SCOUTING SMOKE SIGNALS

TROOP #44-photo taken June 13-June 19, 2004 Top Row (l-r): Jack Shepard, Joe Shepard, Andre Brooks, Vince Stucker, Bryant Stucker, Marty Carey, and Jay Hughes. Bottom Row (l-r): Kyle Brooks, Aaron Stucker, Mathew Shultz, Nick Shultz, and Trevor Collins.
TROOP #44-photo taken June 13-June 19, 2004 Top Row (l-r): Jack Shepard, Joe Shepard, Andre Brooks, Vince Stucker, Bryant Stucker, Marty Carey, and Jay Hughes. Bottom Row (l-r): Kyle Brooks, Aaron Stucker, Mathew Shultz, Nick Shultz, and Trevor Collins.
The first session of summer camp at Camp Chief Little Turtle is frequently thought of as an “ice-breaking” opportunity for the Scouts. The Staff is freshly established and enthused, and the Scout’s are asking, “What’s new about this year?”

For Scouts attending from Troop #44 the Ark may come to mind more readily than any ice-breaker. By Wednesday the Anthony Wayne Scout Reservation already had 4 & 1/8 inches in the old rain gauge. And there were no promises of clear sky in the forecast. The Campers had already spent one afternoon in the shelter and they lost electricity for an afternoon. It was not how the week would normally start. AND normally the Handy-Craft Lodge would not be classed under Aquatic Activities either.

This is the type of Scout Unit that does know the drill, though. In spite of rain all week the Scouts had a great time at summer camp. Scouts (and Leaders) still dodged raindrops to make it to their skill stations, but they did make it. And they made a good time out of it at that.

Nick and Mathew Shultz, Joe Shepard, and Bryant Stucker worked on their Golf Merit Badge. Kyle Brooks received the Mile Swim Award. Andre (fractured finger) Brooks worked on Cycling and Fishing and to everyone’s relief he did not break any more parts of his body this year. Will Trevor Collins took on Wilderness Survival. Marty Carey and Aaron Stucker worked toward the Environmental Science Merit Badge.

Most of the Scouts worked on about 4 Merit Badges each during the week. During other periods the Scouts adjusted to the circumstances. Some guys played Euchre and others read when the rains came. After the rains, the Scouts then focused on Campsite Cleanliness and improvements. With some of their efforts producing a Troop Gateway to aid in their qualifications for the coveted Commissioners Award.

Jack and Joe Shepard both continued their progress within the Order of the Arrow and they both returned home with the right to wear the Brotherhood Sash in recognition of their efforts.
A little water can’t stop a lot of Boy Scouts, so these Campers still have great memories of Camp this summer. Even if they weren’t your standard recollections.

Scout House Break-in—-There is a monetary reward waiting for information that leads to the arrest of the individuals breaking into the Boy Scout building over Memorial Day weekend. Please contact 427-1222 (Fort Wayne Police Department) or phone 804-2422 and help us out. You might want these Boy Scouts in your community for many reasons. You do not need these burglar’s for any reason.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Waynedale News Staff

Gary McOmber

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