Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO

Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO

Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013...

Troop 21 at Fall Camporee (Smithville Lake)

Paradise, Missouri - With a severe storm watch forecast, Troop 21 loaded up the vehicles and tied down tarps over troop gear in preparation for the nasty weather and prepared for the trip to Smithville Lake for the Robidoux District Spring 2013 Camporee.  Keeping an eye on the weather, the troop hunkered down for the night at Wyatt Park Christian Church and made preparations for an early morning departure.  The scouts and leaders were disappointed not to be heading out on Friday night but with safety in mind, the troop decided to play it safe due to 70 mph wind, lightning, and large hail forecast.  Foil meals for dinner and biscuits and gravy for breakfast and the troop was headed out to set up camp at Kelsey Short Youth Camp Area early Saturday morning.

Upon arrival the cold windy morning did not dampen spirits as the scouts set up camp in record time and with impressive efficiency.  Then it was off to classes and fun activities.  The scouts of Troop 21 excelled at their knot and lashing skills and assisted in setting up the monkey bridge for the rest of the scout troops to enjoy.  Lunch was grilled hotdogs and chips and then off for more classes including an impressive showing at the catapult building and balloon launch.

All that activity worked up some severe appetites and the leaders from the Edgerton Troop put on an excellent meal of juicy pulled pork and potato salad.  For dessert there was dutch oven cake...some more cake...and more cake still.  Apple filled cake, cherry filled cake, chocolate filled cake, peach filled cake....you name the cake and it was eaten.  Delicious. 

An Astronomy class after dinner and then off to campfire for some skits.  Troop 21 did an excellent job with the Great Shawami Sham skit.  A good laugh was had by everyone in attendance.  What would be a  grand ending to a long day?  How about a massive game of capture the flag....in the dark...with no flashlights. 

Temperatures got down to 38 degrees overnight with a constant 20 mph wind but everyone stayed warm and snug thanks to good preparation.  The next morning was a scout vespers service and then closing.  The troop packed up for the trip back and were happy with another successful campout, some merit badges earned, and a nice camporee patch as a token of their adventure.

 

Tonie Jones

Scoutmaster

Troop 21