We can post from our phones and were exploring it. Travis is holding a flag!
Troop 386 has just selected a new group of scout leaders. The following boys were selected to serve over the next six months:
Senior Patrol Leader Stephen D.
Assistant SPLs Brenner F, Alex F
Scribe Zane R.
Patrol Leaders Marcus L., Nate G, Kellen D., Nathan
Asst Patrol Leaders Scotty C., Blake H., Zane R., Dalton H.
Quartermaster Matt P.
Den Chiefs Matt A, Blake H
Chaplin Aide Jessie R.
Librarian Matthew K.
Service Projects Carter R.
Historian/Webmaster Kellen D.
Eagle Coach Fred T.
Order of the Arrow Rep Darren M.
Webelos Rep Travis B.
Congratulations new scout leaders!
Last Saturday, we went down to the Wichita mountains to do some rock climbing. It was a glorious day – far better than the weatherman predicted. Sunny and mid 80s with no wind; there aren’t many days like that in Oklahoma! Thanks to Larry Gilliam and his helpers Thomas, Steve and Allison the event was safe and fun for everyone.
Everyone was able to climb until tired. We even had Scott Davey drive up from college to join in the fun. He was able to climb “10 and 4″ (named after the position you need to put your legs to successfully climb the route) and even was the first to climb one of the routes there. Due to this accomplishment, he had the honor of naming the route. The official name is now “Charlie Horse” after the pain he felt from contorting his leg in an unnatural position to complete the route.
Matt’s highlight was finally getting to climb “10 and 4″. He clearly has a little bit of monkey in him. Brenner was excited to go climbing for the first time ever. Blake liked when he climbed up “Marlboro Man” and looked over to see his dad at the top of the “West Texas” route.
We finished up the day by eating at Meer’s. It was a popular place but well worth the wait. Great cobbler and homemade ice cream. I can’t wait until our next climbing trip to the Wichitas.
This summer we are planning a high adventure trip to the San Juan Islands of Washington. This is one of the premier sea kayaking locations in the country with moderate weather, beautiful surroundings, protected waters and the chance to share the waters with some of the resident Orca pods in the area.
On January 21st, we had our first orginizational meeting. primarily to see who is going to be a part of the expedition. For those who couldn’t make the meeting, I have placed the presentation on our youtube channel at http://youtu.be/mQjlKz9qVgs. Go check it out.
I also posted my favorite relevant videos at
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=FLXvXPD1-lTP1IMyi_7ZLdUA. Over the next week or two we will need to firm up our trek membership. Contact me if you are considering joining this great adventure.
It may be freezing outside but Summer Camp 2013 is right around the corner! This year, we elected to stay in council and attend Slippery Falls Scout Ranch near Sulphur, OK. This is a beautiful camp and gets better every year with new construction and new program areas. The property is gorgeous, with a large lake, great rock formations, a beatiful forest and everyone’s favorite – the ‘Slippery Falls’ on Pennington Creek.
This camp is overflowing with activities, from their Cowboy Campfire to the famous blob at the lakeshore. They also offer an incredible number of merit badges. This include some that we’ve never seen such as kayaking, welding, and fly fishing. They also offer up to six merit badges per camper.
Summer Camp should be great fun again this year. Mark your calendar for June 23 – 29. Sign ups will begin soon. For more details, check out the leaders guide.
On the weekend of December 8th, 2012, Troop 386 conducted another Eagle Project, this one at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. The Project consisted of installing three recycled plastic benches at the churches’ recreation area. These replaced some regular wooden ones that definitely needed an upgrade. The weather was cool, damp and cloudy but perfect working conditions.
Scouts in attendance were Aaron C., Blake H., Blake L., Matt A., Matt P., John A., and Steven D. Adult leaders present were Joe D., Ken C., Sheldon L., Walter M., Larry D. and Bob A. Mr. Swanson made an inspection visit while we were finishing up. Trudy A. brought some hot cocoa and coffee to drink, and some donuts to eat.
This was John A.’s Eagle Project, and he would like to thank everyone who came out to help.
This past weekend was the Eagle District 2012 Webelos Woods. This year we hosted a group of Webelos from Pack 79. On this campout, we taught them how to cook and even clean up afterwards. All of the Webelos were able to take part in our skit at the Saturday night campfire. They must have had fun because they were awake at 2 am telling scary stories and at 3:30 am playing flashlight tag in the camp. Overall, they are all looking forward to becoming boy scouts.
Our activity this year was First Aid. We put up stations that included making first aid kits for the Webelos to take home. Another highlight of the day was our fake wounds. Utilizing the technique of moulage, we made some very real looking injuries and fooled many of the Webelos. We used these fake wounds on arms and legs to teach the boys how to do first aid on these injuries. Lastly, we put on “stretcher races” to teach them how to transport an injured person. Overall, the first aid station was a huge success.
We had a lot of other fun activities. First there was a “Snipe Hunt” for the Webelos. A friend from another troop played along, saying that he had seen a whole bunch of Snipes up on Jamboree hill. We had them wait behind the shower building for the Snipe to come. After a short delay, we ran out and scared them. On Sunday morning, when breaking camp, we noticed a huge dead tree limb that had been struck by lightning and was dangling over the camp site. To make the camp safe, we decided to pull it down. We tied a long rope to it and pulled it down. It made a big dent in the ground where it hit. We were happy that we could make the camp safer for other scouts.
Blake H., John A., Blake L.
This year’s summer camp, Camp Cedars, was a great experience. My favorite part had to be the hammock square. We got all the hammocks we had and put them in a huge square around a few trees. I tried to get my super high so I had fun time getting in and out of my hammock. The hammock square was the top hangout spot. When we weren’t in classes we were hanging out in our hammocks. That was my favorite experience from summer camp.
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Congratulations to Chris F. for being elected as our new Senior Patrol Leader! Each of our patrols has also selected a new Patrol Leader:
Flaming Icecubes Brenner F.
Mad Cows John A.
Killer Bunnies Stephen D.
Venture Conner M.
The first big task for Chris as the new Senior Patrol Leader was to put together his leadership team. The job of running the troop falls on more than just his shoulders. Here are the new leaders:
Assistant SPL Scotty C., Casey M.
Troop Guide Freddy, Alex F.
Quartermasters Matt H., Matt P.
Librarian Tyler S.
Webmasters Blake H., Blake L., John A.
Chaplain’s Aid Stephen D.
Service Projects Matt A.
Trading Post Kellen
Leave No Trace Travis B.
Gamemaster Nate G.
OA representative Freddy
Congratulations to all of you on your new positions. I know we are going to accomplish great things over the next six months with such an outstanding team of leaders. Let’s get to work!!!