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Summer Camp 2017 - by: Garrett S.

posted Sep 19, 2017, 3:35 PM by Troop 208 Milwaukee   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 5:21 AM ]

This year for summer camp we went to Tesomas Scout Camp. It was very fun. All of the boys liked it and at the end of the week we decided that this would be our new home. It has lots of activities to do during free time (3:00-5:00) and some after dinner. Speaking of dinner there is a dining hall. The food is good for scout camp. Back to the activities, there are about 5-6 before dinner and 1-2 after dinner. They are very fun and some examples are: making a big fort out of cardboard boxes or having fake sword fights. There is also a camp theme for the year and stories to go with. This year it was lost at sea. I liked the stories a lot.   

Rocket Launch campout - October 2011

posted Sep 13, 2017, 5:55 AM by Troop 208 Milwaukee

The rocket launch held during the Bong Rec. Area campout went very well.  We started a little after 2pm and finished up about 4:30pm.

In all we launched 31 rockets.  All but one rocket were recovered.  8 scouts, a Webelo,  plus myself flew at least one rocket each.

The weather was beautiful - above normal temperatures, clear skies and only slightly windy.

The most prolific flier, besides myself was Evan H. who flew his "NASA's First" six times on motors ranging from a B6 to a C6.

The most popular motor was the C6 (of course!! More Power!!! ) It was used on 12 rocket flights.  That was followed by the B6, used 9 times.

Possibly the most creative named rocket was "The Lohan", flown by JT M.  Ask him why he named it that.

A rocket was even built by the Scouts, in the morning before the launch at the campsite.  They used extra parts Kody had, and used Duct tape and possibly chewing gum to construct it.  A rocket like that is known as a S.P.E.V. (Spare Parts Elimination Vehicle).  It flew twice, until it fell apart.

I flew a few different looking rockets.  A R2-D2 replica,  a styrofoam UFO, a cone shaped spacecraft, a scale model of a Jupiter-C and a normal looking rocket.

Looking forward to the next launch.

Mr. Koszuta

Adventure Rock, 2016. Report by: Noah R.

posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:44 PM by Troop 208 Milwaukee

Some of the Boy Scouts of Troop 208 went to Adventure Rock on November 21.  Cole and Garrett came late by about five minutes.  We climbed for about 4 hours.  We had races on the easiest wall. The best time was 15.43 seconds.  I hope every scout will come next time.

"Soaring with Eagles" Camporee 2016. Report by: Noah R.

posted Oct 20, 2016, 11:03 AM by Troop 208 Milwaukee   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 11:03 AM ]

Camporee 

I went on the Camporee with Boy Scout Troop 208. We left at 6:00 PM on October 14 and came back October 16 around 11:45. I was ASPL (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader) and Zeno was SPL (Senior Patrol Leader). For the first time in a year we had some Webelos 2’s camping with us. There were some big disappointments that annoyed everyone. However the camp out had some very good points.

I enjoyed the part of the camping weekend when we were working with pneumatic rockets. I got to pump up the rockets because the two 9 Volt batteries didn’t have enough power to release the pressure. My dad, who was also on the trip, was sitting next to the launcher and his job was to release the pressure. Once he found out about the batteries not working he had volunteers pump it up. I was the only volunteer. The good part in this was I got to pick how far the scouts had to run to retrieve the rockets.

Another great part of the camping weekend was the movie night. The movie was The Martian. The book and movie were all about the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut who got stranded on Mars. He was a botanist and engineer. He used his botany skills by growing potatoes so he could survive until he was rescued. He used his engineer skills to fix everything that broke because most of the things with him were needed to survive. I think the book was much better than the movie. The book was filled with more crisis’ and colorful language.

The biggest drawback was not being able to go up in the planes. At the SPL meeting I secured my troop some early flight tickets. We had planned on going up in Cessnas in groups of three. I organized the entire troop’s tickets at the SPL meeting. However, all that organization was for nothing because we were grounded due to weather conditions. The weather for that day was low fog. Almost everyone was disappointed that we didn't get to fly in the planes.

