Yes, it’s that magical time of the Scout season when we have the great privilege of packing up a bunch of canoes and communing with nature on a beautiful Florida river !
This year, we are returning to the grand Ocklawaha River, which is near the Ocala and Silver Springs area. Much of the Ocklawaha is, as it was hundreds of years ago, in its pristine natural beauty. Early in the morning, mist rises over spring-fed streams. Clear water runs gently through semi-tropical forests and moss-draped trees. Canoeists wind through narrow waterways lined with gnarly cypress, swamp maples and sable palms.
The canoeing campout is my favorite…Scouts and adults alike learn so much on this campout, for example how to pack efficiently for loading up a canoe…can’t pack too much or you’ll overload the boat, but you have to pack enough in order to have a successful campout. How to keep your gear dry, how to navigate the river, different paddling techniques, how to purify water, and much more. At the end of this campout, you’ll be on your way to becoming a camping veteran!
There’s also the adventure factor. There’s something unique and challenging about packing up all of your gear on a boat, paddling down the river to a new destination, setting up camp, and travelling again the next day. A mini-version of a Lewis and Clark expedition !
So how do you prepare for this campout ?
Step 1…make sure you sign up on TroopKit for the Ocklawaha River Trek Camp event. Do it as soon as possible since we need to plan for the appropriate number of canoes. Once we finalize that number, we won’t be able to add more Scouts to the roster.
Step 2…make sure to attend our next troop meeting on Monday 10/07/13. The Troop Instructors will be going over some canoe basics.
Step 3…if you have not already completed it, it is highly recommended that you take the canoeing merit badge. We are privileged to have in our troop a canoeing expert, Mr. Gadsby, who will be providing the instruction and counseling for this merit badge. If you plan to take the merit badge, sign up on TroopKit for the Canoe merit badge Training events (there are 2 training events/sessions before the campout).
Hope you join us on our canoeing adventures !
Yours In Scouting,
This year for the rainbow river campout we went to Goethe state park. We arrived late at night and had a cracker barrel, then went to sleep. We woke up around 7:30, had a quick breakfast then went tubing on rainbow river for 2 hours. Christian Cole brought his inflatable raft for the river and a lot of kids tied tubes together to make clusters. The river was freezing but it felt nice in the intense heat. We came back to the campsite to practice some skills like knots and axe yard. Mr. Davis held a knot tying contest where all the participants won popsicles. In the middle of the hot afternoon, Mr. Gadsby brought us to the headsprings, where we swam for an hour in crystal clear water and took a small hike through the park. Once we came back, everyone made dinner. After dinner we made dutch oven deserts and invited a troop from Orlando, who was sharing the campsite with us, to eat the dutch oven food. After desert we all went to bed. In the morning we made breakfast and had an interfaith worship service. Once we were finished we cleaned up tidewater trail as a service project then everyone headed home. Overall the campout was hot and buggy, but it didn’t rain like last year and was a lot of fun.
Connor Davis, Historian
Hello Troop 22 and web site Visitors !
This has been an exciting and action packed summer for our troop !
In June, our troop brought 38 Scouts to summer camp at Woodruff, located in Blairsville, GA. About a dozen new Scouts completed the Mountain Man program, which sets them on the way to Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. Everyone completed several merit badges, including many Eagle required badges. Looks like more Troop 22 Eagles will be soaring above Tampa Bay in the near future.
We had 2 adult leaders complete the Scoutmaster training course at Woodruff, so we have added 2 officially trained leaders to our roster. All of the 12 adult leaders in attendance kept busy with helping to manage the troop, but we also found time for some hiking, fishing, and other fun activities.
This July we sent a contingent of 10 Scouts from our troop to the 2013 BSA National Jamboree. National Jamboree events occur once every 4 years. This one in particular was the first at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, which is a new BSA high adventure camp in West Virginia. With over 50,000 Scouts from around the world in attendance – together with whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, merit badges and other high adventure activities – this will surely be a once in a lifetime experience for our attending Scouts.
During the summer, our adult leaders have been discussing and making plans for the upcoming Scout year. As always, these discussions and the resulting plans are geared towards the aims of Scouting – Character, Citizenship, and Fitness. We do our best to organize our troop to align with these aims, and to also plan service projects, unique outdoor and camping events, and leadership opportunities that will help our Scouts grow into better citizens and leaders. This upcoming Scout year will prove to be exciting, challenging, fun, and a great growth opportunity for our Scouts.
Also coming up…during 2014 spring break (March 10 – 14), we will be taking 15 Scouts and 8 adult leaders to the BSA Sea Base high adventure camp. This camp, held in the Florida Keys, will include a week of water based activities, including swimming, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, motor boating, and island exploration. It also includes a day trip to Key West…sounds like it’s going to be a blast !!
Thanks for reading thru this info. If you have any questions about this content, or our troop, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours In Scouting,
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