We had a great time at Camp Roland!
The 2018 Mountain Dominion District Fall Camporee and Jamboree On The Air was a tremendous success thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers. We had Troops from three districts, two councils and we even had a Webelo Pack!
The weather forcast was dismal, but the Scouting Spirit brightened the weekend. Friday evening began cool and misty, but the rain soon stopped and the temperature actually warmed overnight. Of course the burning of the giant brush pile may have helped dry things out and warm the air!
We had a good time at the Cracker barrel enjoying cream cheese, crackers and some ghost pepper jelly. The jelly may have helped to warm the temperature, too.
Saturday morning dawned cool and damp but once the activities began everyone forgot all about the weather. Every unit in camp got to build their own tipi. Plastic tarps were substituted for canvas or animal skins, but the effect was the same. Some Scouts even slept in their tipis on Saturday night. Thanks to our OA Arrowmen for leading/teaching the Scouts in this effort. They did a great job.
We had two different kinds of shooting sports going on in camp this weekend. At the rifle range Phillip Ball, Bill Cooley, Roger Alber and others led Scouts in shooting targets using rifles. At the archery range Bill Hanks, Jerry Buchanan and others helped Scouts hone their skills with bows and arrows. Both of these merit badges will be offered at the 2019 Merit Badge-O-Ree in July.
Another merit badge that we will offer next summer is Metalcraft. Mr. Michael Kime did a metal working demonstration in preparation for this event. Each unit was able to help in crafting a knife from a railroad spike at this station. This was a fun station and lots of boys said that they can't wait to sign up for the metalcraft merit badge class!
The East River Amateur Radio Club was at Camp Roland once again to help us participate in the Worldwide Jamboree on the Air. Scouts were able to hear others from around the world... and beyond! We actually heard a call from the International Space Station as it flew overhead. Other locations of note included Iowa, Washington state, India, and Australia among others. Thanks to Hooger Fisher, Charles Priest, Roger Stefanic, Charles Hampton, Randall Hash and others for setting this up for us. Mr. Hash brought a drone and took some aerial photos of campsites for us. Thank you ERAC!
At the end of the day we had the first anual "Punkin; Chunkin" at the flag pole. Winners in the Webelo, Boy Scout and Adult divisions each won a Walmart gift card.
The day concluded with Old Jonah the Appalachian Mountain Storyteller in the Dining Hall. Jonah told us tall tales in the mountain tradition. It was a nice way to end the day.
Once again, thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a huge success - especially the folks who volunteered ahead of time and all of the units who pre-registered. It sure makes plannning much easier! And thank you to the folks who "jumped in" and helped out when a need arose. We are fortunate to have the greatest people in Scouting at Camp Roland for our events. Thank you, thank you , THANK YOU!
CHANGE OF LOCATION
Please note the change of location for the NOVEMBER DISTRICT MEETING ONLY. The NOVEMBER District meeting will be at the Princeton Church of God located at 250 Oakvale Road (the old Lowe's building). If you'd like to show up a little early to help sort popcorn, come on down! You may pick up your order at 6:30, prior to the meeting at 7:15
"Regular" Popcorn pickup will be at the same location on Friday and Saturday.
The District Christmas Dinner will be at the Princeton First United Methodist Church (100 Center Street) on December 13. Bring a covered dish to share. Please register at the Buckskin website. Cost is $5. The District will provide the entree and drinks. We will have a "registry of food" either on the Buckskin site or here to ensure that we don't end up with 15 green bean casseroles again. Check the list and then email DanTrent@comcast.net to register your dish.
We will have a "Yankee Swap" again this year. If you wish to participate, bring a wrapped gift to swap. We suggest a gift valued at about $10. This is a great time of fun and fellowship. Please encourage EVERYONE in the District to attend.