Boy Scout Troop 149, chartered to the Harlan Presbyterian Church, attended summer camp at Kia Kima Scout Reservation near Hardy, Arkansas from June 25 through July 2 with six scouts and six adults making the trip.
The scouts earned 11 merit badges and made great strides toward their next rank. The scouts worked on environmental science, Indian lore, space exploration, chemistry, swimming, camping, pottery and basketry merit badges. One scout completed Kia Kima’s Trailblazer program for new scouts. Several of the scouts also completed the COPE — Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience — course, new Boy Scout ATV safety program and the Mountain Man Experience on Mount Masera.
Kia Kima Scout Reservation is celebrating its 100th anniversary of serving scouts this year. While on the trip to Kia Kima, the group spent the night at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, ate supper at the nationally renowned Bar-B-Q Shop and spent the evening at the Bass Pro Shop in the Pyramid in Memphis.
This was the first time many of the scouts had seen the Mississippi River as well as seeing rice, soybeans and cotton growing in the fields. On the return trip to Harlan, the group went through Missouri, crossed the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Cairo Illinois, and crossed back into Kentucky.
Scouts on the trip included Dustin Blanton, Andrew Brock, Jonuthin Howland, James Long, Jacob Owens, and Damian Vance. Adults attending included Jonathan Blanton, Brian Brock, Greg Owens, Dave Robinson, Jim Robinson and David Vance.