Nine scouts, six adults and three siblings left Westminster Christian Academy early on Saturday morning. In spite of the recent passing of Hurricane Hermine, we enjoyed fantastic weather and beach conditions all weekend. We took our time getting down to Hunting Island and all enjoyed a late Huddle House lunch in Hampton, SC. Camping at Hunting Island is ideal for a family camp weekend because of its facilities – we pitched our tents right next to some very modern restrooms and just over the dunes from the beach.
The trip started out Saturday afternoon as Scouts began arriving at Camp New Gilwell around 1:30pm. The recent wet weather created some muddy area making it necessary to hunt for new, less messy, tent sites. While the tents were going up, Scout Master Tom worked out a navigation course of 14 points, complete with decoy flags to keep the Scouts honest and sharpen their skills. After some instruction time by the ScoutMaster and the older Scouts on the use of a compass, the hunt began. Older Scouts were paired with younger Scouts to help guide, teach, and encourage. After a little more than an hour, the group got together to debrief about the use of a compass and to learn how to judge distances and heights.
Camp New Gilwell
On Friday, May 13th, at 5:15pm the Scouts gathered at Herman C Michael Park for a long, 10 minute drive, to Camp New Gilwell in Watkinsville. The early start was to accommodate the need to begin cooking Friday night for the cooking merit badge. The goal of the weekend was to provide opportunities for the Scouts to work towards the cooking merit badge. The badge requires the Scouts to help plan and cook several meals during a camp out as well as use various methods. Further work requires the Scouts to cook at home and plan and cook meals for a backpacking trip.
On Friday afternoon the participants gathered at Westminster and quickly loaded the trailer. We made the trip New Gilwell without any difficulty. The scouts quickly went about setting up camp. They were able to get settled fairly quickly and had a flag ceremony. Some of the guys went fishing and later on played a game of manhunt. Lights out was at 10.
Survival Camper Report
Wells Property, Jackson County
Scouts began arriving for Wilderness Survival Weekend about 5pm at WCA. Due to some unforeseen but small delays, the group of 9 Scouts that were to go through the wilderness survival left a few minutes early in order to have as much daylight as possible. Once we arrived at the property, the Scouts were divided into their 3 groups and assigned an area in which they were to build shelter, have fire, and cope with few supplies, few tools, and little food.
We began gathering at WCA at 5:45am for 6am departure going south to Pine Mountain, Ga and FDR State Park. We left with a slight drizzle that followed us south below Atlanta. We arrived at a McDonald’s for breakfast just before daybreak. While the Adults made final plans for the hike, the sun came up over the trees giving an indication of how the day would go. By the time we checked in at the state park, the sky was clearing, although it was still quite cold.
After a delayed start, the Scouts from Troop 7 left for CRM for the shooting sports weekend. Arriving at camp after dark, the Scouts did a great job setting up camp and their adirondacks for the night. Lights out for our group was at 10pm, but the group next door apparently didn’t get that memo. We exacted our revenge by waking up at 6am and retrieving our supplies for breakfast which required transporting everything through their camp!
The members and family of Troop #7 Watkinsville are proud to announce our newest Eagle Scout,Ryan B
Join us in congratulate Ryan B and his family with the successful completion of his Eagle Board.
On a chilly Friday evening 11 scouts and 4 adults drove north. Three hours and 40 minutes later we arrived at the lodge at Ski Wolf Ridge. We quickly unpacked and settled down for the evening. We got up at 7 the next morning we had a cold breakfast. After checking in at the group area everyone got their gear. We headed to the lesson area. The scouts then proceeded to either board or ski until 430. We had some that stayed strictly on the green beginner runs, several headed for the top of the mountain to try their hand at the blue intermediate runs and one that went down the black expert run. Dr Phillips held the fort down and watched our gear at the lodge. We had two that earned the ski snowsport merit badge on the trip. Everyone progressed in their skills. There was some falls along the way as the progression occurred. Everyone even despite falls and struggles at times had a great time. Everyone changed and gear was loaded. After a stop at Ryan’s Buffet in Asheville we arrived back home at 945p.
Atticus L SPL
Always an adventure