This past weekend the Boy Scouts Lake Sands District of the Gulf Coast Council held its spring camporee at the Spanish Trail Scout Reservation in Defuniak Springs. This year’s theme for the camp was Scottish Highland Games. The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe-sponsored Troop 347 attended this year’s Camporee and competed in 14 different events such as the caber toss, hammer throw, stone throwing, archery and Celtic cooking just to name a few.

The Troop’s “Squid Clan” this past weekend should be proud as they earned seven ribbons for 7 of the 14 events which is the highest number of awards earned at a single event of any troop from Port St. Joe that is on record. The clan was made up of some seasoned scouts and a bunch of new scouts who competed for the first time ever in a scout event. The awards they won were for the following: third-place in storytelling, archery and the tug of war; second-place for heart stone throw, weighted hammer throw and Celtic Dutch Oven Cooking; and last but not least the Troop earned the third-best Troop overall.

Congrats to the following scouts who worked hard this past weekend: Senior patrol Leader Hunter Van Der Tulip, ASPL Riley Wingate, Patrol Leader Sam Farr, APL Fisher Van Der Tulip, Scouts Corey Phelps, Mason Huei, Bryce Forston, Terry Whitlock and Tyrus Strickland. You should be proud and you represented Port St. Joe outstandingly. Keep up the great work.

If you have a young man between the ages of 7 – 17 and would like them to participate in a fully trained program like ours you can contact Cub Master Abby Cozine at 340-0960 or Scout Master Bill Van Der Tulip at 247-9091.