Camp Hood Hullabaloo

October 7-9, 2016

The Camp Hood Hullabaloo was a great opportunity for the Scouts in the Andrew Jackson Council  to experience an array of  activities Hood has to offer. Some of the favorites were the climbing tower, waterfront, and ATV demonstration. There was a  combined attendance of about 30 Scouts, adults, and Webelos from Troop 416.

On Saturday evening there were food trucks selling goods such as chicken on a stick, tacos,  burritos, and more. A live band entertained the Scouts during that night’s events. Hood provided a game truck which was quite the treat for some.  The focal point of the evening was located at the trading post in the center of the camp.  Scouts played games of basketball and gaga ball. The atmosphere was very laid back and fun allowing the Scouts a sense of freedom. Everyone left excited for this year’s winter and summer camps.


Springwater Ranch Campout kicks off new Scout year

The full moon and better-than-average weather contributed to a great Troop 416 campout August 27-29, 2015 at Springwater Ranch in Rankin County.

Saturday morning was filled with senior Scouts teaching rank advancement, and seven Scouts completed enough to earn their next rank!

An afternoon of free time had boys fishing, hiking and generally exploring the woods while many chose to play a competitive ultimate frisbee game.

The six adults who camped out did all the cooking for the 18 boys – a treat that doesn’t happen often as the boys are typically responsible for their own patrols’ meals during campouts.

A late-night hike took place where the Scoutmaster told the tale – a true story – of the Witch of Springwater Lake who comes out during full moons looking for her lost children.

Tishomingo rappelling success

The Scouts of Troop 416 had a great time rappelling and camping at Tishomingo State Park in May. Most of the Scouts had never rappelled before, which made it even better. For many, their first rappel started with fear in their face, and their second started with a smile. We even convinced a few random hikers to try rappelling for the first time, too! That was an excellent chance to live the Scout Spirit and let folks know who Scouts are. The boys who chose not to rappel are more likely to do it next time. Beyond rappelling, the dutch oven cooking was outstanding – biscuits, desserts and pot roast all were excellent. Thanks to our Mississippi State Parks for having such great facilities.