Summer Camp T. Brady Saunders - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We are all settled in, and the scouts are all heavily into their programs.  We are in the DesChamps Camp Site 12.  It is a really nice camp site, nicely shaded and secluded and pretty close to the showers and parade field.

The Trailblazers are doing really well.  As part of their program, they will also be earning the First Aid (Eagle Scout required) Merit Badge.  

Last night, we avoided a pretty big storm.  It went right around us.  We heard lots of thunder.  Today, we had a lot of rain, but it looks like it is over.

Rafting Trip and The Summer Extravaganza!

Hey Everyone,

I know it has been a few weeks since the rafting trip but I wanted to tell you guys what a blast my patrol and I had! On Friday, June 3rd, a small group of scouts and adults traveled to the Lower Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania to brave the class three and four rapids. From the long ride up to being swept into the strong current the fun seemed to never stop! I cant speak for others, but the highlight of the trip for me was

Prince William Forest Orienteering Camp out - March 2016

Yes, it rained, and it was cold, but the fire kept us warm, and the orienteering went on.  We welcomed four new scouts (Rahul, Renard, Sean and Nathaniel) on their first Troop 1018 camp out at Prince William Forest. 

Let’s See Whose Dish is on the Chopping Block - November 2015

Troop 1018 enjoyed another successful camp out at Dennis Farm with their second Chopped competition.  And how could they not with Stephen “Ted Allen” Pungello at the controls?  This year Steven outdid himself with his basket ingredients and pantry preparation and overall execution of the event.


Troop 1018 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Cleaning In Powhatan Press

The following is an excerpt from the September 2015 Issue of the Powhatan Press, BSA newsletter for our districs, that included a story about Troop 1018's service project to cleanup the Vietnam Verterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

On Sunday, August 23, 2015 the Boy Scouts of America partnered with the National Park Services to keep the National Monuments beautiful for visitors. Troop 1018 from Dranesville, VA, along with Venture Crew 1018 and the Powhatan Chapter of the Order of the Arrow spent an early morning at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial with scrub brushes and hoses, cleaning one of the most poignant War Memorials ever designed.

Fun and Busy Days at Kandersteg

The 2015 Troop 1018 Kandersteg crew is having the time of their lives. We have done so much in such a short period of time. For example, earlier in the trip a group of us went on the Snow and Ice excursion. On that trip, we took a gondola from Kandersteg up to the glacier fed lake. We then climbed over 1000 meters (not feet) up to Frunden hut. We got there in time for a great spaghetti dinner and card games.

Tubing Trip is a Raft of Fun

Troop 1018 had a novel excursion (at least for my time with the troop) as they went tubing atthe Brunswick Family Campground in Brunswick, Maryland. Everyone had a great amount of fun. The scouts floated down the Potomac, and even discovered an island.


Camp Highroad Camp Out April 2015

As always, Camp Highroad was one of our best camp outs of the year.  Our troop had a great time. The younger scouts participated in the Low Ropes course while the older scouts visited the High Ropes course.

Shenandoah River State Park Winter Campout - Feb 2015

Elizabeth Furnace is closed this winter because of construction, but that didn't stop Troop 1018 from camping with at least 4 or 5 inches of snow on the ground. All of the scouts had a great time winter camping at Shenandoah River State Park.

Bears Den - January 2015

As always, the Bears Den camp out was a weekend of many fun activities.  It all started on Friday January 30th with the older scouts hiking into Bears Den from Blackburn Trail Center - and it was not an easy trek!  They hiked the Appalachian Trail for 8.9 miles through snowy, icy slopes. 


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