On Sunday April 27, members of Troop 10 participated in a 5k run supporting the MS Society of America. The race took place in in Devens, Mass. The race started at 10:00 a.m. It was a cold and cloudy day to run, but that did not make much of a difference, because the run was a giant mud and water filled obstacle course. Scouts ran in between roughly 15 different obstacles, which all incorporated mud, making for one dirty run! Despite the weather conditions, the scouts still managed to have a blast, and are looking forward to hopefully participating in the race again next year.
On Monday April 21, the town of Lexington celebrated Patriots Day as a whole, and many scouts from Troop 10 got the honor to help out or be a part of a portion of the days festivities. Members from Troop 10 marched in both the morning and the afternoon parades. In the morning parade, the troop 10 members got to march behind a Lexington Scouting banner all the way from Muzzey field, to the Lexington Battle Green. A ceremony was held there, in which a fellow Troop 10 scout Liam W., got to get up in front of the whole town and recite the scout oath. In the later parade, scouts were able to help march and push the Lexington fire pumper, an old fire truck which isn’t used anymore, but is pushed by the scouts of Lexington every year in the Patriots Day parade.
From Saturday April 12 to Sunday April 13, Troop 10 took a trip up to Sudbury, MA to spend the day and night camping in the Nobscot scouting reservation. This trip is an annual tradition for the troop as it is the first available outing for the newest group of scouts who had only joined weeks before. After setting up camp the older scouts lead the younger scouts in some introductory games. After a lunch break, a few of the older scouts taught the younger scouts about the fundamental skills in scouting, including proper camp setup, plant and animal identification, and even proper knife, axe, and saw use. Younger scouts had the opportunity to earn their Totin chit, which would allow them to use knives, axes, and swords in a responsible manner, with less supervision. Along with the basic skills, scouts were also working on bonding together as they got to know each other more and working well as a team and as peers.
After a troop-wide game of capture the flag, the scouts all cooked and ate dinner together. After dinner came a campfire where the scouts lead skits, sang songs, and told stories late in to the night. As the fire died down, scouts went off to bed for the night. The troop rose early Sunday morning to a light rain, while they cooked and ate breakfast. Afterwards scouts packed up and cleaned up camp, and headed out. Overall it was a very successful trip for both older and younger scouts and a lot of fun was had.