Event Blog

Lost Sea Caving Trip

posted Jan 28, 2015, 6:44 PM by Jim Black   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 7:17 PM ]

Novemver.  14, 15, 2014
Lost Sea Caverns, Sweetwater TN
19 boys and 6 leaders


The first night we camped at KOA West, in Asheville, NC.  It was late or dark when we got there and it was quite cold.  By morning it was 15 degrees and quite chilly.  We had breakfast, relaxed, played, worked on advancements.  We packed up, had lunch and finished packing up for the 2nd half of the drive to Lost Sea Caverns in Sweetwater, TN. 






After some orientation and dinner at their restaurant, we grabbed our gear for the night in the cave, and climbed up to a natural cave entrance and walked down about 140 steps into the cave.  We spent the next several hours exploring parts of the tourist area of the cave, took a boat ride out onto the lake and saw big fish.  The best part was crawling, rolling and sliding through many obstacles, crevices and other wise tight areas to squeeze through, that the normal tourists don't get to see.  It wasn't muddy, but we sure got dirty.

At the end of the evening, we laid out our tarps, sleeping bags in a big cavern in the cave and slept the night there.  In the morning, we packed up, and climbed back out the 140 steps out of the cave and packed up our gear one more time into the trailer.  We enjoyed a breakfast there at their restaurant and drove home. 

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Austin Black

2014-11 Lost Sea Cave Trip



Hanging Rock

posted Jan 28, 2015, 6:32 PM by Jim Black

October 9 - 11, 2014
Hanging Rock State Park, NC
12 scouts attended this trip with about 6 adult leaders

The troop went to Hanging Rock State Park to enjoy camping, hiking and working on advancements.  This trip may have been un-eventful because I haven't been able to get much information from any of the boys or leaders that went on this trip.

When more information is available, I can update this.

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Austin Black

Creeper Bike Trail, VA

posted Jan 21, 2015, 4:53 PM by Jim Black   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 6:27 PM by Joe Scout ]

September 19, 2014
Creeper Bike Trail, VA
Fifteen scouts attended this trip with about 5 adult leaders

The weather was really nice the whole time; it got down to the 40s at night, and got up to the mid 70s in the afternoon.  It was sunny the whole trip, but each morning we woke up and there was a ton of dew everywhere.  Before going riding, we mainly hung out, rode our bikes around camp, packed lunches, and just chilled in general.







     GOOGLE MAP LINK


The bike ride was quite enjoyable, and the trail wasn't too crowded.  We stopped by the side of the trail and the river bank and enjoyed our packed lunch.  After our short break and lunch we rode the rest of the way down the trail to Damascus, VA.

Back at the camp, we played Hunger-Games style games in the woods around camp.



Thanks to Owen for providing some details on this trip.

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Austin Black



Stream Clean-up

posted Jan 20, 2015, 6:06 PM by Jim Black   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 6:15 PM by Joe Scout ]

September 9, 2014
Adams Farm Stream Clean-up
Fifteen scouts attended this event.   

This activity is managed through the Adopt-A-Stream program sponsored by the City of Greensboro Water Management Resources Department.  The event takes place two times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. We as a troop have the responsibility of cleaning the Adams Farm Parkway Stream starting at the club house and proceeding several hundred yards west of the parkway overpass.  A minimum of two clean ups a year is required to maintain our recognition sign located on the road at the overpass. Each clean up consist of the following;

Meet at the clubhouse at 6:pm. on regular scout night dressed in class B uniform and suitable clothing for stream and weather.

  • Divide into two groups with adult leaders.                    
  • Have a short safety course and hand out trash retrievers and trash bags.
  • One group works from the spillway to the overpass. The other group works the west side of the overpass. When complete, we meet back at the club house and discuss any troop business. 


My responsibility (MR. Clark) is to report back to Water Resources our findings detailed as follows;

  • Number of participants. (Usually ranges from 24 to 30 participants)
  • Number of bags and content          
  • Stream Inspection; water color, presence of odor, oily sheen, foamy, algae, stream appearance, bank erosion, blockages and stream flow. 

This activity is considered a service project and each scout receives a minimum of one hour. The last participant count was 18 scouts and 6 adults. 

Thank you Terry Clark, for proving the above write up.


After this event we finally got to enjoy putting a whip-cream pie in Pam's face.

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Austin Black

2014-09 Stream Clean-Up




Raven Knob Webelo Inventational

posted Oct 5, 2014, 7:14 PM by Jim Black   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 6:18 PM by Joe Scout ]

February 21-23
Raven Knob Campout (Webelo 2's Invitational)
Fifteen scouts attended this trip and approximately 10 Webelos.   

Note: I was not able to attend this trip because it was rescheduled due to weather, so this is based on my prior experience from Raven’s Knob and interviews of a couple Scouts that went.

