Scout Oath. After that, Tanner K. and Sean G., two others who participated in the ceremony, read their parts. Several flags were retired, and the rest were retired by those in the troop who came forward. When the ceremony was over, everyone went back to the church while Ben M. put out the fire and respectfully buried the ashes. Back at the church, we circled up, and some Scouts were awarded their new rank patches. Andrew M. was awarded Second Class, Owen R. would have been awarded First Class (he wasn't there), Alexander S. was awarded Star, and Nathan H. was awarded Life. Then we prayed and ended our final meeting.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rowing With the Crew


Rowing With the Crew



     This week the troop went to East Fork Lake to have a rowing meeting. Ben M., our SPL, rows for the Clermont Crew, so we went to their boathouse. When we got there, we split into groups to go out on the water and row, learn about rowing, and use the rowing machines in the boathouse. While people rowed, learned, and played, several Scouts had Boards of Review- interestingly- on top of some boats that were on trailers. Everyone had a great time on the boats and rowing machines, watching a video about rowing, and just playing around. Though the fun meeting had gone by quickly, it was eventually time to end the meeting. We fell in, were given fliers about the Clermont Crew's summer camp, and listened to announcements. Then the meeting was over.

 


An unusual BOR spot

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cycling Meeting

Cycling Meeting

This week, we went to Freedom Gear Cyclery to learn about bikes and how to take care of them. Freedom Gear is a bike shop owned by Max B.'s parents. After starting the meeting in the parking lot, we broke up into four groups to go to four stations. Three stations were inside. One was about taking care of and fixing bikes, one was about bike wheels and how to change tires and tubes, and one was about what to have with you when cycling. The last station, in the parking lot, was the fun one. It was riding bikes. There were young, tiny Scouts riding bikes whose pedals they could hardly reach. There were older Scouts riding road bikes and an elliptical bike who looked like they were having the best time of their lives. There weren't really any major accidents. Just a few tire bumps of the tricycles and David D. knocking over the elliptical bike. When we ended the meeting, we didn't circle up, but did all the usual stuff when falling in. There were announcements about next week's meeting and the campout, Bryan C. and Ben S. were given their First Class patches, and the meeting was over.

Thank you to Max's parents for a good time learning about (and riding) bikes. Learn more about Freedom Gear at www.freedomgearcyclery.com .

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Outdoor Game Night...?

Outdoor Game Night...?

This week's meeting was extremely busy. First, everyone who checked out a tent at the Shooting Campout had to set up their tent to be inspected. After the tents were taken down, the meeting started. After the flag ceremony, we planned for the Mystery Campout. (Still, a mystery.) After that chaos, it was time for outdoor games. Sadly, because the meeting was so busy, Outdoor Game Night was not that great. The troop split into two groups. Then, one group played ultimate frisbee, while the other stayed inside to play dodgeball. This lasted for only fifteen minutes, and then the groups switched. After that we circled up. Then Mr. Ross announced this month's winners of the Golden Spoon. They were the Chimera patrol!!! After they were awarded the Spoon, we ended the meeting.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2014 Eagle Court of Honor

2014 Eagle Court of Honor

This year's Eagle Court of Honor celebrated three Eagle Scouts. Justin D., Ben M., and Alex S. were Troop 281's 99th, 100th, and 101st Eagle Scouts. It was an afternoon to recognize the amazing achievements of those three Scouts.
The first thing that needed to take place before the court of honor was setting up the court of honor. Adults and Scouts rushed around, setting up tables and chairs, hauling things around, and many other tasks. Meanwhile, the families of the Eagle Scouts (including the Eagle Scouts themselves) took pictures, set up their Trail to Eagle tables, and discussed what would take place.

After a while, the setup was complete, and the people started arriving. The 2014 Eagle Court of Honor was ready to begin. Leaders and their fathers gave emotional speeches about the three Scouts. They were presented with their Eagle patches. Their parents received their Eagle Mom pins and Eagle Dad tie tacks. The three Scouts were given other awards, and we were informed that three flags would be flown above the U.S. Capitol, and would be given to the Eagle Scouts. It was also said that famous people would send congratulatory letters to them. After being presented with eagle feathers and giving the down feathers to younger Scouts, Justin, Ben, and Alex knelt at the alter and prayed.

After the ceremony, three delicious sheet cakes were cut and devoured (there were some leftovers, though), and punch was served. Everybody wanted to have a slice of cake with Alex's picture on it, but the cake cutters couldn't bear to cut it. It was given to Alex and his family. People walked around a bit, and eventually left. Many pictures were taken of the Eagle Scouts, and many people congratulated them. Finally it was time to clean up. Everything was taken down, and in a short time, the room was quiet and empty, just as it had been before.