Last weekend, the troop traveled down to Camp Rodney Scout Reservation, which is right on the Chesapeake Bay in Northeast Maryland. Each weekend, the Campmaster schedules different activities for the Scout Troops to take part in. The troop arrived at the camp on Friday, March 17. The activities planned for this weekend were Campmasters Archery and the shooting program. The Scouts enjoyed the good view of the bay and beach on the Chesapeake. The Scouts also enjoyed the shooting at the shotgun range. However, it was generally agreed upon by the leaders that it took the Scouts much longer than it should have to get things done. On Saturday morning, the Scouts woke up later than they should have. In addition, Kitchen Patrol was delayed and took more time than necessary. From this trip, the Scouts have learned that they needed to learn to manage their time well, and commit to working together as a team. This way, more can be done and accomplished, which would mean being able to have a real good time.
Last weekend, the troop went on an ice fishing trip at Ten Mile River, Narrowsburg, New York. The troop arrived there on Friday, January 27, and slept the night in a cabin. The next day, the leaders checked the ice over the lake only to find out that the ice was not thick enough to safely walk on and fish on. Fortunately, the Scouts had been prepared and brought along sleds in case of such circumstances. The Scouts located a great sledding location to slide and enjoyed the rest of the day. At night, the troop enjoyed hot dogs and watched a troop movie together. The next day, the troop gathered up their things and headed home. Hopefully, next year, the ice will be thick enough for fishing.
During the Winter Break, Troop 128 decide to visit Coastal Sports of Fairfield. We planned a 2 hour session of bubble soccer. For those who don't know, bubble soccer is basically soccer but in giant hamster ball-shaped inflatables. Every person put on a "hamster ball" and the troop was split into two teams. The team to score a goal first wins. It sounds simple , right? Wrong. In fact, it is a lot more difficult then one would assume. We played about 5-6 games in total with 2 breaks in between. The entire time, while the ball was in play, scouts contended with each other for the ball and did a lot of shooting. What began as mindless crashing eventually became a game that involved actual strategy and team work. Afterwards, the scouts went out for some pizza as a troop. All and all, The scouts enjoyed their time and hope to continue the trend of day trips in the month of December.
On Sunday, December 4, Troop 128 had it first Soup Contest. There was about 11 different soups competeing for the title of "Best Soup" The winner of the night was the Costello family. The troop also sold deserts and had a candy guess for the visitors. The troop provided complimentary bread, courtesy of Sorrentos bakery for the event. All and all, it was a very enjoyable night filled with outstanding soups and conversation. The troop hopes to make this an annuel event.
Last weekend, Troop 128 took a trip to Winnebago Scout Reservation from November 18-20. Despite the frigid temperatures, The campers were able to have an enjoyable camping trip. The Scouts visited the Rifle Range at Camp Winnebago and spent the middle of the day shooting 22-rifles on a 50 yard shooting range. For some of our scouts, it was our first time shooting rifles. Afterwards, we took a hike up Indian Cliffs. The trek to the top and back was a total of 5 miles. Depsite being a tough climb, the view was breathtaking. We have hopes to do a similar trip next year.
This trip will test the skills you have acquired throughout your Scouting career and more. Below is a list of websites and videos to prepare you for some challenges that may await you. Use these resources to freshen up on old skills that we haven't reviewed or learn something new. Take a couple spare minutes every now and then (when you could be playing Xbox, Play Station, or PC games. Yes, you know if I am referring to you) and it can make a big difference.
Remember: We win extra points for teamwork, motivating each other, attitude, energy, and Scout spirit!
The Swiss Seat
Securing the Area/Checking the Airway after and Accident
Sending For Help Using 9 Line
Making a Stretcher
Moving an Injured Person
Bowline (please review this one in particular)
Two Half Hitches
Taught Line Hitch
Clove Hitch (there are a few ways to tie this. If you tie it differently, you might not be wrong)