The campout represented the first time most of the Webelos who recently crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts camped with the troop. Friday evening’s traditional activities of setting up patrol areas and tents, and preparing dinner in their respective patrols, gave the troop’s newest Scouts the opportunity to see how patrols operate on a typical campout.
|Scoutmaster Andrew Baird briefs Scouts on the morning's GPS exercise.|
|Oliver, one of the troop's newest Scouts, addresses a first aid|
need encountered along the GPS course.
Typically, the troop looks for ways to volunteer and improve the facilities where it camps. For this campout, that included three projects: rebuilding the campsite’s campfire seating area and cleaning up weeds and other debris from the area around campfire, cutting small trees and brush on the dam for the pond, and cleaning out and organizing the lumber in the nearby storage pavilion.
|Scouts, with the guidance of Assistant Scoutmaster Matt Jordan, cleared out and sorted lumber as|
one of the troop's three service projects on Saturday.
|Parents, Scouts and leaders discussed a variety of topics|
during Saturday afternoon's planning retreat.
On Sunday, following breakfast, packing up gear and campsite cleanup, the troop gathered for its regular Sunday devotional service. The program included an opening prayer by Troop Chaplain’s Aide Rhett and a devotional by Troop Chaplain Michael Tullier about Jesus’ “Parable of the Weeds” found in Matthew 13:24-43. He and Scouts discussed how the weeds of sin can creep into our lives, and how each of us must be diligent in keeping them from taking over.
Since the Annual Planning Retreat served the purpose of the troop’s monthly Patrol Leaders’ Council, the troop’s next activity will be its regular troop meeting on Monday, May 6. Visit the troop’s online photo album for more photos from the Annual Planning Retreat and Campout.