From Enterprise Staff
Members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 97 and Boy Scouts of America Troop 197 attended Camp Osage at the Kia Kima Scout Reservation in Hardy, Ark. in June. After an eventful drive to Arkansas, the troops settled into camp comfortably and had a great week of fun and education.
Of the scouts attending, nearly 30 merit badge classes were attended, and two leaders attended scoutmaster training. The troops hiked up a mountain to have midweek vespers at the “Golightly” chapel and several scouts spent a morning tubing on Lake Thunderbird and then whitewater kayaking that afternoon.
They concluded the week with a scoutmaster cookoff with Dutch oven enchiladas, a scoutmaster dance contest, an “Order of the Arrow” ceremony and the closing campfire where Troop 97 was named Honor Troop.
They volunteered and completed a camp conservation project and had a scout complete the “trailblazers” program and camp independently on the mountain with that group. Both troops scored almost perfect on their campsite inspection. The leaders worked kitchen duty several times, volunteered for latrine cleaning and the scouts decided to host a cracker barrel with another troop in their campsite.
Through fun, yet challenging, physical and mental activities, scouting encourages personal growth by teaching youth how to set goals and achieve them with determination. Scouting is something the whole family can experience together. The program is designed so that anyone—brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers—can have fun and make an impact.
For information about joining one of the local units, go to beascout.org and search 77351. Scouts has a program for everyone from kindergarten and up.