Troop 188 Scouts staying busy
This month, Troop 188 put on their annual Christmas tree pickup service providing Summit residents with the option to have the Scouts stop by and recycle their trees for a small donation.
Flyers were posted around town and in the Summit Daily to notify potential new supporters of the fundraiser, and many people anticipate the event and call on the Scouts year after year.
Scouts usually travel with their friends in groups of three on three different days. These days occur during two weekends, seven days apart, to allow the boys to take advantage of the extra time that comes with the weekend.
The boys look forward to and enjoy this fundraiser as it is a chance to spend some time with their friends while raising money for the troop.
Donated money goes toward many things that are crucial to the Scouts’ activities, such as: camping equipment, event fees and other events that Troop 188 participates in every year.
Troop 188 recycled nearly 150 trees this year.
Apart from recycling Christmas trees, Troop 188 also participated in the yearly scouting event known as biathlon.
This event is five hours of winter snowshoeing or cross country skiing up a trail with 22-caliber rifles, black powder and archery stations all the way to the top.
Although the event is essentially a competition, new marksmen are always welcome to participate in the shooting. Scouts come from all around to test their aim at this low-key competition and are even permitted to bring their own gun or bow if they choose.
Sharp-shooting Scouts receive award plaques in return for outstanding shooting or exceptional demonstration of Scout spirit or a superior display of the Scout oath and law.
Even though the activities concluded around 4 p.m., Troop 188 Scouts had come prepared to stay the night with the option of pitching a tent or creating a sleeping structure made out of snow.
All of the Scouts chose to create some type of snow accommodation, the variety of which included trenches, caves and over hangs.
After awaking in their snow caves and eating breakfast, the boys had the opportunity to drive a snowmobile on a track about five miles into the woods near the camp.
This proved to be quite an exciting experience for the Scouts as some of them had never driven a snowmobile before.
Overall, Scouts and leaders alike had a great time recycling trees, participating in the biathlon, sleeping in snow caves and getting the chance to drive a snowmobile along the winding trail of Sylvan Lake State Park this month.
To get involved with the Summit Scouts Troop 188 as a Scout or leader, please call Rosko at 970-485-5914 or Jen Pierson at (970) 333-9535.
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