Many thanks to Dr. Leonard for planning and leading this past weekend’s trip. The route was a perfect length and by starting at a high point near the top of Cheaha Mtn, the hiking was mostly downhill. The weather was great Fri night and Saturday. On Sat morning, we were on top of Mt. Cheaha and had a great views along the trail from several rock outcroppings including McDill Point. See the attached first few photos. The first one looks like the boys are sitting right on the edge, but to put everyone’s mind at rest, I took a couple more photos (see next two) so you can see they were not really on the edge We are always careful and Dr. Leonard and I were drill sergeants when it came to safety.
By Saturday afternoon, after 8 miles on the trail that day, we were ready for downtime. We had a great campsite Sat night at the intersections of two rivers, just below a waterfall. We had plenty of water close to camp and were able to play around in the ice cold water that afternoon as the air temp went above 70 degrees. The water felt great after a long day of hiking and the clear sky and moderate temps made that evening around the campfire perfect.
Rain started early Sunday morning around 4am and by 6:30am we were in the middle of a pretty good soaker. The rain continued but finally let up a little around 8am and we decided to pack up in the lighter rain and hit the trail. We had a slightly tricky water crossing right off the bat (see pics) but after that we had a fairly easy final 3 miles out. After a stop in Oxford for lunch, we arrived back at AAA at 2pm yesterday.
This was a great trip to test a scout’s preparedness. We had a little of everything on this trip. We started with a mile of night hiking (headlamp). We had heat during the day (hydration and having enough water and a way to purify it). We had pretty cool temps at night and during rain (lightweight second layer of clothing). We had rain (waterproof tents and tarps as well as rain gear and backpack covers) and we had rocks, mud and water crossings on the trail (good boots that are waterproofed).
Packing up in the rain is no fun. I hope all the scouts emptied their backpacks as soon as they got home Sunday afternoon and set out their wet tents, rainflys and anything else that was wet and put wet and muddy clothes in the washer. You don’t want your equipment and clothes to get ruined!
Thanks again to Jeff Leonard for leading and to ASM Jeremy Anderson for assisting. Good trip.
Alan Davis – Boy Scout Leader Training Award
Wilburn Odom – Boy Scout Leader Training Award
Mike Anderton – Vulcan District Award of Merit
A word about Mike’s award. The Vulcan District Award of Merit is the highest award our District bestows. Our district is only allowed to give 3 of these awards per year. The award is presented to adults who not only display leadership and service within their units (troops, packs, crews) but also provide significant service to the District overall which serves over 50 units located in Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook and Vestavia. Mike has been very active not only with T96 but also with the Council (he is on the Board of Directors) but also with the District, specifically with regard to being the Chairman in charge of overall Youth Protection efforts and enforcement, but also as the leader of a monthly Eagle Board of Review panel. Past T96 winners of the Vulcan District Aware of Merit include Everett Holle, Paul Anderton (Mike’s dad), Roger Etherington, Loring Jones III, and Keith Sides. Congratulations Mike!! This is a well deserved honor.
Please join me in congratulating the men on these awards which recognize their service to the youth of our Troop and Vulcan District!
There was one additional adult award that Allen omitted from his list:
Allen Powell – Scoutmaster’s Key (for 3+ years of outstanding service as Scoutmaster for T-96)
The Troop was also recognized with a 100% Boy’s Life Unit award.
Here is what is on tap:
1) Drop off Christmas gifts for needy families (See Margaret Anderton’s email)
2) Sign up for Jan cold weather trip & short talk on waterproofing
3) Individual Patrols will elect Patrol Leaders
My goal is to be going to circle no later than 8:15pm.
See you Tuesday night. This is our last scout meeting of 2013! We resume Tue, Jan 7th.
To clarify, the dates for 2014 are primarily placeholders generally set for the third weekend of the month. As of right now the Summer Camp and Sea Base dates are firm. All other dates may change depending on the calendar and other significant conflicts. For instance, the April date will change because that is the weekend of Easter. The goal is to first firm up the trip and adult leader as soon as possible and then we will settle on dates as I work with the adult trip leader. Hope this helps. We will do this as soon as possible as I know you all want to have as much notice as possible to help you plan.
Troop 96 Trip Planning 2014 (.pdf)
1) Parents meeting:
Thank you to all the parents who attended the meeting on June 4th to discuss the BSA membership standards change which takes effect Jan 1, 2014. I want to thank Troop Committee Chair Mike Anderton for leading the meeting. I thought the discussion was constructive and hopefully we delivered information that was helpful.
As was conveyed last night, our Charter Organization is not going to de-charter Troop 96 as a result of the upcoming membership change. Additionally, since the policy does not take effect until Jan 1, 2014, really nothing changes this year. Over the coming months the Troop Committee will be meeting on this subject and will offer further information resulting from these meetings.
For now, it is full steam ahead helping boys become men, exposing boys to the wonderful outdoors that God has created and providing the opportunity for Scouts to advance to the rank of Eagle.
Thank you again for entrusting your boys to us at Troop 96. We take this responsibility very seriously.
And finally, thank you to all the ASMs who help our scouts and me every week in so many ways. I could not do it without you!
2) POR election results:
Congratulations to the following Scouts who were elected to Troop-level PORs last night. Their term runs July 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
Senior Patrol Leader – Aaron Davis
Asst Senior Patrol Leader – J.D. Vaughn
Chaplain’s Aide – Reid Hodges
Quartermaster – Elijah Leonard
Scribe – Davis Stevens
Historian – Wade Herren
Librarian – Sam Landers
Bugler – Andrew Dunlap
If other Scouts need PORs for advancement, see me at the next meeting. We will elect Patrol Leaders on Tue, June 18th and there are also a few Scoutmaster appointed PORs.
Off to Summer Camp this Sunday!
1) Parents meeting at 6:30pm Tue night (June 4th), at the normal scout meeting location (but meet in the Church Sanctuary) – Topic is the new Scout membership standard that takes effect Jan 1, 2014.
2) Meeting for Parents of Scouts going to Summer Camp at 7:30pm Tue night following the 6:30 parents meeting. This meeting will last approx 20 minutes and will run concurrently with the regular Scout meeting.
3) Troop level Position of Responsibility (POR) elections at the regular meeting Tue night. If you are running, come prepared with a speech and be in full class A uniform. Scouts not in Class A uniform will not be allowed to run. You can sign up to run for a maximum of three positions. Our SPL and ASPL will run the elections.
4) We leave for Summer camp Sunday, June 9th.