|Scouts, leaders, and parents gather for the troop's|
third-annual planning retreat.
|Scoutmaster Baird and SPL Andrew lead a discussion|
of the merit badges and campout locations Scouts
were interested in for the coming troop year.
Baird, and Assistant Scoutmaster Wes William facilitated a discussion of the ideas Scouts had for troop outings and merit badge opportunities. During this same time, other troop leaders, troop committee members, and parents reviewed the calendar and discussed the best windows of opportunities each month for troop outings.
Scouts and adults regrouped, and Scouts reviewed their interests with the adults. Their camping activity interests ranged from ziplining, swimming with the manatees, skiing, overnighting on the U.S.S. Alabama, mountain-biking at Chewacla State Park, visiting Cumberland Island or Dauphin Island, and whitewater rafting. In addition to Eagle-required merit badges, Scouts were also interested in pursuing merit badges that included Woodworking, Geology, Geocaching, Fishing, Indian Lore, Model Building, Backpacking, Leatherwork, Wilderness Survival
|Louie, Joe and Andrew create a team strategy for the|
Saturday afternoon map-reading competition.
|Chaplain Michael Tullier looks on as Creighton reads|
a variety of Bible verses during Sunday's
"Duty to God" gathering.
At Monday's Patrol Leaders' Council, the troop's youth leaders commended the campout for its great weather, productive planning session, Saturday night's entertaining campfire, the Carnivorous Pandas Patrol's good food and menu planning, and the overall smooth packing-up procedures on Sunday. They also noted the need for all patrol members to be better engaged in patrol cooking, cleaning, and making (and following) duty rosters; more efficient in their use of time around meal prep and clean up; and more attuned to their efforts pitching tents and setting up dining flies. The troop also needs to improve pick-up procedures so there is not so much coming and going during in-town campouts, or Scouts leaving early while the troop is still packing up.
For more photos from the weekend retreat and campout, visit the troop's online photo album.