Well, summer is here and all the great scouting that comes with it. I for one look forward to June with utter excitement and thrill of summer camp. There's been so much happening within the troop and seeing our older scouts move into adulthood is exciting. Robert has completed his Eagle project and we also got to see Cody Switzer and Logan Carles achieve their Eagle rank. We have 12 of our scouts who are at the rank of Life and younger scouts are anxiously learning scoutcraft at each meeting.
SUMMER CAMP JUNE 15 – 21
This year, summer camp will be at Camp Berry in Findlay. It's the first time in 30 years that we chose not go to Camp Frontier. We decided to try it due to it's impressive first year and T21 programs for our scouts, still moving through to First Class. The only down side is we don't cook our meals, rather they are served cafeteria style. Bummer, no scout cooking.
COMITTEE MEETING RECAP
The committee met in May and ok'd our troop to create a class B scout t-shirt for informal events and outdoor activity. As we move forward with designs, we will allow a window of time for families to order these shirts for scouts and family alike.
Another order of business was to have our troop number and founding date as one patch for scouts. We will offer both current khaki/green and classic red/white for our vintage scout uniforms. This will also serve as our Webelos crossing over patch for new scouts in the future.
Tony is planning an orienteering trek for our scouts in the next few weeks. This has been done in the past at Van Buren State Park and involves a compass, measurements, distance and bearing. I will have date and time for everyone as we get closer to a date.
June 29th will be the start of our annual troop elections. Scouts will be running for Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol and Assistant Patrol Leaders. Boy led troop means that our troop will decide who will be elected. This will take 2 meetings to accomplish.
JULY 13- Court of Honor and Family Picnic
All merit badges earned at summer camp, all rank advancements, and elected Patrol Leaders Committee will be announced and patches given. This will be potluck style but I do have 20lbs of ribs if someone can volunteer a roaster or better yet, an awesome recipe for BBQ Ribs .
MANSFIELD STATE REFORMATORY
I've heard lots of positive remarks about last year’s trip to Mansfield State reformatory and camp. If scouts are interested in returning for another year, please send me a message back. Based on the interest level, I would like to plan a trip in late July, back to Mansfield.
Cody Switzer during last year's visit to Mansfield
TALE OF THE UNKNOWN SCOUT
Scouting was brought to America by William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher, and the way Boyce discovered Scouting is one of the movement’s most colorful stories. Boyce, it seems, was in London in the fall of 1909 and was out in a famed London fog looking for an office in the center of the city.
Nearly at his wit’s end, Boyce stopped a young man and asked directions. Not only did the youth tell Boyce how to reach his destination, he actually led Boyce there to make certain the American found his way without becoming lost again. Boyce, to show his gratitude, offered the youth a tip, but the youth would not accept it. When asked why, the young man told Boyce he was a Boy Scout and taking a tip would negate the good deed he had done and violate his Scouting code.
The youth’s gesture impressed Boyce, who later visited with Lord Baden-Powell himself. Boyce was so taken with Baden-Powell and the Scouting idea that back in America he and other men interested in youth development founded the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C., on February 8th, 1910.
No one knows who the Scout was who performed his Good Turn for Boyce, but he has not been forgotten. In Gilwell Park in London, American Scouts had a statue erected in his honor. A large-scale representation of the Silver Buffalo Award, the statue bears the inscription, “To the Unknown Scout Whose Faithfulness in the
Performance of the Daily Good Turn Brought the Scout Movement to the United States of America.”
Tale of the unknown scout