Caving at Glade Cave
(September 16-17, 2023)
Troop 680 originally planned to go rock climbing near Waterfall Mountain in the George Washington National Forest September 16-17 with our good friend Lester Zook of Wild GUYde Adventures, LLC , but the weather had other ideas. The inclement weather forced the Troop to go underground, so, instead, Mr. Zook took everyone to Glade Cave near Bridgewater, VA. The cave was exciting and had lots of great features that appealed to all of our first time cavers and our four experienced cavers who had been caving several times before with Mr. Zook at Kees Cave in Franklin, WV (see the 2021-22 Adventures page). Among the great things were: the in-the-dark challenge crawl, the dungeon, and the ski slope. Troop 680 Scouts also learned about navigating in caves, interesting facts about the formation of caves, and how to explore caves safely. When not in the cave, the Troop had a great time camping at Camp Overlook in Keezletown, VA, and attended mass in Harrisonburg, VA, at Blessed Sacrament.
Intro to Backpacking for AOLs and Webelos
(September 9-10, 2023)
To encouage AOL Scouts and Webelos Scouts from Pack 680 to remain in Scouts and crossover to Troop 680 when they are eligible, the Boy Scouts of Troop 680 took them on an overnight introduction to backpacking trek on the C&O Canal from Saturday, September 9, to Sunday, October 31. Following a route used in previous years the Boy Scouts hiked approximately 4.4 miles from Seneca Landing / Riley's Lock (mile post 22.8) to Sycamore Landing (mile post 27.2) where they met up with the AOL Scouts. The group then hiked another 3.3 miles to the Chisel Branch trail campsite (mile post 30.5), where they spent the night. The next morning, the group hiked 0.3 miles to the Edward Ferry parking lot for the drive home. The Scouts did a great job hiking and arrived at Chisel Branch well before the onset of several afternoon thunderstorms. Despite the storms and rain, all of the Souts had a great time and learned a few backpacking skills, including how to set up bear bags.
IN-PERSON AND ON-LINE MEETINGS AND EVENTS LISTED BELOW
September 30 - Virtual Troop Committee Meeting at 10:00 AM on Zoom (link available through restricted pages)
September 30 - Virtual Biennial Parents' Meeting at 10:30 AM on Zoom (link available through restricted pages)
October 1 - Regular Troop Meeting at 5:00 PM at the Mirvish Scout Ranch (October Theme: Shooting Sports) - Slingshot Meeting
October 8 - Regular Troop Meeting at 5:00 PM at the Mirvish Scout Ranch (October Theme: Shooting Sports) - Archery Meeting
October 15 - PLC Meeting at 5:00 PM at Northrop Hall
October 22 - Regular Troop Meeting at 5:00 PM at the Mirvish Scout Ranch (October Theme: Shooting Sports) - Catapult Building
October 29 - Regular Troop Meeting at 5:00 PM at Northrop Hall (activity TBD)
Project Appleseed Marksmanship Trip (Oct. 13-15) - Sign-up is now closed.
October 28/29 - Scouting for Food Post-it Note Flyer Distribution (sign-up for neighborhoods opening soon, all Scouts required)
November 4 - Scouting for Food Collection (sign-up for neighborhoods opening soon, all Scouts required)
Meet the Members of the 680 Crusader Squadron
(Aviation Troop Meeting May 7, 2023)
Scout Sunday - February 19, 2023
Troop 680 and Pack 680, sponsored by the Friends of Alexandria Catholic Scouting, Inc. celebrated Scout Sunday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church together with Venture Crew 1022 (sponsored by Good Shepherd) and Catholic Scouts and leaders from other BSA units in the Colonial District, including Pack 301 (sponsored by VFW Post 609) and Troop 996 (sponsored by Aldersgate UMC). Girl Scout Troop 53801 also participated.