LNT #7: Be Considerate of Other Visitors

photo cred @the_real_tip_toe

Whether you are paddling on the water, climbing, geocaching, hiking or biking, being considerate of other visitors helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience.

Principle #7 means more than “be quiet.” Decreasing the noise pollution is very important, but it is not the only thing to consider when being considerate of others. But I saw this photo and had to share.

10 Essentials for your backpack

Before every camping trip, a scout or scouter will ask, “What do I need to bring?” Well, each trip is a little different, but one thing remains the same: the 10 Essentials.

10 Scouting Essentials:

  1. Pocketknife or multi-tool
  2. Rain Gear
  3. Snack
  4. Flash light
  5. Extra clothing
  6. First-aid kit (including a whistle)
  7. Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, lip balm)
  8. Map & compass
  9. Matches & fire starter
  10. Water bottle

You may be thinking, Hey! It’s the 21st century. Aren’t there a few more essentials? Absolutely!

  1. Cell phone (and a power bank if you will need to recharge).
  2. Handheld GPS (and a few extra batteries). A map and compass are great, but the accuracy of a reliable GPS is far better.
  3. Pen or pencil

You may be thinking, Hey! I’m a girl. Aren’t there a few more essentials? As a female scouter, here are a few more items I consider essentials:

  1. Bandanna
  2. Feminine hygiene products
  3. A FUD

While almost all of the listed items are good to have on every outing (especially the outdoor outings), be smart and use common sense when considering what items will be appropriate for a specific outing. Depending on where you’re going, some of the items will not be allowed. For example, having a pocket knife with you is a good way to be detained at a museum, airport, or government building.

Be smart and be prepared.

Troop 100 Community Service

Service to our community of Northport, AL, is one of our top priorities as a troop. This month alone saw our boy and girl troops serving the community at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, the Northport Police Department Fall Festival, and collecting canned goods for St. Mark’s Food Pantry (Scouting for Food.) That’s more than 60 hours of time given to our friends and neighbors!

Troop 100G trunk-or-treating at Northport Police Department’s Fall Festival. We gave candy to about 1200 children and invited their older siblings of scouting age to join us for a troop meeting to learn more about Scouts BSA. Can you see our campfire glowing in the trunk??? It was spooktacular!

Community service projects reminds us to keep our promise to cheerfully help others, to be friendly, and to “do a good turn daily.”

As we gear up for the holidays, we like to go Scouting for Food to help replenish the food pantry at St. Mark United Methodist Church. On Monday night, the boy troop put out 153 grocery bags on various streets in Northwood Lake. Saturday morning, the girl troop met to gather the bags of donated food. We collected 137 items. I think that giant can of pork-n-beans counts as 4.

February Camping Trip

February 15-17, 2019, Troop 100B will be traveling to Montgomery, AL, to explore our state’s capital and history. The troop will camp at the local BSA camp, Camp Tuk (short for Tukabatchee) in Prattville, AL. Saturday, the troop will visit the capital buildings and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice. They plan to enjoy lunch at an artisan pizza restaurant before heading back to the camp to work on their orienteering skills. Other plans include working on camping and cooking merit badge requirements. Local Webelos (and parent) are welcome to join the troop on this trip. To register, visit TroopMaster or for more information, contact Scoutmaster Tommy.

Spring Break Trip Details!

OK, so LOST hasn’t been on TV for a while, but I can’t mention returning to an island without referring to Jack screaming at Kate at the airport at the end of season 3. Anyway, Troop 100 scouts have an opportunity to return to Tybee Island, March 2019!!

In 2015, Troop 100 made an exciting journey to Little Tybee Island. As the scouts who went on that trip in 2015 have grown, they’ve always spoken of how much fun they had on the island. So, the PLC decided they wanted to return this spring break.

The plan is to head to Tybee Island on March 10th and spend a few days kayaking to and camping on Little Tybee Island. On the 13th, the scouts will get to clean themselves up and relax in a nice airbnb on the main island. On March 14th, they’ll spend the day on a deep sea fishing experience before heading home on March 15th.

You can see a little bit of what our 2015 trip was like in this video:

OK, so the video I made is super-cheeseball…but the trip was awesome! And this year we’re throwing deep-sea fishing into the mix. Don’t miss out!

The deadline to sign up is February 11, so log-in to troopmaster and register ASAP! Talk to Dan for more details.