girsl BSA troop 1978

Izaak Walton Campout October 2019

Our October campout was our shooting campout so we drove for 30 minutes to our campsite by the ranges. The first morning, everybody woke up, ate breakfast, and washed their dishes. We all walked over to the archery range and took our turns shooting arrows at targets. Afterwards, we went to the shotgun range. We spent a while there shooting clay pigeons and we also ate our lunches there. When we got to the rifle range, it was too full, so we went back to the campsite and formed stations that would help scouts get their requirements signed off. We had first aid, lashings, and fire building. We got through one rotation before it was our turn for riflery, so we walked back to the range and got our safety gear on. By the time we had shot 2 or 3 times, it had been a while, so we headed back to the campsite and went back to the stations. Once we finished all three rotations, we used the final group’s fire to make the big fire for dinner. We all ate dinner and then hurried over to the indoor air rifle range. We waited for about 30 minutes but the people in charge of the range didn’t show up so they sent us back to the campsite to have a campfire. We couldn’t get the fire started and it had taken too long once we did start one, so we went back up to the campsite and then had a campfire with the fire from dinner. We went to bed pretty late and we had to pack up all of our things that night because it was going to rain the next morning and we had to get out of the campsite quickly. We woke up the next morning and got our tents packed up and left the campsite really early because it was raining. We discussed our roses, buds, and thorns in the parking lot and then went to IHOP for breakfast. It was an action packed weekend!

Scout Master Minute 4/9

Girls BSA enjoy lunch at the top of their first mountain hiked together, overlooking the farmland below at a place called Signal Knob.

Girls BSA enjoy lunch at the top of their first mountain hiked together, overlooking the farmland below at a place called Signal Knob.

A Scout is loyal. A Scout is true to her family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation. Loyalty means to be faithful. When we say a Scout is Loyal, it means she remains steadfast to what is right. Loyalty is often tested and sometimes misdirected.

Scenario 1: A scout hears her good friend making fun of another friend’s outfit. What should she do?

One test of true loyalty is staying true even when no one else is looking.

Scenario 2: A friend steals then asks this same scout to keep it a secret to prove her loyalty. What should the Scout do? Is she being disloyal if she lets authorities know who stole? 

A scout can be both trustworthy and loyal. A friend who steals and asks you to lie is not worthy of your loyalty; you should be loyal to your community and your country, rather than a person who asks you to keep a secret about stealing.

Scenario 3: A scout lobbies to go water skiing, but instead the troop decides to go fishing. How can that scout show her loyalty to the leaders and to the troop? What should she do if others degrade the leader for making the decision? How does this kind of loyalty equate to citizenship? 

Debating the merits and effectiveness of activities is a healthy, useful way to bring about change, but degrading the current leader demonstrates a lack of respect to the troop. A better response would be to support the leader and make plans to do things differently when the scout has her turn a the lead.