A memorable March Scouting Scene With Tyler VanGorder

June 20th, 2015 12:06 pm

First Posted: 4/11/2012

March held the very popular father and son campout. This campout is unique because cub scouts are allowed to attend. Also fathers are requested to attend and tent with their sons. When the scouts first arrived at camp they set up their tents. The scouts had time to relax and then there was lunch. The lunches were packed in what is called a foil pack. One wraps precooked food in tin foil. At camp, a fire was started and burnt down to coals. The foil packs were cooked on these coals. The day mostly consisted of patrols going to scout skill stations spread around camp. The stations were run by older scouts. They consisted of orienteering, first aid, totin' chip, leave no trace, fire building and shelter building.

Afterward the scouts had a couple of hours to do whatever they wanted. When dinner came, the scouts were treated with a variety of food that was prepared by adults at this campout. Later that night the patrols presented skits in front of the entire troop. After a fun day, the scouts soon went to bed. The cub scouts were lucky to be able to sleep indoors, while the boy scouts had to sleep in the cold outside. Sunday morning the scouts had a good breakfast and went home after a fun weekend.

March of 2012 is a very memorable month for me. It is one that I will certainly remember for the rest of my life. On March 21, 2012, I passed my Eagle Scout board. Now I am officially an Eagle Scout. The road to Eagle is not an easy one. Only about 6 percent of all boy scouts complete the journey and obtain the Eagle rank. Eagle is the highest rank obtainable in boy scouts. It is the only rank that you cannot earn from the requirements alone. It must be awarded to you. The rank is highly respected and those who earn it feel accomplished. Probably the best part of obtaining the rank is realizing the journey that was accomplished to get there. I have been involved in scouting since first grade. I have traveled to various locations, made great friends and learned a lot of things. Most importantly I feel that I have improved significantly as an individual. However the journey has not ended yet. I still have two more years of youth membership in the boy scouts. Once the Eagle rank is achieved, scouts can earn eagle palms. A palm is rewarded for every five extra merit badges that are earned that are not included in the 21 required for Eagle.

The road to eagle is one that will not be forgotten. These scouts are great representations of the Boy Scout oath and law. Remember a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.