The Raven Knob campout is always a fun campout!  We sleep in Adirondacks (basically a three-sided wooden structure), with about 3 to 4 other people.  We generally go on a hike up the mountain (I think the distance is about 2 miles?), and then slide down the ‘fire escape’.  It’s really fun, because the fire escape is pretty dense with foliage.  I always love to go down the escape.  After the hike (which is in the morning), we hang out, play games, learn Boy Scout things (like teaching the Webelos different knots, and rank advancement requirements). Sometimes, we have fire building competitions, or tug-of-war contests!  Then in the night, while the adults cook the food, we just play games like soccer, or hide-n-go- seek.

This campout is basically a weekend to let the Webelos that may be crossing over to Scouts, see what being in Boy Scouts is like.  It gives them a little exposure to how our campouts usually go and gives them a “feel” for being in Scouts.  We hope it helps them make a more informed decision about staying in Scouting!

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Ethan Miracle

2014-02 Raven Knob


Summer Camp

posted Aug 24, 2014, 1:37 PM by Jim Black   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 10:40 AM ]

June 29 - July 5th
Cherokee Scout Camp
21 Boy Scouts attended

This year at summer camp we had lots of fun like we always do.  Because we didn’t have access to the church van, we drove up in the adult leader’s cars.
Everything was the same each day as far as classes and meals go from the second day through the sixth day.  The first and last day we are either setting up camp or breaking down camp. 

On Monday eve, I did the climbing tower with Austin, and then went to stargazing for Astronomy, to finish up requirements from last year, which I did not finish.  A.J. came along, because he was in this year’s Astronomy class. It turned out to be a very cloudy night so we didn’t get anything done that night.  We had to go back again on Wednesday night for another round of star gazing to finish up our Astronomy requirements.

Tuesday, I believe), the blob was open for twilight, A lot of our scouts did the blob, which I think they thoroughly enjoyed.


On Thursday evening, we had Family Night.  We are joined by our family’s for a group meal and all attend the campfire and “Tap Out” Ceremony, for Order of the Arrow.  At the campfire, we are entertained, with awesome skits and plays, as well as some funny events.  
Friday evening, it was Frontier Night!  This was probably the best night, because, on frontier night, you can do rifle shooting, muzzle loading, shotguns, and a variety of other fun things, like water balloons, and general awesomeness! Afterward, we had a troop meeting with troop awards being awarded.  

Saturday, we pack everything up and go home.  Summer Camp is always a good time and we learn a lot.  I recommend that all scouts do Summer Camp!  

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Ethan Miracle



Slide Show - Summer Camp 2014





End of Year Wrap-up

posted Aug 24, 2014, 1:22 PM by Jim Black

June 29th

This scout year, we did a lot of cool things. We started off the year with a awesome caving trip to Tennessee and beach trip to South Carolina and finished up with a great hiking trip in the North Carolina Mountains, among other fun activities. We had lots of fun, learned a lot and I think we seemed to be more coordinated and better organized so we were able to do more.

We wrapped up our Scout Year on June 9 - we had an excellent ice cream party to celebrate (along with a super torrential downpour that drenched many of us)!

Today, we are heading off to summer camp at Camp Cherokee. We are going to have a fun time doing merit badges, and the blob, and so many other things.

Report back soon!

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Ethan Miracle



Service Opportunity

posted Aug 24, 2014, 12:48 PM by Jim Black

May 24th
Flag Placing on Veterans Graves for Memorial Day
12 Boy Scouts in attendance

On May 24, Troop 17 was invited to help with the placing of US Flags on our Veterans graves as a service project. 12 Scouts, along with several parents and siblings, gathered to place flags on the graves of our soldiers. We placed over 700 flags on graves at the Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. The Veterans were very happy to have our help and we were happy to serve them.

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Ethan Miracle

Eagle Banquet

posted Aug 24, 2014, 12:35 PM by Jim Black

May 19th
Jamestown UMC
Eagle awards for Andrew Fisher, Josh Moore, Grant Mullins, Ian Foley and Ben Yates

The scouts earning the rank of Eagle were Andrew Fisher, Josh Moore, Grant Mullins, Ian Foley and Ben Yates.

This ceremony and the rank of Eagle is achievement that most scouts are working towards throughout their 
scouting career, so it is a time of great happiness and pride for the scouts and their families. The ceremony 
generally consists of dinner and socializing, awards and rank dedications and speeches by the people held 
important to the Eagle scouts. 

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Uwharrie National Forest Backpacking Trip

posted Aug 24, 2014, 12:03 PM by Jim Black

May 16 - 18, 2014
Uwharrie National Forest
12 Boy Scouts attended this event.

This weekend the Scouts of Troop 17 went backpacking. It was tons of fun! Since Uwharrie is fairly close it only took us about an hour-and-a-half to get there.  After we arrived at the Trail Head, we got our gear out and hit the first trail. You had to carry at least one bag, so if you brought two; it was recommended that you carry the lighter one. 

