Troop 868 in Action
Summer Camp at Camp Crooked Creek (June 11-17, 2000)
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Troop 868 attended week-long summer resident camp the week of June 11-17, 2000 at Camp Crooked Creek. CCC is operated by the Lincoln Heritage Council and is located just off I-65 a few miles south of Shepherdsville, Kentucky --- right in Troop 868's back yard!
Our group included 18 Troop 868 scouts, 5 adult leaders, and 2 scouts from Troop 40 whose summer plans conflicted with the week their troop was scheduled to attend camp.
All scouts who had not yet earned the rank of First Class participated in the camp's Dan Boone program. This daily 3-hour class concentrated on basic scouting skills and the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.
Older scouts were encouraged to take a "full load" of 6 merit badges; Dan Boone participants were encouraged to take 3 merit badges to fill up their day. The scouts selected from a wide variety of offerings dependent upon their needs and interests. Traditional favorites such as Swimming, Canoeing, Cooking, Fishing, and First Aid were supplemented by Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness, Rowing, Space Exploration, Personal Fitness, Pioneering, Art, Photography, Music, Nature, Leatherwork, Metalworking, Woodcarving, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, and Archery.
Adult leaders were offered the opportunity to participate in a special Scoutmaster COPE course Tuesday-Friday mornings. The course was primarily educational and designed to teach the participating scoutmasters how to safely conduct climbing activities for their troops; but it also included a fair number of "hands on" activities and team building exercises.
In total, our group earned 44 completed merit badges plus partials and significant advancement toward Tenderfoot, Second Class, and/or First Class for many scouts. We had two teams compete in the camp's Mafeking Challenge event, and a team in the volleyball tournament. Our troop was one of about 30% of the units in camp to earn a Quality Unit award. Requirements for this designation included submitting all fees and paperwork on time, attending all assemblies and required SPL and Scoutmaster meetings, scoring well on all campsite inspections, and completing a camp improvement service project.
The Dan Boone Program
Merit Badge Classes
The Scoutmaster COPE Program