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Scouts enjoy survival camp

By Staff, 10/13/20 2:24 PM

HOPE – Hope’s Troop 5 held their Wilderness Survival Camp October 9-11. The
Survival Class was camped on the bank of Bodcaw Creek at the Lester Sitzes
Farm located at Shover Springs. A Base camp of younger Scouts was set up on
the Sitzes Farm pond a 20 minute walk away.

Survival camp activities included starting fires without matches, making
fire starters with cotton balls, Vaseline, dryer lint and paraffin wax.
Finding and using rich pine for fire starting. Making open air shelters and
sleeping under the stars for two nights, Shooting squirrels, catching fish,
cooking and eating them.

Also the proper use of knives, axes and saws. Dealing with insects and field
mice in the campsite, debating whether to cook a snake that was bagged by
the squirrel hunters. Water conservation and Leave No Trace principles were

The survivors made a spit rotisserie over a fire pit and cooked a hog
shoulder donated to the camp by Jonathan Smith.

This was the first time Troop 5 had female participants in the Survival

Survivors were: Emma Wright and D’Aunna Golden, first females to take the
course; Joshua Henley and Baker Alexander. Staff were Hunter Mathis, Senior
Patrol Leader; Clarence Mayberry and Drake Hargis, Assistant Scoutmasters.
Adult leaders were Donnie Golden, Robert Wright and Jay Johnson.

At the Base Camp Mackenzi Golden, Drake Mathis, Kody O’Brien and Riley
Golden were led by Karen Smith, Scoutmaster; Lester Sitzes, Donald Sitzes
and Jonathan Smith.

Guests included Ronnie Smith, Heather Smith, Sydney Smith, Chris Golden,
Marilyn Sitzes, Ricky Smith, Jackson Golden, Sara and Kevin O’Brien, Kaden
O’Brien, Jaci Johnson and Laurie Mathis.

The Scouts used their new fire starters to build a fire, went on a nature
hike led by Dr. Sitzes and worked on Scout Rank requirements learning to tie
various knots and what they are used for.

Jonathan Smith donated a 900 pound hog to the campout. Half of a shoulder
was cooked at the Survival Camp. The rest was cooked on two large smokers at
the Base Camp.