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February Winter Chill Campout

(February 24-25, 2024)

Troop 680 returned to its favorite winter camping venue at Big Run State Park in western Maryland after a few years absence.  In years past T680 has arrived to find deep snow on the ground.  Unfortnately, this year, above freezing temperatures and rain on Friday washed the snow away, but the weather turned cold again on Saturday morning and brought light snow flurries just as T680 was arriving.  The snow flurries  continued for most of the day, giving the Scouts an opportunity to practice setting up tents in the snow.  By late afternoon the sun came out for a brief period but the temperature never got above freezing and was in the high teens overnight providing an excellent opportunity for the Troop to practice cold weather camping techniques.  Despite the cold, Souts had fun playing hockey, going on a hike, hanging out by the fireplace in the picnic pavillion, and watching a movie outdoors in the cold after the campfire program.  Special congratulations to Mr. De Angel who proved his Mountan Man bona fides by constructing a bed for the night out of downed tree limbs,  leaf-filled garbage bags, and a tarp.  He'll be ready for the next Northern Tier Okpik adventure.  Additional photos are available in the photo album on the restricted pages.


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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.