|Harrison sets up his shelter before the rain deluge hits.|
|Connor clears away overgrowth|
from the sides of the walking trails.
Following the service project, the troop broke up into small groups for a GPS-based orienteering course. The groups’ outcomes ranged from a few feet to more than 350 feet from the course’s final pin.
On Sunday, with just tarps and ropes to collect instead of tents to pack, Scouts made quick work of clearing their campsite. Before departing, the troop gathered for its Sunday devotional service, which centered around Romans 5:3-4 — equating the character-building challenges of the campout to those trials we suffer in our daily lives.
During its post-campout assessment the following Monday at the troop’s Patrol Leaders Council, youth leaders gave the campout high marks for getting the major overnight component of the merit badge out of the way — providing them with a “sense of accomplishment.” They also credited everyone — especially those newer to the troop — for embracing the environmental challenges, which in this case was the rain, and persevering even without the protection of a tent during the night.
For more pictures from the campout, visit the troop’s online photo album.