Vol. 8 Issue 3
Troop 44 traveled to Camp Bob Harden in Saluda, NC hoping to see some winter weather. There hopes were fulfilled, with a vengeance that sent other Troops home! Saturday made the Troop think it was Spring Break, but Sunday jerked them back to Winter with a Quick Cold hand, as the Troop awoke to 28 degree temperatures and a steady freezing rain. The Camp Ranger said it was only going to get worse through the day. A Sunday Service held in a mixture of sleet and snow made everyone aware of the Creator's Power and Beauty as the Camp was slowly blanketed tin white through the day. In Spite of the cold, the entire Troop enjoyed the experience and the roads cleared for a safe trip home on Monday
As was the case at Bob Hardin, Troop 44 continued with it's penchant for dealing with whatever came their way . The weekend saw gail force winds and heavy rains that did indeed chase many a hardy scout back to the hills. In traditional 44 spirit, not only did they see the Camporall to the end but also assisted other troops with the severe weather expertise that we seem to gather with each fun camping experience. The scouts of Troop 44 displayed their prowess in Lashings, Close Order Drill, Hand Grenade Tossing (we are all safe), Physical fitness, Cannon Firing and other events. Unfortunately the baseball game we were to attend was cancelled, but the evening ended with fun at a Citadel basketball game and a Order of the Arrow campfire later that evening. Congratulations to Adam Jones on his Tap Out for O/A and Ryan W. can indian dance.
The program Theme for March will be Citizenship in the Nation. The Falcon Patrol is the program patrol for the month. The Flying Eagle Patrol is the service patrol of the month.
The March 14-16 Campout will be at Pine Ridge Gun Club, near Branchville, SC. This will be the rifle and shotgun shooting merit badge weekend. All aspects of the merit badges will be covered and Scouts that shoot a qualifying score and complete the other requirements of the merit badges can complete the merit badge this weekend. The Troop will meet at St. James Church at 5:30 PM. Scouts should bring extra money to eat in route to the campsite. Cost for the campout is $25.00, $13.00 for food and $12.00 for shooting supplies. All shooting supplies and safety equipment will be provided. Scouts will return to the Church by 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Leader Training will be conducted from 6 PM on Friday, March 21 to 12 Noon on Saturday, March 22 at St. James Episcopal Church. This training will be conducted by your senior leaders under the guidance of the Assistant Scoutmasters. Each position within the troop will be addressed. All scouts holding troop and patrol position are requested to attend to receive credit for the position.
The Eagle Ceremony for Ron Hanna, III will be held at Nativity Church on Folly Road at 1:30 PM on Sunday March 23rd. All Scouts, Senior Webelos, Scouters and Friends of Troop 44 are invited to the Ceremony. A reception will follow and all are invited.
In February, Troop 44 re chartered with 41 Scouts and 38 Scouters. Troop 44 continues to be one of the strongest Troops in the District. Troop 44 also qualified for the QUALITY UNIT AWARD for the year. The ReChartering Ceremony is scheduled for May 4 at the 11:15 AM service of St. James Episcopal Church. All Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to attend in Full Class A Uniform.
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