A group of young scouts headed out to the wilderness and earned their badges.
Six Hettinger Boy Scouts attended a weeklong summer camp at Camp Wilderness, located 14 miles north of Park Rapids, Minn.
At this camp, the scouts learned the skills needed to be a boy scout (Trailblazer) along with merit badges in metal works, First Aid, Astronomy, Fishing, Swimming, Emergency Preparation, Wilderness Survival, Kayaking and Nature Studies.
Along with earning merit badges, the scouts went for a polar bear plunge into Bad Axe Lake on Wednesday Morning at 6 am and participated in the Junior Ironman Contest. This contest consisted of swimming 1/8 mile, canoeing 3/4 mile, sprinting up 104 steps and cross country running 3/4 mile.
The troop was honored with the Herman Stern Honor Troop Award at the Friday evening camp fire. This award was named after the one of the first people in the creation and funding of Camp Wilderness back in the 1940s. It was designed to encourage the unit to be active in many of the camp programs and to utilize the best of scouting methods.
The scouts that attended this year’s summer camp were: Alex Burrer, Bennett Jorgenson, Bowdon Hasbrousk, Bo Hunter, Caden Parnow and Kaden Schauer.
The scouts stated that it was a long, tiring week but they enjoyed the week very much and were looking forward to next year’s summer camp at Medicine Mountain Scout Reservation, Custer, S.D.
American Legion Post #115 is the sponsoring organization of Troop 45. If you or your son is interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America, you can contact Scoutmaster Robin Shoberg at 701-567-2372, Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Schauer at 701-567-5374 or Troop Committee Chair Mike Cox at 517-449-7639.