Three scouts from Troop 175 recently completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) at Bert Adams. Gabriel Jacob, Camilo Castrillon and Michael Karpathy completed the week-long course which features instruction in skills that can be used at home, at school, on the job and at the Scout unit level. Through activities, events, games and adventures, NYLT participants work hard and play hard together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.
The primary goal of NYLT is to develop Scouts as leaders by teaching the skills necessary to manage group dynamics and performance. These leadership skills include:
Matthew’s Eagle project was to provide welcome kits for new residents at the Hagar House emergency shelter for women and children. Matthew and 4 scouts assembled 50 kits with basic necessities such as toothbrushes and soap. With 10 new families each month, the kits will cover 5 months of new residents.
Matthew Burfield earned his Eagle rank on September 26, 2018.
Thanks to Walmart for donating a $500 gift card which paid for most of the supplies.
Troop 175 held its first ever Newbie Camp in September of 2018. Our older scouts worked with boys who are new to the troop, teaching fundamentals like cutting firewood, setting up tents, cooking on a grill and a camp stove, basic first aid and knot tying.
The boys enjoyed a full day of summer fun at Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia. They started with the Blue Heron Adventure zip-line adventure and obstacle course. Then they cooled off with a rafting trip on the Chattahoochee River on the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world! The course has been described as “Wild as Colorado and Warm as Costa Rica.”
Here are some photos of Summer Camp 2018. We built a trebuchet, piloted kayaks, learned about snakes, paddled canoes, learned to water ski, jumped off the dock, played chess, built some robots, cooked meals, played cards, tied knots, watched some crazy skits, practiced swimming, had a glow-in-the-dark water parade and attempted to play basketball in the water with a greasy watermelon. Oh, and we also earned some merit badges along the way.
Want to see all the summer camp photos and some cool videos? Check out the Google album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kFD5BzmifsuxqjlB2
Alex’s Eagle project was to build a new flag retirement pit for the Harold Byrd American Legion Post 66 in Avondale. Previously the Post was using an old rusty barrel to retire flags, so the new flag pit is a more respectable place for retiring American flags. The flag retirement pit is also available to any outside organization that needs a proper place to retire flags.
Alex Kirkland earned his Eagle rank on May 22, 2018.
Barrett’s Eagle project was to make a set of fold-down tables at the SAND Preschool for the kids to use for outdoor activities and art projects. They also added a wall of removable buckets that the kids use for sand and water play.
Barrett Howard earned his Eagle rank in May of 2018.
Sam’s Eagle project was to design and construct a pergola for the Winnona Park Elementary School. Sam hand-crafted the decorative braces at the top of the structure and pre-drilled all the parts for easy assembly. On an extremely cold weekend in January, Sam and several scouts and friends from school assembled the pergola. This project involved CAD design, concrete work, and framing skills, in addition to teaching and leadership skills. This pergola will now provide dappled shade ideal for growing plants.
Sam Amick earned his Eagle rank in May of 2018.
The boys practice their climbing skills at Sand Rock in Alabama. It’s a great place for beginners to learn rock climbing, but also offers enough challenge for more experienced climbers.
Want to see all the trip photos and videos? Check out the Google album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pgv8AaUvSUeEfMwq2
Here are some photos of the 2018 Camporee a Bert Adams Scout Reservation. The Golden Axe competition got off to a great start, but sadly, we were once again defeated in our attempt to capture the coveted Golden Axe award.