Boy Scouts enjoy summer at Camp Yawgoog
The Boys Scouts from Troop 1 Jamestown recently returned from their annual weeklong summer camp at Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Rockville. Camp Yawgoog is one of the oldest Boy Scout camps in America. It hosts as many as 8,000 scouts each summer. Troops come from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York to learn scouting skills and enjoy the outdoors. The scouts participate in various scouting events including merit-badge classes, sporting competitions and lots of water activities in Yawgoog Pond.
While at camp, the 28 Jamestown scouts earned 67 merit badges for mastering skills including swimming, canoeing, cooking, pioneering, sailing and orienteering. Three members from Troop 1 completed the open-water mile swim and two completed the requirements for the World Conservation Award.
Most of the Jamestown scouts also completed requirements for rank advancement. Seven boys became Tenderfoot Scouts, one advanced to Second Class Scout, one to First Class Scout, and one to Star Scout. Four Scouts advanced to Life Scout, and Senior Patrol Leader Zach Neronha earned the coveted title of Eagle Scout.
“Our boys were recognized as the troop of the week by the Camp Yawgoog staff for their superior performance and scout spirit,” said Scoutmaster Jim Archibald. “We also had our annual doughboy night and campfire with our neighboring troop from Mount Vernon, N.Y.”
This was Archibald’s 10th summer leading the troop at Camp Yawgoog.