|Scouts Enjoy Annual Family Camp-Out|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00|
The annual family camp-out was held by the Boy Scouts, Troop 395 of the Tipp City United Methodist Church.
The scouts camped outside of Redman’s Lodge and hosted their families along with neighboring Webelos for dinner on Saturday night. It’s an opportunity for the Webelos to get a glimpse of their scouting future if they join the troop.
Phil Detweiler has been the Scout Master for Troop 395 for three years and sees great value in the weekend, which is held every November. Before their parents come for dinner, the Webelos spend the day with the Scouts, being taught different safety lessons, and are invited to stay Saturday night for their first campout. “It’s a good way for the boys to meet each other and learn some more about being a Scout,” said Detweiler.
The meal was followed by a number of skits performed by the Scout’s and a U.S Flag retirement ceremony was held. Flags are collected through the year by anyone who has one that they’d like to be properly retired. The sacred ceremony is done with much honor by the Scout’s.
The troops Senior Patrol Leader, Thomas Rousculp had the duty of organizing much of the evening’s festivities. It’s an example of the leadership skills that Detweiler says he stresses very heavily. “The development of leadership qualities is very important and a large part of what we do. We teach responsibility and holding each other accountable.”
The Scouts were given the opportunity to lead their own course and plan several of the years activities. It’s the hope of Detweiler that the Scouts will provide the means for a quality life. “We want them to respect others, be good citizens and be dutiful to the community and their country,” he said.