There were two interesting choices for merit badges: space exploration and aviation. I completed space exploration, and I think it was the better choice because it only took up the morning. In the afternoon, I was able to check out all the other special activities, like paper airplanes, hot air balloons, and drones. However, with space exploration, I had to finish the requirements on my own, before the Camporee. The people who took aviation had to go to several different stations throughout the entire day to complete the merit badge. I think everybody liked the merit badge they chose. But I got to shoot off a rocket with my merit badge!

All and all, I was really glad I went on the campout. We had fun playing with the pneumatic rockets and watching the movie. I think camping was a great experience for the Boy Scouts. I enjoyed the time talking to my friends and working on my merit badges. I hope next time we will get to ride in a plane.

Camping trip to Readstown, 2016. Report by: Noah R.

posted Aug 17, 2016, 4:52 AM by Troop 208 Milwaukee

Most of Troop 208 went on a trip to Mr. S.'s land. We had some unusual campers: three mothers and a six year old. The trip started on August 12 and ended on August 14. We went to work on the cooking merit badge and to have fun.

The scouts that didn't already have the cooking merit badge worked on it. They learned how to cook in a Dutch oven, over open fire, and on a stove. My favorite thing the scouts learned how to cook was a S'mores Brownie.

We had a lot of activities on the land. We made a fire, played games, and hiked/slid down hills. Some of the games we played are dodge ball, 500, and Bang. I got to be the caller for two rounds of 500. I think that everyone had fun. I know I did!

S.T.E.M. Merit Badge clinic, report by Adam D.

posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:46 AM by Troop 208 Milwaukee   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 4:47 AM ]

Last Saturday some of us participated in the Robotics merit badge event.  I personally though it was lots of fun.  

We built a LEGO robot and programmed it with a computer.  We also had a competition with our robot against other groups.  Our robot placed first out of all the other groups in both challenges. 

 We got to eat lunch there too.  It was delicious.  I had chicken tenders, French fries, and ice cream with an extra waffle cone.  

There was a boy there that earned his Eagle Scout award and he was only 13.  He also had five of his friends that earned their Eagle Scout award too and they were only 13.  

All in all, it was a very good event to go to, I had a very good time.

Camping at Blackhawk, 2016. Report by: Noah R.

posted Aug 3, 2016, 9:02 PM by Troop 208 Milwaukee

Our troop 208 recently returned from a week long adventure at Camp Blackhawk in Michigan. We were there for a full week starting on July 23 at 7:45 am. Our journey began on a 4 hour car ride.  That first Saturday was spent setting up tents and barns and we weren’t even done at dinner. Our chef by the way was Mr. Stepanovich, who did a super job of preparing the first 5 meals in the week! We did get to have a fire that night even though some of us weren’t finished setting up tents.
 
​Day Two did not start off so great as it poured rain from 3am till around lunch.  We spent  a lot of time in the Barn that we had set up, talking and waiting for the rain to stop. We basically hung around the camp site and started thinking about our merit badges. But Day Three was sunny and everyone started their merit badges. I did sailing in the morning and welding in the afternoon. Seriously, welding. You should see the cool thing I made. The best part of the day was when we scouts did the cooking for dinner. We decided to swap the chili for tacos and we rocked it!
 
​Day Four for me involved cooking which was fine and KP which was not so fine. I don’t want to complain but I had KP duty 14 times this week! Hmmm…I guess I do want to complain. Dave Five I got to do sailing and welding again and I was very happy! Especially when the dinner was great burgers and STEAK! Day Six had me doing MORE KP! But it was ok cause that was the day we finished our 24 hour fire and that was pretty amazing.
 
