Shenandoah River State Park, VA
Dec 6-7, 2019
For the December campout, on the 7th and 8th of December, scouts travelled to Shenandoah National Park to practice their scouting skills in preparation for the Klondike Derby on February 8th. SPL Simon Kassis assigned stations to patrol leaders for organization and
maximum focus. The Amazons and Bobwhites represented the Dead Horse camp, in charge of navigation and orienteering. As such, there was a map quiz entailing measuring distances and calculating directions. Andrew and Dani lead the exercises, The Arctic Wolves took the miscellaneous challenge camp, Big Skookum Gulch, and did fire building, something the Troop
always seems to be eerily good at. The Bison tackled Bonanza Creek and had a knots test to test Scoutcraft. The Sharks, recreating Cripple Creek, gave scouts First Aid situations and asked the scouts to fix all the issues. Finally, the Zeus patrol went on down to Dawson City to test scouts pioneering skills with lashings and spars.
After the long day of prep, everyone was more than happy to simply set up tents and relax. The trip hopefully prepared the troop for the Klondike Derby, where Troop 1128 will get to showcase our skills and spirit, with individualistic patrol flare intertwined!
16701 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, MD
Nov 16-17, 2019
This November, the Troop travelled again to Sandy Springs for fun on the ropes course and a patrol cooking competition. After a quick arrival and some fun playing volleyball, the scouts listened to a safety briefing explaining the safety equipment, elements they would face on their climbs, and the set up and rules of the courses. Many scouts completed the difficult
blue, black, and double black courses, utilising agility, strength, and when too difficult, their zipline attachment. Although in mid 40 temperatures, the Troop climbed through midday and into the afternoon. Scoutmaster Englund took fantastic pictures to document the Troops experience on the courses.
Once finished, scouts mobilized quickly to transport their patrol boxes and personal gear to the campsites, setting up tents, and beginning to cook their masterpieces for the judges reviews. With the light quickly fading, patrols worked to make fires, prep their dutch ovens, and cook. The Zeus were first to eat, having nachos with cheese, beans, meat, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guac, and onions. However, it was the Bob Whites and Bisons who tied to win the cooking competition and come away with a Goshen point each. Overnight, it dropped into freezing temperatures, earning scouts either their Polar Bear awards or a Snowflake patch. In he morning, scouts packed up their tents, executed police lines, and exited the campsites to the cars. Before leaving, the scouts had a throw together game of volleyball. SPL Simon Kassis did roll call and everyone piled into cars. Everyone returned to the church on time, and nobody sustained any injuries throughout the course of the trip.
Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, WV
Oct 12-14, 2019
Over Memorial Day weekend, the 12th-14th of October, the Troop travelled to Dolly Sods for its annual backpacking trip. Over the course of the weekend, 5 crews hiked through both the north and south of the beautiful wilderness area. There were close to 50 scouts and scouters backpacking; and luckily, everybody returned home safely.
Many patrols had new scouts attend Sods, bettering their scout skills and having great experiences in the backcountry. Older scouts put their problem solving skills to the test with many usual water sources dried up, causing plans to change and scouts to adapt. Even through these trials and tribulations, no crew endured any injuries.
After a well executed hike out on the part of all crews and a swift role call, scouts and scouters piled into cars and drove to Pizza Hut. There, the Troop sat down for a hearty meal and represented the Troop well due to SPL Simon’s request before the meal. All cars returned to the church as planned, successfully completing this year’s Dolly Sods.