2001


Past Activities
There have been many trips or events the troop has gone on. Too many, in fact, to list on this webpage. We go on at least one every month! There are some very memorable trips, however, that deserve to be shared with those unfortunate enough to not be able to go.

The Out-West trip was a joint Boy Scout-Girl Scout trip. It was a 10-day sight-seeing fest. There were well known sites that we saw, such as Old Faithful, the Rocky Mountains, the Mall-of-America and Mt. Rushmore. Other not as well known but still very cool sites included Devil's Tower, the Jewel Cave, the Wisconsin Dells, and the Corn Palace.

The trip to Killarney Provincial Park was unforgettable for everyone who went. On the interior, the chances of seeing another human if you weren't trying were very slim. The outside was a quaint public family camp. There was an incredible amount of wildlife. There was also the two things Troop 216 loves the most: lots of canoeing and hiking.

Lost Lake Scout Summer Camp is a very fun place to spend a summer week. There are plenty of chances to earn merit badges or progress in rank. The food is great. There is a climbing wall and a "livery stable" where you don't rent horses but you do rent canoes and other non-motor powered watercraft to use on the huge lake. There is open swimming, a haunted house to tour, and at the end a sort of water olympics where the troops compete in fun and funny competetive activities. There is also a daily competition for the "coon stick," a symbol that your troop was the best that day. There is fishing, chapel services, hiking trails, and a large bonfire pit.

The Mackinac Island Service Troop is a combination of several different troops from Blue Water and Clinton Valley Councils. Scouts do service work and guide duty, but there is ample time to explore, spend money, and work on merit badges. There are also troop run activities such as bike night and sports activities. Scouts also learn how to march and much about the flag.

The National Boy Scout Jamboree is held every 4 years in Fort AP Hill, Virginia. Eight boys from our troop went last year. They toured the Washington, DC area for 4 days and also toured Gettysburg. There were tons of activities at the jamboree, and every merit badge was taught. Repelling, Scuba Diving, Pioneering (knot tying and lashing), a simulation of the first scout camp, and fishing were just a very, very few of the things to do. 40,000 boy scouts from the USA and a few other countries were at the jamboree. It is one of the greatest things a scout can do.

D-A (D bar A) is a scout camp in Metamora. They have many things Silver Trails does not, including horses and hay rides. The trip was quite fun because we hiked, rode horses, and rode a hay ride. The cabins are very nice for camping in. They have a stove, a fridge, four large tables, a radiator, and many, many bunks.
  The ski trip in Grayling was a unique and pleasent experience. We stayed in an army barracks. Everyone went cross-country skiing, although the course had several hills. Some people went snowboarding. Most everyone went downhill-tubing. The food was good since it was mostly bought meals: pizza, McDonalds, and a continental breakfast at a hotel.

Campmasters are weekend campouts at Silver Trails paid for by the council. There is a Merit Badge to be worked on over the course of the weekend.The troop goes on many of these. We go on our own weekend campouts as well. Scouts can also staff cub scout events, meaning work at an event at the Dad and Lad, Mom and Me, Weeblos Winter Trek, Tiger Cub Fun Day, and/or Cub Scout Winter Fun Day. The Klonkike Derby is a winter campout where patrols must build their own sleds, sleep in the snow, and pull their sled, loaded with gear, to different stations.

Even though this seems like a lot of trips, it is only a few of our troop's past trips, and are only from the past 2 years. More will be added as we see fit.
Stories and Tall Tales
From Luke G. at Lost Lake:

One day when we walking down the path I heard a kid from another troop wonder why they don't let us walk down the road. We thought a good trick would be to tell some of the new scouts in our troop that there is asphalt underneath the sand on the road and that the park rangers would like us to sweep the sand off as our service project. Ten to twelve kids in our Troop thought it would be better to sweep sand off the road than to shovel wood chips to make a trail (which was our real service project). All of those kids actually cleared an area off before Mrs. Orchard yelled "What are you doing?" to them. That's when they found out it was a trick and we had them all smile and took a picture. Back at camp Mrs. Orchard said " If you would have told me before I would have let you keep doing it", because she thought it was a good joke. While they were sweeping they even got lots of compliments from other troops and from the Park Ranger!