Message Archives
Note: Some of the links in these messages may not work
Thursday December 31, 2009 7:44AM
New Rank Requirements
Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2010.

These requirements appear in the official Boy Scout Handbook, 12th Edition, which was issued in 2009, but do not take effect until January 1, 2010. If a Scout has started work toward a rank before that date using requirements that were current before January 1, 2010, he may complete that rank only using the old requirements.

Any Progress toward a rank that is begun after January 1, 2010, must use the requirements as they are presented in the Boy Scout Handbook (34622) or in Boy Scout Requirements book (33216).

A Scout may also use these requirements, if he wishes, before January 1, 2010.

2010 Rank Requirement Changes


  • A Scout must teach another person how to tie a square knot using the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide, and enable).
  • He must also be able to discuss four specific examples of how he lived the points of the Scout Law in his daily life.

    Second Class
  • A Scout must discuss the principles of Leave No Trace and explain the factors to consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
  • He must explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
  • He must again discuss four examples of how he lived four different points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
  • He must earn an amount of money agreed upon by the Scout and his parents and save at least 50 percent of it.

    First Class
  • An additional requirement to the 10 separate troop/patrol activities states he must demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
  • He must discuss four more examples of how he lived the remaining four points of the Scout Law in his daily life.

  • A Scout must use the EDGE model to teach a younger Scout a specified skill.

    Star, Life, and Eagle
  • Troop Webmaster and Leave No Trace trainer are two new leadership positions.

  • Mike Moritz
    Wednesday November 18, 2009 5:15PM
    Fire Demo
    On Saturday, November 14, the Troop was invited by a work associate of Mr. Barton to witness a practice burn of a house in the Garden Addition so the area can be cleared to make way for a new park. This portion of the Garden Addition is being cleared also to help with city flood control.

    Prior to the fire, Lt. Mohr from the Davenport Fire Department gave a fire safety talk and took questions from those in attendance. Everyone was impressed at how fast, about 15 minutes, it took for the house to become just a pile of rubble!

    The importance of “getting out” of a burning building was made quite clear.

    Tim Barton
    Monday November 16, 2009 6:50PM
    Do you know.....
    The Tale of the Unknown Scout

    Scouting was brought to America by William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher, and the way Boyce discovered Scouting is one of the movement’s most colorful stories.
    Boyce, it seems, was in London in the fall of 1909 and was out in the famed London fog looking for an office in the center of the city.
    Nearly at his wit’s end, Boyce stopped a young man and asked directions. Not only did the youth tell Boyce how to reach his destination, he actually led Boyce there to make certain the American found his way without becoming lost again.
    Boyce, to show his gratitude, offered the youth a tip, but the youth would not accept it. When asked why, the young man told Boyce he was a Boy Scout and taking a tip would negate the good deed he had done and violate his Scouting code.
    The youth’s gesture impressed Boyce, who later visited with Lord Baden-Powell himself. Boyce was so taken with Baden-Powel and the Scouting idea that back in America he and other men interested in youth development founded the Boy Scouts of America in Washington D.C., on February 8th 1910.
    No one knows who the Scout was who performed his Good Turn for Boyce, but he has not been forgotten. In Gilwell Park in London, American Scouts had a statue erected in his honor. A large-scale representation of the Silver Buffalo Award, the statue bears the inscription, “To the Unknown Scout Whose Faithfulness in the Performance of the Daily Good Turn Brought the Scout Movement of the United States of America.”


    Tuesday November 10, 2009 10:44AM
    Eagle Cave
    It was almost too nice a weekend to be camping in a cave, but we all had a great time. 11 boys, and 4 adults took the trip up to Eagle Cave for what has become an annual event. After settling in on Friday, the boys were off , 2 by 2 and in some cases 3 by 3, to explore. I have it on good account that Spencer Barton and Brandan Bauer were the winners of those who could stay awake the longest. I'm not too sure that Mr. Bauer ever went to sleep! For 8 of the boys this was their first time, so everything was new to them. After beakfast Saturday, everyone was off again looking for that one undiscovered place. Also, some played mini golf or worked the machines in the Arcade. Three of the boys, Matt Underwood, Taylor Carstens, and Jim Heinrichs, joined Mr. Menard on a 5 mile hike. They all agree that it was mostly vertical! Oh yeah, the food was good! I think if they could find a way to deep fry pancakes they would do it! Anyhow, if one went away hungry, it was ones own fault! We all came away from the weekend muddy and wet, but ready to return next year. The reservation is in for the first weekend of November with 20 spots set to be filled. Thanks to the other adults, Mr. Heinrichs, Mr. Menard, and Mr. Haertjens for making the trip possible. Tim Barton
    Tuesday October 27, 2009 5:25PM
    Summer Camp Pictures
    Cindy Thobe submitted pictures she took at Summer Camp this year. Thanks Cindy
    Monday October 12, 2009 7:50AM
    October 5th meeting
    Monday October 5th our meeting will be at the Adair residence. Meet there at 7:00 and bring snacks or drinks to share. We will have a bonfire in the back yard so bring “camp style” snacks.
    Please plan on attending so we can all say “hi” and get well soon to our Scout Master Don Laverenz.

