Mountain Bike Camping Trip November 17-19

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                We gathered at WCA at 5:30 on Friday evening making a quick load up of bikes and gear.  We made our way to Ft. Yargo State Park for camping, mountain biking and a good time.  We got some practice setting up tents in the dark, starting campfires and braving the chilly night time weather.  Saturday morning was overcast and cool, but after some great breakfast meals of grits, eggs, and sausage we were ready for the day.  The scrambled eggs were legitimately the best eggs I think we have ever had on a trip.  Two groups set out from camp for mountain bike riding of either a short or long course.  Both groups had a good time and either covered 12 miles or 7 miles around the lake of Ft Yargo.  While one group was biking, the base camp crew was learning some basics of Scout camping such as orienteering, fire building and just having a good time camping.  The Ft. Yargo pioneering campground was big, allowing us to spread out and enjoy the shelters, fire pits and open camping area.  The weather cooperated all day Saturday and warmed up by lunch.  After lunch, some Scouts were adventurous enough to go back out for another round of biking.  The trails offered both some technical riding and some scenic riding and were given good reviews by the Scouts and adults, alike.

                As the sun went down, the Scouts prepared another good meal for dinner.  One group had burritos while the other group opted for hamburger helper.  Both meals got positive reviews from their patrols.  After dinner, we gathered around the campfire and talked about the day and our roses, thorns, and buds.  A tired group of scouts made it back to their tents fairly early.  Overnight, the rain and wind made some noise but then it cleared up and cooled down.  Sunday morning was chilly and the campfire was a priority to help warm up.  It gave us a chance to talk about dressing for the weather and being prepared for different weather possibilities.   Breakfast was good, but cereal and milk didn’t help with the temperatures.  The Scouts were good sports though and completed some more advancement requirements including swinging an axe and hatchet.  At the end, Adam T was recognized for advancing to the rank of Life!

                Big thanks to the adults who helped with transportation, biking, and working with the Scouts.  Thanks to Dave M for transporting the trailer.

                Overall, it was a good trip with lots of advancement, activity, friendship, and fun!

Scout Attendees

Mathew M, Drew C, Tucker M, Ian S, Samuel R, Harrison R, Michael R, Ben S, Pierce S, Henry S, Stephen P, Adam T, and Thomas M

Adults

Robert P, Brett A, Mike R, Jason R, Tom W, Adam T

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Troop 7’s newest Eagle

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Join me in congratulating Thomas Dickerson and his family on obtaining Eagle

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Congratulations!
Jeff Chambers

Congratulations Thomas and Dickerson family!
Sincerely,
The Roach family

Congratulations Thomas!

From the Byrne family


 

Congratulations Thomas, I’m sure this is a well deserved milestone of many more to come.

Sincerely,

The Diaz Family.
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Troop 7′s newest Eagle Scout Jack Byrne

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Please join me in congratulating Troop 7′s newest eagle Jack Byrne and also his parents.
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Great Job Jack!!
The Pearson Family


Jack,
Congratulations to you, your parents and family for all the effort,  hard work and dedication.
Keep up the good job!!!
The Diaz Family.


Congratulations Jack!
The Phillips Family


Congratulations Jack!
The Chambers


Congrats Jack!
Atticus and Miss Elizabeth


Congratulations, Jack, on an outstanding accomplishment!
-The Splichals


Congratulations to Jack!
The Dickerson’s


Great work!!
The Traill Family


Congratulations Jack and family on a job well done!
The Roach family


Congratulations Jack!
The Risher family

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Troop 7′s newest Eagle

Scout Luke Wells

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Please join me in congratulating Troop 7′s newest Eagle Scout Luke Wells


Congratulations Luke from the Mulkeys!!
We are proud of you!

Dave Mulkey


Yay! Go luke!

Atticus L.


Congrats to Luke from the Elder fam!

Ellen Elder


What a wonderful accomplishment Luke! Congratulations!

The Dickerson Family


Congrats Luke!!! Good job man!!

