T680 Adventures and Service - 2020-21
Winter Chill Campout
(February 20-21, 2021)
Troop 680 headed to its favorite snow-covered campsite in Swanton, MD for its annual Winter Chill Campout. The snow was deep and the rangers had not cleared a path in the parking lot near the Monroe Run group campsite pavilion, and Mr. Mirvish's car got stuck requiring the Scouts to help dig it out. Temperatures were also the coldest they have ever been (5° F) overnight, so the Scouts really had an opportunity to practice cold weather camping. The guys who went to Northern Tier in 2020 for an Okpik Adventure relied on the skills they learned. All-in-all it was a fun campout and movie night was great.
Sandy Spring Adventure Park Campout
Troop 680 spent two nights camping at Sandy Spring Adventure park and one day enjoying the aerial rope / challenge courses and zip lines. This was the Troop's third campout at Sandy Spring in the last 6 years and everyone had a great time as always. Check out the fancy dinner being prepared for the adults, while the boys ate tacos in a bag.
Scouting for Food
Congratulations Troop 680 and Pack 680 - You collected 500 bags of food weighing just under 5,000 lbs. for the United Community food bank
Introduction to Backpacking
Troop 680 organized a 1 day hike and overnight campout on the C&O Canal to introduce younger Scouts and AOL Scouts of Pack 680 to backpacking. T680 backpacked with full packs from Violettes Lock to Swains Lock (5.5 miles), stopping at Pennyfield Lock to pick up the AOL Scouts who hiked the 3 miles from Pennyfield Lock to Swains Lock.
Canoe Trip to Mallows Bay
Members of the Troop traveled to Mallows Bay to practice canoeing skills while exploring shipwrecks in the bay. Mallow's Bay is home to 200 historic shipwrecks dating from the Revolutionary War through the present, known as the “Ghost Fleet." The troop also spent the two nights camping at Smallwood State Park.
Backpacking Merit Badge Adventure
A group of 8 Scouts and 3 adult leaders went on a backpacking trip in July to Shenandoah National Park . They hiked 30 miles over a period of five days in the sweltering July heat to complete the requirement for Backpacking MB. The boys overcame many challenges including a grueling hiking up Neighbor Mountain, limited water, and dense foliage. The group also spent some time at Matthews Arm Campground and had an amazing campfire. All and all the Scouts had a very fun time.
Troop 680 goes on a dog sledding adventure
A group of 9 scouts and 5 adults traveled to Northern Tier High Adventure base in Ely Minnosota in January to go on a four day dog sledding trek. The crew enjoyed two nights camping under the stars in freezing temperatures. Everyone had a great time and learned how to dog sled and thrive in extreme cold weather camping.
Nine members of the crew earned their Grand Slam of High Adventure award. Three members of the crew earned their Triple Crown of High Adventure award.