Troop 20 enjoys summer camp

Scouts from Tyrone Troop 20 attended Goose Pond Scout Reservation for one week, learning and earning many skills and merit badges while having a great time.

A local Boy Scout Troop from Tyrone has just recently returned from their summer week long camping trip. Tyrone Boy Scout Troop 20, which is headquartered at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tyrone, reported that the camping trip was a very successful and awarding event.

A total of 12 boy scouts and four leaders left Tyrone on June 30, for a week long summer scouting camping trip. The troop traveled to Goose Pond Scout Reservation for the trip. This scout reservation is located in Lake Ariel, which can be found nestled in the northeastern section of Pennsylvania. This is currently the fifth oldest Boy Scout camp which is located in the United States. Over the years, this camp has been the destination of thousands of boy scouts from around the northeast. The camp is located near Lake Wallenpaupack. This camp area surrounds a beautiful 43 acre glacial lake.

This 507 acre facility has a wide variety of terrain that has helped to provide a very wide variety of camping activities. By staying at the pond, it places scouts close to many of the sites on the northern end of the Pocono Plateau region.

During this camping time of year, there are thousands of scouts and leaders that visit the camp, taking advantage off the numerous opportunities that the camp setting offers.

This year’s camping trip had three first year scouts from the Tyrone troop joining their fellow troop members on this summer camping trip. These three scouts attended the Pathways training to learn basic scouting skills. The scouts learned the skills were along the lines of the building of a fire, the tying of knots, along with also learning about knife and ax handling.

The older scout troop members that attended camp were also able to earn merit badges. These merit badges that were earned were in the area of climbing, rifle shooting, cooking, environmental science, sailing, and even whitewater boating/rafting. This camp opportunity offered to these scouts the chance to earn a total of 40 merit badges.

On July 4th, three of the scouts and two leaders took a canoe ride on the Delaware River as part of a whitewater merit badge. Not only did this provide an excellent opportunity to earn the merit badges, but it also provided the three scouts, as well as the two troop leaders, a fun filled time.

While at the camp itself, the scouts reported seeing a total of six bald eagles in their natural wild habitat.

This is a very well attended camp that also provided the local scouts an opportunity to meet fellow scouts from around a wide area with a wide range of backgrounds. While the local scouts attend the camp, they became part of 148 total scouts that were from 11 different troops. These scouts attending the camp at this time were from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Next year, it will be Goose Pond Scout Camp’s 100 year anniversary, which will mark it as a very special occasion well worth celebrating. Troop 20 from Tyrone plans on returning to Goose Pond next year to take part in the camp’s 100 year celebration.

Chuck Banas can be reached at


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