Dylan T.


Great Job Luke!

The Pearsons


Congratulations Luke!
Super proud!

The Atchleys


Congratulations Luke! Well done!!

Rob B.


Congratulations Luke from the Roach family!!


Luke, congratulations, we all at the troop celebrate your accomplishments, keep up with the good job!!!!

The Diazes


Great work Luke, Congratulations.

Charlie Newcomer


Strong work!! What a wonderful accomplishment!

The Splichals


Congratulations Luke!
The Risher family


Congratulations Luke from the Sutton.


Congrats Luke!

Tristan.


Congrats!

Jeff C.

 

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Newest Eagle Scout

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Join me in congratulating Atticus and Elizabeth on his successful
Completion of his Eagle Board this evening
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Congratulations Atticus!!!
I’m so proud of you
Dave M.

Way to go Atticus!!!!
Knew you would make it!!
Brett A.

Awesome job Atticus. All the hard work paid off and I am sure the lucky council patch helped also "</p

Congrats to you and your mom. Elizabeth you put in plenty of hard work (and camping trips) yourself!!
Lisa P.

We’ll done Atticus!!
Rob Byrne

Congratulations Atticus!!
The Chambers

Great job Atticus!
The Rishers

Your personality, attitude and determination will take you far, be always yourself, don’t change, because you are such a great guy!
Congratulations on a well deserved honor to you and your family!
The Diazes

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Expedition 609-L Chattahoochee Bend State Park January 28, 2017

Our 4th Pre-Trek hike in preparation for the 2017 Philmont Trip started at 6am at WCA Saturday morning.  We proceeded south in hopes of finding just a little warmer weather compared to the North Georgia mountains and the Appalachian Trail.  Some of the Scouts enjoyed their first visit to a “Dwarf House” and decided to see if they fit through door.  After a quick breakfast at Chik-fil-A, we proceeded to one of Georgia’s newest (2011) State Parks for a nice little walk.  The weather cooperated by giving us sunny conditions and cool temperatures.  While not in the mountains, our hike was a rigorous one due to mileage.  Crew 1 managed to hike 13 miles between 10am and 4pm including a lunch break and a couple of short stops.  Crew 2, however, managed a nice walk in the woods of 15 miles during the same time.  Quite an accomplishment, even if you thought the terrain was a little more flat than usual when carrying a full backpack.  If you want to know more about the park, just click the link, Chattahoochee Bend State Park.

Once back to the campsite, the crews set up tents and enjoyed some more freeze dried meals of the variety that we will enjoy at Philmont, spaghetti  and beef stroganoff.  Dark comes early this time of year and so did the falling temperatures.  Being at a State Park, we enjoyed an uncommon activity on hiking trip, a campfire.  The group gathered around the campfire and were treated to stories of unlikely scuba diving survivals, ghosts, and a one man show including an extended Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation (thanks to Drew C).

The night eventually won out and everyone retired to their tents.  The clear skies, which gave a great view of the stars, also allowed the temperatures to fall and we awoke Sunday morning to temperatures in the upper 20s.  But, a little frozen condensation and frost on our tents and gear couldn’t slow down a march towards the mornings reward, IHOP.   Pancakes, and mostly those of the chocolate kind, were a wonderful reward for the hard work of the previous day.  We made it back to WCA before noon.  Plenty of time for the adults to work out the kinks before Monday!

Thank you, Robert

P.S. Remember to unpack your tent and let it dry out today and tomorrow.  Never store a wet tent, unless you want to grow mold!!!

