75 miles, and an hour and a half later, half of Troop 174 camped at Hickory Run State Park.Three camping trips in a four week span may explain why we only had half the troop in attendance.Nevertheless, it was fun as usual!
This was the Troops’ first visit to HRSP.Originally recommended by Dan Doughtery , the Vice President of Pocono Raceway, and a Scoutmaster, for a possible joint troop trip in the fall of 2009.Because of our scheduling problem this season, we didn’t make it until now.Hopefully, we can have that joint trip in the future.
Clear skies on Friday nights’ arrival saw the temperatures fall.Our Scoutmaster and resident space nut had planned to wake the troop at 4:15 am to see the ISS (International Space Station) pass 240 miles over head and traveling at 17,500 miles an hour.Fortunately for the scouts, by lights out, the clouds moved in and the plans were scratched.
Saturday afternoon we made a trip to the Boulder Field.A field of boulders, 400 feet wide by 1800 feet long, formed as a result of glacier related climatic extremes on rock.We spent several hours in the afternoon sun, not only exploring the boulders, but working on requirements for the Tracking Merit Badge.Mr. Squires and Mr. Cotter pointed out a few hidden tracks under the leaves in a dried up runoff, and drain puddle.The scouts made Plaster of Paris cast to bring home.The large open field at the youth camping area was great for the remaining requirements for our Orienteering Merit Badge.Two courses were laid out for two patrols.Mission accomplished.
Most of the campers on this trip were on the younger side.We had substitute Patrol Leaders and a little disorganization.There were complaints about the bad cooking (by the scouts), duty rooster and not enough game time.The Patrols will debrief at our next meeting and hopefully learn from their mistakes.
Larry Deignan, Committee Chairman, and Troop Wife, could not attend.Don Hays took over the (adults) kitchen duties with equal accolades. As the rain moved in Saturday evening we scrambled to secure as much as possible making Sunday pack-up as little as possible.
Thankfully! It’s not broken.The adults seem to tease Mr. Squires about camping injuries, but this time our scoutmasters turn to retreat early. After our speech by the Scoutmaster, about being careful at Boulder field, you know who, injured his ankle.A bad sprain can sometimes be more painful than a break.Who cares!It still hurts!The things we do for our kids!
Troop 174 meets every Friday, during the school year, 7:30 - 9:00pm, American Legion on Ball Park Rd. Dingmans Ferry, PA.