Boy Scout Troop 211 of Daleville celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, and the end of the summer, with a “last-weekend-before-school-starts” outing to a private island on Smith Mountain Lake. Private boats ferried the troop and their gear to Christmas Tree Island. 28 youth and 14 adults set up camp and spent the night on the island. Saturday’s activities included swimming, snorkeling around the island, fishing, knot-tying and other scout skills. After dinner, an all-island “capture-the-flag” game was held (until a yellow jacket nest was compromised). Troop elections were officiated by Matt Crush and an evening campfire program was directed by David Norton.
A “leave-no-trace” sweep of the island on Sunday morning was performed as a service project for the landowner, and netted more than eight large bags of lake litter. (Only one case of poison oak has been reported.) Scouts were ferried back to the mainland and learned canoeing, kayaking, life-saving and other water safety skills at the lake residence of Scoutmaster Steve Pappas and his wife Beth. Troop 211 thanks everyone who make this opportunity possible for the scouts; Troop 211 meets on Tuesdays at 7pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Daleville, directly across from the Daleville Kroger.
* Celebrating the Adventure * Continuing the Journey *
To join Scouting, contact Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America
(540) 265-0656. P.O. Box 7606, Roanoke, VA 24019-0606, fax(540) 265-0659.