Re: Outdoor program
Ronald Oakes (oakes@PEACH.RTSG.MOT.COM)
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 14:22:05 -0600
On Feb. 22, John McCollum Wrote:
> I've always been curious about other units' camping programs and in hopes
> of getting some new ideas I'm willing to start a discussion by sharing Troop
> 895's program for '94. We are a troop of approximately 30 boys and 8-10 adult
> with generally good participation on campouts. We are in the North Trails
> District of the Circle Ten Council, located in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of
> Dallas and chartered by a local Church of Christ.
Here is Troop 91's program for this year. We are a small troop --
currently 5 scouts who will complete their first year sometime between
March and May, 3 second year scouts and two scouts with 3 to 4 years of
experience -- sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at St. Thresa Church in
Palatine IL. We are in the Signal Hill district of the Northwest Suburban
Our program year began in September. For September we camped out for two
nights at a nearby forest preserve (cross between a park and a state
forest, but in the middle of the metro area) camp. On Saturday we hiked a
4-5 mile trail in the pouring rain. Everyone was wet, cold and had a great
time (unless you want to count the time I spent quite sick on Saturday
In October, the Northwest Suburban Council through a "Camp-o-Rama" at
Poplar Creek Music Theater (yes, we camped in the overflow parking lot).
The boys had a great time -- I think the carnival rides were their favorite
-- and the adult leaders were exhausted.
In November our troop holds a pancake breakfast. I tried to turn this into
an overnight, but the Parish would not allow us to sleep over for insurance
reasons. We also held a day hike late in the month. On this hike the boys
hiked from the church where we meet to a nearby forest preserve -- about
3-4 miles -- and then did a compass course.
In December, we took it easy and went to a Soccer game as part of a Council
In January we were supposed to go to the District Klondike derby. We were
also planning on spending the night before and afterwards in a cabin.
However, by the time that the district got the site selected and informed
the troops, we could not make reservations at the nearby cabins. If the
canceling of the cabin event was not enough, the weather on the scheduled
day of the Derby was COLD -- wind chill below -40. The district decided to
put the Derby off until the first week in February. The troop ended up
going to see a movie instead (hey, at least we did something).
In February, the troop finally made participated in the Klondike Derby.
Again we made it a day event, and followed it up by attending a 5:30pm Mass
that same day (Scout Sunday by the old "day begins at sundown" tradition).
This weekend, we will be "camping" in a cabin at a Scout camp in Wisconsin.
The planed events are a model rocket shoot and a star hike (Space
Exploration is the month's theme). Unfortunately, the district First Aid
Meet is also this Friday, so we could not attend.
In March we will be going to another cabin, in the "Northern" suburbs.
In April we will again be out in our tents. This will be the first tent
campout for many of our new "new" scouts (I hope!!).
In May, we will attend a district Camporee.
In June we will hold our "Summer Camp Shakedown" where we will have a
fairly normal campout, and just make sure that all the tents are working.
In July, we will spend a week at the Council Summer Camp in Wisconsin.
In August, the PLC will have their vary own campout to plan the next years
program. We will also be having a weekend canoeeing trip.
In September, we are planning on going to the Mississippi Palisades in
Perhaps our program is not as "exciting" as some of the others. And it
does not have trips to many exitoic locations, but for a young, small troop
in a rebuilding stage, I think we have a very solid outdoor program: 8
weekend campouts -- 2 in cabins -- 3 day events, summer camp, and a PLC
Ronald B. Oakes
Scoutmaster, Troop 91
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