First Posted: 7/6/2014

Troop 160 was very active during the month of June.

In early June, the troop went on a canoe trip down the Delaware River starting in Narrowsburg, New York, and ending in Matamoras. The trip was 45 miles long and took two days. The Scouts camped close to a town named Minisink during the night. There were a total of 18 scouts and adults on the trip. The meals were dehydrated so we only had to add hot water to cook them.The Scouts had an enjoyable time on the river.

Earlier in June, Troop 160 and other Scouts from the council helped with a golf tournament. The tournament was a fundraiser held by UNICO for the benefit of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council BSA.

During the day, the boys and adults monitored the holes closest to pin holes and hole in one. Unfortunately, there were no holes in ones but some people came close to it. Following the golf tournament, there was a lunch buffet and prizes for the golfers who got closest to the pin. Overall, everyone who played and participated had an enjoyable time.

The Order of the Arrow members from the Troop and council helped to host the Conclave at Goose Pond Scout Reservation June 13-15. A conclave is an interlodge forum for lodge and chapter leaders, bringing them together for fellowship and mutual improvement through the exchange of ideas and training.

The members who attended were from the Lowwapenu lodge and other lodges from throughout the NE-5B Section. Some of the activities were Native American drumming and singing. There was boating, swimming and shooting ranges to test the skills of each scout.

Of course, who could forget the best part – the food? The food committee was in charge of preparing the food and serving it to hundreds of Scouts. Speaking of Goose Pond Scout Reservation, Troop 160 will be going next Saturday. We will be staying in our wonderful campsite Pioneer like we always do. Each Scout earn merit badges all week.

Some badges are swimming, lifesaving, kayaking, canoeing, small boat sailing, basketry, leatherwork, carving, rifle, shotgun, archery, forestry, environmental science and more.

Each patrol containing nine Scouts cooks breakfast and dinner. Lunch is eaten in the dining hall. In the morning and at night, the troop participates in a flag ceremony. At the end of the week, there is a campfire with skits, songs, and we also find out who won the adventure race that took on Thursday. The next day we pack up and go home.

Fun fact: John Lennon and Paul McCartney went to Cub Scouts together.

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