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Scouts attend Camp Shenandoah

Members of Troop 341 who attended Camp Shenandoah include, front row from left, Michael Knez, Hughes Nelson, TJ Banks and Devante Robertson; second row, John Williams, Will Fochtmann, Will Callis and James Williams; third row, Victor Knez, Kaleb Wake, Brett Fochtmann and Joe Nelson; and fourth row, Gary Horner, Alice Nelson and Bill Goettle.

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 341 recently returned from a week at Camp Shenandoah in Swoope near Staunton. 

The experience of each Scout determined the program that each Scout participated. TJ Banks and Will Fochtmann, the troop’s newest members, participated in the Timber Mountain program. This program is designed especially for first-year Scouts. Participants were introduced to the Scouting program and taught basic skills such as knot tying, fire building, cooking, first aid and knife handling and care. Participants also had the opportunity to take mammal study merit badge and either learn to swim or take swimming merit badge. Both Scouts accomplished a five-mile hike and participated in an overnight camping experience. 

The Timber Mountain patrol that TJ and Will joined for the week took first place in the Timber Mountain skills competition at the end of the week.  Both Scouts earned their fireman chit and tote’n chit.

Victor Knez and Joe Nelson, being the most experienced of the troop’s Scouts, were challenged for the week in the High Adventure program. During the week they enjoyed such activities as white water rafting in West Virginia, hiking to and swimming in a mountain lake, hiking to Elliott’s Knob in a day (a total of 14 miles, round trip), and climbing and repelling. 

The rest of the troop participated in the traditional merit badge program. Merit badges earned included environmental science, climbing, nature, model design and building, geology, leatherwork, pioneering, sculpture, swimming, theatre, mammal study, and fish and wildlife management.

Troop 341 also participated in the camp-wide decathlon, which was a series of competitions. John Williams and Devante Robertson represented the Troop in the 5K run. Hughes Nelson and Devante came in third in the knot-tying contest. Overall, the troop tied for third place in the week-long event. The troop also earned the Troop Honor Award.

Troop 341 is sponsored by Christ Church Parish and meets on Thursday evenings. Anyone interested in helping with or joining the troop may call Alice Nelson at 776-7445.

posted 07.15.2009

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