Last week, twenty-two fellow Troop 17 Boy Scouts and I attended Camp Turrell in upstate New York. Our mission was to achieve the necessary requirements for various ranks from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout. Each Boy Scout worked on at least 3 merit badges, including myself (Fingerprinting, Space Exploration, and Basketry). In total, we earned 97 merit badges and 17 partials (in-progress).
At Camp Turrel, we learned to be independent, as we did not have contact with our parents for 6 full days. During this time, we survived 3 days of sever thunderstorms, swim tests, hundreds of of mosquitos, frightening bear sightings, a nightly chorus of crickets and cool nights sleeping in double lean to shelters.
At the end of the week, Troop 17 was awarded the Baden Powell Award for excellence in camping. On behalf of Troop 17 scouts, I would like to thank Scoutmaster Fineran, Assistant Scout Master Nascone, Assistant Scout Master Kirshenbaum, Retired Lieutenant Eakley, and adult leader Tommy Judge. Without their help this week would not have been as fun and rewarding.
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