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Wolf Mountain Campout (February 2008)

Troop 410 joined Troop 49 for a campout at the Capitol Area Council's Wolf Mountain Scout Ranch near Llano, Texas. The main activity was rock climbing (rappelling), but activities also included rank advancement (Scout through First Class ranks, knife and fire safety) as well as Fishing merit badge and a service project to improve the camp.

Certified Climbing instructors (and also Assistant Scoutmasters) Eric Swenson, Tom Hackett, Fritz Taylor and Troop 49 ASM Mark Brown led the rappelling activity. To introduce those Scouts new to rappelling, Mr. Hackett set up a trainer station where the boys rappelled down about a two foot rappel. Something easy to give them the flavor of what it feels like to rappel and in a way to build their confidence. From there, Scouts headed up to the big rocks. On top of the rocks, Troop 410 parent Elizabeth Cole helped as an aide to the other instructors as Scouts braved the howling winds that added the extra challenge of making communicating more difficult. All of the Scouts performed very well under these challenging circumstances and all successfully rappelled down from the rock (probably from a height of 30 feet or maybe a little more)!! Special recognition for demonstrating bravery goes to Daniel Ryan, Reid Gehring and Harrison Brown. Good job, Scouts!

Atticus Boyd, Benton Arnold, Aaron Weintraub and Steven Bailey all did an outstanding job providing leadership to the Scouts.

ASM's Keith Arnold and Dr. Joseph Schmidt led the counseling on fishing merit badge. Scoutmaster Jim Clark and other adult leaders led the effort on rank advancement where much progress was made (stay tuned for rank advancement recognition at upcoming meetings)! Toten' Chips (knife safety) and Fireman Chit (campfire safety) certificates were also earned by our new Scouts.

From all reports, the food was good, the evening campfire program was fun (and even the new Scouts had a skit) and the service project was a success (replacing several planks on the foot bridge at Wonk Mountain).

Thanks to all the Scouts and leaders who attended this campout. Thanks to Troop 49 for their participation and leadership!

Yours in Scouting,

Tom McClure

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