The gifts where bountiful this year as Troop 412 and Pack 412 gathered 1,223 food items for local food pantries. The annual food drive known as Scouting For Food is a Mid-America council event that happens every April and is sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland and other local agencies. Troop 412 gathered nonperishable items from neighborhoods around Zion Lutheran Church near 144th and Ida and this year’s event topped the previous record of 1035 food items in 2006. Thank you to all our friends and neighbors that participated and donated to this event. Photos from the event can be found in the Photo Gallery
Troop 412 attended the Soaring Eagle District Spring Camporee at Little Sioux Scout Ranch on the weekend of April 25 – 27. “The Batman” Patrol from Troop 412 took overall first place in the camporee. This was a back to back victory so the Troop keeps the eagle trophy won previously in the Jan 2014 Winter Camporee. The theme of this month’s camporee was The Hunger Games. There were many competitions for the 600 Scouts that attended the weekend’s campout including a grueling obstacle course, fire starting, team walk, block & tackle, knots, and a hill race. Some of the Scouts made and spent the night in shelters that they built. The Troop had 5 new candidates for the Order of the Arrow this year (Aaron, Austin, Luke, Arden and Brandon). This weekend we had a record 33 scouts and 15 adults attend from our Troop. The first event on Saturday was the orientation challenge through rugged terrain . The event took anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to complete. Patrols that were successful in navigating the checkpoints and complete the course were awarded a flag (or beacon). There were a limited number of flags, so only some Patrols were given flags. During the course of the day Patrols could challenge other Patrols in order to capture their flag. The goal of all the competitions was to keep a flag and score as many points from various challenges through out the day. <br>You can find photos of the Spring Camporee in the Photo Gallery<br> The Batman Patrol and another Patrol take a break at the peak of a tall hill during a grueling orientation course<br>An opposing team Patrol challenges The Batman Patrol to their flag (beacon).