The final campfire is over and the boys are headed back to camp as a write you. They wanted this award and worked hard to get it. They participated in all the activities they could and exemplified the Oath and Law this week. This is a very special award that is given to the one troop that is the best in camp. Congratulations to the 20 scouts who worked together this week. This is an honor well deserved. YIS, Bill Faulkinberry Scoutmaster
One day to go. Thanks to Daniel and helping with our dinner. The boys truly enjoyed it and there was at least one comment that Ed has some competition. The boys elected to do the morning flag ceremony this morning and as they usually do, the worked on it until about 10:00 last night so they could make an impression. Things went well during the ceremony, but the food delivery truck came which made it hard to hear. The boys raised the American Flag, the Georgia Flag and the Camp flag. We obtained permission and were able to fly the “Ben” flag. It is the third flag we raised in the line. The boys did their usual “pop”. But before raising it our SPL said ” This flag is being flown in honor and remembrance of Ben Stewart, an Eagle Scout from Troop 514. He served as the senior patrol leader for youth leadership training. He earned boy scouting’s Triple Crown. He was a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He was on the Dean’s List at Georgia Southern University. He was a mentor to many and a friend to more”. We have pictures of the flag flying briskly in the wind this morning.
Everyone is everywhere today. They are everywhere from the Ballard Cabin up to Big Rock. Today is Free Range Thursday and activities are planned for the scouts to participate in that are fun for them. Some are shooting to finish their qualifications for their particular shooting sport merit badge and some just for fund. The lake has canoes, paddle boards, kayaks, and sailing boats floating around. the blob has a small line as well. There are competitions as well she the boys are participating in too. They boys are to be congratulated as they scored the highest score on their camp inspection, a 98!!! The weather that was anticipated last night did not occur but it’s always better safe than sorry. We had an area campfire around a candle at the waterfront hosted by the nature lodge and waterfront staff. Skits and songs were enjoyed by all. This was followed by an Order of the Arrow get together at the dining hall for the members of the Order, both in our local chapter and any chapter who was represented in camp. Our own Steve Back drove up after work yesterday to attend. Today, our own Daniel Carter drove up. Daniel has been entrusted with Ed Fleeson’s lasagna recipe and will be using Ed’s Dutch ovens to prepare the meal for us. It is the best meal of the weekend. Tomorrow will be the last day and after the inspection we will start breaking down the camp and preparing to leave on Saturday. Our trailers will be remove from camp at 7:00 and we get breakfast at 7:30 so we could be on the road as early as 8:00. This means we could be home around 9:30. We will make calls as we get closer. As far as I know everything is going smoothly. No home sickness that I am aware of, in fact I think our boys are helping the other troop sharing a campsite which is truly wonderful to see. Tomorrow on our last full day at camp and I’ll send another update, internet permitting. YIS, Bill Faulkinberry
Sorry, but had internet problems. Just want everyone to know everything is great. We have pretty good weather up until this afternoon when we had rain come through and kept all the aquatic merit badge scouts out of the water this afternoon. Check in on Sunday went smooth and the scouts who wanted to took the swim test. After trying all passed who needed passed so they were able to take their swim test. We are staying in the Adirondacks at the Powell camp sites. The Forth of July fireworks were done here at the opening campfire on Sunday night. After skits and songs by the staff we have a 15-20 minute show. Great fireworks were enjoyed by all, and for us the commute home took all of five minutes. Classes started Monday and the Scouts have given me good feedback on the classes they are taking. Even the oldest scout has said this is his best summer camp yet. The three scouts in TNT are doing well and enjoying the skills they are learning. Foot is pretty good to. Not to much is being thrown out so they must like it. Tomorrow is Free Range Thursday with all types of activities being available. The TNT scouts will be taking their five mile hike tomorrow morning and attending a CPR demonstration when they get back. The guys taking shooting sports will be working on qualifying. The campfire this evening was changed to 8;00 due to some incoming weather coming in about 9:00. We will be in bed by then. More tomorrow if the internet holds. YIS, Bill F