Scores of Boy Scouts converged on Camp Roland to participate in the annual SPRING CAMPOREE! The weekend began on a soggy note. Perhaps soggy is a bit of an understatement. It rained so hard the Coast Guard was patrolling the highway between the Interstate and Camp Roland. It rained so hard the birds at camp were wearing swim fins. I had to use a stick to run the fish out of the shelters. It was WET! Three Troops braved the monsoon and camped Friday evening. Congratulations to Troops 875, 460 and 252 for earning the Water Wings Award.
Saturday morning dawned gray and foreboding, but dozens of Scouts arrived in spite of the weather forecast. At the flag pole Troop 460 won the right to post the Colors and each Troop was given their orders for the day (their schedule). Each Troop cycled through six different stations:
Shawn Comer and Troop 1 hosted the "Respect the Flag" station at the campfire area where Scouts learned U.S. Flag etiquette and cerem0oneously and respectfully "retired" old and tattered flags.
Philip Ball and Troop 1 ran the Orienteering station at Shelter #1 where Scouts learned to read topographic maps, use a compass and navigate a course.
Hal Keene, Richard Clack and Troop 93 hosted the Fire Building competition at Shelter #3. Scouts build fire using non-traditional fire starting apparatus like flint and steel (no matches and lighters here!). Lots of tinder, kindling and fuel went "up in smoke" at this station.
Dan Cook challenged Scouts to build a structure from bamboo and rope at the Lashing Station at the Pool Shelter. Success was determined by whether or not the structure could support Dan's weight.
Ed Laxton and Troop 436 explored Camp Cooking at the Storage Building. Scouts popped popcorn without using a microwave oven! They also enjoyed South American hot dogs. Yum!
Angie Cook and Thomas Kozikowski helped Scouts to create a Mother's Day card and a framed picture of themselves in the Dining Hall. Scouts took home a wonderful gift for Mom on her special day.
As the clouds parted and as the skies cleared, Dan Cook and his crew prepared a delicious lunch of barbeque on a bun with baked beans, potato chips and cookies for dessert. It was a great time of fun and fellowship among Scouts and Scouters at the Pool Shelter.
By the end of the day the sun had begun to shine and spirits were as high as the water in the pond! We had a great day. Troop 1 lowered the flag and some Troops departed after the flag ceremony. Those Troops missed a real treat at the Campfire Program on Saturday evening! Clayton Comer and Troop 1 hosted the program and put on a fantastic show. Troop 875 added to the festivities with a rollicking skit. There was singing, acting and lots of improvisation. A great time was had by all! Bill Cooley from Troop 1 closed the evening by sharing his collection of ashes from previous campfires - these ashes from a campfire at Brownsea Island (where Scouting began) from 107 years ago. It was a solemn and fitting end to a terrific Campfire Program.
It takes many dedicated individuals to make a successful event such as the Spring Camporee. We are blessed in the Mountain Dominion District to have a large pool of caring and giving volunteers who always "dig deep" to provide our Scouts with great experiences at District events. They also serve as terrific examples for our youth. Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to this successful event. YOU are touching lives and making a difference in our world, both now and in the future as our Scouts grow into tomorrow's leaders. THANK YOU!
Here is a link to a FLYER covering the event: SPRING CAMP FLYER
The SCHEDULE and List of Stations is here: CAMPOREE SCHEDULE
Here is some stuff to keep in mind - You may arrive anytime after noon on FRIDAY to set up your camp. Shelters have been assigned as follows:
Camp Entrance - Troop 436
Shelter 1 - Troop 1
Shelter 2 - Troop 875
Shelter 3 - Troop 93
Shelter 4 - Troop 68
Shelter 5 - Troop 460
Shelter 6 - Troop 252
We had lots of great events. Since MOTHER'S DAY was Sunday, we made a gift for Mom (or Dad!) at one station. Scouts practiced orienteering skills at another stop, and FIRE BUILDING at another. Lunch on Saturday was be provided by Mr. Dan Cook of Troop 460 and his new fangled barbeque machine.
Saturday night we had a terrific CAMPFIRE PROGRAM hosted by Scouts from Troop 1. It was a great event!
8:30 - Cracker Barrel and Tall Tale Contest at the Pool Shelter
9:00 - Flag Ceremony at the flag pole
9:45 - 10:45 Session #1
10:50 - 11:50 Session #2
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH at the POOL SHELTER Thank you Dan Cook!
1:00 - 1:55 Session #3
2:00 - 2:55 Session #4
3:00 - 3:55 Session #5
4:00 - 4:55 Session #6
5:05 Flag Ceremony at the flag pole
8:30 Campfire Program (Dining Hall if raining)
10:00 Morning Worship
(Consult YOUR TROOP SCHEDULE, to be distributed at flag ceremony, for times)
RESPECT the FLAG @ Campfire Area Mr. Shawn Comer (Troop 1)
CAMP FOOD @ Storage Building Mr. Ed Laxton (Troop 436)
featuring (South American Hot Dogs!)
ORIENTEERING @ Shelter #1 Mr. Phillip Ball (Troop 1)
LASHINGS @ Shelter #5 Mr. Dan Cook (Troop 460)
including CAMP GADGET Contest
MOTHER'S DAY CRAFT @ Dining Hall Mr. Dan Trent (Troop 14)
FIRE BUILDING @ Shelter #3 Mr. Richard Clack (Troop 93)
Thanks to EVERYONE who made the 2016 Fall Camporee and Jamboree on the Air a tremendous success. Over 150 people enjoyed the near perfect weather and talked to Scouts from all over the globe. Thanks to the East River Amateur Radio Club for facilitating all the conversations. Contacts were made to Germany, Italy, Russial and France among others, We also made contacts across our great country from Vermont to Texas and beyond. It was GREAT! Thank you ERARC Team!
