On the weekend of February 9 – 11, 2007, the scouts and leaders of Troop 422 conducted their annual Junior Leadership Training weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Taking a break from their normal winter camping, the troop rented out Group Lodge II. Friday night, the newly elected scout leaders were sworn into their positions at a ceremony in Lodge Building A. Afterwards, the scouts were treated to popcorn and the movie “Zathura” on DVD.
After a boisterous night for many, the scouts began Saturday with a mix of indoor training sessions, combined with outdoor team building activities organized by new adult leader Linda Montalbano. Among the tasks was a cake baking and decorating competition between the patrols.
The highlight of the campout was a group hike. While one group of scouts and leaders hiked to the bottom of the frozen Fall Creek Falls, another group braved the challenge of the Cable Trail, descending down a cliff face to below the Cane Creek Falls. There, the scouts were treated to the wonder of a frozen pool, solid enough to walk on (if their scoutmaster had allowed them to), filled by two icicle covered waterfalls.
After a dinner of lasagna, the scouts participated in a flag retirement ceremony lead by scout Reed K. Later, the scouts snacked on their patrol cakes while enjoying watching the movie “Master and Commander”. After a busy day, only four scouts made it to the end of the movie.
After Sunday breakfast and a short but spirited worship service led by incoming Chaplain’s Aide Justin C. and outgoing Chaplain’s Aide Taylor R., the troop departed Fall Creek Falls for the drive home.
Below are photos of the troop’s Junior Leadership Training weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park.