Eighteen Scouts from Troop 28 in Lawrenceville spent a week at Camp Rodney in North East, Maryland honing their Scouting skills. Although the Scouts focused on Eagle required merit badges such as camping, lifesaving, first aid, personal fitness and cooking (in 2014), they also spent time learning skills in fun areas such as archery, rifle, nature, computers, golf, fishing, climbing, kayaking and many more.
The Scouts from Troop 28 earned a total of 57 merit badges. Two Scouts, Matthew McChesney and Evan Monfre completed the mile swim, an individual accomplishment offered at the camp.
Three older Scouts, Noah Hotz, Garrett Monfre, and Jack Wagner participated in a high adventure sailing trip from North East to Baltimore over five days of camp, learning sailing and motor boating skills, along with astronomy, oceanography, and weather knowledge while on the sailboat. The Scouts spent nights sleeping on the sailboat and braving difficult weather.
Not to be outdone, two new Scouts, Ethan Strasfeld and Patrick Wert were members of Brownsea Patrol #7, the Psycho Purple Elephants who were voted the honor of being the most “annoying” first-year patrol due to their loud cheers, participation and questions during patrol activities. These Scouts work on rank requirements and also had the opportunity to earn merit badges in nature and swimming.
While the main goal of the camp is to provide a setting for Scouts to earn merit badges, the camp also encourages Troop participation in group activities.
Involvement in group activities allows the Troop to receive the ‘Honor Troop Award’.
This award is given only to Troops that participate in flag ceremonies, campsite cleanup and maintenance, volleyball, swimming, sailing, mountain biking, “ironman” (mountain biking, running, kayaking, and climbing, each done by an individual Scout on a four Scout team), rifle, archery, shotgun, skits, Scouts-own-Service (a non-denominational religious service) and conducting a service project at camp.
Troop 28 had a perfect score in flag ceremonies, averaged 97 on campsite cleanup and maintenance, was active in the Scouts-own-Service, finished second in the volleyball tournament, and completed a road maintenance service project, while participating in the other events. Of the twenty Troops at Camp Rodney that week, Troop 28 was one of only six Troops to attain the Honor Troop Award, matching the award earned last summer while at Camp NoBeBoSco in Blairstown, NJ.
Congratulations to Scout Kyle Jorgensen who served as the Senior Patrol Leader, guiding the Troop to this prestigious recognition.