    Julie Adair
    3711 Cedar St
    Davenport, IA 52806
    Wednesday October 07, 2009 5:24PM
    Morrison-Rockwood Campout
    UPDATE: Pictures

    Miserable conditions! Those two words summed up the Morrison-Rockwood Campout on Oct 2nd. We began by setting up the tents in the dark and rain. To make matters worse the rain didn’t really stop until Sunday. Many of the activities planned were rained out. To the boy’s credit they behaved great, under the circumstances.

    The boys got a chance to drown some worms on Sunday afternoon and about six, three inch bluegills were eventually thrown back into the wild. The highlight of the weekend I think all would agree was the model airplanes on Sunday afternoon. The Morrison Model Airplane Club held their monthly meeting out at the park about 3 blocks from our campsite. To all of our surprise we were allowed to fly the airplanes. Some of these airplanes cost upwards of $3800. Even the trainers that we got to fly were around $300-$400. The highlight of that event was when Logon crashed a plane into the ground. Into is the word, after rounding a loop, the wing fell off and the cockpit turned into a missile and embedded itself into the ground. (Actually the instructor broke the plane because he was the one with control at the time, but don’t tell Logon.)

    This is a nice campground and has potential for future campouts. Only if there is nice weather!

    David Moeller
    Adult –in-Charge
    Monday September 21, 2009 10:56PM
    James Gilkison's Eagle Scout project

    Help landscape the new dog park in Centennial Park

    Where: Centennial Park on Marquette Street south of River Drive, Davenport, Iowa. Meet on the west side of the skate park.

    When: Saturday September 26th, 2009 starting at 9:00 a.m.

    What: We are planting vines along the fence line and 5 trees. We are also installing 3 doggy waste bag dispensers.

    All dog lovers are invited to help. Bring a shovel, hand trowel and work gloves if you have them.

    Any questions call James Gilkison.
    Wednesday September 16, 2009 4:07PM
    Philmont Crews 15 Mile Hike
    October 3rd, 8 am, at Scott County Park Pool, Bring your back pack with sleeping bag, 2 liter bottle of water, a Nalgene of drinking water, and a lunch to eat. Questions? Call your Crew Leader.
    Saturday August 22, 2009 10:39AM
    Troop Meetings
    School is back in session, so that means our regular weekly Troop Meetings are back on at Adams Elementary starting this coming Monday, the 24th, at 7PM. Your Troop Committee has been working very hard this summer, and hopefully ya'll will be pleased with some of the new stuff in store for the year. See ya there!! Tim Barton
    Monday August 17, 2009 10:36PM
    Apple River Canyon Pictures
    Pictures from Apple River Canyon from Mr Lacina and Mr Shipman
    Sunday August 09, 2009 10:04AM
    Adopt-A-Highway Appreciation
    The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded Troop 43 a Certificate of Appreciation. It reads: Certificate of Appreciation presented to BOY SCOUT TROOP 43
    for their efforts in helping maintain and enhance the beauty of Iowa's roadsides by being an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor from May 2007 - May 2009

    Congrats to all that have ever helped with this project. Keep in mind that the trash doesn't stop, so neither can we. This is an excellent opportunity to show that Troop 43 cares about the environment. Join the next road clean up to show that you care as well.

