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American Flag at Troop 220 Camp site

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The write-up below was written by the Troop Scribe. I edited the grammar but left everything else as he wrote it.
On the 27 through the 29 of August in the year of our LORD 2010, Troop 220 went to Dismals Canyon to campout. As we got there we had to sign in at the front desk and saw some hummingbirds at the feeder. Most of the boys have never seen that many and they were ohing and ahing over them. By that time most of the Scouts had come and small groups were scouting out our camp site. When the older boys got half way up the mountain we were having nightmares of having to bring the 10 ton chuck box up it. Most of us were glad that we weren’t in the Firebirds. Thankfully our SPL (Senior Patrol Leader) couldn’t be there so our merciful ASPL (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader) let us only take personals and tents up until Mr. Watts got here with the tank wagon. After that it still was hard but not as hard as it would have been if we didn’t have the tank wagon. Once we got up there the Firebirds had their own camp site and the Ninjas and the American Eagles came together to form the American Ninjas or the Ninja Eagles, we still couldn’t figure it out. That night we had cake and ice cream; it was Alex’s 14 birthday party.

Once we got everything settled in we changed into our swimming trunks and bathing suits and went down to a water hole made by a dam (HEY!! I thought I said no cussing in Boy Scouts!!!) Surprisingly it was at least 10 degrees below 50 degrees below 20 degrees below freezing. They had built a dock on the other side of the hole and we usually jump off and get right back on but this time you couldn’t spend too much time or you would lose all feeling and sink. So we went out there quick like and then fought to get on. By that time we were reluctant to get in and once we did we came up dizzy. After we got over our dizziness we hightailed it to the other side faster than we got there.

After a few minutes of that a few Scouts wanted to go hiking so we changed and went hiking. We had gotten split up and some of us saw things others didn’t. At the end of the trail we took the other trail and headed back. I don’t know what the other guys saw but we saw the Secret Falls, Weeping Bluff and Fat Man’s Misery, which means our Scoutmaster (sadly) is not fat. It was tough for some of us because if there was someone on top that didn’t like you then he could throw down stuff and you would be killed or wounded. Also if you didn’t go in the right way you were hosed because there is a ledge that you have to step up on.

After we got back we had lunch of slightly smashed sandwiches and hot dogs. After that we did a Scout project of moving rocks while simultaneously being attacked by wasps. By that time we were all hot and sweaty and we went into the freezing hole again. Of course it wasn’t freezing to us but it still was pretty cold. We did that for a while then went back to our campsite, goofed off a bit, got ready for dinner and the next day storm. We then had a hearty dinner of corn on the cob and steak.

Then we did the best part of the campout, the dismalights!! We went down there and the guy told us there were ghosts down there. I was like yeah sure. We went down there and we saw some lights but not many. I was kind of disappointed. Someone said there had been a flood and that is why there weren’t many out. Suddenly our guide told us to be quiet. We listened and all I heard was the water, the crickets, occasional frog and someone stomping the ground. Then he said if anyone had heard the flutes. I didn’t but I felt this chill come over me like something was trying to possess me. I turned the light on real quick and whirled around but there was nothing there. Someone told me to turn my light off but I said “ha-ha! No.” And then my Scoutmaster asked why and I said there was something there and I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t turn my light out until we were up the hill and in our tents.

In the morning it was just starting to drizzle so we ate under the tarp a cold breakfast. After we had cleaned our stuff up we started packing. It was slow, wet, agonizing, agonizingly wet slowness, and did I mention wet? Oh yeah, wet Wet WEt WET work. We finally got packed, bought some souvenirs and went home.

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Troop 220 Cleanup Crew

Troop 220 Cleanup Crew Click Pic for more Pics

It was very hot Saturday. However that did not keep Troop 220 from getting out and doing their part to keep Alabaster beautiful and to practice Leave No Trace. Troop 220 has teamed up with Pack 220 and the Westwood Baptist Church youth group to keep Alabaster Blvd clean in partnership with the Alabaster Beautification Board. Troop 220 takes every third month to get on the side of the road and get their hands dirty. This Saturday not only did they get dirty hands but they got sweaty faces as they unselfishly removed garbage from the side of the road.

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Troop 220 at Principals' Breakfast

Troop 220 at Principals' Breakfast - Click pic for more pics

Troop 220 was invited by Field Director Clay Pruitt to perform the opening flag ceremony for the Shelby District Principals’ Breakfast hosted by the Greater Alabama Council (GAC) of the Boy Scouts of America.   The Scouts held the doors opened and warmly welcomed the principals as they arrived.  The principals enjoyed the friendly banter and greeting from the Scouts as they arrived.  After a nice breakfast the Troop performed a flawless flag ceremony to open for the speakers.  More than one person commented on what a great job they did.  Thanks to Clay and the GAC for allowing Troop 220 such a great opportunity.

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Boy Scouts Looking For Alligators

Boy Scouts Looking For Alligators - Click picture for more pics.

Payne Lake was a lot of fun.  We arrived really late on Friday night and had to choose a camp site in the dark.  We found three pretty good campsites.  Two for the two patrols and one for the adults.  Of course the adults got the site by the lake and the boys got the two across the road after we saw the alligator signs.  It wasn’t until the end of Saturday that I found the perfect campsite just down the way from where we were.  We’ll camp there the next time we go to Payne Lake though.

We all had a good breakfast and then piled in the vehicles to head over to the West campground to clean up some debris from the camp sites.  We got to stay for free at the campground since we were doing some cleanup.  That didn’t sound like such a bad idea.  The boys did a pretty good job of cleaning up.  They had to move a lot of limbs and even a few that required some team work.  In the end only one Scout got stung by a bee and required first aid.

Afterwards we headed back to camp to fix lunch.  The adults had hobo meals of steak and potatoes.  I think the boys had sandwiches and something out of a can.  After they walked over and saw what we were eating I believe they were made aware of the training we had provided concerning planning and preparing for  your meals.

After lunch there were a lot of different skills worked on.  Ropes, knots, lashings, flag pole raising, tarp setup and other such activities kept them busy. They then got to go swimming in the swimming area to cool off.  Some of us played a little football.  Then it was on to dinner time and the evening fire.

The boys ate quickly and then began gathering wood and setting up for the evening fire.  The adults were still cooking their Hobo stew.  The boys finally got the fire going and the Hobo stew was finally ready.  The boys had a good time around the fire putting on skits, singing songs and just telling stories.  Far too quickly it was time for lights out and hitting the sack.

Sunday morning we had a good breakfast and packed the trailer for the trip back home.  The boys put on a Scout’s own service, performed a flag ceremony and hit the road for home.  Everyone agreed it was a good campout.

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Boy Scouts Serious About LNT

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Troop 220 signed up to to clean Alabaster Blvd for Westwood Baptist church.  Above is the crew that turned out the first time.  We are scheduled to do this occasionally through out the year so I am expecting that the ones above will be getting after the ones that didn’t show up about showing up.  It took a long time with just the bunch above but it was impressed upon them how easier and faster it would have been had the whole Troop showed it.  It is amazing the lessons that Scouts learn as they progress through the many things that they are involved in.  I was proud of the group above though.  They cleaned up the entire side of the road, even picking up cigarette butts.  What a nasty job.  They even removed some debris from a house that the city wouldn’t pick up.  YEA Boy Scouts!

Edit 1/19/2010 – I just found a link on the City of Alabaster web site that has some pictures of us at this event.  Check it out.

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