Troop 868 in Action

Barren River Lake Scout Celebration (August, 2005)

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Troop 868 returned for a seventh straight year to the annual Scout Celebration at Barren River Lake.  Hammered by conflicting activities that prevented a bunch of scouts from attending, a small but dedicated crew of 6 scouts and 2 leaders rolled into the Tailwater Campground on Friday afternoon.  Two other scouts joined the group on Saturday.

The theme for this year's show was Bridges for Life and Saturday morning's program featured a series of stations that taught basic scouting-related skills in fun ways.  Troop 868 scouts helped by running three of these stations.

Our guys also managed to get both a campsite gateway and a pioneering project erected in time for judging this year and snagged 2nd place in the scout skills exhibit competition.  The prize was a folding camp table that will be put to good use.

Despite scorching heat (typical of August in Kentucky), it was a fun and productive weekend.  Brief showers early on Saturday afternoon brought welcome cloud cover that cooled things off a bit; Saturday night was considerably more comfortable than Friday night!  A loud and animated troop of Girl Scouts won the coveted "Jigger" award and the right to parade through the camp ringing the ceremonial bell late Saturday night.

The weekend program concluded with an in-camp worship service on Sunday morning that was well-attended by numerous Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout units.  After breaking camp, we had time to swim before heading back home to Shepherdsville.

Stephen, Clinton, Trey, and Tim cook sausage and eggs to make breakfast burritos on Saturday morning. Troop 868 scouts in class B uniforms look sharp in formation at the opening flag ceremony.
Trey and Nick took a water break while manning the "Stretcher Relay" program station. Clinton and Stephen didn't seem to mind helping these Girl Scouts start a fire using flint and steel.
Tim reeled in the buoy while Adam sipped a drink of water at the "Ring Buoy Toss" station. Scoutmaster Meek demonstrated the proper way to toss the buoy for some Cub Scouts.
Clinton used a post hole digger to set some posts for a log bridge on Saturday afternoon. The whole gang poses with the completed project.
Trey poses for the camera as the scouts prepare to break camp after worship on Sunday morning. Some horseplay in the water is the perfect way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon.