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RIDGE SKI DAY
Thirteen members of
Troop 68 headed for
of Powder Ridge near Kimball to take in a day of downhill skiing and
boarding. Luckily, they did it when they did. The following weekend
was not much snow on the slopes due to an unusually warm February which
ended up being the sixth warmest on record. As it was this weekend, the
temps were in the thirties by the afternoon.
couple of the guys
take a break
to warm up a bit and catch a bite to eat.
gets the extra
piece of pizza?
A cut of the deck will decide .
2000 Troop 68
and snow boarding team.
Seven troop members
went to Camp Stearns
a little fun and learn a few things. Learning included a bit of knot
and orienteering skills. Fun included playing games, the camp's
course, frisbee golf course, capture the flag, and sitting around the
free time a
few of the Hawks played cards for snacks.
Hawks, 1 Cougar, and 2 Jedi's.
time to brush
up on our skills, including knot tying.
Troop 68 holds
elections for officers
months; once in March and then in September. We attempt to hold an
training course for each new group of leaders. We discuss the office
and what makes for being a good leader. Five Scouts and three adult
took part in this spring's course. They posed for a picture outside of
the Melrose City Office building.
The Central Minnesota
Council and Camp
once again worked together to host almost one thousand Boy Scouts and
leaders during this year's rendezvous. Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68 had
Scouts and four adult leaders in attendance.
soccer when you are blindfolded is quite challenging.
also found out
how tough it
can be to walk on stilts, especially if you have not ever tried it.
crew from Melrose
who attended this year's rendezvous were a fine looking group.
Safety is a high
priority on any
However, sometimes accidents happen so quickly that you have no control
over what is happening. Within seconds lives could be changed.
Several members of
Troop 68 discovered
was like to be in a car accident on the way to Camp Ripley. The car
were riding in was hit by a pick-up from behind. Amazingly, there were
no serious injuries, only bumps and bruises, which is truly miraculous
when you see the pictures of the car. It was as if some giant hand was
guiding the car through the intersection to avoid hitting signs,
poles, and approaches.
Keep in mind as
you view these
the truck has been pulled open so gear could be removed. The back end
the car was so crushed that a briefcase could not be pulled out of the
trunk. (The briefcase held the paperwork for the rendezvous.)
The Lord was truly
over Boy Scout Troop 68 that evening.
The troop held it's third Watchamagumee Mega-Weekend
year. A full
schedule of activities were planned, but due to rainy weather most of
day Saturday things did not go according to plan. However, fun was to
had, and a few things were learned.
on the signal that
was started last
year. This year, a floor and railing were added.
taught newer troop
members about fire,
ax, and saw safety during several demonstrations.
Capture the flag
is a favorite game
among troop members.
Here, the guys are getting ready to play another game.
APRIL 14, 2000
The Central Minnesota Council awarded quite a few Silver
at this year's banquet. Scoutmaster Borgerding, of Melrose Troop 68,
one of the recipients of this, the highest award that a council may
upon an adult Scouter.
Mr. Larson, this
and his friend Cousineau, during the ceremony.
presented the Silver
Beaver Award to Borgerding
during the ceremony.
just one of several
Award recipients during the 2000 recognition dinner.
Many Point Scout Scout was once again the play to be for
summer camp. Twenty two members of Troop 68 attended this grand
In addition to the usual rifle shooting, swimming, sailing, and nature
lore the Scouts also tried tomahawk throwing, slingshots, the Huck Finn
Raft, Ironman competition, and mile swim. As their Super Troop project,
the troop built the campfire for the Friday night closing campfire, and
performed their camp song "MPSC" to the camp's enjoyment.
DELTA is always a popular
However, some of
the Scouts added a twist to this "Turtles" game by carrying some of the
Of course, merit badges has
always been an
part of summer camp. Here, several Scouts work on the Indian Lore Badge.
Every troop takes its turn at
the dining hall. Troop 68 was no exception as the raised the colors one
The climbing tower is always
one of the
places to hang out.
The new "bouldering wall"
presented its own
Five troop members
participated in the
Hey dude! Even an assistant
looks cool when
he wears the proper shades.
