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 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.
- 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.
- They played two games of baseball and a game of kickball.
- They cooked three meals over a fire.
- They prayed a rosary, read psalms and the gospel, and sang hymns, around the campfire.
- They sang some goofy songs around the campfire too.
- They told stories late into the night in their tent.
- 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.