Can you believe it has been 20 years since we had our first Badge-O-Ree!
We have come a long way since our very first Merit Badge-O-Ree waaaay back in 1999 at Camp Bear Tree near Damascus, Virginia. We have a lot of celebrating to do at this anniversary evet. We will have a REUNION for everyone who has attended any of our merit badge camps over the years. We will also have a TALENT SHOW to showcase our Scouts hidden talents. We have some other surprises in store, too!
We already have a good start on our Merit Badge classes for 2019:
Archery - Mr Jerry Buchanan
Pioneering - Mr. Jason Anderson
Truck Transportation - Trooper Jeremy Melvin
Metalwork - Mr. Michael Kime
Rifle Shooting - Mr. Phillip Ball
Shotgun Shooting - Mr. Bill Cooley
If you would like to add your expertise to the list please call (276) 322-3911 or email DanTrent@comcast.net
The COLD RUSH was a SLED LOAD of FUN!
The Mountain Dominion District COLD RUSH was a BLAST (of cold air!). On February 16, 2019 at Camp Roland we had lots of fun. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this a terrific event. Thanks to Mr. Shawn Comer for baking about five thousand POTATOES so that we could all enjoy a hot lunch. Thanks to Scouts from Troop 460 for helping Scouts cook HAIRY SPIDERS and fry up everything from marshmallows and Oreos to bananas. Thanks to Troop 460 (again) for helping our Scouts learn to tie a host of knots, from square knots to bowlines. Thanks to Mr. Dan Cook and crew for teaching at the FIRE BUILDING station. Thanks to all of our older Scouts who helped younger Scouts with their Scouting knowledge (things like the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and more). Thanks to Mr. Tony Webly for educating the Scouts in the use of the compass and in reading and orienting maps. Thanks to Mr. Jeremy Melvin and Troop 93 for the great instruction in FIRST AID. Thanks to the adults from Troop 93 for also timing the GREAT SLED RACE.
For the first time in several years we had a real live sled race with Klondike sleds. There were several exciting "heats" (pardon the pun!). There were some great races, and a few spectacular crashes. The results were:
TROOP 460 - 1st place with a time of 27:97
TROOP 1885 -2nd place with a time of 27:77 (very close!)
TROOP 460 (different Patrol) - 3rd place with a time of 31:85
TROOP 1 - 4th place with a time of 44:37
This was the first Mountain Dominion District event that included a GIRLS TROOP. All indications are that they enjoyed the day and we look forward to welcoming them back to the next event at Camp Roland!
The Christmas Dinner was FANTASTIC!
The Mountain Dominion District Christmas Dinner was a tremendous success. An overflow crowd enjoyed a great time of fun and fellowship at the packed Shall Hall in Princeton. The masses enjoyed a delicious meal of fried chicken, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, hash brown casserole, veggies and a wonderful pesto dip, a variety of salads, cookies and cakes. Thanks to everyone who brought so much food to share.
The white elephant gift exchange was great fun and with so many participants it lasted well into the evening. There were some great gifts: Scouting books and hats, Christmas tree ornaments, gift cards and more! If you weren't able to attend, you missed a terrific event. Make plans to attend next year (we may need to rent a bigger facility as the party grows!).
Congratulations OA Officers!
The OA has been busy! Here are some of the exciting changes in leadership:
Congratulations to Mr. Shawn Comer who is moving up to the position of Associate Advisor of Secretery.
Congratulations to Mr. Dan Cook who will assume Shawn's duties as Chapter Advisor for the Mountain Dominion District.
Results of the Chapter election on November 1st:
Congratulations to Jacob Fidele, Chapter Chief
Congratulations to Hatcher Anderson and Daniel Cook, Chapter Vice Chiefs
Congratulations to Wyatt Anderson, Chapter Secretary
Congratulations Dylan Bess, Lodge Chief
Congratulations Samuel Brown, Vice Chief-Program
Congratulations Clayton Comer, Vice Chief - Administration
Congratulations Jack Monk, Secretary
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!