Vol. 8 Issue 4
Troop 44 traveled to the Pine Ridge Gun Club in Branchville, SC hoping to see some sunny weather. The weather man said a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, so in spite of some threatening clouds, the few, the proud and the soon to be soaked left for the campout. Well, it was raining when the Troop stopped for supper, it was raining when the Troop set up camp, it rained through the night. There seemed to be a trend developing here. After a morning of more rain, setting up the shooting courses in the rain, doing lunch in the rain and finally the safety classes in the rain, a cell phone call went out to Charleston for a weather report. The word came back. It was raining and it was going to just keep on raining. So, after a two second deliberation, it was decided to scrub the campout and head for home. So after breaking camp in the rain, a soggy, soaked group off Scouts and Scouters returned home, thankful for hot showers and washing machines.
Junior Leader Training was the last weekend in March at St. James Episcopal Church. Fourteen of the Troops leaders participated in skill training to help them do their jobs better and make the Troop a smooth running organization. A special thanks to Mrs. Rice for her effort in conducting the training for the Scouts.
The Eagle Ceremony for Ron Hanna, III was held at Nativity Church on Folly Road at 1:30 PM on Sunday March 23rd. A Large Contingent of Scouts, Scouters and Friends of Troop 44 were present at the Ceremony. A large reception followed the ceremony. Please Congratulate Ron on this milestone in his life!
The program Theme for April will be Wildlife Management. The DRAGON Patrol is the program patrol for the month. The Flying Eagle Patrol is the service patrol of the month.
Troop 44 will camp at the Poinsett S.P., near Sumter , SC on April 25-27. The main activity will be an off- road bicycle ride on a portion of the Palmetto Trail in the Manchester State Forest. Helmets will be required for all Scouts riding bikes. Scouts will need to provide their own bike, the Troop will line up transportation. Scouts should also bring a water bottle to carry on the bike ride The trails in the state forest are strictly off road, so only bike that are capable of off road use should be brought. All bikes will be given a basic safety check prior to the ride. Scouts should arrive at St. James Church at 5:30 PM on Friday, April 25. The Troop will return to the Church around 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. Cost is $20 ($13 food, $2 camping fee, $1 bike fee and $4. transportation fee).
All Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders, along with the Troop Junior Leaders will hold a Patrol Leaders Council on the Monday following the campout. The Troop committee will convene at 7:15 PM, the same evening. All Committee members are reminded to attend.
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. Please plan
on coning to the church at about 10:45 AM, so the Troop can assemble and be
seated together. This is one of the few time in the year that we can directly
express to St. James Episcopal church how much we appreciate their support.
Be sure to come to the recharting service to show your support.
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