The August Campout for the Troop is the Traditional “Mr. F” Canoe Trip at Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. In 2000, Mr. Marc Funderburk help the boys plan this trip and it has been a Tradition ever sense. It is on the edge of a weekend camping distance, but it is always worth the trip.
It has evolved into a Troop 5 family reunion of sorts because the four our float down the Mountain Fork River. The boys have a wonderful time, create fond memories, and it makes the “college boys” come back every year. At times, we will have a one to one adult to boy ratio on this trip.
Due to the excess of adult leadership, I often take my road bike up and get a 60 mile ride in why the troop is on the river. Considering I have broken my hand on float, it is probably a better venture for me anyway.
We ended up with 30 campers this year. You can tell by the pictures, the boys had a blast on the river.
The Troop went a little outside the box on this trip and finally awarded the rank of Eagle to two of our college boys. Cameron Dwyer and Zack Wisch. The neat thing about Troop 5 is that the rank of Eagle is never looked on as an ending for the boys, but part of the journey of Scouting. Zack and Cameron never saw the need to have a special Court of Honor. I just tired of holding onto to their Eagle Medals. In addition, considering they are entering their fourth year of College, it was probably time to recognize their achievement.