BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Fall Creek Falls Camping Trip

On the weekend of April 20-22 the troop will go camping to Fall Creek Falls State Park. The play is to drive down Friday Evening and setup camp. On Saturday morning we will take on the Canopy Challenge Course (zip lines, etc.) and in the afternoon we will hike to the falls. We will meet at Kern UMC at 6:00PM on Friday, March 20th. We should get back to Kern around noon on Sunday. The cost for this outing is $35 to cover the zip line course, campsites, and food. Please let us know by April 18th if you are planning to go so we can finalize the zip line reservation and make sure we have the transportation covered. Click here for more info.

Makeup Scout Physicals

All scouts and adult leaders must have a BSA Medical Record on file with the troop in order to participate in troop activities. Dr. Hughes, an adult leader in our troop has graciously agreed to perform makeup exams (free of charge) at the regular Monday night meeting on April 23rd. You can download the form here. The forms will be kept on file by the troop so we can take them with us on outings and have them on hand in the case of a medical emergency. The adult leaders will take the necessary precautions to protect this information since it is sensitive. Here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the BSA Medical Record. Click here for more info.

75th Anniversary of Scouting in Oak Ridge

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Scouting in Oak Ridge. As you may know, the first Troop Meeting in Oak Ridge was held on October 8, 1943 and the first Cub Scouts packs met on January 26, 1944. Several events are planned thoughout the year to commemorate this anniversary. The first event was on Monday, April 16 when the Anderson County Commission established a resolution recognizing the 75th Anniversary of Scouting in Oak Ridge. This event was part of the Anderson County Commission meeting and was attended by two scouts and two leaders form our troop. On October 15, the Pellissippi District will hold a single city wide Troop Meeting that will use the same meeting plan that was used for that first Troop Meeting back in 1943.

First Philmont Practice Hike

On the weekend of April 14-15 the troop contingent that is going to Philmont this summer went on a practice backpacking trip to Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, TN. We met at Kern UMC at 8:00AM on Saturday morning and got to the trailhead just before 11:00AM. It was a beautiful day and a very pleasant hike up to the campsite at Squire Knob where we camped. After setting up camp we went over how to do many of the activities we will be doing at Philmont and to check out our gear. Soon after we arrived at Squire Knob the rain started and continued through the night, at times there was heavy rain and high winds. The scouts had a good experience camping in harsh conditions and we all had a good time. Sunday morning we woke up in the clouds but there was a break in the rain while we broke camp and got back on the trail. The hike back to the trailhead as pleasant but wet and there were several waterfalls that were not there the day before. We got back to the church a little after 10:00AM. Click here for more photos.

Yahoo Falls Backpacking Trip

On the weekend of March 23-25 the troop went what was supposed to be a 3 day / 2 night backpacking trip to Yahoo Falls but we had to cut it back to a 2 day / 1 night trip due to the bad weather. Nonetheless we had a great time. A detailed description of the hike can be found here. Originally we had planned to due the hike as described in the trail guide but we decided to start at the Yahoo Falls access so the hike could be completed in two days and we could spend the night at the trail shelter. We met at Kern UMC at 7:00AM on the Friday morning (this was the last weekend of spring break) and we got to the Yahoo Falls trailhead 9:45AM and we were on the trail a little after 10:00AM. The weather on Friday was perfect. The falls and Yahoo Arch were fun and we got to the trail shelter around 4:00PM. We setup camp and prepared for the rain but the bad weather held off and we had a pleasant evening. There was a break in the rain on Saturday morning that lasted just long enough for us to break camp and get back on the trail. It rained on us for the rest of the hike out on Saturday. We got back to Kern around 3:00PM on Saturday. Click here for more photos.