    Thank You
    David Moeller
    Adopt-A-Highway Chairman
    Saturday August 08, 2009 2:07PM
    Apple River Valley State Park
    Subject: Apple River Valley State Park

    We made it back home safely! Apple River is a wonderful place, with a magnificent view and picture perfect scenery. There was no showers, so we made one with a tarp and a hanging water bottle. The fishing wasn't to great in fact it was non-existent. Nick Moeller caught a catfish, that was a keeper, Matt Underwood caught three or four Bluegills the smallest one belonged in a fish tank. Mr. Shipman caught one or so he said, nobody really saw it. And Mr. Lacina caught three, scrappy smallmouth bass (pictures were taken for proof) that he returned to the Apple River so they could challenge another fisherman.

    I won't hog all the details and there are many! We coined two phrases..........."Ooooh Drew! and Ooooh Dale!" You'll have to ask them about it. And one last funny! I ate the leftovers from the week on Saturday while the rest of the boys and adults camped up in the hills. I maintained 'Base Camp' and decided to eat the leftover California Medley soup. I heated it up and had it for Breakfast.
    Now I know that soup isn't the breakfast of champions, however it was easy and created the least amount of dishes. I kept what I didn't finish in the pot and on the stove for lunch, remember it was only me at base camp. Well, when I got home this evening from the trip about two hours later my wife yelled dinner was ready.........
    she had made California Medley soup, not knowing I had it twice already today, she just wanted something easy!

    David Moeller
    Committee Member
    Tuesday August 04, 2009 4:29PM
    A Troop 43 Eagle Scout!
    Quad-City Times - Aug 4, 2009
    Davenport native earns Buffett Award

    Matt Geerts, Omaha, Neb., formerly of Davenport, was one of 15 Omaha Public School District educators to be honored with the 2009 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. The dinner, held May 15 in Omaha, was attended by investor Warren Buffett.

    As a recipient, Geerts received an award of $10,000, a silver medallion and $500 in McDonald's gift certificates. He is in his third year of teaching social studies at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Omaha.

    Teachers can be nominated for the award by current or former students, parents, other teachers or administrators. It was established in 1988 in honor of Warren Buffett's aunt Alice, who taught in the Omaha schools for 35 years.

    Geerts is a 2002 graduate of Davenport Central High School and a 2006 graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He is the son of Joe and Barb Geerts of Davenport.

    Wednesday July 22, 2009 8:48AM
    Eagle Cave Camping
    Eagle Cave camping is Nov 6-7-8 in Blue River, WI. Cost per person is $50.00. Adults willing to go will be reinbursed for fuel. Everyone will sleep in the cave so bring plastic to cover your sleeping bags. Also old clothes to climb thru the small or large holes inside the cave. Scouts will eat in the restaurant. Money is due by Sept. 6. Room for only 15 scouts and adults to go.
    Next Troop Meeting is August 10 at 7'00 located at Christ United Methodist Church
    41st and Pine street. Dawn
    Thursday July 16, 2009 7:17PM
    QC Times Opinion page
    Alex Underwood | Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:15 pm

    Scouting is very helpful for boys who make new friends and learn to get along with others and to take care of themselves and others in an emergency. Boys become leaders of their patrols and learn how to take charge of situations and plan campouts.

    My troop is amazing. We have wonderful leaders and go to many great camp sites. Adult leaders help us move up in our ranks quickly and give us lots of support.

    My grandpa was a scout master and he was amazing at knot tying. His name was Ed Randall and he was known as "Mr. Knots" for his knot-tying demonstrations. He was an Eagle Scout and I hope to be an Eagle Scout, too, someday. I wish more boys were in Boy Scouts. They don't know what opportunities and fun they're missing.

    Alex Underwood

    Thursday July 09, 2009 8:12PM
    Thanks to everyone who helped pick up litter at Buchannan School. Everyone did a great job. Pictures at a later date.
    Tim and Spencer Barton
    Patty and JacobThune
    Mrs McBee,Logan and friend
    Dawn , Issac and Makayla Covey
    Taylor Carstens
    Collin Bell
    Brandon Bauer
    Michael Havig
    Gavin Wright