Once we were all ready to go, we began what was supposed to be a 2.8 mile hike. Only a few things happened during the hike up, so I won't go into much detail, but a few things include the hike ending up being a little longer than 2.8 miles, a couple people (who will go unnamed) fell into a creek (kind of), along the way.  Some of us MAY have brought a LITTLE too much stuff.  An air of overall happiness took over the Troop when we arrived at the base camp!

After we were done hiking (thank God!) we had to set up our gear (tents, hammocks, etc.). Then we had a nice Cracker Barrel of chocolate cake. It was delicious, according to most everyone.

The next morning the ten-mile hikers set off, into the woods to complete the hike, while the first-year scouts stayed behind. While what the ten-milers did is unbeknownst to me, I can tell you what we did. (My dad went, so I’ll let him type up his summary of the ten-mile hike)

First, the newer-scouts cooked their breakfast, a hearty meal of bacon, sausage, and biscuits. Then, they cleaned up, and we set off on our very own hike. Along the way, Mr. Mullins identified lots of plant-life to us, especially Poison Ivy. The adults (Mr. Yates, Mr. Mullins, and A.J.'s dad) told us a lot about hiking, and how it should be done. For instance, did you know the saying "step over it, not on it, and around it, not over it"? Well Mr. Mullins told us that one! It's supposed to mean step over a log when you can, not onto it, and go around the log when you can, rather than over it! After learning lots about plants, we decided to head back, and then eat lunch.

Once we got back to the campsite, the first-year scouts had to cook lunch for themselves, and us older kids set up our hammocks. Then once they were done eating, we mostly just sat in our hammocks, played corn hole, and other miscellaneous stuff.

Well, after a while the ten-milers came back, and they wanted a fire for the night, so we went across the street to collect firewood. For dinner that night, we had foil packs, composed of chicken, potatoes, carrots, and onions.  A Special THANKS to Walker Dennis and Mathew Oliver as they prepared the dinner, both are working on the Cooking Merit Badges. After dinner we played more corn hole and cards, although a few went on to bed.

The next morning we woke up, had breakfast (A sausage mountain-man dish cooked up in the Dutch Ovens), and set off, but not before cleaning up our campsite and a morning devotional provided by Ian Foley. 

10 Mile Hike Narrative – provided by Wayne Miracle.

The ten mile hike was a great adventure, for the first ten or so miles.  On the hike was 6 boys and 4 adults.

We started out at a fast pace, averaging 2.5 miles per hour for the first 6 or so miles.  At the 2.5 mile mark we stopped at Dutchman’s Creek, had a hearty trail breakfast and resupplied our water.  Different leaders and boys demonstrated hand pump operated water filtering devices, a Sawyer Squeeze bag filtering method and the gravitation system.  All worked quite well and the Patrol was resupplied with water in 4-5 minutes.  Breakfast ranged from Bacon and Eggs to Bagels/toast with peanut butter to dry cereal, fruits nuts….

The next 4 miles went quickly at a pace of about 2.7 mph, and then we stopped at the base of a rock formation to resupply with water.  Little did we realize that when we would start out next we would hike up the rock formation and climb about 200 feet in elevation over a 400-500 foot section of the trail.  There was a lot of heavy breathing at the top and rubbery legs. There were lots of creaking knees and ankles from the Old Goats on the trail. 

From there we traversed up and down some of the Uwharrie Mountain tops until we stopped for lunch.  Again lunch was a broad variety of Stews made from par-boiled rice, summer sausages, chicken, beans, ect., to apples, dried fruits and PB&J’s.  During lunch another Scout Troop came through marking the trail with the yellow blaze paint indicated for that portion of the trail.  After lunch we were actually ahead of schedule and there was a brief discussion for a brief nap, eventually it was decided to carry on get back to the base camp early.

The last leg of the hike did include another water stop. Along the entire trail we encountered probably 2 dozen or so other hikers and campers.  I know the adults on the hike were really proud of the positive attitudes displayed by the Scouts that made the trek.

Some interesting (but disputed) facts about the hike, this was from my hiking app:
Steps taken: 24,739
Distance: 13.7 miles GPS app; 10.17 miles per trail map
Time: 6 hours 51 minutes, I did not pause the clock during water and meal breaks
Active time: 6 hours 2 minutes, the app does pause on its own
Calories: 1782, this is based on my height, weight and step length under NORMAL conditions, I feel certain it should have been higher
Elevation gain: 433 feet GPS app; lowest point to highest point
1000+ foot gain overall, 1000+ foot loss overall, up the hill, down the hill, up the hill, down the hill
Average Speed: 2.3 mph
Average Pace: 26:26 minutes per mile


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