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Local Scouts Learn on Camping Trip
March 19, 2008 - Troop 333 Boy Scouts enjoyed exploring Bear Creek Boy Scout Camp the weekend of March 14-16.
Jacob Blower, Devin Johnson, and Ross Schmeisser learned the correct procedures to light and cook over a backpacking stove.
Isaiah Shepherd, the troop’s newest scout, learned from his peers how to treat a wound, recognize poisonous plants, and stop a nosebleed.
Sam Blower, Caleb Helderbrand, and Brandon Willey served as the official weekend chefs. Under the guidance of Mrs. McDonald, they prepared from scratch a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, as well as homemade vegetable soup for lunch. Not one biscuit was burnt.
Senior Patrol Leader, Will McDonald led the troop on a scavenger hike. They had to find specific campsites, the shooting range, animal tracks, deer scat, and locate natural landmarks from a topographic map.
On the return hike, Scoutmaster Mike McDonald challenged the scouts with a staged medical emergency. One scout was instructed to act as if he had broken a leg. The troop splinted his leg using small branches and boot lacings. They lashed rope between two walking sticks to form a litter. They carried the ‘victim’ on the litter, uphill for nearly a mile to safety.
After a hard day’s work, the scouts relaxed by making rice krispie squares, and playing games. They were allowed the rare treat of watching a movie, as reward for a job well done.
Sunday morning came too soon for a bunch of tired scouts. They packed up, held a Scout’s Own service and headed home.
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