Boy Scout Troop 68, Melrose, MN


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Welcome to the Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68's
2009 Photo Gallery!
All pictures on this page are thumbnailed. Click on them for the big picture.
Click on a gallery name to go to that gallery:
The Overnighter Scout Sunday
Camp Stearns
Water Park Fun March Court of Honor Ripley Rendezvous
Scouting Displays
Kings Lake Outing City Park Clean-up
Many Point Scout Camp Renaissance Festival August Court Of Honor
Council Open HouseLegion Flag DisposalScenic District Camp
LPMRB ActivityDecember Court Of Honor


The Overnighter
January 24-25, 2009

     The Boy Scouts of Troop love to have fun and compete with each other. That is probably way the troop's overnighter activity is so popular. This 13 hour all-night activity has the Scouts competing in several contests including table tennis, darts, Wii bowling, chess and Battleship. Then there are the movies to watch. Oh, and don't forget all the pizzas and snacks and soda to consume. There is a lot to stay busy with during this troop activity.
Troop Overnight
The chess tournament has been a part of the overnighters since they began.
Troop Overnight
Battleship is a recent addition to the tournament schedule.
Troop Overnight
The assistant scoutmasters enjoyed a game of cards while the Boy Scouts were busy.
Troop Overnight
The dart board stayed busy for many hours during the double elimination tournament.
Troop Overnight
Wii bowling is another recent addition to the scheduled tournaments.
Troop Overnight
Here is a picture of the tournament schedules and some of the snacks.
Troop Overnight
Table tennis is a popular event during the overnight activity.
Troop Overnight
It was up to the Scouts to keep the tournament lists up to date.


Scout Sunday
February 8, 2009

     Several Boy Scouts of Troop 68 took part in service at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose in recognition of the annual Scout Sunday. Two Scouts were the mass servers. One Scout and adult troop leader brought up the gifts.
Scout Sunday 2009 Scout Sunday 2009 Scout Sunday 2009 Scout Sunday 2009


Camp Stearns Winter Outing
February 20-22, 2009

     The Boy Scouts of Troop 68 had a great time during the weekend outing at Camp Stearns in Central Minnesota.


Water Park Fun
March 21, 2009

     Five members of Troop 68 attended the March activity which took the boys to the Water park Of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The water park is one of the largest indoor water parks in the USA. The Scouts had hours of fun as they rode the body tubes, shoot down the tube slides, and even tried surfing on the special surfing pool. Just make sure that your swim trucks are tied tight.
Water Park Fun
Chrildren and adults of all ages come to have fun at the water park.
Water Park Fun
The water slides are some of the biggest attractions at the park.
Water Park Fun
This is the pool where the tube slide ends.
Water Park Fun
Another pool had a small wave machine which gave the younger children a fun time.
Water Park Fun
Try your skills surfing, but make sure you don't lose your trunks. That water is powerful.
Water Park Fun
How about a game of basketball?
Water Park Fun
The children's pool had its own fun wet activities to keep the little ones busy.
Water Park Fun
After nearly five hours in the park the Scouts were ready to grab a good meal.


March Court of Honor
March 30, 2009

     Boy Scout Troop 68 held its first court of honor of the year at the Melrose City meeting rooms. Two Scouts earned merit badges, one received his First Class Rank, and one Scout received his Life Rank. There was also a game of Jepardy played at the middle of the court of honor.
March court of honor
The court of honor is ready to begin.
March court of honor
How about a game of Scouting Jepardy?
March court of honor
One Scout received his First Class Rank.
March court of honor
The Life Rank was presented to one Scout.


CMC Ripley Rendezvous
April 24-26, 2009

     Hundreds of Boy Scouts from the Central Minnesota Council gathered at the Minnesota National Guard's Camp Ripley near Little Falls for a weekend of fun and adventure. Several programs were available, designed for the various ages of the Scouts. Younger boys attended the First Class Emphasis program, while older Scouts went to the shooting ranges or the back country adventures of Camp Ripley. The Order of the Arrow held a call-out ceremony Saturday night.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
We stayed in one of the Camp Ripley barracks.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
The First Class Emphasis program included a cooking demonstration.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
Older Scouts were able to practice their archery skills on one of the ranges.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
The 22 rifle range was also a popular spot for the older boys.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
Outside of the Camp Ripley Museum were several military vehicles.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
Inside the museum were many artifacts, including this old radio.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
The Boy Scouts spent a lot of time climbing on the vehicles parked outside of the museum.
2009 Ripley Rendezvous
The Saturday evening program included many carnival-style games.


Scouting Displays
May 2009

     To get the word out about the Scouting program before the troop's recruitment drive on May 9, the troop set up three displays around town. We would like to thank the Central Minnesota Credit Federal Union, the Freeport State Bank, and the City of Melrose for allowing us to set up the displays.
Scouting display
The display at the Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union featured Eagle Scouts.
Scouting display
The display at the Freeport State Bank, Melrose branch, was about high adventure.
Scouting display
The display at the Melrose City Hall was about general Scouting.
Scouting display
These two members of Boy Scout
Troop 68 helped set up the displays.


Kings Lake Outing
June 20-21

  It was a small turnout but we did have plenty of fun during this two day activity. We stayed at the Borgerding cabin on King's Lake. It was a nice relaxing weekend that included a hike into Freeport for chocolate malts at Charlies Cafe and a good game of disc golf.
Kings Lake Outing
The Boy Scouts have arrived.
Time to set up camp.
Kings Lake Outing
Just relaxing around the campfire.
Kings Lake Outing
Ready. Set. Fire the water balloon slingshot!
Kings Lake Outing
Be careful of where you throw your frisbee during disc golf.


