Wednesday, November 13, 2013
OAK CREST RETIREMENT CENTER
November 11, 2013
A team of six Scouts served at Oak Crest Retirement Center on Veteran's Day. The day began with Scouts helping to set up a brunch meal for veterans living at Oak Crest. The next segment of the day involved Scouts presenting colors, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and later retiring flags at a formal program honoring veterans. The Scouts did an excellent job. The chapel area was packed with spectators. Several WWII veterans and Korea veterans reside at Oak Crest. After the program the boys helped escort wheelchaired veterans back to their room. They joined veterans for a lunch buffet which included excellent food.
ICE AGE TRAIL
November 10-11, 2013
Saturday began as a mild sunny day with a temperature as high as 60 degrees. The hike involved going up and down a lot of steep hills. It was perfect for backpacking. Overnight at Shelter 3 provided some walls and roof for shelter. Everyone slept on sleeping benches that lined three walls. Mr Comer slept in his new winter backpack tent. Cliff slept in his favorite folding chair. Backpack meals were all by individuals. Good hot food with minimal preparation made for delicious eating. Sunday began with rain. Hiking in the rain was a little more demanding though the trail had fewer hills and the pace was faster. The rain turned to sleet as the miles went by, ending as snow. A great lunch was enjoyed at the General Store in laGrange, Wisconsin. By this time the green grass was covered with fresh white snow. It was a great backpacking adventure along the Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest. The name Ice Age Trail seemed to be perfect in describing the weather on Sunday. Everyone loved it!
THREE FIRESS COUNCIL
November 9, 2013
This year's theme was "Scouter Space". Decorations and some costumes were based on an outer space theme. The training included:
Classes cover all the levels of the Scouting program. Lots of interesting classes and certifications was available.
DEN CHIEF TRAINING It provided important skills to be effective Den Chiefs. they learned songs, games, and crafts to share with dens, as well as resource materials & information. They completed the Den Chief online Fast Start Training Course before the class to have a foundation to build on.
SENIOR PATROL LEADER SPLs or ASPLs can take Senior Patrol Leader Training. Space was limited and filled before Nathan could get signed up. This was the first year they offered this class. It was reported to be an excellent program.
ORDER OF THE ARROW
Adults & youth active in the Order of the Arrow were encouraged to take Lodge Leadership Development Training. During the program Keegan was elected to be the new Chief for Kishwaukee Chapter.
We enjoyed all the training we received. The lunch was good too.
November 2-3, 2013
It was a classic autumn weekend for camping. The prime fall colors in the trees surrounded us in a beautiful forest. The Badger, Bear, Forest, and Panther Patrols all cooked great meals to feast on. An orienteering hike was the highlight of Saturday. An evening program on astronomy hosted by local astronomers didn't happen due to heavy cloud cover. Boys were inventive in their games and had plenty of fun instead. Boys had the choice of sleeping in a cabin, tents, or building survival shelters. About half chose cabin and half chose survival shelter. The low temperature overnight was 28 degrees.
Sunday morning consisted of a search and rescue demonstration by the Midwest K9 Emergency Team. Search and rescue was conducted with our very own Aidan serving as the subject. While he ran a twisting route and hid, a dog tracked him using his pocket knife as a scent source. The dog found him. Boys played more games and had a hike to the lake and across the dam where they found a snake, praying mantis, among other wildlife. It was a great weekend in full fall color.
October 20, 2013
We had a group of hard working people spend hours expending energy and organizational skills on our Wells Camping Trailer and our Pace Support Trailer. We took everything out of the trailers, sorted, organized, and put everything back in. We also cleaned out our portion of the church garage, moving our vintage tents for an inventory. We donated two 10ft x 20ft canvass tarps for historic military equipment in Rockford.
October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013
Our final soccer concessions during October went well. We served hot drinks, cold drinks, donuts, muffins, candy, chips, hot dogs, and brats. After a season of 10 Saturday concession stands that began in August, it was a good feeling to be done with a long season. Our Scouts worked hard and did a great job serving the general public.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND
October 5-6, 2013
Our visit to Ashippun, Wisconsin involved a 160-mile drive. Our drive was complicated by a tire problem going up. Our departure was complicated by getting stuck in mud going home. In between those incidents our time was well spent. Indian Summer is an event that captures the adventure of living history. Trappers, fur trappers, tradesman, crafters, Native Americans, blacksmiths, musicians, and even union cavalry soldiers were ther in full character and filled with information. Teepees, lean-tos, tents, covered the areas with historic artifacts on display. There were logs to be assembled, tomahawks to be thrown, a giant voyageur canoe to be paddled, and you could even hear the loud thunder of a mortor as it was being fired. Dirty Kettle is the name of the organizer and he commits a year of work organizing the event. We feasted on buffalo burgers, chili, and barbeque. So much to see and do. The event was well worth the drive.