​We were doing service time the whole week.  For our Service Time we worked to improve the campground. We did a lot of pulling out of stumps which was hard work! But we had an incentive since the stumps had been involved in tripping three of our scout leaders.  They had to go! Friday was the make up day for everyone to get their badges completed.The last day was Saturday and we basically cleaned up the area and packed all our gear. The ride home was not as exciting as the ride to camp. I guess that’s a sign that it was a great experience. Wish you could have been there!

Bike Trip, 2016. Report by: Noah R.

posted Aug 3, 2016, 9:00 PM by Troop 208 Milwaukee   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 9:02 PM ]

On June the 24-26, some of the Boy Scouts of Troop 208 went on a bike outing.  We camped at New Glarus State Park.  The camp was one of the best because it was mostly shaded and we were at the end of the line of camps.  

The start of the outing didn't go according to plan.  One of the kids who was supposed to come couldn't make it.  His name is Zeno and he got stuck at theater camp.  Five scouts and four adults were supposed to go on the trip, but we had to leave with four scouts and four adults.  Then we got to our camp site and set everything up.  The morning we were going for the bike ride, Eric and his dad, the Scout Master, had to leave.  I do not know why.

We rode on the Sugar River Trail and Badger State Trail.  During the ride, we met up with Layton and his dad.  Sadly, they couldn't come to the tunnel because they had to leave.  The weather ended up being around 90 and no clouds all day.  Around the half way point we found the cool tunnel.  It was cool in both ways!  It was an old train tunnel, and it was far enough under ground to be much cooler than the rest of the trail.  About 50 feet away from the tunnel we could feel a wall of cool air.  It was refreshing because we were all hot and sweaty.  We ended up riding about 35 miles even though the tunnel was only 25 miles there and back.  

On the way back to camp, we stopped at a gas station to get Gatorade.  It was cold and refreshing after the long bike ride.   But we all had trouble getting up the two mile long, steep hill back to camp after our break at the gas station.  Once we got to camp, we were all hungry because we didn't finish until after 2:30.  

That evening, we went to a pool to cool off.  It was only $3 per person, and my dad said that the shower was worth $3.  We had a fire after dinner, which was at 9:00.  That night was very rainy and stormy.  Everything was wet, even some things in the tents.  We ended up packing up wet and taking tents home to let them dry.

I liked the outing because I got to spend time with other scouts and my family.  I was surprised the younger scouts wanted to try for 50 miles.  I was also surprised that we could all ride 35 miles without much practice in that heat.

Noah's Ark, 2016. Report by: Noah R.

posted Aug 3, 2016, 8:59 PM by Troop 208 Milwaukee   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 9:03 PM ]

The Boy Scouts went to Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells on Friday, June 17.  Two adults and seven boys went on the trip to the water park.  The day was warm and sunny so we all put on a lot of sunscreen.  

The park was not too crowded for us to get on all the rides we wanted.   Once Ian and I got changed we couldn't find anyone for about half an hour.  After that we found Zeno and Garrett in the wave pool.  

Once we decided to get out of the wave pool we went over to Black Thunder.  Black Thunder is a group of four slides by the park's edge. The two middle slides are the exact same.  The outer ones twist around each other off to the side.  I rode both of the slides they were letting us go on with Zeno.  

Once we were done there we went to some of the bigger rides like Stingray, Kowabunga, and Flash Flood.  Only Zeno and I went on Stingray as far as I know.  I really liked going on rides with Zeno because when he got surprised he would yell a random word.  I found out Mr. Studer landed the flip on the boogie board rider but I wasn't there to see it.  

After we were done with the park we went to Pizza Ranch.  We had an interesting conversation trying to guess each other's middle names at dinner.  No one left Pizza Ranch hungry in our group.  

Both of the car rides were long and boring, but that is not a big price for that much fun.

Scout Master Minute

posted Mar 29, 2015, 5:00 PM by Troop 208 Milwaukee   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 3:55 PM ]


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