Fourteen Boy Scouts from Troop 194 participated in the fun-filled Spring Campout weekend at the Fehr Horseshoe Lake Ranch, in Charlotte on March 19-21.
The Horseshoe Lake Ranch is located on 17 acres and owned and operated by Bill Fehr, owner of Pneuma Tech in Charlotte. Fehr is also a former Scoutmaster of Troop 194. His ranch provided the perfect setting for this sunny funfilled spring campout weekend.
The leadership and parents of the troop used their own experience to teach the scouts different skills. Under the direction of Bill Meadows, Constable Pct. 4, assisted by Jason Schaub, they taught the rifle shooting merit badge. The scouts learned proper rifle safety, how to wear personal protective equipment to protect their eyes and hearing and how to correctly shoot 22 rifles and black powder rifles. Many of the scouts demonstrated their marksmanship abilities making “bulls eyes.”
Thank you to the parents who provided ammunition for this merit badge. Under the direc- tion of Jason Schaub, assisted by his son Koal Schaub, Eagle Scout, they taught the fishing merit badge. Koal demonstrated the different parts of the fishing poles and lures at our Monday night troop meeting. Each scout had to catch two fish, which all the scouts had a great time doing in the well-stocked Horseshoe Lake. Jason Schaub also taught the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge where scouts learned about the different types of soil and the importance of conservation of our environment including soil erosion from wind, rain and watershed. Mr. Fehr has had trees for the scouts to plant to show how conservation is such a great part of our environment.
Eagle Scouts Danny Morrison II and Jesse Fehr assisted with the planting of the trees. At the conclusion of the merit badge classes, most of the scouts dove or jumped right into the lake and had a blast swimming in the crisp, cold blue water. Mr. Fehr also had two paddle boats available for the scouts to use. Cooking is a big part of a scouting campout. The scouts learn how to plan their meals, prepare a shopping list, go grocery shopping and purchase the food, assign Kitchen Patrol “KP” duty and prepare and cook their meals and prop- erly clean up after they are through. Saturday’s menu included deluxe breakfast tacos and dinner was Frito pies and filet of fish. Irene Pena prepared a complete spaghetti dinner for the troop which also included a tossed salad, garlic bread, cupcakes and brownies. There was nothing left over as the scouts thoroughly enjoyed Miss Irene’s cooking.
Bill Fehr treated the Troop leadership to an amazing crawfish boil. The Troop extends their sincere thanks to Bill Fehr, Irene Pena and Jesse Fehr for the use of their ranch during the weekend events. They also thanked the parents who volunteered their time to teach these merit badge classes.