Troop 26 went to Grayson Highland Virginia State Park for a backpacking trip. We were accompanied by two scouts who used to be in our troop. There were four new scouts on this trip.On Friday December 12th we split our backpacking equipment up to even out the load and then we left for Grayson highlands. We arrived at 10:00 at night. The temperature was below freezing. We put our packs on and hiked in a mile to our site. We then set up camp in the dark. On Saturday we all woke and ate our own food that we cooked our selves.The scouts who have gone on backpacking trips packed up their tents and left around 8:30 a.m. The younger scouts went on a five mile day hike to the top of Mount Rogers the tallest peak in Virginia. The older scouts hiked 10 miles and camped somewhere different from the younger scouts. There were many wild horses on the trail. On Sunday we all packed up camp and headed for the parking lot the older scouts got their last. Then we all left.
This weekend our troop was going on another exciting camping trip at Hanging Rock State Park. We had 4 new scouts from Webelos 2 pack 16 that also attended. Twenty two scouts attended the campout. On Friday we drove to Hanging Rock, it was cold the moment we stepped out of our cars. We unloaded the trailer we went to our campsites in the dark. Everyone was freezing as we set up our tents. Soon it was morning and it got down to 23 degrees which made a really cold Saturday morning. We started to build a fire it was hard however we soon got it started so everyone could warm up. After lunch we did some activities that included knots, hiking, fire building, and a maze puzzle. This was followed up by an activities challenges that took until nightfall. Everyone gave it their all with team Alpha wining the activities challenge to earn a great dessert later that night. When we were done we ate dinner which was followed by some late night KP and some final huddling by the fire before snuggling into our sleeping bags. Sunday morning it was a little warmer 34 degrees which allowed us to quickly pack up so we could hike back up to Window Falls. When we finished Sunday service on top of the mountain and we hiked back to our cars to finally make our way home. Soon we arrived home and even though it was cold we will remember the trip to hanging rock as an awesome experience for all scouts.
Troop 26 went on a trip to Woodfield West for the Akela District Camporee. It was called The Fellowship of the Troops. We arrived late at night we all unpacked the trailer, and set up camp. Then a few scouts built a gateway using lashings and bamboo. We woke up at 6:00 and made breakfast. The rest of the day we did challenges. One of the last challenges was the Battle at Black Gate. It was water balloon and flour battle. Our troop won the battle then a group of scouts from our troop and groups from other troops did a race. Later that night we had a camp wide camp fire and they announced the winners of the challenges and we won 2nd place.
The trip to Bryson City for tubing was long. It was about a four hour trip in the rain. Once we arrived, we had to set up in the dark. In the morning all the patrols made breakfast. We played in the river until the adults got our tubes. We lugged our tubes to the farthest point you could tube from. They sent us down in patrols. Our first trip down someone in my patrol fell of their tube and went under the water. An older scout pulled him out. We went down the river multiple times. We tubed till 4:30 p.m. then each patrol made dinner. Sunday morning we packed up had a church service and left.