Cooking Outing

The troop went on our annual cooking outing at Camp Pellissippi on the weekend of March 2-4. The purpose of this outing is to complete as many cooking requirements as possible for the cooking merit badge as well as for rank advancement. We met at Kern UMC at 6:00PM on Friday and we got back to the church around 9:30AM on Sunday morning. We stayed in Winter Lodge which had electricity and a wood stove. In addition to cooking the scouts gained 3 hours of conservation service hours by clearing the area in preparation of restoring the Old Hickory campsite to be used for hammock camping. In the afternoon the scouts hung out and played football and Saturday evening we had a flag retirement ceremony. Click here for more photos.

Merit Badge Classes at UT

Several merit badges were offered by the Society of Physics students at UT over two Saturdays in February. On February 10th they offered the electronic, Electricity, and Energy merit badges and on February 24th they offred the Space Exploration, Nuclear Science, and Astronomy merit badges. Each Saturday all three merit badges will be taught in single integrated class so that (most) of the requirements for all three were completed.

Roane State Merit Badge College

On Saturday, February 17th, our troop attended the Roane State Merit Badge College at the Harriman campus. We met at Kern UMC at 8:00AM and to Roane State just before 9:00AM. Lunch was provided in the Roane State cafeteria. It rained all day so many of the merit badges centered around outdoor activities had to improvise. The merit badge classes finished up around 3:30PM and we got back to the church at 4:45PM. Click here for more info.

Scout Sunday

On Sunday, February 11th, our troop participated in Scout Sunday at Kern United Methodist Church. Scout Sunday is when we we set aside time to show our appreciation for all the church does for our troop. We attended the 11:00AM worship service. Click here for more info.

Troop Court of Honor

Our January Court of Honor was held on Monday, January 29th, in the Family Life Center at Kern UMC. The pot luck dinner began at 6:00PM and the awards program bagan arounf 6:40PM. A ton of merit badges and severl rack advancements were awarded. Click here for more info.

Scouting for Food

On Saturday, January 27th, and again on Saturday, February 3rd, our troop participated in the Scouting for Food program to help those in need in our community. On the first Saturday the scouts distributed collection bags to homes in teh area around Emory Valley Road, Amanda Place, and parts of Rivers Run. Instructions were included with the bags explaining what to donate and when the donations would be collected. The following Saturday, scouts collected the donated food and took it to the food pantry at Grace Lutheran Church. On Monday, February 19th, we held our weekly meeting at Grace Luthern to sort the donated food. Our troop collected more than 600 donated food items.

Winter Camp

Our troop attended Winter Camp at the Bert Adams Scout Camp near Covington, GA the week of December 27th through the 31st. We met at Kern UMC on Wednesday morning at 7:30AM to load the trailer and get organized. When we arrived at camp, we took a tour of the facility and setup camp. The weather was very pleasant -- not unusually cold and no rain. Our troop did well in the Klondike Derby with one patrol coming in 4th and the other patrol coming in 6th out of 12 patrols participating. Our sleds did great even though we had to add wheels at the last minute due to a change in the riules that was announced after we got to camp. The scouts enjoyed the sleds so much rode them all over camp for the rest of the week. We also partcipated in the polar bear pluge (a swim across the outdoor pool). Four scouts and three adults from our troop took the plunge and it was very refreshing. All the scouts and adults had a good time at camp. We got back to the church around 1:00PM on Saturday. Click here for more info.

Curtis' Eagle Scout Court of Honor

The troop held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Curtis on December 3rd at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. Scouts arrived at 2:30PM to setup and the ceremony began at 3:00.  The ceremony was followed by a reception in the family life center.

Shooting Sports

Our annual shooting sports outing this year was held on the weekend of November 10-12. We met at Kern UMC at 6:00PM on Friday and got to Camp Buck Toms around 7:30PM so we had to set up camp in the dark. Saturday morning we had breakfast and finished arranging our camp in the daylight. After breakfast there was a safety briefing on the various firearms we would be using. The scouts were divided up into three groups and rotated between the archery, rifle, and shotgun ranges. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone had a great time. Sunday morning we had a quick breakfast, packed up camp and headed home. We got back to Kern around 10:15AM. Click here for more photos.

