October 23-25 we will have an event at Camp 175 that we like to call “Survival Skills Weekend”. This year we will be focusing on Orienteering and “Escape & Evasion” exercises. Troop 2096 was one of the first Troops in the area to add this exciting type of weekend. This year we will not be hosting Webelos at this event but an event later in the year.
This is consistently mentioned by Scouts year after year as one of the favorite trips we do. A big thank you to Ed Setzler for being in charge of the events and activities this year. Activities included First Aid, Orienteering, fire building, signaling, creating and sleeping in wilderness shelters and eating food that is “foraged” by using our land navigation skills.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the trip this past weekend to Rocktown, Ga. We all had a great time rock climbing and camping! Many of our newer Scouts were able to complete their Climbing Merit Badge and we all learned a lot and had a great time.
The pictures can be viewed here.
In September we took a backpacking trip to the Stone Door. This beautiful area in Tennessee is a favorite destination for backpackers from all over the world. It has some of the most beautiful trails and forests around and we also got to see some truly amazing rock formations.
This trip was a huge success and all of our new Scouts did a really great job in their first real backpacking trip. We even saw a cool black snake near our camping site. Pictures are included in the Gallery and can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail.
In July we enjoyed a river canoeing adventure! Assistant Scoutmaster Caleb Billingsley did an excellent job pulling together a canoeing adventure on the Chestatee River, due to the low water levels on the Upper Etowah that we had originally planned to visit. I’d like to thank him for his hard work and willingness to stay flexible with the planning!
All of the Scouts and adults had a great time navigating the river, and some of our new Scouts got a first opportunity to put some of the Canoeing Merit Badge skills to the test that they learned at Summer Camp. Pictures can be viewed at the attached thumbnail, as usual.
In June the Troop had a wonderful week together at Woodruff. I’d like to personally thank the Adult Leaders who were willing to take time off work to help with this annual adventure in the North Georgia mountains. Much fun was had by all and all of our new Scouts successfully completed the Mountain Man program, putting them well on their way to reaching the rank of First Class Scout this year. Additionally, this was many of our new Scout’s first chance to experience some white water adventures.
Our Troop was awarded both the Honor Troop and Scouting Traditions awards again this year, thanks to the diligent work of our Boy Leaders. I was really proud of everyone on this trip. Pictures of the week can be found by clicking the thumbnail, as usual.
In May we had an awesome adventure in the woods of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama on our annual backpacking break-in trip at Annavesta. Assistant Scoutmaster Wade Long was kind enough to open his family’s property to us again for this annual pilgrimage to commune with nature.
This was the first real backpacking trip for all of our new Scouts and I was impressed with how well everyone handled the stress of carrying all of their own gear. These young men really stepped up and showed us all that they have the Scouting Spirit! A good time was had by all and the pictures are available by clicking the thumbnail, as usual.
Every year brings lots of fun events at this District level and this year was no different. Troop 2096 would like to thank everyone who made the Spring Camp-o-ree such a success this year. We all had a great time at Proctor Landing.
The events were fun and the Scouts of varying age groups all enjoyed a fun filled weekend with other units. Pictures can be seen by clicking the image thumbnail. A big thank you is officially extended to everyone who helped with the planning and execution of this awesome event, especially our local Order of the Arrow representatives who did an excellent job organizing the activities!
This February our Troop will be stepping back in time for a weekend!
Charit Creek is a rustic wilderness lodge located in the valley in the heart of Big South Fork National River & Recreational Area. The buildings are on the National Historic Register and are the oldest buildings still being utilized nation wide inside the park system.
There is no electricity at Charit Creek Lodge, but each room is equipped with a wood stove and kerosene lamp (bring a flashlight!). We’ll be bringing out own sleeping bags and spending two nights in the cabins. There are also some beautiful hiking trails in the area, so make sure you don’t miss this trip!! Click here for more info on this scenic lodge and the surrounding area!
Here is a link to the Troop Permission Form for this trip. Please have a copy printed and signed when you come for the trip.
Back by popular demand, our troop is taking a 1 day ski trip to Cataloochee area on January 21st. Be watching your email inbox for info on the trip! Last year the Scouts had a great time skiing and snowboarding at Maggie Valley and this was one of the most requested trips for the 2012 calendar!
UPDATE: Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating with us this weekend. We have tentatively rescheduled the Ski Trip for Feb. 11th. We’ll see if that works better as we get closer to the date and keep and eye on the weather report.