For most summers, Scouts look forward to summer camp and treks. Some venture far away from home, while others enjoy places nearby. Since this summer was a little bit different, we asked Scouters to share what their units did in summer 2019. You can visit go.scoutingmagazine.org/showandtell to send us what your unit did.
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Girls Troop 2019 based in Westport, Mass., spent a week at Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Rhode Island. The camp’s theme for the week was “board games,” and the troop embraced a Candy Land theme, giving away rainbow lollipops, sunglasses and glowsticks to campsite visitors. The troop placed second overall, with a first-place finish in costumes and fourth-place award in campsite decorations. They won a scavenger hunt and dessert cook-off, and came in third in the camp’s water carnival.
To the Capital
Members of Troop 4953 of Boyne City, Mich., took in the sights during their weeklong journey from Michigan to Washington, D.C. The Scouts visited a few French and Indian War and Civil War battlefields, including Antietam, Fort Necessity and Monocacy. They also stopped by some state parks and went to a minor league baseball game before going to the National Mall in D.C.
In the Windy City
Troop 557 of Columbus, Ind., started a six-day trip at Indiana Dunes State Park, where the Scouts hiked to the top of three dunes before driving on to Lake Michigan to check out a lighthouse. The next day, the Scouts took a bus tour and river cruise around downtown Chicago and visited a planetarium, aquarium and the famous Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) sculpture. They also went to the observation decks of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, and kayaked in the Chicago River surrounded by skyscrapers.
Worth the Wait
Scouts with Troop 421 of Arlington, Texas, planned a Philmont Scout Ranch trek for 2½ years. Devastating fires in New Mexico canceled their 2018 plans just a few days before they were scheduled to depart. They didn’t have a backup plan, so they began planning and training to go in 2019. They made it to Philmont last summer, where the crew summited Mount Phillips.
Kings of the World
Scouts and Scouters with Troop 1911 of Missoula, Mont., rafted along the Flathead River during a Powder Horn course at Montana Council’s Grizzly Base Camp. Powder Horn is an introductory training for many high-adventure activities, including whitewater rafting.
A Grand Trek
Troop 84 of San Ramon, Calif., went on a 50-mile trek at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The Scouts hiked from the South Rim to the North Rim and back again.
On the Trail to Camp
Troop 1971 of Beaumont, Texas, worked on the Historic Trails Award, which requires hiking or camping at least two days along a historic trail. On their way to Camp Orr in Arkansas, the Scouts stopped by Fort Smith National Historic Site and Petit Jean State Park to do service projects.
Cycling and Kayaking
Troop 149 of West Linn, Ore., went on a 50-mile bicycle trip on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington state and a four-day kayaking trek around nearby Orcas Island.
An icy summer
Crew 274 of Republic, Mo., visited Iceland for a week. The Venturers explored glaciers, geysers, a tectonic divide, waterfalls and hot springs.
Crew 911 of San Antonio, Texas, took a road trip across West Texas and New Mexico, stopping at four national parks and three state parks, including the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Pack 13 of Charlotte, N.C., adopted the Alexander Slave Cemetery, a historic site that was not being maintained. Every summer, the Cub Scouts and adults visit the site three times. So far, they have created walking paths, picked up trash, and removed fallen branches and trees. Most recently, the cemetery’s fence has been fixed and painted.
Camping with eagles
Girls Troop 893 of Centreville, Va., shared its week at summer camp at Rodney Scout Reservation in Maryland with eagles in the campsite’s trees. The troop also won the honor troop award.
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