Thanks also to the Scouts and adults who went on the NIGHT HIKE Friday evening. 35 Scouts and 5 adults braved the darkness and hiked over 3 miles in the wilderness by moonlight... with just a few flashlights, too. We made the trip in an hour and a half - a record! Congratulations hikers!
There were heros all over Camp this weekend. Thanks to Ed for teaching the RADIO merit badge class and inspiring this event. Thanks to Landon who sacrificed his Radio merit badge to teach younger Scouts at one of our morning sessions. Thanks to Troop 1 for teaching us all about lashing and Troop 93 for handling the Each One Teach One program in the morning. Thanks to Frank and Troop 68 for manning the McGann Building all afternoon. Thanks to David for doing a great job supporting the COOKING station. Thanks to Bill for teaching the surveying/transit station.
And a big thank you to the O.A. gang who continued the work around the pond. These ladies and gentlemen began this project in July at the Badge-O-Ree and followed through at this camp. Kevin Martin and Jenny Martin have been there from the beginning of this project providing tools, equipment and labor to the cause. Jason Anderson brought his own personal brush hog this weekend and generously allowed us to use it on the camp tractor. Phillip Ball went a step further and brought his won tractor and brush hog. Two tractors along with Shawn Comer, got a lot of brush cleared over the past few weeks. There are others who have contributed. Thank you all!
Another big thank you goes to Clayton and Andrew who did a fantastic job organizing and running the CAMPFIRE PROGRAM Saturday evening. You did a terrific job. And thanks to each and every Troop and Webelo Pack who shared a skit of song. It was a 100% Scout run event and it was a blast.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped all over camp. Thanks to the Troops who traveled from beyond our District and beyond our Council to attend and contribute to the sucess of the Camp. You folks are the best!
October 12, 2016
Cooler weather is in the forcast this weekend, Just in time for JAMBOREE ON THE AIR! Here is a quick schedule of events:
7:45 p.m. Cracker Barrel at Pool Shelter
8:15 Night Hike begins at bridge
8:45 Flag Ceremony
9:00 – 12:30 Radio Merit Badge in Dining Hall
9:00 – 12:30 Each One Teach One at various shelters (See Roland Rattler at Camp). This will include “Radio Talk” sessions with the ERAC
1:30-5:00 Afternoon Sessions (including radio)
5:15 Flag Ceremony
5:30 O.A. Meeting
7:45 Campfire Program
8:30 Bedtime Snack in the Dining Hall
9:30 Worship Service
Shelter #1 - Troop 1
Shelter #2 - Troop 93 Blue Ridge
Shelter #3 - Troop 93 Mountain Dominion
Shelter #4 - Troop 68
Shelter #5 - Troop 14
Shelter #6 - Troop 875
Shelter #7 - Troop 75
Shelter #8 - Troop 177
Saturday morning RADIO Merit Badge Class will meet in the Dining Hall from 9:00 until 12:30
During that same time Scouts who are not taking the merit badge class will be teaching or learning some Scout Skills. You will be will provided with a SCHEDULE for your Troop on Saturday morning. You will also be provided with a schedule for your events on Saturday afternoon,
September 15, 2016
MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR LIST
Thanks to Dan Cook, Mountain Dominion District Advancement Chair, for maintaining the list and vetting counselors.
We have had a great summer season at Camp Roland. Lots of great camps and tons of fun. Now the mornings are becoming cooler, the days are getting shorter and you can see the leaves preparing to jump from the trees as the first frost approaches.
There are some great events planned for the autumn season at Camp Roland.
The Mountain Dominion District will host a ROUNDTABLE at 6:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Bluefield on September 15, just before the monthly DISTRICT MEETING at 7:00 p.m.
O.A. Vigil Weekend is scheduled at Camp Roland September 16-17 and the Fall Fellowship will take place at Camp Chief Logan October 7-9, 2016
The CUB SCOUT FAMILY CAMP will take place at Camp Roland September 23 - 25, 2016. Lots of outdoor activities are planned including sling shots, archery, BB guns, model rockets and more! Please encourage all Cub Scouts to attend - especially new Cubs Scouts. Contact Paula Mattox for more information: (304) 732-9371.
The Boy Scout Fall Camporee will be October 14-16 and will coincide with JAMBOREE ON THE AIR/JAMBOREE ON THE INTERNET. This is the largest Scouting event in the WORLD with over 1 Million Scouts participating across 150 countries YOU can take part in this international event at Camp Roland! There will be lots of other events over the weekend, too. A night hike is planned for Friday night, and old fashioned camp fire program will take place on Saturday night and more! The event is open to CUB SCOUTS, WEBELOS, VENTURE CREW, EXPLORERS as well as BOY SCOUTS. Cost will be approximately $25 for Scouts and will include a patch and T-Shirt. Adult cost is $12.50. Pre-registration is required so we can order shirts. Contact Dan Trent to register or for further information. (276) 322-3911 or DanTrent@comcast.net
Don't forget the Council CDO (Council District Operations) Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m.at the Scout Office in Charleston.