Troop 868 in Action

(August, 2009)

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For our August outing, Troop 868 once again journeyed south down Interstate-65 to the Tailwater Campground at Barren River Lake for the 15th annual SCOUT CELEBRATION sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Having won the "Jigger" Scout Spirit Award at last year's event, Troop 868 was honored to camp in the "Jigger Campsite" in the center of camp this year.  The Cub Scouts of Pack 868 occupied our traditional campsite in the front corner of the field.

The weekend weather was sunny and clear.  Our scouts spent most of Saturday morning swimming at The Quarry beach area.  On Saturday afternoon, they set about constructing a rope bridge in the field in front of our campsite.  Once up and operating, the bridge was easily the most popular activity in camp and won the troop First Place in the display competition.

As winners of the Scout Spirit Award at Scout Celebration 2008, Troop 868 camped this year in the "Jigger Campsite" Acting Senior Patrol Leader Nick with the troop in formation for Saturday evening flag lowering.
As holders of the "Jigger" Award, Troop 868 scouts led by flag bearers Scott and Cody marched around the parade field ringing the Jigger bell before the flag was raised on Saturday morning.
Colonel Keith Landry, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District addressed the Scouts. Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Hagerman helps the boys drive one of the anchor poles for the rope bridge into the ground.
Adam and Dalton lash a couple of ropes around the top of another pole to keep it from splitting out while being driven. Then Dalton hammers it into the ground.
Cub Scouts from Pack 868 gathered around to watch the Boy Scouts assemble the bridge.  At left, Gabe, Scott, and Preston let Cub Scout Dawson do some of the lashing.
Gabe and Scott show the Cub Scouts how lashings are made. It's not long before Nick and Adam are ready to stand the first support up and move it into place.

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