Two Rivers State Park 201011

Troop 412 had it’s November camp out at Two Rivers State Park. We arrived Friday night and were meet with driving cold rain/slush. The Troop quickly setup a wind break with the &quot;carport tent&quot;. After Friday’s bluster start the weather was much improved for Saturday &amp; Sunday. Both days were dry and sunny which gave us an opportunity to dry out and work on Fishing and Animal Tracking merit badges. Several of the older scouts taught the younger scouts fire and woodsmanship skills for their Fireman Chit and Totin’ Chip cards. This was our first camp out at this State Park and we camped near Lake #1 in the LakeSide campground area. The park was visited by hunters (bird &amp; deer) but mostly the park was empty from campers. The Tracking Merit Badge was first offered to Boy Scouts in 1911 and was discontinued in 1952. It was reintroduced for one year in 2010 in honor of the 100 year anniversary of Boy Scouts. Carpentry, Pathfinding and Signalling Merit Badges were also reintroduced for a limited one year only run as well. The original name of the Tracking Merit Badge was &quot;stalking&quot;, but was renamed to &quot;tracking&quot; because of the modern day negative meaning. This Merit Badge teaches the Scout how to find, identify and evaluate tracks of birds and animals. Here is a sample requirement: Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give the names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or mud, far enough to determine the direction they were going and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed</p></content:encoded> You can find more photos of Troop 412’s camp out at Two Rivers State Recreation Area in the<br>photo gallery . Information on the new Tracking Merit Badge and also the original historic Merit Badge book can be found in the Wilderness Survival camp out Aug-10 This last weekend Troop 412 conducted their annual survival training camp weekend. This is something the Troop tries to do at least once a year. This year the Troop camped near Tabor Iowa for their training and Mr. Marshall &amp; Mr. Harmoney lead the training along with some other scouts. The scouts learned how to generate water from solar stills , track animals, fish with items at hand, and build shelters along with other survival skills. These requirements were completed for earning the scouts’ Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. The weather was hot &amp; humid so the Scouts were able to experience real life conditions. Special thanks to Buzzy &amp; his wife Carol for allowing the Troop to camp on their property. Pictures of the Aug 2010 Wilderness Survival Camp out can be see in the Photo Gallery. Bonus media; Time lapsed video of sunrise over Iowa cornfield , panoramic view of lake

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