Scouts earn badges, reenact historic battle

During the Fourth of July week, DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 4 earned badges, escaped torrential weather and reenacted the Battle of Long Island.

Troop 4 Scouts and Scout leaders spent a week with other troops at Camp Lowden in Oregon, Illinois. The campout started with surviving the June 30 storm, which rushed them into shelters at 1 a.m.

During the week, Scouts took classes to help them earn badges including environmental science, mammal study, communications, and citizenship and the nation. First-time campers took part in the First Class Express to fulfill requirements that will move them up to Tenderfoot, first class and second class.

“We had five participating in the First Class Express,” Brian Allen, troop committee treasurer, said. “They finished 75 percent of the requirements needed to move to first class.”

Scouts and their families reunited for one night to witness the Order of the Arrow callout ceremony, at which Scouts and Scout leaders are chosen to participate in activities such as spending the night roughing it without tents, sitting in silence and doing hard labor. Once a Scout or leader has completed the requirements, they become a member of the Order. Brian Allen and his son Nathan Allen were chosen to become candidates for membership.

“We had a great week,” assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Harness said. “Boys were challenged and exceeded all expectations.”

The week ended with a reenactment of the Battle of Long Island. The Scouts were divided into American and British forces.

“We spent Independence Day reenacting a bit of American history,” Scout Carter Maxwell said. “It was really cool.”

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