|Will and Jake tending our troop flag|
Also, on the way to breakfast the troop marched from the campsite to the dining hall to a cadence called by summer camp SPL Jason. It had something to do with overweight, old Scoutmasters... No comment! The cadence was to show scout spirit to others at camp and is part of the Long Rifle Award the troop was working to earn. For breakfast, we enjoyed biscuits, folded eggs, and bacon finally made it's appearance! Scouts also enjoyed the cereal bar as they have every morning.
|Only four buddy tags for the troop this week|
|George chugging root beer for Mountain Man|
|Gideon and Jake folding flag for Mountain Man|
After lunch there was a bit of free time before the Mountain Man Relay Challenge. This is a competition between troops at the majority of the program areas around camp. The troop was represented by one to five scouts at each station depending upon the station. The competition would last four hours and involve competition at leadership (trivia), Goin' Great (running and flag folding), Handicraft (drawing), Ecology (trivia), Climbing (bouldering), Archery, Shotgun, Scoutcraft (scout skills), STEM (trivia), and Boonesboro (root beer chug & black powder rifle shooting). The troop traveled around camp to all of these competitions to root on the participants. Great teamwork was displayed.
|Jason hits an apple in archery for Mountain Man|
For dinner we enjoyed grilled chicken, potato casserole, mixed veggies (carrots, peas, green beans), and a type of cherry cobbler. After dinner, we attended the final flag ceremony and then headed back to camp to start packing. Since we will have an early start on Saturday to come home, we needed to pack as much as possible tonight. At about 8:15 we headed from our campsite towards the amphitheater for the closing campfire. Then we heard a bunch of gunfire!
|Goin' Great graduation picture|
We were stopped on our way and told that there were bears in the ampitheater where we were heading! They were shooting guns in order to scare the bears away from the area and away from camp. For our own safety, we had to stay put until they were able to clear the bears out of that section of camp. Once it was deemed safe, our troop (along with dozens of others) were able to travel together to the parade field where a headcount was done to ensure everyone was present. Fortunately, everyone was present and there were no incidents.
|Scouts watching closing campfire on parade grounds|
The weather today at camp was a bit warmer and we hadn't seen rain or overcast for several days. It was very comfortable in the shade, but a bit hot in the sun. For more photos and videos from Friday, check out our online album.