Winter Camp 2020

With COVID still raging through Alabama communities, it is more difficult than ever to keep things “business as usual”. Thankfully, for Scout Troops and Venture Crews throughout Alabama, and even parts of Georgia, Camp Horne staff in Cottondale, Alabama, had a few tricks up their sleeves.

Camp Horne’s entrance sign

Thanks to passionate camp coordinators and volunteers, Camp Horne’s 2020 Winter Camp took place from December 28-30, and it was packed with endless activities and opportunities for Scouts and Venturers to earn merit badges and complete certifications.

Scouts earning CPR and First Aid Certification

Of course, Winter Camp was conducted following BSA and CDC Guidelines with troops socially distant, masks up except for meal times, and nearly all activities conducted outdoors (CPR and First Aid as one of the only exceptions). Staff at Camp Horne pulled all the stops when arranging the outing and put together ATV certification courses, blacksmithing activities, and a myriad of shooting sports; not surprisingly, these were some of the most popular events.

ATVs getting sprayed clean at the end of a long day

Merit badges offered ranged from First Aid to Astronomy to Cooking, so everyone present had a variety of options to choose from when making their daily schedules. Our Troop 100 G members checked off several merit badges over the course of Winter Camp, and our Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster helped teach several of the courses themselves.

Astronomy merit badge being taught by a professor from the University of Alabama

To contrast with all the hard work during the day, the afternoons consisted of games, movies, and campfires.

Scouts playing cornhole

Needless to say, the Scouts and Venturers greatly enjoyed the rare opportunity to try new things amid COVID, and Winter Camp surely provided them with a fun way to acquire essential lifetime skills. Camp ended with the traditional Polar Plunge, tidy campsites, and heartfelt goodbyes as everyone departed to celebrate the coming of 2021 and the chance for new beginnings. Happy New Year!

A Return to Our Roots

On September 19th, Troop 100 G was able to finally start back camping like normal–or at least as normal as could be expected while still following social distancing guidelines.

While options are limited for camping at the moment, our Scout group overcame the setbacks the Coronavirus has caused and decided to tough it out at Camp Horne, which is the base camp for most activities in the Black Warrior Council.

Joined by a new Scout who had just received her Arrow of Light, Troop 100 G wanted to focus a lot of the activities they’d be doing around rank advancement and really reinforcing those fundamental skills that all Scouts should possess, such as first aid and fire building.

Troop 100 G practicing First Aid
Scout Kaycee using a backpacking stove

To cap off a quite peaceful trip, two of the older scouts completed an essential environmental conservation project at Camp Horne to prevent erosion and pollution, and the Troop came together towards the end to clear a trail that had become overgrown during the quarantine.

The Scouts clearing a trail

They made progress in several areas this weekend which is a testament to their resilience in these trying times.

All in all, in the words from the Patrol Leader Isabel, “It was a very normal camping trip, and it was nice to get back into the swing of things.”

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.

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.