Boy Scout Troop 117
Christ King Catholic
John McNabb and Nate Cera were presented with the Eagle Scout Award at a ceremony at Christ King Church. The invocation was given by the Rev. Warren Sazama, president of Marquette University High School. Guest speakers included state Rep. Dale Kooyenga and Nate's grandfather, Otto Bonahoom, Eagle Scout, 1946.
In June the Scouts attended Camp Tesomas near Rhinelander for a week, where they earned merit badges ranging from Archery to Wilderness Survival and made great strides in advancing toward their next rank. Additionally, one Scout spent five weeks at the camp as a counselor-in-training.
In July one Scout traveled to the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., to take part in the St. George Trek, sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. During the two weeks of the program, Scouts participated in several days of retreat integrated into the 75 miles of hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Also, two Scouts attended the two weeks of the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, where they joined 50,000 Scouts from around the nation for activities ranging from zip-lining to white water rafting to patch trading.
In August two Scouts attended Camp Ammon, which runs for the length of the Wisconsin State Fair. They had the opportunity to experience the fair as an insider, meet other Scouts from around the state, and donate their time in service to the historic institution that is the State Fair.
Boy Scout Troop 27
St. Pius X Catholic
The troop spent a week in July at Devil's Lake State Park. The Scouts enjoyed the natural features of the park with activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking and climbing the rock faces. Back at camp, they worked on other merit badges such as cooking, wood carving, Indian lore, basketry, pioneering and citizenship in the community. Additionally, the Scouts were fortunate to be able to shoot rifles one afternoon, courtesy of a nearby rifle range.
One week later, several Scouts attended Bear Paw summer camp near Mountain, where they completed merit badges in wilderness survival, forestry, leatherwork, small-boat sailing, fingerprinting, environmental science and rowing.
In August, another contingent of Scouts spent nearly two weeks hiking and backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The high point of their trip was climbing Baldy Mountain, a 12,441-foot-tall peak in the northwest portion of the ranch.
In September, the troop took second place in the "Iron Chef" competition at the Iron Horse District's Fall Camporee. The Scouts used Dutch ovens to prepare a baked chicken and rice dish with biscuits and blueberry cobbler for dessert.
To join Girl Scouts: Daisies (girls grades K-1), Brownies (girls grades 2-3), Juniors (girls grades 4-5), Cadettes (girls grades 6-8), Seniors (girls grades 9-10) or Ambassadors (girls grades 11-12), go to gswise.org or call (800) 565-4475.
To join Cub Scouts (boys grades 1-5), Boy Scouts (boys age 11-17), or Venturers (boys and girls age 14-20), go to ThreeHarborsScouting.org/JoinScouting.
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