Adults: Jamie S, Robert P, Dave M, Brett A, and Jeff C

Scouts: Pierce S, Stephen P, Tristan M, Andrew M, Jake A, Thomas D, and Drew C

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Lock-in December 16th, 2016

The annual December Lock-in or “all-nighter” was held on Friday, December 16, 2016.  We met at WCA  Friday evening and departed shortly after 6pm. We arrived at Funopolis in Commerce promptly at 7:00pm.  The kids were given instructions by the Funopolis staff and let loose for 3 hours of video games, 10 pin bowling, 2 sessions of laser tag, and games with tickets for prizes.  Due to the cold weather, the outdoor activities such as go-carts were not available, but Funopolis added additional time for games and laser tag.  Laser tag was a hit with the Scouts getting about 20 minutes of group competition.  Lots of video games were available, some that even the Adults could reminisce about.  One Adult even secured the high score on a game and received a “how come you’re so good at this game” comment.  It’s because I grew up playing the game!     Some of the more industrious older Scouts identified a cheap game that was giving out lots of tickets and managed to accumulate quite a large stash for a nice prize haul at the end of the evening.

After 3 hours, the Scouts were done and so was the Funopolis staff.  We made our way back to the WCA gym for more fun.  With hours of fun, games, movies, pizza and maybe a little sleep the hours passed away, slowly there at the end.  Thanks to all the parents who spent some or all of the night and also the parents who arrived promptly at 7am to pick up a very tired Scout.

What a great way to end the 1st semester of school or begin the Christmas break.

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Philmont Expedition 609-L Stone Mountain Park December 3, 2016

Expedition 609-L met at WCA at 6am Saturday morning to brisk temperatures for a short trip to Stone Mountain Park.  Once at the Park, already busy with people exercising, we filled our water bladders, donned our packs and headed up the Mountain on the walk-up trail.  Summiting the mountain after a 1 mile climb gave us early morning views of Atlanta and north Georgia.  We headed back down to find the Cherokee Trail and the 5 mile around-the-mountain trail.  The scouts made good time, just not as good as the trail runners who past us multiple times.  I added an extra loop to give us some more mileage before getting back to the walk-up trail.  One last climb up the mountain and then back down and we were done.  A trip of about 9 miles in 4.5 hours.  A good 2 miles per hour pace, even with the mountain climb.

We found a good people watching spot and ate our Philmont lunches.  A variety of meats in packets, protein bars, and nut based snacks were mostly enjoyed by all. The weather was good as it was warm enough not to need coats or jackets but cool enough to keep from getting hot while hiking. On top of the mountain, the wind cooled s pretty good.  While the sun never really came out, the trails, the lakes, the covered bridge and the grist mill were still great sites to see.  We did have to pass up the “Snow Mountain” tube rides but got to see a movie set and then the park train pass-by.  We returned to WCA at 2pm.

These trips are meant to practice not just hiking but also team work, group dynamics and trail food.  This time, we could have used a little better teamwork as we tended to spread out along the trail.  But kudos to Thomas, Sean, and Jake for stepping up and helping out a crew mate by taking some extra gear, and weight, for part of the trip. All-in-all, the Scouts are doing great on the trail and should look forward to being experienced hikers once in Philmont.

Scouts attending: Jake A, Tristan M, Drew C, Thomas D, Sean M, Stephen P, Tanner W, and Pierce S

Adults attending: Robert P, Tom W, Jamie S, and Dave M

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Troop 7 Philmont Pre-Trek Hike November12, 2016

Our hikers met at WCA at 5:30am Saturday morning for our 2nd pre-trek hike in preparation for Philmont next summer.  After breakfast in Cleveland at the Chick-fil-a,  we arrived at Neel’s Gap, famous for the only structure that is actually on the trail, the Mountain Crossings store.  The threat of smoke or wildfire related issues did not materialize, instead we great sunny weather with a cool breeze. The 2 crews started together going up the Byron Reece Trail.  Once at the intersection with the AT, the 2 crews separated for the rest of the hike.  Crew 2 continued on the AT and UP Blood Mountain.  Crew 1 smartly continued on the Freeman trail and went around Blood Mountain.  Once on the other side of the mountain, both crews made an out and back from Bird Gap to Jarrard Gap.  After lunch, Crew 1 then returned to the start by going up and down Blood Mountain while Crew 2 returned by taking the Freeman Trail around.  Both crews met up at the Mountain Crossings store and set up camp nearby.  I understand that both crews did really well on the trail.  On Crew 1, Tristan M. did a great job with pace setting.  The hike was strenuous but enjoyable and ended up being close to 9 miles.

