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2019-20 Events and Outings

September - 2019 - Sanborn County Park 


A PERFECT first outing of the year, in so many ways. There was time for advancement which many of the newer scouts took advantage of.  It was a great overnight. 

October - 2019 - Cutter Wilderness Survival & Orienteering


The Wilderness Survival and Orienteering Outing was a huge success with many scouts in attendance.  The Scouts got to work right away building their shelters for the night, with a buddy or two or next to some buddies.  There was plenty of stuff out there in the woods to use!   There was a lot of variety to the structures the Scouts chose to build, some of them very classic style shelters and nicely, structurally sound and some of them more "well ventilated".  There was plenty of time amidst shelter building for other activities, among them playing cards, reading, and eating snacks.  Several motivated Scouts used fishing line to make fishing poles and fish in  “Lake” Gamlin!   After dinner, the Scouts headed out with map, clue sheet, and waypoint answer sheet for the Night orienteering.  Then it was time to gather around the “campfire”, made with a glowing water bottle and glow sticks from the Night-O for stories.
After breakfast the following morning, the Troop did a service project for the camp.  They worked around the pool, clearing a large area of Scotch Broom, and sorted piles of broom (burnable in the rainy season) from large tree branches, which are chippable.  

December 2019 - Henry Coe Outing


The weather reports for the backpacking outing at Henry Coe sounded a bit dire- for the whole weekend, but  the Troop was lucky.  Driving to the park wasn’t even too bad. Equipped with umbrellas and total rain gear, they kept the rain at bay for several hours. There were expansive and dramatic views of this huge park and wilderness on the hike into the campsite, with opportunities to work on navigation along the trail.  Because of the heavy forecasted rain, the Troop brought tents on this outing.  They enjoyed some games and good food before the rain, which soaked them overnight.  The next day, they celebrated an ASM birthday before hiking back out to meet up with the waiting parent drivers.  

December 2019 - Annual Patrol Cook-off


This much anticipated and beloved annual Troop event always makes for a busy and exciting meeting as each Patrol works together to prepare a multi course dinner to serve to the Senior Patrol Judges, all in just one hour.  The Patrols come to the meeting ready with supplies and ideas but have to slice, dice and cook their creations in the church kitchen.  They each prepare a beverage, appetizer, main course, maybe a salad, and dessert.  There's plenty of hilarity as Patrols dice garlic, grill pineapple, mix Shirley Temples, stir batter for crepes, all with Santa coming and going in and out of the kitchen, keeping an eye on things.  Meanwhile, the judges are waiting.  A lot of judges.  Every Senior Scout (usually all the Eagles) show up for this to get fed.  And overfed.  It’s fun to be a judge if you are an older teenage boy.  And then, after all the hustle and bustle, it's all over and time for a lot of clean up.  It's a great Troop tradition.