A scoutmaster can be inventive
comes to getting
away from the skeeters.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2000
One of the perks of being a Boy Scout is to help with
projects. The members of Troop 68 are involved with several projects
the year, including cleaning the ditches of a three mile stretch of
that leaves the south side of Melrose. Of course, the real fun came
the project when the crew gathered downtown for pizza and cola.
Thirteen Scouts helped with
road clean up.
(One came along after this picture was taken.)
It may have three miles of
road (six miles
but it did not take the guys very long.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2000
All right, all right! So the Twins did not have a very
the year. So they lost this, the last home game of the season. The main
reason for going to the game is to have fun with your friends, and that
is just what we did. Add Mountain Dew soda and lots of sugar/candy into
the picture and your have the makings of a grand old time.
Here the group poses in front of a
few of the
that line the MetroDome hallways.
COURT OF HONOR
SEPTEMBER 25, 2000
The troop's fall Court of Honor is always the largest of
time the Scouts earned a total of 66 merits badges, five ranks, and
special awards. And, of course, cookies and fruit drinks were enjoyed
pictures are by Kathy
Four troop members entertained
the troop by
a short skit involving a box with a wet corner.
Four Scouts earned the BSA
Mile Swim award
stay at summer camp this year.
This is just part of the group
a total of
66 merit badges during the summer.
The Hazardous Hawk Patrol was
they had earned the Progressive Patrol Award.
Two Tenderfoot Ranks, a First
and two Star
Ranks were presented during the fall Court of Honor.
AT HELLERMANN'S LAND
It has almost become a tradition to spend the final
at Hellermann's land, south of Melrose. We usually have a great time
This year we informally had the theme of Knights Of Old while at camp.
We worked on some basic Scout skills, worked on advancement, took a
mile hike, played Capture the Flag, and had a very unique campfire
The Scouts spent a little time
morning to learn
what would be needed for later in the day.
Learning to use the compass
was one of the
we did during the afternoon.
Nine members of the troop
the final camping
trip of the year.
DISTRICT AWARD DINNER
Two dedicated adult leaders of Troop 68 were honored at
District Award Dinner.
Denise Kociemba received the district's
of the Year Award. This award is presented to an adult who is active in
Scouting and has performed his or her role in an outstanding manner.
has been active with the troop on the committee for nearly seven years,
and has spend four of them as chairperson,
in addition to numerous other positions within the troop
Eymard Orth was presented with the district's
the District award of Merit. This award recognizes dedication and
of an outstanding nature on the district level. The nominee also must
contributed service to youth outside of Scouting. Eymard has been an
scoutmaster of Troop 68 for over 13 years.
TO THE SCIENCE MUSEUM
Sixteen troop members participated in a trip to the
Museum and Minneapolis Planetarium. Four adult leaders and parents
It was the first time for many of the Scouts as they arrived at the
planetarium. The staff member did an excellent job of narrating the
and keeping everyone's attention.
The new Science Museum was a lot of fun. There were many new displays
in addition to the older ones for which the museum has become well
A special bonus was the display of the replica of the T-Rex Sue, on
We had quite a few members
trip. Oh course,
they went to the museum to gain more knowledge and a better
of the world around us.
This was one big T-Rex. Sue
though this was a replica of the real Sue in Chicago, you really could
not tell. It was an awesome site.
A couple of the scouts and one
is seen here as they participated in one of the demonstrations held
This Court of Honor signals the end of the year for the
is the last time a Scout may be recognized for the year's achievements.
Three Tenderfoot Ranks and three Second Class ranks where awarded in
to several merit badges. Of course, once the court of honor was
the troop held its annual Troop Auction during which the Scouts would
on various prizes which the Troop Bucks (play money) they had earned
The whole troop participated
in the opening
Three Scouts were presented
with the rank
The Wise Wolf Patrol won the
The "I Want To Marry The
Princess" skit was
Following the court of honor
we held our
auction for prizes.
The Scout used "troop bucks"
earned during the
year to bid on the prizes.
complete listing of who earned
the year 200 check out the year's advancement page, or click here to go
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Borgerding and Kathy
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