Philmont Pre-Trek Hike 1 Expedition 609-L Oct 1, 2016

The group going to Philmont Scout Ranch next summer has begun their training, crew building, and backpacking proficiency.  This weekend was the first of the training hikes that will be done to get everyone prepared for the 11 days backpacking in New Mexico.  We were blessed with perfect weather, actually a little warmer than we are used to.

We gathered at WCA at 6am Saturday morning and packed the pickup and van.  Off to the Appalachian Trail, we stopped at McDonalds for breakfast.  Uneventful except for the yellow jacket sting I received on my recently injured thumb.  Luckily it wasn’t a sign of things to come.  We headed off to Three Forks, a campsite just 4.3 miles down the trail from the beginning of the AT at Springer Mountain.  Once we arrived, we took time to fill up on water and talk about the ways of treating water on the trail: filters and chlorine tablets. Then it was off to Springer Mountain.  The scouts made great time, exceeding the 2 mph goal while doing the 4.3 miles, up hill all the way!  We had lunch on top of the mountain where some of the scouts were introduced to new foods like SPAM and pepper jack cheese.  They will get to experience several more trail foods as we do more hikes!

We made it back down the hill, another 4.3 miles, in what seemed to be record time.  The scouts did great working as a group.  We even received a compliment on their manners from a group going in the other direction!  Once back at camp, the scouts had some time to explore the area, put their feet in the creek, and learn about hanging a bear bag.  The bear bag eventually came down when another unsuspecting group decided to camp underneath it.  Well, we all have to learn!  Dinner was more trail food, but dehydrated beef stroganoff tastes good at the end of the day.

Everyone retired to their tents before 8pm as it was getting dark.  A mostly quiet and uneventful night ended at 6am.  The scouts packed up in the dark and headed to the cars.  A winding forest service road drive led back to breakfast filled with biscuits and gravy or omelets or pancakes.

We were back at WCA before noon with some good experience, areas to work on, and a good start to our training.  Many thanks to Tom W and Jamie S for driving.

Robert P

Scouts attending: Drew C, Tristan M, Stephen P, Pierce S, and Tanner W

Adults attending: Robert P, Jamie S, Tom W

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Hunting Island Trip Report/Labor Day Weekend Family Sept 3-5, 2016

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.

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Navigation Overnight August 20-21, 2016

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.

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Cooking Camping Trip May 13-15, 2016

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.

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April 2016 Trip Report

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.

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Wilderness Survival Weekend – March 18-20, 2016

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.

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Philmont Introduction Hike Pine Mountain Trail January 17-18, 2016

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.

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Shooting Sports Weekend – Nov. 13-15, 2015

Trip Report

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!

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Newest Troop 7 Eagle Scout

The members and family of Troop #7 Watkinsville are proud to announce our newest Eagle Scout,Ryan B

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Join us in congratulate Ryan B and his family with the successful completion of his Eagle Board.

Tom W.

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Snow Sport Trip Feb 2016

WolfRidgeFeb2016On 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.

Attendees:
Atticus L SPL
Tanner W
Sean M
Andrew M
Joseph H
Adam T
Drew C
Stephen P
Ryan D
Jackson S
Pierce S

Adults:
Robert P
Francisco D
Laurie T
Tom W

Always an adventure

Tom.

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