Quarantine – Troop 200 Style

Two weeks of a shutdown turned into weeks and then months. Some of our local schools are opening up with hybrid schedules, while others are still figuring it out. We’re happy to report that Troop 200 has not stopped meeting during this time. Of course, we’ve had to adapt, but we’re resilient.

We couldn’t celebrate with Nate in person, but we didn’t want to let his achievements pass without recognition.

Over the past several months we’ve worked on a number of merit badges – as a group and individually – like Public Health, Cooking, Kayaking, Communications and more! We also worked on rank requirements and honing our scouting skills. During one meeting we met with a firefighters from Montgomery, NJ who demonstrated equipment and took us on a virtual tour.

Working on requirements for the Kayaking Merit Badge at Round Valley.

Even with the July 4th Parade in Lebanon canceled, along with our plans to attend summer camp in Rhode Island, we kept on scouting. When things started opening up, we began meeting in person (with masks and socially distancing). We went on hikes (e.g. Cushetunk Mountain and the Appalachian Trail) and in August a group of us were able to complete a 10+ mile hike and camp out at Hickory Run State Park.

Over the course of a few weeks in August we volunteered to clean-up our community. We invited local Cub Scouts, family and friends to join us as we made a positive impact on the town of Clinton.

Members of the Soaring Llamas helped clean up Clinton.

We did a whole lot of planning for the upcoming scouting year and we’re hoping that we are able to make our dreams a reality!