Frozen Head Day Hike

The weather was so bad that we decided not to go on this outing.

Reid's Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Reid's hard work has paid off, and his Eagle Rank was approved. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Sunday, October 15th, at 3:00PM at Kern United Methodist Church.  The ceremony was followed by a reception in the family life center.

Sea Kayaking High Adventure Program

The troop went on the sea kayaking high adventure trek offered by the BSA Coastal Georgia Council. It was a week long adventure on October 7th through the 14th, the second week of Fall Break for Oak Ridge Schools. We had 14 scouts and 5 adults participate. We drove down to Camp Tolochee on Saturday, October 7th, and camped Saturday night. The program began right after lunch on Sunday. We spent Sunday and Monday learning to kayak and how to rescue people whose kayak flipped over. On Tuesday we drove up to the boat ramp at Belleville Point and launched the kayaks from there. All associated equipment such as the kayaks, PFD's, food, cooking equipment, tents, etc. were provided by the program. After launching we split up into two groups and each group took a different path to our campsite on Creighton Island. Once there, we setup camp and swam and fished before dinner. Wednesday, we set out just before high tide to explore the "Northwest Passage" and the "No Guts No Glory" though the marsh. We saw a shark, a sea turtle eating a horseshoe crab, and a manatee. On the way back, the wind was blowing the roughly the direction we wanted to go so the scouts used tarps to construct sails. Thursday, we paddled over to a sandbar that appears out in the middle of the channel at low tide. It made a nice beach for swimming and fishing. We stayed there until it disappeared as the tide came in. When we got back to camp, we did a service project to the owner of the island clean up and repair his dock after Hurricane Irma. On Friday, we paddled to a different sandbar and played there until the direction of the tide changed. Then the tide carried us back to the landing at Belleville Point. We loaded the kayaks back on the trailers and drove back to Camp Tolochee. Back at base camp, we washed the equipment, played in the pool. For dinner we were treated to a low country boil followed by an awards program where we received our pirate names and program patches and certificates. Saturday morning we had breakfast and drove back to Oak Ridge. We arrived back at Kern around 6:30PM. Click here for more info.

Roan Highlands Backpacking

On the weekend of September 9-10 the troop went backpacking to the Roan Highlands near Elizabethton, TN. We met at Kern UMC at 8:00AM on Saturday morning and got to the trailhead just before 11:00AM. It was a beautiful day and a very pleasant hike out to Grassy Ridge where we camped. Although this was a relatively short hike, it is very interesting and the elevation gain gave us a good workout. During the hike we passed through an island of old growth spruce forest left over from the last ice age, patches of rhododendron and other heath scrub, blueberry thickets, and grassy balds. This is one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America. We camped at 6,280ft so the temperature was in the 30's when we got up on Sunday morning. In addition to the cold, the wind was howling and we were above the cloud level so everything was wet from condensation. We decided to hike on down to the trailhead where the conditions would be better and have brunch rather than having breakfast at the summit. We plan got back to Kern UMC around 2:30PM on Sunday afternoon. Click here for more photos.

Ocoee Whitewater Rafting

On the weekend of August 26-27 the troop went whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. We used Ocoee Inn Rafting as our outfitter. We met at Kern at 11:00AM and got to the outfitter in plenty of time to check-in for our 2:00PM trip and do the prep work for the new BSA White Water Rafting patch. We paddled 5 miles on the middle section of the river with class 3 and class 4 rapids and we were on the water for about 2 hours. The rafts and all of the gear we needed was supplied by the outfitter and there was be a guide in all three of our rafts. The trip down the river was awesome. Few of us got thrown out of the raft but were able to be hauled back in. We were also able to complete all the requirements fot white water pacth. After rafting we headed over to Thunder Rock campground which is run by the US Forest Service. We stayed at campsites #38, #39, #40, #41, and #42 and we had a very plesant evening. We got back to Kern around 11:30AM on Sunday morning. The cost for this outing was $35.00 to pay for the outfitter, food, and the campground. Click here for more photos.

