Richland Creek Zipline Trip

On dates Oct. 16th-18th, we went on a camping trip to Richland Ziplining. We left at around 5:30pm to 6:00pm. We unpacked in an empty field that was not mowed. The grass was about 4 feet tall! It emptied out because we kept walking on it, though. It got darker and colder by the minuet. The night was brutal because the majority of us slept in hammocks.


Day 2 came. We woke up at around 7:00am. Everything was somewhat dark and very cold. We started off the day with the Purple Platypi eating a food called Mountain Man and the Chomping Waffles eating breakfast burritos. After breakfast we had a flag ceremony. We didn’t have an official flag pole, so we used a tree with some rope. It went well; just pulling the flag up the tree was somewhat difficult. After the flag ceremony came the main part of the trip. Zip Lining. We had to walk for quite a while to the area to start zip lining. We went on 15 different lines that were pretty short but fun. The longest one was 1400 feet long. On one of the lines, one of the staff members bounced the line when people got on it. Some people enjoyed it, some people didn’t. After zip lining, we ate lunch. The Platypi and the Beavers/Waffles ate subs. We had a competition after lunch. Whichever patrol that could make a mobile device that can transport one scout from one place to another. It was a race that involved transportation points, like more lashings, more points, bigger scout transported, more points, less feet, more points, etc. The Platypi dominated the Beavers/Waffles in the actual race part in the competition by 14 seconds, but add on the points, and the Beavers/Waffles won statistically. They won a pear cobbler. If they wanted to share, they could, which they did. The winners weren’t announced until after dinner, though. For dinner, the Platypi had burgers while the Beavers/Waffles had chicken alfredo.  After dinner and the cobbler was all eaten, we had a campfire. Everyone had skits set up, ready to be played. Then we all went to bed, colder than ever. Some people were smart and layered their clothes, while others froze in their sleep.


The final day came, and everyone packed up, had breakfast, and left. We arrived at the church at 10:20. Everyone got their stuff, put it in their cars, and left. If I had a choice, I would do this again.

Wilderness Cove Tubing Trip

On dates Sept. 18th-20th, Troop 26 went on a tubing trip in class 1-2 rapids at Wilderness Cove Tubing at 3772 Green River Cove Rd, Saluda North Carolina. 11 scouts and 4 adults went, as a total of 15 people went on the trip. We left after everything was put in the trailer at 5:30pm. It was an approximately 3 hour drive to the campsite. We got there at around 9:00pm. Everyone got their stuff out of the trailer and put it in their tent whenever it was put up. There was a PLC held after everyone was in bed. They were talking about what the plan was for tomorrow. Then, Day 2 came.


Everyone woke up at 6:00am and started cooking breakfast. After breakfast, we took a hike to Triple Falls at 10:00am. That’s the place where the Hunger Games was made at the waterfall scene. That was a side trip we got to do for fun. Then we got back at 12:00pm to make lunch. We had to make it quick too. Or at least, the Chomping Beavers, aka, the younger group. Everyone made sandwiches while on the other hand, the Chomping Beavers made Stir Fry, which was delicious. We had to leave to go tubing at 1:00pm, which is why the Chomping Beavers had to cook so fast. Then came the actual point of this trip. Tubing. We went over safety procedures before we went in the water. Then we grabbed a tube and jumped into the somewhat freezing river water. The tubing was 3 hours long. It’s a one way trip down the river. There is a bus at the end to come pick you up and take you back to camp. There are rope swings that you pass by down the river. You are able to get on them and swing into the water. Just watch out for other people such as paddle boarders, kayakers, tubers, etc. There are 3 different rope swings that we saw, but there are probably more that we just haven’t seen. There was a good, reasonable amount of injuries had there. Then came dinner. We had a campfire to cook our food over if we needed to, which one of the patrols did. Finally, there was bed time. Then, final day. Day 3.

For day 3, we just packed up, put everything in the trailer, and made a police line to pick up trash around the campsite. Then, we ate Pop tarts and left. Again, it was a 3 hour trip back to the church. Then we unloaded the trailer, got our stuff, and went home. Over all, it was a great trip that we could do again.

Carolina Zipline Camping Trip

On the weekend of March 13, 2015 Troop 26 went zip lining at Carolina Ziplines. We left the church Friday evening in the rain and it rained all the way up to Carolina Ziplines. It rained when we were setting up our tents and all night. The next morning each patrol started cooking breakfast and we had about an hour and a half afterwards before we were to go zip lining. It rained most of the time we were getting instructions. We went on seven different zip line courses and after we were done we ate lunch. After lunch we went to Hanging Rock to hike about 5 miles. We hiked to the top of Hanging Rock and we also saw Wolf Rock. When we got back to camp each patrol started cooking dinner and then a few hours later we had cake to celebrate Peter Wilson’s birthday. On Sunday morning we had breakfast and a Sunday morning service. After service we headed back to the church and concluded out camping trip weekend.

Written By Joseph

Washington DC Trip

Friday January Sixteenth 

          Troop 26 met up at IHM Church for our trip to Washington D.C. We did not bring our trailer because we were staying in a hotel. We left at about 6:00 pm, so we could make it to D.C. at around midnight. We could see the Capital Building and the Washington Monument from Crystal City where we were stayingWe arrived at the Hotel at 12:30 am. We unloaded the cars and went up stairs to the lobby. Our senior patrol leader handed out the room keys. We all went to our rooms and went to bed. We needed it for our long day ahead. 

Saturday January Seventeenth  

           Everyone woke up around 6:45 am. We ate breakfast at the hotel. Then we walked a block down to the metro station. For many the metro was a first. We put money into the machine which gave us metro tickets. After everyone got a metro ticket we walked through the machine that takes your ticket then spits it out for you to use it again. We went down the escalator and waited for our tram. We got on the tram and rode for about ten minutes. We got off and walked to the Library of Congress. We went inside the museum part but could only see into the real library.   We learned that you had to be an adult to enter the Library of Congress.  Next we went to the Supreme Court Building, then we visited the Air and Space museum. We saw Leonardo da Vinchi’s Flying machine, the first U.S. rocket and Amelia Earhart’s plane,  After The Air and Space Museum we ate lunch at food trucks. It had some of the best food I had ever had.   We then headed to the capital to take a tour. We watched a movie about the history of the capitalthen had our tour. After the tour we went to the Crime & Punishment Museum. It had the history of crime and punishment from as early as the middle ages. After we headed to the Hard Rock Café. We headed back to the hotel after we finished eating. We took the tram back to the hotel.  

Sunday January Eighteenth  

            Now normally we would leave on a Sunday but because it is  Martin Luther King Jr Weekend we have Monday off of school. That means we get to stay longer. When we woke up it was raining so that meant we had to wear our rain gear. We took the tram to the area around the Washington Monument. We got to go up in the monument. Next we went to the Natural History Museum. We went to the White House for a group picture. Next we went to the WW2 Memorial. Then to the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial. Then to finish out the day we went to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. We walked to the tram station and rode back to hotel. 

Monday January Nineteenth 

We woke up, packed our bags, checked out, and got in the cars. Before we left we went to Arlington National Cemetery and saw the changing of the guards and four boys in our troop changed out the wreath. After we went to see The Eternal Flame for President Kennedy. Then we went to The second Air and Space Museum and saw The Discovery the last rocket from America to go to space. We finally went home. We got back to the church at 11:00 pm.    

    By Eric

IHM Catholic Church, High Point, NC