Before embarking on the excursion around noon, the troop divided into its two patrols. The Eagle Patrol, led by Assistant Patrol Leader Carl, included Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Louie, Scoutmaster Andrew Baird, and Assistant Scoutmasters Clyde Wikle, JP Pendleton, and Billy Lytle.
The Mountaineers Patrol was led by Assistant Patrol Leader Trey. Joining the Mountaineers were Senior Patrol Leader Creighton, Lead Troop Guide Everett, Assistant Scoutmasters Wes Williams and Christian Dagg, and Chartered Organization Representative Michael Tullier.
|An example of the expansive views seen from the Pinhoti Trail.
|Scoutmaster Baird assists Everett with getting his bearings.
After lunch, the troop again split into its two patrols for the roughly six miles remaining until it reached its overnight camping spot at the Lower Shoals campsite. By six p.m., all Scouts and leaders had arrived at the campsite and began pitching tents, and each patrol set out preparing their respective dinner. The Eagles chose Italian and prepared a dinner of chicken alfredo, while the Mountaineers went Mexican and prepared chicken and rice soft tacos (with Jiffy Pop popcorn added for good measure). Several Scouts who were lacking the Cooking Merit Badge requirements for trail cooking were able to complete those requirements. Suffice it to say, the eight miles backpacked on Saturday caught up with everyone, and heads were comfortably on pillows by 9 p.m.
|The Mountaineers pause amid nature for a picture before hitting the trail Sunday morning.
|The troop reflects on the spiritual Buddy System
represented by their close friends.
At the troop's Patrol Leaders Council the following Monday, youth leaders cited the good food and challenging trails. It also seems that many would recommend earplugs for future backpacking trips to filter out some of the complaining on this trip!
For more pictures from the backpacking weekend, visit the troop's online photo album.