|Joe and Tyson use a map to locate caches that contain secret phrases
as part of Saturday morning's wilderness skills challenges.
Saturday's activities focused on activities increasing Scouts' knowledge of wilderness survival skills. Scouts rotated among stations that allowed them to try out their fire-building skills and success lighting fires by various means; and in teams of two and three find their way using compass coordinates; use a map to locate caches; and measure distances without the use of measuring tools.
|Scouts removed spent shotgun shells from at least five areas along the trail where
Blast & Cast events were held previously.
|Scouts' efforts to create survival shelters ranged from basic survival to the Taj Mahals of wilderness camping.
On Sunday, after breaking down camp, Scouts and leaders observed their "duty to God" during a devotional service that focused on the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness as detailed in Matthew 4:1-11. Like Jesus' efforts to have his own quiet time in the wilderness, our campouts provide Scouts and leaders time to get away from distractions and temptations. However, just as the devil followed Jesus to the wilderness, the troop reflected on the distractions and temptations that follow us and disrupt our efforts to connect with nature, build better friendships with one another, and enjoy our own quiet time.
During its post-campout critique the following Monday, the Patrol Leaders Council, in addition to noting that all Scouts survived the wilderness survival campout, gave high marks to the patrols' menu-planning and food preparation, the quality of Scouts' wilderness survival shelters, and the opportunity for Scouts to acquire individual and troop service hours. Youth and adult leaders recognized the need to address patrols' attention to time management, use of duty rosters, flexibility and teamwork, respect for individual patrol campsites and observing buffers around each, and everyone's general disposition and positive attitudes.
Check out additional photos from our weekend campout on the troop's online photo album.