Troop 144 Does Camp Their Own Way

Thank you to Justin O’Dell for the Submission

Long before any of the Scouts in Troop 144 were born, Matthew Wilder broke out with his one and only hit song, singing :

“Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride; Nobody gonna slow me down, oh no; I got to keep on movin’.”  

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns tested the spirit and mettle of his words. Troop 144, like many other troops, learned in May of 2020 that their week of summer camp would, understandably, be canceled.  The Scouts and leaders were disheartened, knowing that the Scouts rely heavily on the summer camp experience to earn Merit Badges, rank advancements, and to make memories that last a lifetime. 

However, disappointment didn’t carry the day. 

The Troop leaders and adults rallied together to stage their own summer camp, a COVID compliant day camp, in order to give the Scouts the best experience possible. Weekly planning sessions led to the Troop holding a day camp in July comprising an entire week of action-packed activities. 

The Troop utilized temperature checks, social distancing and masks to keep within Georgia recommendations related to COVID 19. 

The Scouts had a great week learning:

  • Knots
  • Toten’ Chip
  • Paul Bunyan
  • Pioneering
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • First Aid
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Geocaching
  • Surveying

The Scouts completed five and ten-mile hikes at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park and spent a smoldering hot afternoon doing a service project in support of the flag project for the Kiwanis Club of Marietta.

It wasn’t the same as summer camp, and the adults hope to never have to put on something like this again, but the week showed the resilience and dedication of Scouters, young and old. 

Soon to be Eagle Scout, Austin said, “I’ve been to summer camp several times and loved the experience, but I’ll remember this one forever.  Our Troop got to spend each day, all day, working together and learning together.  Brand new Scouts were learning from those approaching Eagle.  In some ways, it was all that Scouting was meant to be.”

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