Just last Saturday (July 7), some of Troop 166 returned from the wilds of Owasippe Scout Reservation. Yes, some. While the Callgreen Family remains on staff (air-conditioned cabins), those of us who braved the heat and humidity of Owasippe at its worst returned home to recover. I daresay we should be fully online again by September, or so. Many kudos are to be presented. For example, Scout Ted completed his first merit badge, First Aid, and also learned to swim! Our Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Zak, not only completed a week at National Youth Leadership Training, but came home with seven merit badges and two Baden-Powell Awards for his leadership as Acting Senior Patrol Leader. In Camp, Assistant Scoutmaster Joe Schroeter erected a brand new flagpole in site 12, as well as The Throne 2.0. Both creations are the work of a skilled carpenter, and no doubt will last for many years to come. In addition, a gift received from our past Scoutmaster, Mr. Sparks, has allowed us to invent the game of extreme tetherball (ask a Scout). I must say that the staff at Camp Blackhawk was excellent this year, in fact, the best staff I have worked with yet. The food was also quite tasty, and almost always available for seconds.
Oh, I almost forgot! Some of us were able to spend a night on the USS Silversides, a veteran WWII submarine berthed in Muskegon. Ted and Zak joined me for the overnight, and reportedly had a great time. I, myself, satisfied two long-held ambitions. First, we played cards in the Silversides’ wardroom, and second, I spent the night in the Captain’s cabin! I guess it helped that I was the only one on board (we shared with two Cub Scout Packs) who knew which one it was. (Hint: it’s the one with the safe, compass and depth gauge repeaters).
Looking ahead, we’re going to be taking a bit of a break. Our families want to take their own vacations, and that’ll leave us somewhat short-handed. While we wind down in July, we’ll hit the deck running in September with our Annual Planning Conference. If anyone knows of any boys aged 11 or older, that would be the ideal time to bring them around to join us. All Scouts will be welcome at our planning conference, so that’s the time to have your say in what we do in the 2018-2019 program year.