    Tuesday July 07, 2009 7:02AM
    Summer Troop Meeting
    Any Scout looking for service hours please meet at Buchanan School. Thursday July 9. Have parents drop off at 6'00 and pick up at 8'00. Bring a water bottle and gloves.
    July 20th is the next troop meeting at Williams School 7'00. We will be doing a Troop orienting course.James L. James G. and Matt B. will be in charge. If the weather is bad then meet at the church instead.
    July 15 7'00 is next Committee meeting at Locust Hyvee.Please come and join us.
    Nov 5-8 is Eagle Cave camping located in Blue River Wisconsin. Cost is $50.00 per person and due by Sept.6th.We are needing parents to drive and stay and sleep in the caves.
    Congradulations to Gary budelier, James Lange,JP Menard,Alex Underwood,Cory Adair, and Nick Meeks. These Scouts were tapped out for Order Of The Arrow at summer camp.
    Zack Thobe and Jeremy Erskine are CIT at Loud Thunder.
    Congradulations to Troop 43 for earning the Camp Commission award, this includes
    a red ribbon to put on our troop flag.
    All trailblazers need to finish #1 in Indian Lore book and turn into Mr.Lange.
    Yellow sheets and blue cards were reviewed at the last meeting.If you want your physicals returned please contact Mr. Lange.
    I would like to thank all adults for helping with summer camp.Mr. Lange, Mr.Budeller, Mrs Thobe,Mrs Covey,Mr. Bell,and any I missed.
    Apple River Canyon camping is July 26. Adult in charge is Dale Lacina.
    Thursday July 02, 2009 9:59PM
    Family Night Pictures
    Pictures from Family night at Scout Camp courtesy of Dale Lacina and Dawn Covey.
    Wednesday June 17, 2009 1:22PM
    Summer Troop Meetings
    Hey everyone! I hope the start of your summer is going well. We are trying something new this year and holding Summer Troop Meetings at Christ United Methodist Church at 41st and Pine Street starting at 7PM. We had a good turn out at the first meeting on June 15. Keep the following dates in mind: July 6, July 20, and August 10. After school starts up again, we will be returning to Adams. At the summer meetings we will do some of the regular things we do, plus look for special activities to take place. Also, for parents and committee members, we will be having 2 meetings this summer: July 15 at the West Locust HyVee, and August 17, time and place TBA. see ya'll soon! Tim Barton
    Wednesday May 27, 2009 8:32AM
    Court of Honor
    Please come and support our Scouts!

    SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009

    6:00 PM - Awards Ceremony
    7:00 PM - Ice Cream Social

    Each family is asked to bring either
    an ice cream topping or cookies.
    The troop will provide the ice cream and supplies.

    We need someone who will co-ordinate the ice cream social and others to help serve & clean-up. Please contact Kathy Bierl.

    The shelter is located on Emeis Park Ave., (the alley that runs east of the park),
    close to Locust Street.
    There is a playground and restrooms.
    Monday May 18, 2009 9:57PM
    Mr Lacina submitted some pictures of recent campouts at Camp MissElkTon and MALT.
    Friday April 24, 2009 12:52PM
    New Eagle for Troop 43
    It gives me great pleasure to announce that as of 8:15PM last night, April 23rd, 2009, the newest Eagle Scout in the World is Kyle Barton. It was my honor to be asked by Kyle to be his advocate as he went before the Illowa Council Eagle Board. The Eagle Board did their best to find questions that Kyle couldn’t answer, but they were unsuccessful. Kyle’s Board of Review was one of the most interesting that I have attended in my Scouting experience.

    Speaking for all of the members of Troop 43, congratulations to Eagle Scout Kyle Barton and his parents Tim and Kim. Little brother Spencer, the bar has been set.

    Mark Van Hoosier
    Monday April 13, 2009 9:23PM
    CAMP OAKWOOD, Buffalo IA
    UPDATE: More pictures added courtesy of Mr Barton.

    The camp-out to Camp Oakwood located in Buffalo Iowa was to many a huge success. We had sixteen boys many of whom are new scouts try this camping location. We have not been to this place before and it was a thrill for all those that were there. The boys that stayed out Friday night got their Polar Bear award. This camp site is close to Davenport, yet away from civilization. There were plenty of things to do for the boy, playground equipment, basketball, football and of course ‘Capture the Flag.’ This site has a kitchen building which made cooking really nice, and in the back of the building were real toilets.

    We closed the weekend with our own Palm Sunday church service lead by Mr. Moeller with assistance from Mr. Shipman. Many of the boys were shocked that we were really going to have one but commented positively about it afterwards. St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Davenport leases the property and used to sponsor BSA Troop 5. Troop 5 has disbanded and a lot of their gear was donated to us. We took the time on Saturday to inspect and pitch what wasn't salvageable.

