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Camporee 2016

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Vulcan District hosts a competition event each year  – Camporee.  Troops from the district compete in multiple events, from knot relays, to cross cut sawing, to first aid.  Each patrol competed in various events and had fun while doing it.  In addition to the competition events, Scouts can learn to make fire starters, cook, and how to make rope.  Troop 95 hosts the rope making station each year and teach Scouts how to make rope by either a machine or rolling it by hand.  Camporee is also a great venue for Webelos to learn about Troop life.  While the Troops are competing in their events, Webelos have a similar set of competitions.  After their events are complete, the Webelos get to camp with the Troops.  Troop 95 was happy to have Webelos visit from Pack 386.  The Webelos got to cook with the Patrols and learn what it is like to camp in a Troop outing.  The weather could not have been any better – warm and dry.  Traditionally, Camporee is wet and cold, so this year the Troop enjoyed great weather.

2016-Camporee

Honey Badger Patrol competing in the Trolley Race

Webelos Meeting Invite

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Webelos 2 joined the Troop in their Monday night meeting

Webelos 2 joined the Troop in their Monday night meeting

As a Webelos 2 in a Pack, one of the Arrow of Light requirements is to visit a Troop meeting and have a Scoutmasters conference. Troop 95 focused on helping the Webelos earn this requirement during the month of December. On December 8, 2014, Troop 95 hosted a meeting that included Webelos 2 from Packs 386 and 95.

The one hour meeting took a lot of preparation time. The boy leaders held a PLC meeting in November that started the planning. Then later in November, the entire Troop held a brain storming session on planning activities for the Webelos to enjoy. Early in December, the PLC meeting finalized the plans. The Troop then took advantage of the December 6 campout to practice some of the events.

The Webelos visitation meeting was a great success. The Troop held multiple activities such as the Kim’s game, lashing, and knot tying. The Troop saved the best event for last: s’mores and hot chocolate. There were many smiles at the end of the meeting covered with chocolate and marshmallow stains.

Vulcan District Camporee

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The Troop joined in the fun at the Vulcan District Camporee on February 14-16 at Tannehill State Park. The Troop competed against the other Troops and came in first in the String Burn competition and fourth in the Dutch Oven competition. Webelos from Pack 386 and Pack 95 camped with the Troop and learned first hand what it is like to camp as a Troop. The Webelos integrated into the Patrols and cooked their own dinner and breakfast. Everyone joined in the bonfire festivities in the evening.

The Troop trying to stay warm on a cold morning before the competition began

The Troop trying to stay warm on a cold morning before the competition began

Open House

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The visiting Webelos joined the Troop in the opening flag ceremony with Scout Law and Oath

The visiting Webelos joined the Troop in the opening flag ceremony with Scout Law and Oath

On January 27, 2014, the Troop held an open house and invited Webelos Scouts from Packs 386 and 95. While parents had a chance to meet leaders and ask questions, the visiting Scouts joined in the Troop activities and practiced for the upcoming Camporee. The Scouts practiced knot tying. Then, the Scouts enjoyed eating warm pancakes on a cold evening after practicing for the pancake toss competition. Parents and Webelos got to watch and listen in to a Court of Review for four Scouts who moved up in rank that evening.

Fire Building with Webelos

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Fire Building

Fire Building

FIRE + BOYS = WOW!!!

In preparation for the upcoming Wilderness Survival weekend, Troop 95 invited the Webelos from local Packs to attend a special Fire Building presentation, conducted by a true Scouter, Mr. Ralph Upchurch. Mr. Upchurch had every gadget and fire building trick known to man throughout the ages. They had a great time participating and learning new tools and methods of survival fire building: jute and cotton tinder bundles, home-made char-cloth, the fire plough, fire drill, bow drill, Indian pump drill, flint & steel, magnesium & steel, and the fire piston (heat from air compression) — did I miss any???

The older Scouts helped coach the Webelos in their own chance to build a fire without matches, and to say that the boys were “Fired Up” would be too appropriate! Thank you Ralph for such a great event!!

Check out the Photo Gallery on our Photos Page.

If you missed this event, this video from YouTube shows one of the interesting innovations used by American Indians:

YouTube: Fire Pump Drill in Action

YouTube: Fire Pump Drill in Action

Survial 101 – Was this a great weekend or what???

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Survival 101

From the great snares and straps session, to the terrible tilapia cooked (or not cooked) on the log, to the bread on a stick, to the meaningful worship service… I thought this weekend was very special and very fun.  What did you think?  I would love to hear your comments!

Here are few of mine:

  • It takes a lot of dedicated leaders to make a weekend like this come off without a Hitch.  My special thanks to EVERY adult who was with us and took part in the process.  It could not have happened without you. 

  • The survival kits were like packing 10 lbs of stuff into a 7 lbs bag.  Maybe next time we can lose a few items.

  • The shelters were less creative than I had expected, but they were very well constructed.  Lessons were learned on the best materials to use.

  • You can’t hear a whistle in the woods as well as yelling!  However, you can blow a whistle for days on end, but you can only yell for a few minutes before you may lose your voice!  – This was a great practical exercise and a lesson to learn.

  • Boiled lake water is drinkable and it could save your life… but it still tastes yucky!!

  • It takes a ton of firewood and  lot of time to properly prepare an open fire for cooking.

  • Having the adults do a skit was fun!  I am glad we participated in the Council fire.

  • Wrapping foil around the bread on a stick cooks it just as well as not having it.  But it looks a lot cooler when it is just wrapped on the stick, sitting over the fire.

  • Jordan conducted a very memorable worship service – very good job!

I have some great photo’s and I am looking forward to sharing them with you (see the photo gallery link below). I hope that you had a good time and that you are ready to continue on in our quest to play this game of Scouting.

I am proud to be your Scoutmaster.

YiS,

   Dean Snow

Wilderness Survival Campout 2011-11-12