A little over a week ago Boy Scout Troop 347 attended scout camp at the Gulf Coast Councils Spanish Trails Scout Reservation in Defuniak Springs. Attending this camp were Andrew Sheppard, Aydan Davis, Gregory Dean and James Smith, all crossover scout from Cub Scout Pack 347 headed by Cub Master Abby Cozine.

Also in attendance at this first camp of the year assisting Miss Abby and Mr. Bill were Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Fisher Van Der Tulip and Tenderfoot Scout Sam Farr.

During the weeklong camping program the younger scouts worked on rank advancement requirements to advance in rank towards Eagle. All four scouts earned the rank of Tenderfoot and have almost completed Second-Class and First-Class requirements which they will complete within the next five months. These young scouts also received merit badges for First Aid, Astronomy, Art and Pioneering to help get them started towards their Eagle rank. The leaders were so proud that for the first time our first-year scouts all passed the BSA 100-yard swim test. Great job scouts.

Sam Farr completed Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Citizenship in the World and Leather Working merit badges.

ASPL Fisher Van Der Tulip Completed Archery, Safety, Digital Technology, Chemistry, Electronics, Electricity and Life Saving merit badges.

These were not the only highlights of the week as the troop earned a few awards.

First, the scouts worked hard along with their leaders to be the best troop in camp and after working and competing on all requirements they earned Honor Troop,

Not only did they earn this award for the first time in scouting history of Port St Joe the Troop earned the Caruso Award for its dedication and loyalty to our council camping program.

The troop will be presented with a plaque from our council in August and our name will be placed on the wall of our council office in Pensacola. And to top it off we had two scouts earn top scout awards in the following areas: Aydan Davis received the top first-year Pathfinder award and Andrew Sheppard earned the Top Scout in his troop as the individual who best exemplified what a scout is.

Congrats to the scouts and the Troop for their accomplishments and keep up the great work as you represent Port St Joe at the highest level.