Sponsored by St. Matthew Lutheran Church since 1961
Troop 104 meets every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 2200 S. Philo Rd. in Urbana. Boy Scouts is open to any boy who is 11 years old or who has completed 5th grade, and who has not reached his 18th birthday.
The Colorado High Adventure Trip took place last summer, with 7 Scouts and 4 adult leaders. The Scouts included: Tyler David, Nathan Wright, Corwin Carroll, Zach Berg, Calvin Gatewood, and Levi Gatewood. The adult leaders that went on the trip were Mark Berg, Todd David, Derek Gatewood, and Rebecca Gatewood.
Every year Troop 104 gathers its cold weather gear and gumption to camp at infamous Camp Drake for the Klondike Derby games.
The weather cooperated this year with milder temperatures, but the sled race was especially challenging considering there was no snow on the ground.
Today was a double service project for Troop 104.
Last week, the scouts went thru the Edgewood and Beringer Commons neighborhoods and left bags and notes, saying that we'd be picking up food for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Today we went back to pick up the food people left out for us. We filled up our troop trailer and the back of the Scoutmaster's pickup truck! We collected 1,181 lb of food, 469 more than last Spring!
An elite crew from Troop 104 spent three days hiking the River Ridge Backpack Trail at Forest Glen County Forest Preserve. We had perfect fall weather. It was chilly at night and cool during the day, but it was sunny, and perfect for hiking.
Troop 104 attended the 2011 Ilini Jamboree. The troop camped Friday and Saturday nights at Illini Grove on the University of Illinois Campus. There were lots of interesting exhibits and activities on Friday night. On Saturday there was a Grand March of scouts from the campsite to the UofI's Memorial Stadium, where the scouts attended an Illini football game.
One of our newest scouts, Micheal M. had his first year experience at Camp Drake this year with Troop 104 and was good enough to share his experience for the newsletter.
Trip Report by Micheal M.
I liked seeing the creatures in Poncho Pond, doing the Open Shoot and meeting other people from other troops. I liked doing the merit badges because I learned new things. The staff that worked at Camp Drake was really nice, but I didn’t like the food. I earned the Totin’ Chit, Firem’n Chit, and took the Ecology and Rifle Merit Badge classes.