Troop 115 is wrapping up the year with a couple very impressive Eagle Scout projects. If you haven’t already volunteered to work on one of our projects, there’s still time. Work days will be announced to the email group and at our weekly meetings.
Ben’s project is a rain garden at the School of Arts and Sciences. Three work days have been planned and the first two days have been completed. The first part of the project involved clearing brush and relocating a boxwood bushes. There was a lot of digging, planting and cutting involved.
The second work day involved moving more dirt and creating berms to direct the flow of water. A stone enclosure was broken into pieces and moved to allow an old berm to be lowered and the soil redistributed. It’s really made a dramatic change to the site. The final day will be announced after spring break for planting new greenery to soak up Tallahassee rains.
I want to extend a big thanks to all the scouts who have participated in this project so far, to Ian M and Ian S, Jake, Ishmael, Avner, Kenny, and Matthew. It’s great to see everyone support their fellow scouts.
Matthew’s crew installed new tables and benches in the Leon High School courtyard area. Scouts and adult volunteers broke into work teams to assemble each table/bench set. The ground was carefully leveled and each assembly was moved into position.
A second work day is planned to make a soil retaining structure for around a magnolia tree. Like Ben’s project, the date will be determined and announced after spring break.
Again, thanks to the scouts who showed up to help during spring break, Ian M, Ian S, Ishmael, Kenny, Avner, Robert and Ben. Thanks to our adult leaders as well for all the work you do too.
The 2020 SRAC Camporee was a huge success for our council and for Troop 115. The well attended camporee attracted scouts from all around the Suwannee River Area Council to Indian Springs Campground.
Troops assembled their campsites in the open fields of the camp equestrian area, providing for big open spaces with plenty of grass and level campsites. Our troop arrived well equipped for the weekend with our camping gear and lots of scout spirit.
Scouts competeted throughout the day, demonstrating their skills. Of course scouts are dedicated to helping others at all times, and when one troop showed up with only two scouts, we lent them one of ours, but more about that later.
The competitions were done round robin style, starting with campsite inspections. We learned a lot from seeing the impressive gates constructed by other scouts.
After inspection, we moved through our stations, starting with a speed lashing. to see who could assemble and raise a flag the fastest with all the required knots. Other stations included bolo throwing, hatchet throwing, and a fire starting race. Troop 115 won their “heat but not the final competition.
After the other competitions, there was a native ball game and Troop 115 won. There was also a paleo cooking competition, cooking a steak with our tripod.
As the sun went down, the camporee was marked by columns of smoke from the campfires at each site and aroma of food.
The final event of the camporee was the campfire, where troops performed and awards were handed out. As I mentioned before, Troop 115 took a ribbon and plaque for winning the ball game earlier that evening.
However, there was one big award for the scout who served as the example of scout spirit for all the other scouts. The scout who left his own troop, early in the day and helped a smaller troop with only two other scouts. That award, a huge spear with an atlatl to launch it was awarded to Troop 115’s Jake. (I’ll get a picture if I can, soon).
Overall, it was an excellent camporee. I can’t wait until the next one.
On January 25 Scout Troop 115 in Tallahassee will distribute bags for this year’s food drive. Our troop has a long tradition of participating in this event with great success. On February 1, we will collect the bags we distributed to the residents of the Durward neighborhood. This event is a lot of fun and and goes quickly with lots of hands on deck. Let’s see how much food we can collect this year.
In addition to scouts, we also need adults to drive for the event. Let’s get those bags to the homes in the area and let’s collect as much food as we can for those who need it in our area.
BSA Scouts Troop 115 had a great and productive time at Webelos Woods this year. Webelos woods is the Suwanee River Area Council’s event to introduce Webelos to the patrol method and youth led activities. It’s also an opportunity for local troops to meet Webelos who are about to cross over to scouting.
This year’s program was different from previous years, recruiting scouts to act as patrol leaders for the Webelos dens. Kenny and Jake served as ambassadors from our troop to their Webelos patrol.
The scouts were led to a number presentations from the attending units, Venturing and Order of the Arrow. Scout Troop 115 made a presentation on how to safely set fires. David did a great job as our Scout presenter and we passed out Troop 115 decals to all the visiting scouts.
Of course, if we don’t make time for fun then we aren’t doing scouting right. Somewhere in the midst of leading Webelos around Wallwood, teaching about fire safety, and cleaning up meals, all our scouts found a little time for gaga ball before the movie and desserts.
BSA Scouts Troop 115 is headed back to Providence Canyon. If you have hiking requirements for merit badges or rank advancement, this is the place to get it. The canyon is beautiful. The camping offers wonderful wilderness views and an interesting history.
There are trails that run along the rim of the canyon and down inside the too. In our experience, usually camping in January, this camping trip is the one most likely to earn frost points (sleeping outdoors in freezing weather).
Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” is a testament to the power of man’s influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color. The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park.
Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail, taking care to stay behind fences and off the fragile canyon edge. Hikers who explore the deepest canyons will usually find a thin layer of water along the trail, indication of the water table below. Guests who hike to canyons 4 and 5 may want to join the Canyon Climbers Club. Backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail which highlights portions of the canyon and winds through mixed forest. Camping, cottages and efficiency units are available nearby at Florence Marina State Park on 45,000 acre Lake Walter F. George.