Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 17, 2013

Boy Scouts travel to S. Dakota

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Boy Scout troop 33 from Centerville went to Lewis and Clark Scout Camp the last week of June. The camp is near Yankton, S.D. Seven boys and two adults left Centerville on Saturday morning June 22 and returned Saturday evening June 29. They went for a week of fun, adventure and to earn merit badges to help advance them in their ranks.

Those who attended were Raymond Olson, Dustin Carman, Luke Eddy, Lucas Hand, Jacob Head, Ian Stober and Wallace Manning with leaders Jerry Bubenyak and Rand Barry. Noah Coatney wasn’t able to attend.

The troop earned the Lewis and Clark plaque by doing extra activities beyond their merit badges. They were one of the few troops that week that earned the plaque.

The camp had a lot of trees and hills. A couple of hills were called Hernia Hill Trail and Cardiac Hill Trail. After they had gone up and down the hills 20 times, they earned the MIle High patch.

The troop enjoyed meeting other scouts and adults from other states.

The boys all earned some of the Pebble Badge awards by doing extra activities planned by the camp. Some of the pebbles were saying grace before each meal, explorer, field sports, aquatics, camp fire, chapel, chess, conservation, first year camper, leave no trace, scout camp, shooting, scout craft and others.

Some boys got their Eagle Trail merit badges, chess merit badges and one of the boys was chess champ at the camp. Some earned their rifle shooting merit badge and there were several others earned also. One scout earned the five mile hike patch.

They stayed Saturday night on their way out in Nebraska with one of the adult’s nephews. He was nice enough to order pizza for them. It was probably a shock to him when they showed up at his door as he did not know they were coming. He let them camp in his basement that first night out so that they didn’t have to get out all the camping gear.

They toured a fish hatchery where they got to see an albino fish as well as a Bob fish. Now, what is a Bob fish? It is a large mouth bass that looks like it is saying “Bob.”

They are all looking forward to going to summer camp again. So they will have too start looking at other camps and decide where they want to go next year. They will also be doing other camping before than that will be fun. They have the fall camporee coming up soon. They will also be going winter camping to get ready for the Klondike camp out.

So if you are 11 years old and this sounds like fun, come to a meeting at the Drake Avenue Christian Church. The troop meets on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. The next meeting will be Sept. 17.