Six adults and eight boys from Boy Scout Troop 416 went to Eagle Rock Loop near Hot Springs, Arkansas. It was a great trip and we all enjoyed it even though it was cut short because of a sprained ankle. Though sadly the sun only shined for a small percentage of time. Long story short by the end of the trip everyone was drenched head to toe. We were able to hike 17 of the 26.8 miles. Though three boys and two adults hiked more. The small group was able to hike 23 miles. The reason the group were not able to hike the full loop was due to rising rivers because of heavy rain.
Troop 416 spent Valentine’s Day weekend camping at Springwater Ranch. We set up our tents on Friday night and slept in them that night.
The next morning, each patrol cooked their own breakfast and ate. As a troop, we found poles to serve as a flagpole and lashed them together. We raised the flag, securing it with guy lines to minimize our impact.
The patrols prepared lunch then made cane poles and fished.
Saturday evening, we had a campfire and broke for the last bit of free time. The next morning, the patrols ate a cold breakfast and packed. We cleaned up patrol gear and campsite, and had a devotional service and headed for St. Marks. Once at the church, patrol leaders cleaned out the patrol boxes and went home.