Scouts attend summer camp
Leachville Boy Scout Troop 42 had four scouts and two adult leaders attend summer camp on June at the Gus Blass Scout Reservation in Damascus, Ark.
During the weeklong camp, the scouts went to daily sessions to complete requirements for various merit badges. Merit badge earned or partially earned during the week included:
Scout Evan Long: Shooting Safety, Shotgun shooting, Lifesaving*, Fishing, Fly Fishing.
Scout Hunter Smith: Leatherwork, Wood Carving, First Aid*, Canoeing, Fish and Wildlife Management, Archery.
Scout Shannon Sparkman: Mountain Biking*, Emergency Preparedness*, Archery, Environmental Science.
Scout Alan Woessner: Shooting Safety, Shotgun shooting, Emergency Preparedness*, Archery, Astronomy.
*Required merit badges to attain Eagle Scout rank.
Other activities during the week were swimming in an Olympic size pool, fishing, stargazing, campfires, burgers-on-the-lawn, outdoor games and the Chuck Norris Chopstick competition (Scouts were required to eat several meals with chopsticks). One evening, the troop prepared dinner at camp making beef stew and a Dutch oven cake.
Training classes were also provided for the adult leaders including CPR certification, outdoor leader skills, safety afloat and safe climbing.
Troop 42 Boy Scouts attending summer camp pictured are, from left: Scouts Hunter Smith, Alan Woessner, Evan Long and Shannon Sparkman, and Assistant Scout Master Mark Woessner (back). Not pictured: Scoutmaster Joe Hultquist.