Troop 451's newest Eagle Scout!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Troop 451's newest Eagle Scout!
Always a good trip to Sid Richardson Scout Ranch.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
There have been several events that occurred over the past several weeks that have caused me to reflect on the events of my life over these past 12 years in scouting, 18 years at
For summer camp this year, we came to the Arapaho campsite as we have for the past several years and there at the head of the dining fly area was a picnic table with a star and
From my first days with Kevin Gibson and Bill Webber, those that have been added and left over the years, to the excited group of youth and adults that are our current active troop members; thank you. Thank you for your participation, your efforts, your mentorship, your leadership, your teamwork to add to the scouting experience we have been able to provide to the many youth that have been part of Troop 451. As I have told many perspective parents as they visit out troop, I believe the key to out troop is the comradeship of our adults over the years. To a person, I believe each has put the program for the boys above their own glory or recognition. Again, thank you.
‘Sachem Big Spirit Mist’
Here are just a few stats on the concept of teamwork for our troop:
39 Eagle Scouts (per Mr. Moore, several more in line for 2010 and early 2011)
126 Mic-O-Say members – 82 youth, 44 adults
103 OA members – 86 youth, 17 adults, 19 brotherhood
14 summer camps (10 Camp Geiger, MO; 3
Many other exciting trips – Philmont,
Finally, here is a thought from one young man that that was in our troop for only a short time. He did not make it to eagle, was not in OA nor Mic-O-Say, came from a broken home and related this to another church member in his neighborhood (I may not have this word perfect) – “The adults from the scout troop that meets at your church took us to summer camp at Camp Geiger. We had a great week. It will be a time I will never forget.”
Friday, July 9, 2010
There are a lot of tired bodies around camp today. Naps seem to be in more than a few people's future. The candidates from last night are doing their daily merit badges as well as working on a service project. The candidates are now called Foxmen, their first status in the tribe of Mic-O-Say. They are not allowed to speak with anyone today, unless of course they are working on a merit badge or a project and need to communicate. Our Foxmen have been treated pretty well by the rest of the boys in the troop as far as they're not trying to make them talk.
And now, this will be the last video from camp, as we are coming home tomorrow, and tonight will be another late night. I will try to post one more time before the day is out. It is a perfect day today though, at Camp Geiger.
Lunch - Chicken tenders, pasta salad, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Weather - Mostly sunny and 82
Medicine Man Walks Tall greets the candidates and informs them that some may be eligible to join the tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a tapper will decide who those candidates are. A yell is heard at the top of the hill. The Tapper, strong and steady, carrying a torch held high in one hand and a hatchet held high in the other, descends from the top of the hill towards the circle of hopeful candidates surrounding the fire. He runs around the entire circle, sizing up the potential tribe members and on the second time around he begins to tap the worth candidates. He runs around the circle, then slows to eye the candidate. He pauses, looking intensely at the candidates face,
the candidates eyes widen, their heart begins to beat a little faster, and after a determination is made, he taps the candidate with his hatchet, once, twice...and the candidate runs to a spot inside the circle, where he awaits his instructions and begins his journey into the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
Okay, here's what you've been waiting for. These are the boys who were tapped into Mic-O-Say:
Robert Arnet, Matthew Bach, Evan Curl, Michael Hooks, Trevor Kay, James Koonce, Matthew Larsen, Erik Lowell, William McKinley, Christopher Modrall, Conner Osborne, Lee Pederson, George Petagrew, Ben Reineck, Adam Stephenson, and Nicolas Verdi.
Adult leaders tapped into Mic-O-Say were:
James Cole, Mark DiCiaccio, Michael Kay, and Bill Reineck.
Congratulations to all.
I'll have some more pics up later. It's an absolutely beautiful day here at Camp Geiger. The weather is perfect, and we'll be in for a great Mic-O-Say ceremony tonight.
Dinner last night - Cheeseburgers and French Fries.
Breakfast - Biscuits and gravy, hash browns, cold cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit
Weather - 73 and sunny.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
We'll let you know later how it turns out.
In all seriousness, there is an electric feeling in the air. All the kids, especially those who are in their third year coming here are really starting to feel nervous. It is truly an honor to become a part of the Mic-O-Say organization. It is a program that really gives young people confidence and teaches leadership, while helping to maintain the excitement of scouting that they had when they were much younger. The camp truly transforms tonight. It really does go from a scout feeling to a tribe feeling, and it will be that way for the rest of camp.
The finishing touches are being put on as we speak for everyone who will be a part of tonight's ceremony. There is a lot of pride and care that is put into every aspect of the ceremony, from regalia, to dance, to the fire.
As tonight's ceremony may go past midnight, I'll have to give you full details tomorrow.
This is the new COPE tower at Camp Geiger. COPE stands for Challenging Outdoor Physical Exercise and consists of many high wire activities. You can challenge yourself to walk across cables, climb giant rope ladders, climb the rock climbing wall or take a ride on the zip line. COPE is for older scouts only, although on occasion the have open rappelling and zip lining.
We're hours away from the tapping fire and the staff has been very complimentary of the job our adults and firebuilders have done on the tapping fire. They tell us it's the biggest one this session and may be the biggest one in years! Here is what we can see of the final product (with the tarp still on to protect it from rain.)
"Tonight's the night..." - Rod Stewart
As we awaken to a misty morning on the bluffs of the mighty Missouri River, the air is thick not only with moisture, but with anticipation for tonight's tapping ceremony. Several of the boys have actually said the nerves are starting to take over as they contemplate being tapped out to join the Mic-O-Say tribe. A light rain fell all night long, leaving the camp with more mud, but as we left the dining hall, a cool dry breeze greeted us. The feeling was wonderful. The camp is also still buzzing about last night's incredible council fire and fireworks show. All of our boys who are currently in Mic-O-Say work hard all year long on their dance, and on their regalia, I thought I'd include some pictures of how their hard work has paid off.
...and now for something completely different.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Scoutmaster Perry is the driver of the car and the boys are the parts of the car...the tires, the door, the spare tire...and they get an unsuspecting camp staff member to be the engine. And the whole skit leads to..."kill the engine!" where the boys get up and do their best to shut the engine down.
After the Mic-O-Say dance, there is a very moving tribute to the United States, the Boy Scouts of America, and to Camp Geiger. That tribute alone should inspire these boys to stay in scouting and to want to belong to the tribe.
And this year for a special treat, since we had rain on the 4th of July, we closed the night with a fireworks spectacular!
Okay, a late and a little long, I promise video tomorrow and to have better posts during the day.
Dinner - Flatbreads from Fleishman's, two choices, Italian three meat, or Buffalo chicken.
Weather - Humid and 82. Possible rain overnight.