During our famed Back to Basics campout, new Scouts learned many skills of Boy Scouting, such as how to properly pitch a tent, how to quickly take down a tent, how to start a fire and much more. During Saturday afternoon we had one of our annual 'Back to Basics capture the flag game' and we ended the day telling jokes and performing skits around the fire.
On our biking campout this year, we went all the way to Kentucky and biked in the Mega Caverns. The Mega Caverns is this giant underground BMX trail where Scouts could ride and perform tricks on the ramps shown. For dinner we went to an old gas station converted into an Italian restaurant.
On Sunday March 12, we welcomed our newest Eagle Scout to Troop 299. This Scout has been down a long road on his path to Eagle and this was shown during the ceremony. We saw his Cub Scout career, him advancing through the ranks, and he told us how he was reluctant to go to his first Boy Scout meeting. But he was happy he did so.
During our Law Merit Badge we conducted a mock trial, in which we examined a very realistic case on grand theft auto. But the scouts added their own twist by improvising parts not on the script. The trial was very fun to do and even more fun when I (apart of the jury) decided on a verdict. Final verdict? Innocent.
During the law merit badge teaching session, two dublin police officers came in and talked to us about law and crime. They told us what they do, their funniest moments, weirdest calls, and most importanly, how to stay safe. I say it was the best opening to any merit badge yet.
During our much loved snow sports outing, scouts can have a choice between skiing and snowboarding. Tubing is also an option. If you get tired after doing some sweet tricks with your friends and just having fun, you can come back to the lodge which offers food and drink. After a full day of having fun on the slopes, we went back to our cabin for pizza and a movie.
Every year, around January 17th. Troop 299 takes the well known and very fun trip to a Columbus Blue Jackets game. Although they ended there winning streak a few games prior, we still were able to have fun and watch them take one more win under their belt.