Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pack 466 Pinewood Derby

Our main Pack feeder is Pack 466, which is sponsored St. John the Evangelist.  Each year, for many years, the Pack holds a Pinewood Derby.  ASM Mr. B decided to attend for a few minutes and here are some photos from the event.  Enjoy!

Some of the cars in the holding area.

The track, which is owned by Troop 8.
All ready for the race!

After the race, there is cake.  Here is one of the creative ones!

Here is another creative cake waiting to be eaten!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Marsden Tract Campout - Part 3 (Feb. 19 and 20, 2017)

After a good night's rest, the troop was up to make breakfast, and then hike the three miles or so on the towpath,  up to the Great Falls Visitor Center.  There, we at lunch (backpacking meal) and then only with daypacks, headed along Billy Goat A and the towpath, to the vehicles.

The campsite in the morning.

Watching the Sun Rise.

Clean dishes, etc.

We even saw a Bald Eagle.  Can you spot it?

Boiling water for lunch.  Yum, Yum.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marsden Tract Campout - Part 2 (Feb 19 and 20, 2017)

Did I tell you that this was a FANTASTIC campout for a February.  It was in the 60's during the day and did get down to about the low 40's at night.  

So, we arrived at our campsite (3) only to find that there was another group there.  So, after discussing it with them, we moved to Campsite 2, with the understanding that if someone showed, we would move to #3 and they would have to vacate.

So, upon arrival, we began to set up camp.  Of course, there is always dinner, which consisted of macaroni, meatballs and garlic bread.  The key was not only how to show how to use a backpacking stove, but also to clean with limited water.

Setting Up a Tent

Another shot of setting up a tent.

Why does he keep taking "selfies" of himself?

Cooking Dinner.

Lots  of meatballs.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Marsden Tract Campout - Part One (Feb. 19 and 20, 2017)

In preparation for the BTOW, shakedown hikes and campouts are a must.  This gives each Scout and Leader the opportunity to see what works and does not work.

This February, we decided to hold a weekend camping trip to the Marsden Tract on the Potomac River.

After meeting at the troop room, and gathering the needed gear, we headed out to the lower parking lot at Carderock.  Then along the Billy Goat Trail (B) to the C&O Tow Path and back onto the Billy Goat Trail (A) to the campsite.

Here are a couple of photos for your enjoyment!

At the Troop meeting place, slowly getting ready.

Taking a break, somewhere along the Billy Goat Trail.

Mr. B. taking a selfie and the Scouts looking to get into the picture.

Asst. Scoutmaster B. taking a selfie and more getting into the act.