Warmer weather means outdoor Scout activities

June 18th, 2015 10:25 am

First Posted: 5/11/2015

Troop 160 has been enjoying the warmer weather outside this month. The Webelo IIs from both Cub Pack 160 and Cub Pack 152 were both working on their Arrow of Light. The Arrow of light is the highest award one can earn in Cub Scouts before crossing over into Boy Scouts. It is also the only patch from Cub Scouts that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

On April 12, the Webelo IIs and some Boy Scouts from Troop 160 ventured on a new trail called the Trolley Trail in Clarks Summit. The trail begins by the Valero gas station and ends near the Dalton Library. During the hike, the Scouts had the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight after being cooped up inside all winter.

Logan Lombardo had conducted his Eagle Scout Project on April 25 at the Chinchilla Hose Company in located in Clarks Summit. His project consisted of painting the retaining wall. He had a great day to do it since it was sunny and not raining which made the painting easier and the paint was able to dry. The Scouts also raked by the retaining wall so the bottom could be accessed easier.

On April 25, Scouts taking the fly fishing merit badge, being conducted by the Trout Unlimited, held a Creek Cleanup at Leggets Creek behind the South Abington Elementary School. During the clean up, the Scouts who had waders on went into the creek to remove any garbage that was on the bank of the creek and in the creek itself. When the cleanup was finished, the boys had collected three tires, both tractor and car, and three bags of garbage. Overall, the project was a success.

Also on April 25, Troop 160 helped with a paper-shredding event at Clarks Summit Elementary School. Anyone who had documents or paper that was no longer needed could bring it to this event. When a car pulled in, the Scouts would remove the paper and take it over to the shredder truck. The mayor also attended this event and was happy to see the Scouts there.

Troop 160 is excited about the upcoming Spring Camporee. The Camporee is being held on May 15 and at Goose Pond Scout Reservation in Hamlin. This year’s theme is wilderness survival. At the Camporee, Scouts will have the opportunity to work on their cooking merit badge, a merit badge that is now required for the rank of Eagle Scout.

On May 30, Troop 160 will participate in the Riverfest Canoe Race. The Lackawanna River Corridor Association conducts this event each year on the Lackawanna River as a fun event for people to get involved in, and it is a fundraiser. The troop will have a few teams for canoeing and a couple of guys in kayaks. The whole event take approximately two to four hours to complete and is followed with a food event at the end of the race.