August 19, 2017

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Whitewater Rafting Trip June 2017 – Dragons Historian Report

 Whitewater Rafting Trip – June 2017 – Dragons Patrol 

 by Michael Katson

On Friday, June 2nd, we left St. Francis at 6:30 for the Cheat Canyon Campground, Albright, WV. The Scouts set up their tents when they arrived. We woke up earlier than expected but breakfast went well and our patrol cooked pancakes and sausage links. The NSP left early for white water rafting on the Lower Yough R. and we eventually left the campground for the Cheat Narrows. When we arrived there after a turnaround on a dirt road and a “shortcut” taken by Mr. Pan Jr., we geared up and got our shiny bright helmet, life jacket, and paddle. We then left on a school bus to get our red rafts and carry them down to the river. The guide told us about all the rapids and gave us information on specific rocks such as Dimple, which has a deadly cave under it. When it came time for lunch, they provided us with shrimp, chips, burritos, pita bread and most importantly, chocolate chip cookies! We also were able to get out of our rafts to swim in the water when no rapids were around. The group also stopped at a beautiful waterfall we were lucky to see. At the beginning of the trip, our guide said that carrying the rafts down was the 2nd hardest part of the trip and carrying them back up is the 1st hardest. And oh was he right, by the time we went through all the rapids and came close to falling out, it came time to carry the rafts up the hill and leave. Even having 7 people on the raft, it was still pretty annoying to carry. 

When we drove back to our campground, we made pasta with meat sauce for dinner which took us longer than expected. Cleaning was tedious as usually although once we finished, we were very relieved. The scouts had the campfire and the PLC meeting then went to bed. When we woke up at 6:15, we made breakfast which was grits and sausage links. They were easy to make and very tasty. Due to the fact that this was our last campout of the season before summer, we were instructed to clean everything in our chuck box thoroughly so the equipment would be perfect for when we came back after summer. At 10:00, a helicopter pilot talked to us about his career and the helicopter. After that, we packed up and left the Cheat Canyon Campground at around 11:00.

Whitewater Rafting Trip June 2017 – Bears Historian Report

 Whitewater Rafting Trip – June 2017 – Bears Patrol 

 by Jason Jin

On June 2nd, Troop 55 went whitewater rafting. We left St. Francis at 6:30 pm. It was a 4-hour ride. We went to a campsite near the Cheat River. When we got there, it was around 11 pm.

After we set up our tents, we immediately slept. The next day, we cooked breakfast. Then, we cleaned up and began to work on advancement. This continued until 11 am. Then, we went on the whitewater rafting.

After we were safety briefed, we started the trip. The first thing we did was go on a small hike to a beautiful waterfall. You could go behind the waterfall, and feel the power of the water as it splashed against the ground. Soon, we went back to our rafts and started going through some rapids. Everybody got soaked, and during the middle, we had lunch. Right after lunch, we went through some more rapids and everyone was soaked again. To our surprise, we finished very quickly after lunch. When we got back to our campsite, we worked on some more advancement.

Soon enough, we started to make dinner. It was long, and took a very long time to clean up. After the cleanup, it was nighttime. We went to the campfire for announcements and some jokes. We went to sleep right after that.

When we woke up, we made breakfast. It was also pretty long, and we had to clean our chuck boxes to get ready for the summer. That took a very long time, like 2 or 3 hours. Then, we packed up our belongings and prepared to do service. Before the service we told some jokes to pass the time. After the service, we went home on the boring car ride, tired but happy from the whitewater rafting.

2017 Memorial Day Service – Historian Report


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Great Falls Freedom Memorial – May 29, 2017

by Cam Beem – Vikings Patrol

Some volunteering scouts from the troop went to the Memorial Day service on May 29, 2017.   First, everybody helped set up the chairs for the guests. Once that was finished, we did some practice runs of what we were going to do during the service.  After that, the service started. We listened to all of the inspiring speeches and songs, which made us proud to be Americans.  The keynote speaker was Robert D. Vickers Jr. who spoke about his service in Vietnam. 

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Assateague Island May 2017 – Historian Report

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 by Tommy Keating – Scorpions Patrol

The Sun was beginning to rise as the Troop Gathered in The Parking lot of Saint Francis. When everyone got into patrol lines and had set down their items in their patrols pack lines we began to take attendance. After the attendance was taken care of everyone received their car assignments and began to pile in.  

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Spy Rock April 2017 – Vikings Historian Report


 Spy Rock – April 2017

 by Cam Beem – Vikings Patrol

This April, the Viking patrol (notice there is no plural, it was just me from the Vikings) had a great time backpacking on the Appalachian trail, seeing the great views of Crabtree Falls and Spy Rock.  The car ride was very long, and I had nothing to do for three hours but it was fine. When I got there, we did quite a bit of waiting because the Feng-Mobile (Mr.Feng’s Car) took forever, so instead of having lunch at the top, we had lunch at the bottom of the mountain before we began our hike.

After an hour and a half or so of nonstop switchbacks, which are never easy, we came to the top of Crabtree Falls, which looked something like this…



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Spy Rock April 2017 – Buxx/Dragons Historian Report

 SpyRock-2017-AZhang-1Spy Rock – April 2017 – Buxx/Dragons 

 by Albert Zhang

Early in the morning on April Fool’s a small group of roughly twenty to thirty scouts left on a three hour drive to the Crabtree Falls/Spy Rock in the Appalachian Mountains. As participation in certain patrols were low during this outing, our patrols merged into four large patrols. Once everybody arrived at the bottom of Crabtree Falls, we separated into our patrols and then departed at different time periods. I was in the patrol containing the Buxx, the Dragons, and the Vikings, who left last.

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