News from Troop 1 Seekonk Boy Scouts
Troop 1 Boy Scouts have been busy this summer and fall. Here is a little bit about what we’ve been up to.
National Youth Leadership Training
In July, Troop 1’s Senior Patrol Leader, Ben Pope was selected to represent Narragansett Council in Washington, DC at the NYLT Leadership Academy. The NYLT Leadership Academy is the high-level course for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Staff nationwide. NYLT Leadership Academy trains youth staff to be world-class presenters, evaluators, and leaders of their home council’s NYLT courses. Ben spent a week in our nation’s capital receiving leadership training and learning team building skills to apply upon his return.
Every August Troop 1 attends a week of summer camp at Camp Yawgoog Scout Reservation, an 1800-acre camp in the wilderness of Rockville, RI. Yawgoog has been providing life skills for scouts for over 100 years and Troop 1 has participated for decades. This summer we had nine 1st year scouts and even more veteran scouts.
Troop 1 Scouts earned a total of 71 Merit Badges from diverse fields such as swimming, robotics and leatherworking. The theme of the week, “Around the World”, encouraged each troop to decorate their camp, and dress in costumes from different countries. While scouts earned requirements towards their rank advancements, the most memorable was Kenny Boardman who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and received a well-deserved standing ovation at the dining hall that night from his fellow Scouts.
Hiking Mt Adams
In September members of Troop 1 Seekonk spent the weekend in New Hampshire hiking the White Mountains. Our first day was spent climbing Mt. Adams, the second highest peak in New England after its nearby neighbor, Mt. Washington. It was a gusty day, requiring us to take the protected Valley Way trail to the summit. The trail offered difficult terrain, including many rock scrambles. After the 10-hour hike (up and back) we were all sore and tired, but also very proud of our accomplishment!
Before heading home the next day, we took a shorter hike to a scenic overlook where we could appreciate the Presidential Range, and take our picture with Mt. Adams in the background.
On Columbus Day weekend Troop 1 joined thousands of scouts from all over New England as they attended Mass Jam at the Cape Code Fairgrounds in East Falmouth, MA. Mass Jam is a multi-council jamboree which occurs every 5 years. Throughout the weekend scouts enjoyed friendly competition, including an inflatable obstacle course, archery, human foosball, geocaching, and the ever-popular tomahawk toss. Scouts also participated in S.T.E.M. activities such as rocketry and witnessed the power of liquid nitrogen in dynamic demonstrations.
It wasn’t all about competition though, as scouts traded patches and cards with friends new and old. A special thank you to Troop 42 East Falmouth for inviting us to their Ice Cream Social Spectacular where we enjoyed time with a scout who used to be in our troop.