RANDOLPH, NJ-Boy Scouts and leaders from Troop 53 of Randolph attended Camp Minsi in the Pocono Mountains for a week of sleepover camp this past July. The boys spent a week earning a total of 48 Merit Badges, worked towards others as well. They enjoyed swimming, boating, and other outdoor activities. Scouts had opportunities to earn badges like First Aid, Leatherworking, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival and Archery, or they could work on special interests such as shotgun and rifle shooting, pottery, hiking and metalwork.
New Scouts did the Trail to Adventure which allowed scouts to work on skills necessary to earn the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class while building teamwork, leadership and other scout skills. Some scouts (and leaders) earned the "Frigid Froggy" patch by going on a morning swim in the lake at 6:30 each morning. A cold lake and early morning hours tempted only a few of the scouts, but they certainly were awake afterward.
Troop 53 also earned the Best Dressed Award dubbed "The Classy Class A." Each morning and evening meal every scout was dressed in his Class A uniform and the Class B uniforms were worn for lunch.
It was a week of adventure, learning new skills and growing for these Scouts. This is the first year for many scouts, but others have returned year after year.