City Park Clean-up
June 28, 28

  While the mess and litter were not as bad as last year, there was still plenty to clean up after this year's Riverfest celebration.
City Park Clean-up
One view of the litter found in the park...
City Park Clean-up
after Saturday's celebration.
City Park Clean-up
The Scouts also took down the tables and benches.
City Park Clean-up
Looking much better now.


Many Point Scout Camp
July 12-18

  Eight of the nine members of Troop 68 attended a week of camp at Many Point Scout Camp. We once again stayed in the Seton Campsite of the Buckskin Camp. The weather was a bit cool to go swimming much this week but it helped to keep the bugs tolerable and gave us time to play disc golf. The Boy Scouts did an excellent job earning merit badges, coming home with 29 completed.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
The Seton campsite in Buckskin Camp.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Waiting for the Sunday night opening campfire program to begin.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Participating in a Ethics in Action game.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Doing our service project for the Super Troop award.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Cooling off while playing water polo.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Walking back to camp. The new shower house can be seen up ahead.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
The new climbing is a lot bigger than the old climbing tower.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Waiting for the gate to open.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
First, we try the bouldering wall.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Having fun at the archery range.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Even our scoutmaster shoots well.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Preparing to shoot at the rifle range.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Morning flag raising in the campsite.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Is it a survey, or is it homework?
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Throw well, and don't lose the frisbee.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
The troop on the new disc golf course.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
What a great looking troop. Yes?
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Waiting for the next activity to begin.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
The Friday night campfire is about to begin.
Many Point Scout Camp 2009
Not used to walking? Look what you get.


Renaissance Festival
August 22, 2009

The Boy Scouts from Troop 68 decided that a trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival was just the thing for their activity in August. And after spending several hours there they went to Valleyfair amusement park to take in the rides and fun offered.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
The group picture taken outside the gate
to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
There are some strange and interesting
things to see.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Of course, there is plenty to eat,
including these turkey drumsticks.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Puke and Snot were just one of the
many shows performed during the day.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
The weapons displays were popular
with the Boy Scouts.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
I do not think this is Captain Jack
Sparrow. Do you?
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Toward the end of our visit we decided
to relax in the swings.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
The Tomato Justice booth was
a popular place.


August Court Of Honor
August 31, 2009

There was a nice number of merit badge to present during the court of honor. The Scouts did well during summer camp.
Court Of Honor
Our troop chaplain lead us in an opening prayer.
Court Of Honor
The meeting ended with the troop singing Scout Vespers.
Court Of Honor
The Scouts proudly display their awards.
Court Of Honor
Alex recently passed his Eagle board of review.


Council Open House
September 2, 2009

The Central Minnesota Council, BSA, held an open house to kick off the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. There were plenty of games for the kids to play, lots of display to view, and the "A Century of Values" RV staff to visit with. The council also received a copy of the "A Century of Values" print.
   Videos of the event can be seen through the Melrose Scouting Productions podcast at feed://feeds2.feedburner.com/melrosescoutingproductions (#74-78).
Central Minnesota Council Open House 2009
Shooting bottle rockets was one of the activities for the younger kids.
Central Minnesota Council Open House 2009
The bouldering wall was a popular activity.
Central Minnesota Council Open House 2009
Unfortunately, the RV had a flat tire that needed to be fixed.
Central Minnesota Council Open House 2009
We posed for a picture with the "A Century Of Values" print.


Legion Flag Disposal
September 3, 2009

The Boy Scout troop received a call from the American Legion asking for help with this fall's flag disposal (retirement) ceremony. It was the first time these Boy Scouts participated in an event like this.
American Legion Flag Disposal Ceremony
One of the Boy Scouts' responsibilities was to carry the flags from the vehicles to the table.
American Legion Flag Disposal Ceremony
There were a lot of used flags to be retired
from service.
American Legion Flag Disposal Ceremony
The Boy Scouts stand at attention during
the ceremony.
American Legion Flag Disposal Ceremony
The flags go out in a blaze of glory.


Scenic District Camp
September 18-20, 2009

The Central Minnesota Council held a camporee at Parker Scout Reservation. The theme for the camporee was merit badges. Several merit badges were offered to the Boy Scouts in attendance. Meals were served by the camp staff. The weather was great. The new castle was cool.
Fall Camporee, Boy Scouts
The entrance to the new castle that was built at the camp.
Fall Camporee, Boy Scouts
No one complained about the food.
Fall Camporee, Boy Scouts
The guys take a break between activities.
Fall Camporee, Boy Scouts
The troops gather for the group assembly Saturday evening.


LPMRB Activity
November 21, 2009

The troop's annual LPMRB one day activity was a hit once again. The day began with a service project for the city of Melrose and than moved onto fun at the Skatin' Place in St. Cloud, followed by a stop at Godfather's Pizza, a movie, and finally Cosmic Bowling. Everyone was tired when it was time to go home.
Boy Scout Troop 68 activity
The day began with the Boy Scouts assisting in the distribution of thousands of compact fluorescent bulbs for the city.
Boy Scout Troop 68 activity
The activities began at the Skatin' Place for some skating fun.
Boy Scout Troop 68 activity
The day ended at the bowling alley while wearing some funky shoes.
Boy Scout Troop 68 activity
For some reason the parents were happy watching the Scouts while they were bowling.


Court Of Honor
December 21, 2009

The final court of honor of the year was held on Monday, December 21, at the Melrose city hall meeting rooms. The award ceremony was followed by the troop auction.
Boy Scout Court of Honor
There were year pins to present...
Boy Scout Court of Honor
and more years pins to present...
Boy Scout Court of Honor
plus special awards to award...
Boy Scout Court of Honor
and even an Eagle Palm.





Pictures used on this page were provided by Steve Borgerding. He retains the rights and ownership of these photographs.