Local Scouts attend Summer Camp
of the Boy Scout Law by taking it upon himself to ask instructors and counselors to keep a watchful eye on the Scout with CF, who happened to be a member of his troop.
The Scouts came to camp with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Caleb McFarland and Caleb Pack started the week by lashing a ‘TROOP 22 – Calhoun, GA’ wooden panel (made by Caleb McFarland) to the supports of the bridge to the troop camping area. Jeremy Crump earned an award as ‘Most Stalwart Camper’ for coming back to camp after having had to leave the first day due to an illness – he not only came back in the middle of the week, but, with the help of counselors by keeping the pool open after normal hours, was able to complete his Swimming merit badge requirements. All the Scouts participated in the daily duty rosters, each helping serve meals and clean the mess hall in rotation throughout the week. Their leaders were also very involved throughout the week. Jeff Ross, Garry Pack and Alan McDougle helped the Scouts with their scheduling, kept records of their achievements and assisted them with their various evening programs. Other leaders, such as William Burnette who came out to have dinner with the troop Tuesday evening, and Allan Gilreath and Gale Trantham who came Friday evening for the closing ceremonies, also showed their support.
The week concluded with a pot-luck dinner at their campsite, where their families could come together and then proceed to the Council Ring for an evening of awards and entertainment. Joziah Freeman won Best Shotgun Shot, Caleb McFarland won Best Rifle Shot, Leader Jeff Ross was recognized for helping with camp maintenance by bush-hogging various camp areas during his free time were among other awards presented, such as Troop 22 being recognized as an ‘Honor Troop.’ The awards were followed by humorous skits performed by each troop attending.
All-in-all, it was a great week of learning experiences, fun activities and rewarding events for all concerned. Boy Scout Troop 22 is sponsored by Calhoun First United Methodist Church.
Troop 22 on the bridge to their campsite just before closing ceremonies. Not pictured, Hayden Bullington.