Thursday, Aug 5, 2010

Post date: Aug 05, 2010 2:12:40 PM

Wow, it is Thursday already!

What a day it was yesterday, we were on the go from morning until night!

We started the morning by making sure that EVERYTHING was picked up, cleaned, organized and neat. Well all the work paid off as the Troop earned the WHITE GLOVE award last night during retreat at the parade field! Yeah, Troop 154!

During Siesta the scouts wrote out postcards to send home. You should receive them on Saturday. Hopefully before your scout gets home!

The Scouts continued to work on their Patrol Flags during Siesta and they finished all the cutting and gluing last night!

The big event of the afternoon was the Dutch Oven contest. With AJ’s leadership and recipe the chefs (Jack, Matt G, Griffin, Clay), made a Chocolate Turtle Cake. AJ and Mr. West then spend the afternoon managing the coals and turning the oven to ensure the end results! We renamed the Turtle Cake the ‘Death by Chocolate’ cake, it was EXCELLENT. But alas, they did not win the competition but we truly enjoyed the results in the evening.

We had 5 scouts participate in the Buckskin Triathlon last night. AJ, Dunlin, Griffin, Matt G and Sean. Due to a late start and lack of daylight the event became a Biathlon! Running and swimming only. AJ and Dunlin won their heat of running and Griffin won his heat on swimming but overall our Troop did not place. But they certainly did their best.

Sean wanted to start race with swimming! Dunlin taking his heat! AJ whoosing by, he is fast!

The second event of the evening was the Fire Building competition. Clayton, Jack, Matt S and Jack represented our Troop. I understand that it was too close to call so no winners were announced. We did our best but struggled a little in this competition.

The biggest event of the night was Sam’s ‘surprise’ going-away party. We had balloons, crepe paper, sparkling cider for a toast and candles for the Chocolate Turtle cake and Pineapple Upside down cake and we sang “For he is a Jolly Good Fellow” and cheered. Mt Kisco Troop 1 supplied homemade Ice Cream for the party which we enjoyed. A few of the Camp Staff were guests and everyone enjoyed the evening. It took Sam a couple more minutes to get to sleep last night but he was smiling until he fell asleep. We all wish him well and will miss him!

This morning ALL the scouts got up early again and did the Polar Bear swim. What a crew, they are amazing!

Today is .... Zip line in the afternoon ... Theme night at retreat ... Read Relay ... and Robin Hood competition ... and of course their Merit Badge classes ... all is good ....

Our boys are TRUE scouts. They are living the Scout Law and Oath through their actions and words. They are all working together, supporting each other, cooperating in events, looking out for each other, and making sure that everyone is included in games and discussions. There are a lot of smiles, laughing and general silliness going on and it is a PLEASURE to see and experience. Thanks for sharing your sons with us.

Mrs. Kennedy & Mr. West