On May 20-22, 2016, six scouts and two adults went camping at Fort Buford and Fort Union. This was the spring camping event of four districts from the western North Dakota.
On May 20-22, 2016, six scouts and two adults went camping at Fort Buford and Fort Union. This was the spring camping event of four districts from the western North Dakota. Approximately 120 scouts from Williston, Minot, Bismarck, Dickinson, Hettinger and Colbert, Mont. were at the camp. The scouts learned about the fort life in 1880s at both forts.
The scouts learned what it was like to be an army trooper at Fort Buford and what the trapper life was like at Fort Union. In the morning at Fort Buford, they learned how the troopers dressed, conducted close order drill and how to march. They also learned about short wave radio operations.
In the afternoon, the scouts were at Fort Union where they played Indian games, how to identify eatable and non-eatable berries and what the different berries could be used for. They also learned sign language so that could trade with the Indians that came to trade at the fort, history of Fort Union and to build a shelter in less than one hour using reeds that grew along the river.
In the evening the scouts met Theodore Roosevelt and learned what life was like for him when he lived in western North Dakota.
This one of several camps that the scouts have attended so far this year; the next camp for the scouts will a weeklong summer camp at Camp Wilderness, Park Rapids , Minn.
Troop 45’s sponsoring organization is the American Legion Post 115. If you are interested in joining Boy Scouts, please contact Scoutmaster Robin Shoberg at 567-2372, Troop Committee Chair Mike Cox at (517) 449-7639 or Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Schauer at 567-5374 for more information.