July 1-7, a contingent of 15 boys and 5 adult leaders attended summer camp at Kia Kima Scout Reservation in Hardy, Arkansas. The boys earned a total of 60 merit badges that week in such varied areas as lifesaving, whitewater, kayaking, rock climbing, chess, small boat sailing, model design, geocaching, and Indian lore. We also had three boys participate in the COPE program (Challenging Outdoor Personal experience), and one boy and one leader who completed the mountain man program, which included activities such as iron forging and black powder rifle shooting. Two adult leaders (Tom Holder and Roger Smith) completed the BSA Paddle Craft Safety and the Swimming and Water Rescue courses. Mr. Bubba won the Scoutmaster cook-off competition in the dessert category. Eleven boys and four leaders earned the Kia Kima Participation Award, and once again the troop earned the Honor Troop Award.
Finally, on July 25-28, the troop took its annual summer trip. This year, the group camped at Camp Wilkes in Biloxi, Mississippi. The first full day of the trip was spent deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on a 52 foot catamaran. All of the boys managed to catch a fish. The catch included Spanish Mackerel, Crevalle Jack and Redfish. Dinner that night consisted of lots of delicious fresh fish. The second day started at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport where Chris Breazeale lead an expedition to West Ship Island for a day of exploration and scientific experimentation. Five boys were able to finish the Oceanography merit badge during the trip.
There are lots of photos of these events in the photo gallery.