Troop 868 in Action
(May 2006)

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For our May 2006 outing, Troop 868 paid a return visit to McKee Scout Reservation near Mount Sterling, Kentucky.  The troop's primary goal for this outing was to help several of our younger scouts complete selected requirements for Tenderfoot, Second, and/or First Class rank advancement.  Camp McKee was an ideal destination for that purpose.

Several boys needed to complete a 4-mile backpacking hike, so the group decided to hike the 7-mile Pioneer Mountain Trail on Saturday afternoon.  The PMT rings the camp property and is a fairly easy trail ... at least it is when it's not overgrown with poison ivy!  This particular year, Camp McKee was sporting a bumper crop of this noxious weed.  Everywhere one looked the crop was lush.  Despite the thick foliage and a few trail sections that were not well marked, we managed to complete our mission in a little over 3 hours.

During dinner preparation on Saturday night, both patrols learned the value of reading directions when they discovered (after the fact) that it's better to boil the water for instant mashed potatoes BEFORE adding the potato flakes.  (Yuck!)

After conducting an in-camp worship service on Sunday morning, the majority of the group decided to check out the water temperature by swimming.  Though a bit on the cool side, several robust scouts had what they reported to be "a good swim" and two managed to pass their Second and First Class aquatics requirements.

In the Cobra Patrol site, Trey and Stephen seem to have Tim well secured ... complete with a sign that reads "Ransom $10" Scouts climbed one of the few steep inclines on the Pioneer Mountain Trial.
Dylan, Adam, Jeremy, and Nick climb the last few feet up to the highest point on the trail. Tim, Stephen, Trey, and Adam pushed their way through one of the overgrown sections of the trail.
Jeremy, currently the troop's newest scout, is amazed at how easily and quickly cedar bark burns. Dylan is followed by Stephen (drinking from his water bladder), Adam, and Mr. Guelda.
Jeremy and Nick serve as color guards under the watchful eye Troop Quartermaster Stephen on Sunday morning. The troop salutes as the colors are raised.
Dylan practices his wood chopping skills in the axe yard. Assistant Scoutmaster Tom Guelda prepares a gourmet breakfast in the Adult Patrol site.
Swimming proved a popular activity for about half the troop despite lake temperature still a bit on the cool side. Dylan, flanked by swimmers Tim and Trey, was a bit off course doing the elementary backstroke during a swimming test..
Scoutmaster Meek gives instructions as Dylan prepares to practice a line rescue. Jeremy and Tim perform flag duty as the colors are lowered just prior to departing camp.