Scout Troop 194 ‘Out to Launch’ in New Hampshire

January 25, 2024
The Bedford Troop 194 family recently traveled to Jaffrey, NH for a weekend of winter fun. Courtesy photo

Submitted by Ken Scheyder, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 194

Twenty-one members of the Bedford Troop 194 family traveled to Jaffrey, NH on Jan. 19-21. The adventure took them to Scout Camp Wanocksett, which is located next to Thorndike Pond near Mount Monadnock.  

On Saturday, the temperature was in the single digits. Brrrrrr… To start, Mr. Mike and Devon P. cut holes in the ice using a power auger to see how thick it was and if it was safe. It was not safe. After a tasty breakfast, the scouts did some hiking and then did a lot of sledding.  

Visitors who arrived during the day, included Scoutmaster John M., Committee Chair Allan C., and his dog Gunner.  

As part of the adventure, members of Troop 194 and some of their guests built and launched model rockets. Normally that would be done from the ice, but since the ice was not safe, they used Plan B. After lunch, they drove to a farm across town to launch. 

Mark S. headed the rocket launching activity. It was windy and cold, not ideal conditions by any means. Still, the rockets were successfully launched. Note: One tree did eat a rocket. 

After the rockets were launched, it was time to head back to camp. Many had a nice snack and warm drink at Dunkins on the way. Note: It was snowing.  

Saturday culminated with a nice hot tasty meal. Foil dinners that contained meat, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and a tomato for moisture were cooked over the coals. For dessert, the adults had two warm apple pies with whipped cream. That was a success. The scouts attempted to cook up brownies. That didn’t go as well or as planned.

Then it was time for yet another Troop 194 first. Life Scout Alex M. pulled up a movie using his phone for the masses to watch. Imagine being in the woods and watching a movie? 

That was a first, but it was not the only first. ASM David T. came up with a unique idea for an after-dinner snack. Start with a sugar ice cream cone. Add in a few chocolate bits, some mini marshmallows, and then some caramel bits. Wrap all of it in foil and then put it on the coals for a short time so that all inside melts. It was a s’more, but it was not a s’more. Another first and another success. 

On Sunday, after getting up, it was time to eat a tasty French toast breakfast, pack, and then head for home. In addition to those mentioned above, the following attended and had a great time.   

Scouts: Theo M., Kaan K., Luke N., Adam S., Michael F., Bennett T., Elliot S. 
Adults: Greg M., Kyle S. and trip leader Ken S.

Troop 194 meets Tuesday nights at the American Legion Post on the Great Road in Bedford. Troop 194 is sponsored by American Legion Post 221, attorney Nat Brown, the Barry Cohen Family Foundation, Art Mabbett, and Carlton Willard Homes Inc.

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