    Illinois & Iowa Treasure Hunter's Club came out on Saturday for 3 hours, and taught the boys about the hobby of metal detecting. Every boy had a chance to pair up with a buddy and try out what they had learned. Sixteen boys, one girl and four adults were treated to endless fun and were able to keep all they found. The club planted over 190 coins in the ground along with matchbox cars, tokens, jewelry and other items that might be found normally. A great time was had by all!

    Pictures are here.

    David Moeller
    Tuesday March 17, 2009 10:46AM
    Wildcat Den Winter Hike and MissElkTon Campout
    We had two Troop events take place recently, one in February, and the other the weekend of March 13th.

    Mr. Lange lead a brave group of hikers on a five miler around Wildcat Den State Park in the snow and ice, lots of ice! We hiked 2.5 miles, stopped and made lunch, and then went back at it. Some of the Scouts took full backpacks to prep for the high adventure in 2010. Great winter scenery,plus many signs of wildlife.

    In March, 6 adults and 20 Scouts filled the cabin at MissElkTon to capacity. We did the normal patrol cooking and activites, including capture the flag. A large contingent also slept out and earned Polar Bear. Many rank requirements were sign off, plus two Scouts earned First Class. We also did a team building event were each Patrol had to build a chair with 8 2by4s and one nail each. The challenge being that only one Scout at a time could work on the chair. It was interesting to see the different design and team work ideas used as the boys worked together to solve the problems. a speacial thanks to John Bell for providing transportation out and back, even though he couldn't stay with us.

    Check out the picures here.

    Mr. Barton
    Tuesday March 10, 2009 10:01PM
    Hello all, on March 7th, Troop 43 went to MBU(Merit Badge University). We had told everyone to meet at Adams School at 7:00am and we would leave by 7:15am. I am please to say, we were able to leave by 7:09am. Everyone was there and ready to leave. I would first like to say, Thank You!

    Next, Terry Middleton was the Troop 43 contact for MBU, unfortunately he was not able to attend . He did a wonderful job coordinating and making sure I had all the info to be AIC. Thanks Terry!

    It was a smooth drive accept for the rain. We arrived in Iowa City a little after 8:00 am and were able to get all the boys to there morning classes. We split into 3 groups for lunch. My group went to Buffalo Wild Wings. After lunch, all the boys got back to class to finish up. Most of us were out by a little after 3:00pm.

    Everyone met back at the parking garage for a group photo. We got back in vehicles and headed home. The boys were dropped back at home. I was very pleased by the way Troop 43 represented themselves at MBU.
    A big THANKS to all who coordinated, drove, chaperoned and attended 2009 MBU.

    Boy in attendance;

    Cory Adair
    Ryan Adair
    Collin Bell
    Mike Bell
    Joe Bierl
    Matt Budelier
    Issac Covey
    Noah Kirschbaum
    James Lange
    Nick Meeks
    JP Menard
    Nick Moeller
    Mike Moeller
    Drew Richter
    Andrew Shipman
    Alex Underwood
    Matthew Underwood
    Nate Wells
    Trevor Wince

    Adults in attendance;

    John Bell
    David Moeller
    Tina Underwood
    Ann and Brad Lange
    Diana Underwood
    Matt Wince

    It was a successful MBU, we’ll see you next year.

    Friday February 20, 2009 11:22AM
    Our newest Eagle Scout
    Congratulations to Troop 43's newest Eagle Scout . . Mitchell DeFauw.

    At 8:20 PM last night (Thursday Feb 19th) Mitchell passed his councel Board of Review. Ice cream was following. His adult mentor was Brad Lange.

    Contratualtions Mitchell.

    On behalf of Brad,
    Don Coker
    Thursday February 19, 2009 7:19PM
    New Physical Form
    The BSA has released a new Physical form. The single new form will replace the Class 1, 2 and 3 forms currently in use. This new form can be used by both Scouts and Adults.

