What did your Son do this Weekend?

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A Trailman takes another step towards earning his Woodtools Card with each swing of the axe.

What did your son do this weekend?  These were my thoughts as I reflected on how my son and the other Trailmen of Troop OR-1531 spent theirs.  Here is a summary of what happened for their March Adventure:

  1.  They earned their Wood Tools card – they chopped logs with an axe, made kindling with a hatchet, cut branches with saws, made eating utensils with their knives – all while learning about safety.
  2. They earned their Fire Guard card – they built fires using a ferro rod.  They made sparks using a flint and steel.  They made their fires using several techniques and used the wood they had chopped, sawed, and split.  They learned how to do this all safely and how to extinguish a fire completely.
  3. They played two games of baseball and a game of kickball.
  4. They cooked three meals over a fire.
  5. They prayed a rosary, read psalms and the gospel, and sang hymns, around the campfire.
  6. They sang some goofy songs around the campfire too.
  7. They told stories late into the night in their tent.
  8. They ended their campout with Noon Mass as a Troop.

In short – these Trailmen made memories, strengthened friendships, built resilience, deepened their faith, and learned skills – to last a lifetime.

Walk Worthy, Trailmen!

 

P.S. Last summer during a planning session, the Trailmen of Troop OR-1531 stated that they wanted more camping.  So Camping events were planned in the fall as well as spring to augment the traditional summer camping season.  In March the troop had their first overnight campout of the calendar year.

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It’s harder than it looks – but this Trailman persevered!
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Learning to use a saw. The Trailmen loved taking turns making fuel for the fire.
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A Trailman honors God. There were quiet and rambunctious times around the campfire.
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No Screens were present at the campsite, but the boys didn’t miss them.
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No adults were needed for the boys to organize their baseball and kickball games.
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The Trailmen invented their own competition involving swinging from a chain. Here a Trailmen reaches the Ultimate level, second degree.
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The camp out officially ended back at St. Joseph, Troop OR-1531’s charter organization.

2 comments

  1. Great to see Trail Life kids doing all those outside activities…

    Bill Brenza 619-992-2520

    On Wed, Apr 10, 2019, 7:10 AM TRAIL LIFE USA TROOP OR-1531 – A Christ-centered outdoor adventure leadership program for young men. wrote:

    > davidwendell posted: ” What did your son do this weekend? These were my > thoughts as I reflected on how my son and the other Trailmen of Troop > OR-1531 spent theirs. Here is a summary of what happened for their March > Adventure: They earned their Wood Tools card – they chop” >

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