For the Birds

ON OCTOBER 10TH, Troop 100 G Star Scouts Abbey and Isabel began a conservation project required for their rank advancements. The two of them decided, based on resources Troop 100 already possessed from a bygone Eagle Project, to create bird houses from large, hollow gourds.

They allocated about 3 hours to complete the work they needed done, and began the process of polishing up the gourds for the birds.

First, the gourds needed the be sanded. They were covered in dirt, bumps, and grime that was absolutely unsuited for the next step of the process.

After hours of sanding each gourd to perfection, followed by a cursory rinse, the gourds were ready for the next step–painting.

Of course, while brown isn’t the most glamorous color, bird houses should typically be painted to match the natural surroundings. That way, they’ll have more success in becoming potential sites for bird nests. The brown was chosen to make the gourds appear more tree-like.

After all the gourds had been painted with their first coat, they were hung up to dry for a second coat.

Once all of the gourds are dry and looking pristine, they’ll be carefully placed in the outdoors so that homes might be provided to the little animals who need them.

Through careful work with the gourds, Isabel and Abbey were able to tick off another requirment for rank advancement as well as complete a service project for the betterment of their community, or, in other words, for the birds.

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.”

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.