Our scouts enjoyed a November weekend at a new location for the Troop in St. Charles County. Look for photos from this adventure soon.
October Pine Ridge Trip
We took a mid-October trip to southern Illinois and hiked through rock formation areas in Ferne Cliff State Park and Giant City State Park. We camped at Pine Ridge Boy Scout Reservation for the weekend – this is a great location and provides for all your scouting needs, while staying very rustic in the overall environment. Setting up camp went really well, and we beat the incoming rain. All were bunked in before it started getting wet.
Slightly cloudy, with heavy tree cover made it seem much darker in the campsite as everyone woke up to our bugler’s reveille. after breakfast we headed out to see the Ferne Cliff waterfall. It was a nice hike back to the waterfall location, but despite the rain, there was not much of a waterfall when we arrived. The boys really enjoyed taking the paths up into the rock formations and taking in the sights from different vantage points.
We headed back to camp for a quick lunch, then headed back out to explore Giant City. We climbed the stairs of the water tower and some took the opportunity to check out the Giant City Lodge. The Lodge sported hand hewn wooden pillars, floors and beams, and you could still see the pneumatic hammer marks on the blocks that made up some of the walls and support posts. Then the group headed to the nature trail and found even more exciting paths and rock formations. Even though some of the boys had been to this location in the past year, they still had a great time.
September Float Trip
We had a great turnout for the “All-Family” outing as we floated down the Jacks Fork River. We had great weather, a spectacular foil pack dinner challenge and lots of fun!
With a late arrival and setting up in the dark, all the boys and adults worked together to get things ready for the weekend. Then lights out and sleepytime!
Saturday morning presented the group with a bit of chilly fog, so all prepared their breakfasts and filled up before heading out to our put-in location. A slow bus ride through the hilly terrain yielded good conversation and some really nice views of the area.
Everyone strapped on their PFD’s, hopped in their respective canoes or kayaks and off we went down the river. The water levels were a little low, which meant getting out and walking your boat in some spots. There were a few “water-loggin” situations, but all in all everyone who wanted to stay dry did just that.
After a quick lunch on the sandbar, with some rock skipping and stories shared, we were off again for the second half of the float. There were more paddle battles (splashing), and even a few upturned boats. It was a good time, but after 12 miles, the end was a welcome sight. We returned our rental gear and then headed to camps to change clothes and prepare our dinners.
With foil packs all around, and the “Old Goats” hosting our guests of honor, a hearty meal was consumed and then a campfire and cobbler topped off the night.
Sunday morning was another foggy cool time, but it was tear down, pack up and clear out as all headed back home. We are all looking forward to our next float trip – date TBD.
Photos are pending.
August Overnight Backpacking Trip
The troop went out in late August, fighting the chiggers and the heat, to conquer the peak at Camp Lewallen. Packing the necessities for an overnight campout at the top, they hiked the 5 mile trail up and set up camp. Here are some photos captured during the outing, including a beautiful sunrise on Sunday morning (the picture doesn’t do it justice). The boys are looking forward to the upcoming float trip outing in September.
Camp Roy C. Manchester – Kentucky Lake, KY
Please enjoy some photos, below, that were taken as part of this year’s Summer Camp. If you have photos to share, please send them to Mr. Bolte who can get these added to the website.
March Campout – Treehouses @ S-F Scout Ranch
This was a great first campout for many of our new Scouts who recently crossed over from Cub Scouts. Scouts earned their Totin’ Chip and Toasted Chit; everyone went on a hike to Castle Rock and had a great time climbing around there. The new Scouts also gained experience in preparing meals and cleaning up after the meals. The “Old Goats” prepared dessert for the Troop including two different cobblers and a pineapple upside down cake.
We had great weather Friday night and Saturday, but starting later Saturday night the rain began to fall. By Sunday morning we had hail, sleet, snow rain and fog – quite the mix! As we returned home to the St. Louis area, the snow was really piling up – between 6-10 inches across the area!
We are gald to know the predictions of the end of the world were wrong and that we get to continue on our journeys as Scouts! Please let us know if you would like to join us on our Adventures! Click on “Contact Us” on the right side of the screen to send us an e-mail.
Troop 357 wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season! We hope you are spending time with freinds and loved ones! Enjoy the company of others and all the wonderful treats that are shared this time of year!
Troop 357 Hiking at Camp Lewallen