Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Camping, First Aid and tying knots are all skills associated with scouting.
Recently, a group of young men from Fulton’s Boy Scout Troop 50 proved that they have mastered those skills in the Polar Bear Amazing Race at the Saukenauk Scout Reservation in northern Illinois.
Sixteen scouts and adult leaders spent the weekend camping in teepees in 6 inches of snow and 5-degree weather, and racing against more than 120 other scouts in a series of five competitions designed to test their skills in First Aid, teamwork, knot tying and knife, saw and axe skills.
The young men placed first in fire building/pioneering and in First Aid, and second in knots.
“(We did well) because we worked very well as a team and we knew what we were doing,” said Boy Scout Will Dunn, 13.
David Crane, the troop’s advancement chair, said the competition in Illinois is an annual trip on which he takes the more experienced members.
“It’s a good experience for the boys because they really get to see what they’ve learned,” Crane said. “I don’t think the boys really realize they are learning stuff when we have our meetings.
“It’s kind of neat watching them amaze themselves. The boys have a good time, and they really enjoy it.”