Troop Blog

Where Have We Been?

Places to go and things to do!

From weekend campouts to week-long summer camps, this is the place to document our troop travels.  A Blog of troop activities that can be referenced by current and future Troop 353 scouters looking for something fun and exciting to do...





November 2017 - Weldon Spring Park

posted Apr 17, 2018, 7:32 AM by Scout Secretary

When: 11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017

Where: Weldon Spring, MO

Summary: We camped at our local city park so that we could participate in Scouting for Food bag drop on Saturday. We setup camp and went searching for firewood late Friday.  Later, we had Cracker Barrel (Dirt and Worms). We soon made a fire to warm our hands. Some of us played at the park while others stayed with the fire. We soon fell asleep. In the morning we made pancakes in the cold. Soon after breakfast, we went headed off for Scouting for Food bag drop. hen we came back, we made lunch (quesadillas). After lunch we setup stations for blacksmithing and knot tying. At blacksmithing, Mr. Nieders and Kyle helps scouts make useful "S" hooks. Mr. Bogener taught Webelos and first year scouts how to tie 6 essential boy scout knots. After we finished blacksmithing we cooked dinner, loaded potatoes. Dinner was very good and most scouts liked it. We cleaned up dinner and attempted to make girl scout s'mores. They hardly got cooked. Soon we all fell asleep. The next morning we cooked our ship wreck, ate and then started to pack up and clean. We departed around 11 AM (with our own tents to dry at home).

-Zach A.

January 2018 - Salt Mine Campout

posted Jan 28, 2018, 8:53 AM by Scout Historian   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 3:51 PM ]

When: 1/19 - 1/21

Where: Hutchinson, KS

Summary: We drove 6 hours up to the Salt Mine but before we got there we went to a space museum where we learned about aircraft carriers, antique rockets. We were also able to eat MRE's and after that, we watched a documentary about submarines and Naval ships. Finally, we got to the salt mine and learned about mining and geology along with the Permian period and all of the mine's equipment. Near the end of our trip, we rode trams and learned what mining was about during the 1940's and 1950's. During that trip in the mines, we stopped at a little section of the mine and picked out our own salt to take home.
-Ryne H.

August 2017 - Johnson Shut Ins Campout

posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:53 PM by Scout Secretary   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 9:15 AM by Scout Historian ]

When: 8/25 - 8/27

Where: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Summary: We had a great time on the Johnsons Shut Ins Campout. The weather was great and our tents were setup all neatly. We visited Elephant Rocks and the Shut Ins. It was amazing. With the warm weather, the water felt great! We camped at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. It was great!
 - Jordan S

June 2017 - Summer Camp - Tomahawk Scout Reservation

posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:50 PM by Scout Secretary   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 5:50 PM ]

When: 6/23 to 6/29

Where: Tomahawk Scout Reservation, Birchwood, Wisconsin

Summary: On the first day we drove to another scout reservation to stay the night on the way to Tomahawk Scout Reservation. On the way there we stopped at the Caterpillar museum where we went in the bed of a mining truck and played on simulators. We also stopped at the Scouting Heritage Museum where they had a pinewood derby track and lots of old artifacts. For dinner we stopped at Pizza Ranch where they had pizza, chicken, soft serve ice cream, and biscuits. Then to top things off we went to Laser Quest to play 3 games free for all laser tag. On the second day we did OA call out where 7 scouts made it in. During the day there was also rifle shooting,tomahawk throwing, frisbee golf, and high adventure night. On day three we did our service project where we moved rocks out of the horse fields. The day also included low ropes course team building, archery, wipe out, and climbing the fire tower. On the fourth day the troop canoed across the lake to get ice cream, but it rained all day so afternoon activities were cancelled. On the fifth day we stayed at logging camp where you could make mini tomahawks, candles, and could work for beads (money). The troop slept in stingrays (3 people hammocks). For dinner we had chili and for breakfast pancakes and sausage which were the best meals besides the ones the troop made. On the final day in camp it was a free day where you could do field games and water polo. Additionally, the troop bought everyone ice cream for climbing to the top of the fire tower. The next day we drove straight home only stopping at Culvers and Pizza Ranch.
- Max C

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