The troop will meet at Coolfont Feb. 19 at 2PM to swim. Scouts can complete their swim test for the year, work on strokes for the Swimming MB, work on the snorkeling patch, or just have fun! Scouts going to SeaBase should work on endurance or snorkeling.
Nov. 6 we’ll climb to the top of Jack’s Mountain and have lunch with a view. Meet at the scouthouse at 8:30. We’ll tentatively return around 3PM. Pack a lunch, water, first aid kit, sturdy shoes, good socks, and appropriate layers for cool weather.
Scouts plan to earn the Snorkeling BSA patch Sun, Aug. 29, at the Sinoquipe pool. Those going to SeaBase are to earn this patch in preparation, but all scouts are welcome to earn it. Contact Kate if planning to attend.
Regular Friday night meetings begin again with school. Meetings are at 6:30 at the scout house. There will also be a committee meeting Aug. 27 for fall planning. During the year, we follow the no school no scouts policy.
Our final court of honor for 2020 will be Dec. 18 at 6:30. Boys can also bring a decorated box to swap bagged cookies for a cookie exchange. Any boy who wants to join the gift exchange can bring a gift of not more than $15.
To get ready for summer camp, we are meeting twice a week to review swimming skills for the swim test. Boys who are interested can work on the Swimming merit badge too.
For the swim test, boys need to jump into deep water, level off, swim 75 yards of a strong stoke (front/back crawl, breast, or side), then swim 25 yards of elementary back stroke, and finish by floating or treading for 30-60 seconds. They must be comfortable the whole way and not exhausted by the end.
Boys who pass the swim test will be able to be in a kayak by themselves. To finish the Kayaking merit badge, boys will need to show they can exit the kayak while capsized, climb back into the kayak, and dump a kayak over another.
Some boys are interested in going to Sea Base in a couple of years. Nevin calculated that boys could save $67 per month to cover airfare, passports, and the program fee in the Bahamas. Other options include sites in Florida and the US Virgin Islands.