In beautiful setting of the mountain area near Jasper, there is a Boy Scouts of America Camp nestled in the foot hills. On a Saturday, in June, the quite, peaceful area was no longer quite when more than 100 Boy Scouts from all over the area, descended upon the camp.
During this time at camp, the boys had many opportunities to learn and earn many different merit badges. The Boy Scout Troop 41, from Paris was no different from the other troops that attended. The adult leaders were there to help them along their way around camp, making sure that they were fed, go with them on hikes and many other responsibilities. These leaders and parents helped the boys get prepared for their trek, weeks before the leaving date. These boys and leaders were ready to camp for the next eight days with no electricity, no phone service and a lot of heat.
Upon arrival, the scouts unpacked, built their tents, figured out who was sleeping in who’s tent, where to set their food, clothing and all of their other supplies. Since the mess hall was not open until Sunday night, they did all of their cooking from Saturday through Sunday. These young men accomplished a lot during their week stay at Camp Orr. There were five Scouts that participated in the mile swim. Out of all the other Scouts from different areas that attended, Troop 41 were the only ones to participate in the mile swim and complete it. Devin Athey, Dalton Bowen, Shane Baker, Lane Boyles, and Bo Davis all completed the mile swim. All Scouts earned at least two to four merit badges with some being first aide, archaeology, nature, rifle shooting, insect study, weather, leather-work, geocaching, astronomy, cooking archery, welding, basketry, and Indian lore. Other Scouts were Conner Sample, Shane Baker, Levi Boyles, Noah Voller, John Arrera, Jaxon Pearault, and William Hamilton. The leaders that participated and also earned many different things were Larry Baker, Quinton Boyles and Tommy Johns.
The Scouts earned several Troop awards. They got the “Golden Tolit Bowl Brush” for having the cleanest camp site, won first place in Scout “Dutch Oven” cooking, first place in adult “Dutch Oven” cooking and two adult first places in archery.
They also participated on a trek called “Antenna Pines,” which was over four miles of hiking up hill. The round trip was over seven miles all together.