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“We got there about 8:00 pm and someone talked for a few minutes and then we all split up. Alex, Dylan, Lane and I were there helping. All of the people went to different places in the community and we helped with whatever needed to be done. Dylan, Lane and I went to the high school.

When we got to the school there was trash all over the place and it just looked horrible. The three of us went around and picked up all the trash that we could find. Which turned out to be 3 garbage bags full. We did this while our parents did some yard work like pulling weeds. After that we got a big dump truck full of mulch and spread it around in the flower beds. Then we cleaned up the tree.

The tree went all the way down the hill on the other side of the parking lot. We went to cut it up with a chainsaw and we had to roll it over to cut it. When we went to roll it over a king snake came out from under it. We also saw a black widow when we tried to throw the logs in the woods. We had lots of fun and did about 4 hours of community service after we had ended at 12:00 pm.” – write up by Landon Mullins, Troop scribe

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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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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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