Re: Troop Activity Schedule
Christopher L. Rankin (CRANKIN@JCVAXA.JCU.EDU)
Thu, 24 Feb 1994 15:00:00 EST
Troop 7, chartered to Clark United Methodist Church, is a rather large size
unit, consisting of a troop of about 40 boys. We also have a Varsity team
(which most scouts join when they turn 14) that works with the troop and
participates in the same camping trips, as well as having their own separate
activities. The troop and team's schedule of major trips combined looks
pretty much like this:
January: Winter weekend trip to Wesley Woods United Methodist Camp.
A weekend of cross country skiing, horseback riding, and sled
riding, as well as some advancement intermixed with the fun.
We usually opt to stay in the cabins up there on this trip.
February: Klondyke Derby, as well as Scout Sunday and a one day yearly
service project done by the troop for the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers at our local resevoir. We help create habitats for
the fish in the lake by positioning trees with cement blocks on
the ice, which will sink to the bottom of the lake in the spring.
March: Usually sometime in March or April we will have an advancement
weekend at Camp Beaumont (Greater Cleveland Council, Cleveland, OH).
We usually still stay in cabins on this trip. The primary thrust of
the trip is advancement, with a day hike, map and compass reading,
practice of First Aid skills, etc.
This year during the months or March and April our older scouts will
be participating in several shake down hikes and weekend outings in
preparation for their trip to Philmont during June-July.
April: Advancement campout on private property owned by our committee
chairman. The general thrust is for some of the newer scouts to learn
basic skills while the ones who have been around for a while teach them
and practice up on them for upcoming camporees.
May: Annual trip to Kizua Bridge state park near Mt. Jewett, PA. This weekend
serves multiple purposes:
1. We spend most of Saturday working on service projects for the park,
and completing the other requirements, annually earning the BSA
Historic Trails Award. Those new scouts that don't have the award
and go on this trip will have earned it by the time they come home.
2. Advancement, and (the second main thrust) further preparation for
upcoming camporees in June and August. Here we generally split the
troop up into a few patrols and have competitions in basic scouting
skills, such as knots and lashings and first aid.
3. Recreation: we *do* have to leave some time for *fishing*, don't we?
June: Stoney Creek International Weekend.
Our annual trek to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for one *great*
international camporee. We leave early Friday morning, so the kids
have to arrange permission to leave school for that one day.
Return late Sunday afternoon. The camporee provides a great
motivation for the kids (those who want the troop to do well in the
competitions) to learn and practice scouting skills. The last few
years, we've become more selective regardig who we take (due to
a few incidents in years before), so the motivation is simple: if
you haven't demonstrated advancement through ranks, merit badges,
etc., and haven't made at least 75% of the meetings up to then,
you aren't eligible to go.
Summer Camp at Custaloga Town Scout Reservaton, our council camp.
As always, the week provides an enjoyable experience for the kids
July: Usually hold a scoutcraft skills competition day, in which we split
the participants up into three or four groups, and have them compete
against each other in several areas of skill: Morse code, first aid,
knots and lashings, compass course, etc. This is usually done in
conjunction with a weekend campout on private property, with the kids
hiking to and from the events (held on separate property, about 1-2
miles away). Makes for a great weekend; in addition to camping skills
and scoutcraft skills, the kids really learn to cooperate well with
improved teamwork. The competition can get pretty intense......
August: Calumet Invitational International Camporee.
Hosted by the Allegheny Highlands Council every year at their
council camp, in northern PA. What can I say; the competition is
fun, and it makes for a great last weekend for the kids to get
together before school begins.
During this month we also take an evening fishing/swimming trip up
to private property owned by the SM.
September: Labor Day parade.
Participation in this goes without saying. Over the past few
years, however, participating has been dwindling due to
increased numbers of scouts in school band, etc. and being
required to march with them.
Campout on private property, usually advancement-oriented. One
of the last chances we'll use this year to focus on outdoor skills
October: Annual pancake bakeoff, held on private property. This usually takes
the place of a regular troop meeting, hiking about 300 yards up the
road to private property owned by our Committee Chairman.
Halloween Party: cookies, bobbing for apples, etc. We usually have
some sort of contest that has been running for the past month or so
requiring the construction of some project (last year it was
birdfeeders) that we show off at this time.
Finalization of next year's plans usually take place during this
November: Thanksgiving Party, Bowl-a-Thon......
We usually hold a family swim Sunday at the pool at one of the
local high schools. Everyone is welcome to attend; admission:
one non-perishable food item per person, to be donated to the
food warehouse. We also participate in a food drive for the
needy at this time as well.
December: Christmas Party. We talk about next year's events, and do our
best to excite the kids about what is to come.
All in all, the program works out pretty well. This year, we're heading out to
Philmont during late June/early July, so that will be added into the trip
calendar. Also, there is talk about having an overnight trip to a military
base sometime in October, when most of the kids are given a three-day weekend
in the middle of the month. It seems as though the bigger the campout, the
more excited the kids get and the more they're willing to do for it. Example:
Canada in June. Almost everybody wants to go all the time.......you can't
blame them. It really *is* a nice campout!
Yours in Brotherhood,
Christopher L. Rankin
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 7
| Christopher L. Rankin |
| Assistant Scoutmaster |
| Troop 7, French Creek Council |
| Clark, PA |
| Brotherhood Member | >>-->> | Silver Bronze Palm Eagle Scout |
| Lanngundowi 46, Order of the Arrow Class of 1991 |
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