TOP PHOTO: Scouts BSA Troop 435 participated in its first Camp Out March 4-6 at Cove Lake State Park.
CARYVILLE, TN (SPECIAL WLAF) – Scouts BSA Troop 435 participated in its first Camp Out March 4-6 at Cove Lake State Park. This was an adventurous weekend and for some of the scouts a first experience with camping.
The weather was beautiful and scouts enjoyed fishing, hiking, cooking over an open fire, singing karaoke, connecting with one another, and learning fire safety, as well as several environmental and culturally enriching experiences.
The scouts participated in a community service project on Saturday at Cove Lake and joined volunteers across the nation as they removed invasive plants in public places.
The Weed Wrangle 2022 was a Cove Lake event in cooperation with a nationwide effort dedicated to eradicating Tennessee of non-native plant species through public education and volunteer plant removal. The scouts spent two hours working on this project and learned a lot about creating a healthy plant community, according to Scout Master Liz White.
The camping weekend was full of learning new things. Troop 435 was joined by Faith Coker, a CIEE International Student from Sierra Leone located in West Africa.
“A highlight for the scouts was when Faith shared her beautiful West African culture and information about her native country of Sierra Leone,” White said.
Faith taught the girls about tie dye in her culture and how this is done with natural dyes and creative art designs common to her country. This experience will fulfill a requirement for the scouts to earn their Citizenship in the World Merit Badge.
“Most importantly it will promote respect for international cultures for the scouts,” White said.
“Cove Lake was so hospitable. Ranger Roby Wray provided a hands-on presentation about wildlife in the park. Ranger Roby shared with the scouts the importance of understanding and protecting wildlife so future generations will continue to enjoy the world around us,” White said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/08/2022-6AM)