Water Sports

The troop will went on our annual water sports outing the weekend of August 11-13. Nineteen scouts and eight adults participated. We met at Kern UMC at 6:00 on Friday and got to Anderson County Park a little after 7:00PM. We set up camp and had a pleasant evening. After breakfast on Saturday, we got the boats ready and we were on the water around 10:30AM. Around 1:00PM we heading back to camp for lunch. While eating lunch (under the shelter) we had a torrential rain storm, but it had passed by the time we were ready to head back out on the lake. After a full day of tubing, we get back to camp around 6:30PM and had dinner. Not long after the scouts were ready to call it a day. Sunday morning we had breakfast, packed up camp and headed home. We got back at Kern UMC around 10:00AM on Sunday morning. Click here for more photos.

Summer Camp

Our troop attended summer camp at Camp Buck Toms on Watts Bar Lake near Rockwood during Week 3 (June 18th - 24th). The troop met a Elm Grove Park on Sunday the 18th at 12:00PM to load persoanl gear. We arrived at Camp Buck Toms just before 1:30PM. After checking in, we had a tour of the camp and took the BSA swim test. All of the scouts in our trrop who took the test passed. We had an awsome week, good weather and no serious issues. Sever weather was predicted near the end of the week but did not materialize. This was out first time staying at Campsite #11 and it was fantastic. We returned to Kern UMC on Saturday, June 24th around 11:00AM and had the trailer unloaded by 11:30AM. Click here for more photos.

Owen's Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Owen's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Sunday, June 11th, at 3:00PM in the sanctuary at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. There was a reception following the court of honor in the Fellowship Hall. Click here for more photos.

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CALENDAR

August 11-13: Water Sports (Lake Norris)
August 26-27: White Water Rafting (Ocoee River)
September 9-10: Backpacking (Roan Highlands)
September 25: Troop Court of Honor
October 7-14: Sea Kayaking (Camp Tolochee)
October 15: Reid's Eagle Scout Count of Honor
October 28: Day Hike (Frozen Head SP)
November 10-12: Shooting Sports (Camp Buck Toms)
December 3: Curtis' Eagle Scout Court of Honor
December 27-31: Winter Camp (Camp Bert Adams)
January 27: Scouting for Food (bag distribution)
January 29: Troop Court of Honor
February 3: Scouting for Food (bag collection)
February 10: Day Hike (Thunderhead Mountain)
February 10: UT Merit Badge Class (UT Knoxville)
February 11: Scout Sunday
February 17: Roane State Merit Badge College
February 19: Scouting for Food (Grace Lutheran)
February 24: UT Merit Badge Class (UT Knoxville) March 2-3: Cooking Outing (Camp Pellissippi)
March 23-24: Yahoo Fallls Backpacking (BSF)
April 14-15: Philmont Practice Hike (Frozen Head SP)
April 16: Scout Physicals
April 20-22: Zip Line/Hiking (Fall Creek Falls SP)
April 23: Makeup Scout Physicals
May 5-6: Philmont Practice Hike #2 (Frozen Head SP)
May 11-13: Poineering
May 21: Troop Court of Honor
May 26: Place Flags on Veteran's Graves
May 29: Retrieve Flags
June 17-23: Summer Camp
June 28-July 13: Philmont Trek
September 24: Troop Court of Honor

ABOUT TROOP 328

Troop 328 is honored to be sponsored by Kern United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We belong to the Pellissippi District of the Great Smokey Mountain Council. Our troop has been active for more than 50 years and in that time over 100 scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Anyone interested in joining our troop is welcome to visit a troop meeting. We meet on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 at Kern United Methodist Church. It is a good idea to contact the Scoutmaster make sure we are not meeting elsewhere on the day of your visit. Membership is open to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light award as a Webelos, or have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old.