CHOCTAW — Choctaw Creek Park recently hosted a gathering of 100 Boy Scouts and Webelos seeking to improve their Scouting skills and learn more about each other.
The Big Tepee District event, held Sept. 21-23 and dubbed Webelos Woods, allowed Boy Scouts to showcase their skills to Webelos aiming to cross over into Boy Scouts. Webelos are fourth- and fifth-grade boys transitioning between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Under the tutelage of the Boy Scouts, the Webelos experienced how a patrol functions, preparing their own meals and scheduling daily activities.
Boy Scouts taught skills reflecting this year's theme, “Back to the Basics.”
Troop 275 played Shock and Awe, demonstrating first aid to a tree branch-impaled snakebite victim.
Troop 267 provided training for the Readyman Badge, dispatching the Webelos with boy bling for their uniforms.
Troop 60 appealed to the younger Scouts with outdoor cooking classics, pigs in a blanket, and Fluffernutter, a white bread sandwich filled with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff.
Troop 147 demonstrated not only their own knot-tying expertise, but their ability to mentor the younger Scouts in this basic skill.
Eagle Scout alumni from Troop 276 showcased canoeing activities and aquatic skills, while Troop 47 provided map and compass orienteering. Each Webelos Scout had the opportunity to mingle with a Troop matching his vision of Boy Scouts.
Saturday's evening meal encompassed the Scoutmaster Cookoff, where masters of the outdoor kitchen showed off their skills. For the second year in a row, top honors went to Troop 275. Chef Mark “Cupcake” Reid and Terry “Dishpan Hands” Ford paired up to present lasagna, Dutch oven calzone and Ensalata Italiano. Upside-down caramel cake and peach strudel, both prepared in Dutch ovens, sealed the meal as well as the prize.
Technology obliged tradition on Saturday with a “campfire” flickering on a movie screen, which indulged Scouts mindful of burn ban-like conditions. The standout of the song and skit-filled evening was Troop 275's version of “I'm a Little Teapot.”
All Scouts witnessed the beading ceremony of Assistant Scoutmaster Gabriel Olivares, Troop 275, who recently completed Wood Badge, Scouting's most advanced adult leadership training.
Dana Garcia is a Scout leader and the mother of a Scout.
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