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posted Feb 27, 2021, 5:37 PM by Joe Scout

The troop is currently working on merit badges through a series of zoom meetings and in person out door meetings. The troop looks forward to camping again.

Lost Sea Caving Trip

posted Jan 28, 2015, 6:44 PM by Jim Black   [ updated Nov 17, 2020, 10:18 AM by Joe Scout ]

November.  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.


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!  

Troop Webmaster
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!

Troop Webmaster
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.

Troop Webmaster
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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Ethan Miracle



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