Man oh man, its been a while since I was on the blog posting. Sorry about that, no excuses, just lots going on especially with all the new scouts that we have in the troop.
This post I want to share a little about the last camp out. It was planned by the PLC as a new Scout “Trail to First Class” camp as well as some shot-gun shooting. Then a few weeks before the camp the C.O.P.E course came available as well as 3 more C.O.P.E certified leaders in the troop. So there was time left, so we threw that in also.
Saturday morning started as planned. There was a select group of older Scouts designated to teach the TFC events. They went well. Flag etiquette, fire building, and Totin’ Chip classes kept the new Scouts moving and learning skills. They also learned how to break down meals, plan menus, and pack their packs. They were walked through a model camp site and told what we expected in them and how they camped.
Then it was time for the groups to rotate and the new guys set off to the Shot gun range and the older guys moved to the C.O.P.E course. It was a fantastic opportunity for the older guys to have some fun without the pressure of having the young guys to watch.
The new Scouts had a great time at the range and got back earlier than expected. So the SPL talked with the C.O.P.E. director (one of the ASMs of the Troop) to see if there was something that the First year guys could do. We were the only Troop on the course, so he said they could all do the zip line which is the final event. The whole troop lined up got on harnesses and did the Zip line. It was a blast.
Here is the important part. We had a couple of the new guys that had never camped without Mom and Dad, fired a shot gun, or climbed 32 feet in the air and flew down a zip line. It was a weekend in which just about every Scout in the Troop stepped out of their comfort zone in one way or another and tested themselves. Whether it was teaching classes. shooting, or going through the C.O.P.E. course.
Saturday night the Scouts put on a great camp fire program. One of the brand new Scouts, the one that climbed up to the platform and could not bring himself to go… he stood up there for 20 minutes mustering the confidence to step off. He finally went and afterward told me that “knowing what I know.. I would have went right away”.. he needed to develop trust. And he did.. trust and confidence. So anyway, Saturday night.. he stepped up in front of the whole Troop led a song at the camp fire. High Fives all around for the boys of the Troop.
It was one of those camp outs when everything comes together and the boys show me that all they need is support and a pat on the back and they will do great things.
Scouting teach self-reliance and to live the Scout Oath and Law. They get it in the class room that Baden Powell set up.
Well, better get busy on the next podcast.. I will get more posts out.. things are now leveling off with the new guys..
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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