    There is also an FAQ explaining the new form.
    Thursday February 05, 2009 1:59PM
    Merit Badge University
    Greetings everyone,
    Merit Badge University is Saturday March 7th at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. MBU is a great opportunity for Scouts to earn one Merit Badge in one day. Below is the list of Merit Badges being offered, please select a first and second choice.
    American Business, Art, Aviation, Chemistry, Citizenship in the Nation
    Citizenship in the World, Coin Collecting, Computers, Disability Awareness
    Emergency Preparedness* (*requires the completion of First Aid to be enrolled)
    Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, First Aid, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Public Speaking, Radio, Salesmanship and Space Exploration.
    This year MBU will be open to Scouts Tenderfoot and up providing we have enough adults to supervise everyone.
    Adults, you have not been forgotten! MBU is offering 6 classes we can take (sorry, no Merit Badges for us).
    Choose one of these 3 classes for the morning;
    Boy Scout Advancement – Advancing to Eagle, Troop Committee Challenge and TroopMaster Fundamentals and the BSA Internet Advancement program.
    Chose one in the afternoon;
    Flag Etiquette, Helping a Unit: Rebuilding a Troop and New Leader Essentials.
    Cost for the Merit Badge class is $8.00 per Scout and the adult classes are FREE.
    Registration is due to Terry Middleton no later than Monday February 16th. Since the 16th is Presidents day there will be no meeting, you can call me @ 563-386-3661 or e-mail me @ with your class choice. The receipt for your payment must be given to me on Monday February 23rd.
    We need adults to drive and chaperone the trip. If you would like to attend, please call me. If we do not have enough adult supervision some boys will not be able to attend.
    Any questions please give me a call.
    Terry Middleton
    Monday February 02, 2009 4:59PM
    Klondike Derby
    Saturday January 17th was the great, the one and only, the often imitated but never duplicated, BSA Klondike Derby!
    Troop 43 fielded 2 teams this year, the Bad Alpha Dogs and the Blizzards (not buzzards). The Bad Alpha dogs were Trevor Wince, Joe Bierl, James Lange and Tyler Erskine, their captain was Ryan Ellenburg. The Blizzards were Eric Middleton, Jeremy Erskine, Gavin Wright and Jacob Thune, they were captained by Matt Budelier. Adults braving the elements were Gary Budelier, Dale Lacina and Terry Middleton. We had 4 WEBELOS with us, Spencer Barton, Chris Allen, Austin Ballard and Mark Ogden. We were also fortunate to have parents Tisha Tutor, Bill Allen and Lisa Ballard join us.
    The Bad Alpha Dogs took 1st place in the Sled Race AND the stations competition! Way to go Dogs! Please take a minute to visit the Council web site link to the Klondike Derby to see all the activities that were planned at each station, you will be amazed at the skills needed to complete each one. The food was good (spaghetti lunch), the weather was good and I believe all the boys had a good time!
    Be sure to visit the “picture page” for all the highlight’s of this years Derby.
    We hope more adults will join us next year, try it once and you will be hooked!

    Monday January 12, 2009 8:19PM
    Klondike Derby
    Greetings everyone,
    Here is a list of the Patrols for the Klondike Derby Saturday January 17th;

    Patrol 1
    Ryan Ellenberg
    Joe Bierl
    Trevor Wince
    Eric Middleton
    James Lange
    Matt Budelier

    Patrol 2
    Alex Underwood "Patrol Leader"
    Gavin Wright
    Issac Covey
    Tyler Erskine

    Patrol 3
    Jeremy Erskine "Patrol Leader"
    Michael Havig
    Jacob Thune
    Mathew Underwood

    If you have any questions regarding the patrols, call Ryan. Remember to "Be Prepared", every Scout MUST have Face protection, an extra pair of socks, winter boots, winter gloves and a hat that will cover your ears. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!
    Tuesday January 06, 2009 8:44PM
    Eagle Cave
    November 14, 15, and 16, 2008

    The weekend underground, Eagle Cave in Wisconsin, went very well. The food was good, and plenty of it. And look Ma no dish pan hands. We slept on a fairly smooth area close to the entry door. From the pictures you can see they got into (and out) of a lot of tight cave passages.

    The outdoors held some tough challenges as well. A crew of Troop 43 Scouts and Scouters traveled the Mountain (Billy) Goat trail and earned their patches for surviving the 2.5 mile hike that is basically all vertical, up and down. Tree limbs and roots were valuable foot holds for this trail.

    The Golden Nugget Trail yielded many nuggets for Troop 43 and Zach Thobe won a prize for 1st place.

    We all had fun during the Bingo party, yet not all had luck with the Bingo gods. The car travel up and back was uneventful as there was no vehicle breakdowns.

    A few of the pictures from the Lacina camera had problems. The outdoor pictures had to be modified to black and white to be usable. Sad to say but that is the end of my ol’ Casio digital camera. Hope you enjoy the views.

    Dale Lacina

    Online since
    Aug 6, 2002