Each crew ate dinner as it began to get dark and then tried to entertain each other so we wouldn’t have to go to bed at 6:30pm.  We enjoyed a cool but not cold night and eagerly woke early at 5:45am to pack up.  The crews did a great job getting packed up, still in the dark.  This will be a needed ability in Philmont.  We were on to breakfast, this time at Huddle House.  We were treated to waffles, omelets, biscuits and grits at the #1 Huddle House in America.  It’s true, they said so!

Crew 1 attendees:

Tristan M., Stephen P, Tanner W., Tom W., Robert P.

Crew 2 attendees:

Jake A, Drew C, Thomas D, Jackson M, Sean M, Brett A, Dave A

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Hard Labor Creek State Park Trip Report October 14-16, 2016

We met up at WCA at 6:00pm to pack the trailer and head just down the road to Hard Labor Creek State Park for a weekend that had pretty much perfect weather.  The primitive campsite #4 was very nice, but the lack of water would mean several trips to the campground office to fill up the coolers.  We arrived just before dark and set up camp and unloaded what was needed from the trailer.  The group planned out the activities for the next day, enjoyed the evening and eventually observed lights out at 10:30 pm

Saturday began early and in the dark as Scouts with fire duty were awakened at 6:30am.  But the early start gave way to some great pancakes, bacon, and fruit for breakfast.  A quick check of bikes, tire pressure and helmets and the mountain bike contingent left for the trails.  I didn’t go biking, but I only heard good things from those who did.  A trail ride of almost 8 miles was completed with no major injuries but a few good stories.  The Scout who stayed in camp got some time to learn some new board games, go fishing, check out the dam and spillway for the lake and just hang out.

Saturday afternoon started with lunch and then some free time.  Then, the Scouts were offered the chance to earn a merit badge, fingerprinting.  After about 2 hours of learning the history, the differences between AFIS and your iphone, the need for individuality and permanence, what whorls, arches and loops are, and finally making our own prints, the badge was completed.  While not eagle required, it was fun just to learn some of the basics of fingerprinting.  Plenty of free time was left just to have fun.  The most fun was found playing in a ditch!

Dinner was another example that some of our Scouts really can cook, and some are getting better at it all the time.  One group had homemade chicken soup with cornbread and the other had burritos that would rivial a local establishment for fresh ingredients. Then the lesson of why it’s important to complete KP duty before it gets dark and why putting off your work is never a good idea was demonstrated.  Eventually everything was washed and put away.  The SPL had a chance to teach safety during hazardous weather to help some Scouts with rank advancement.

Saturday night campfire was a great exhibition of storytelling, joke telling, and the sharing of roses, thorns and buds.  We have some great story tellers.  Some who just tell good stories and some who’s excitement about telling the story has to make up for the lack of an actual story.   There was however a great deal of laughter and good natured fun.  The food and biking seemed to be the big weekend hits.  The quest for a real bed and shower were the most often things to look forward to.

Sunday morning stared bright and earlier again with another good round of food for breakfast:  grits, eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese and hash browns.  The mountain biking group got in another short ride while the base camp group got a little extra experience with the proper trailer packing and how to leave the campsite better than we found it.

Overall, I think it was a great trip and that the Scouts had a good time!!  A special thanks to our adults who drove, pulled the trailer, and carried bikes (Dave. M, Dan E, Mike R.)

Robert P.

Scouts Attending: Bennet A, Daniel E, Tucker M, Matthew M, Tristan M, Andrew M, Jackson M, Sean M, Collie P, Stephen P, Michael R, Jeb R, Samuel R, Ben S, Adam T

Adults:  Dan E, Dave M, Robert P, Mike R, Jason R

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