Scouting out leaders

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2007


  Photo by Adam Bauer, Tustumena d

Photo by Adam Bauer, Tustumena d

Boy Scouts from across the Kenai Peninsula converged on Cooper Lake on Oct. 22 to compete in a series of scout skills. Troops 151 of Soldotna and 568 of Seward (above) joined together and won the leadership staff. This award will be have to be defended in February at the Freezeree. The Tustumena District Boy Scout troops gather three times a year and compete in a series of scouting skills. Usually the competition is between patrols of scouts. A patrol is made up of between five and 10 scouts, and each troop may have several patrols. At this event there were four troops in the competition with a total of five patrols. The adult leaders created a patrol for the day and competed against the scouts on an equal basis. The troops for 568 Seward and 151 of Soldotna were small enough they joined forces for the event. Not only did they best the Troops 555 of Homer and 1616 of Soldotna, but they also beat the adult leaders. The scouts had to score points in a variety of skills. Each patrol was given a chicken, a potato and an onion to cook over a campfire. The judges scored each meal for taste and appearance. The patrols also had to complete a compass and a knot tying challenge. All the patrols did well in all the events, but the Frontiersmen took the prize with their patrol yell, once again proving that scout spirit is more important than skill. For more information about Boy Scouting on the peninsula, call Camille Vega at 283-1699.

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