Decatur-Ree Camp-out & Cookoff

Troop 175 invited other Decatur troops to Camp 175 for a group camp-out. Troop 134 came up for the day to square off against Troop 175 in an unofficial Golden Axe competition and an Iron Chef cooking competition.

Eagle Scout Jared Dyche: Buddy Benches at Elementary Schools

Jared’s Eagle project was to build and install six buddy benches at the elementary schools in City Schools of Decatur. The benches are meant to encourage friendship among kids who are shy about interacting with other kids. Jared worked with six principals and the CSD superintendent in planning the project. The project involved logistical challenges of getting scouts and materials to six jobsites on six different workdays.

Jared Dyche earned his Eagle rank in January, 2019.

Troop 175 Scouts Attend 2018 NYLT

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:

  • Finding Your Vision
  • Setting Goals
  • Preparing Plans
  • Developing A Team
  • Solving Problems
  • Effective Teaching
  • Effective Leadership
  • Effective Communication
  • Servant Leadership
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Valuing People


Cooking Competition at Ft. Yargo: Dec., 2018

A double rainbow greeted the troop at Fort Yargo in Winder, Georgia as the boys carried out the second annual Troop 175 cooking competition. Each patrol cooked a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert for the panel of adult judges.

Shotgun Shooting: Nov., 2018

We spent several Tuesday meetings learning all about firearm safety. On a sunny November day we got some more training and had a great time practicing our shotgun shooting skills at the Cherokee Gun Club.

Biking to Stone Mountain: Oct., 2018

It’s been a very long time since the troop has done a cycling trip, so the boys decided it was finally time. On a beautiful October weekend we biked from Decatur to Stone Mountain. We rode around the mountain and camped overnight in the park, then biked back home to Decatur the next day.

Eagle Scout Matthew Burfield: Welcome kits for Hagar House

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.

Newbie Camp: Sept., 2018

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.

Rafting & Ziplining: August, 2018

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.”

Northern Tier Trek 2018

Here’s a look at the Northern Tier high-adventure wilderness canoeing and camping trek. The trip involves canoeing and portage (carrying your canoe and all your gear) over many miles. Scouts explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba. These photos are from the Troop 175 NT crew from 2018.