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Tag: Boy Scouts

How to use map & compass

(First in a series) The first of the outdoor essentials that many outdoor groups like REI and the Boy Scouts tell folks to take with them on all outings is a navigation aid.  That is, a map and compass.  I remember as a child when I was a […]

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Canoeing IC Lake

This was a windy day at the end of April when we were canoeing at IC Lake – a private lake in McComb Mississippi that was formerly owned by Illinois Central Railroad.  The Boy Scouts among us were working on the Canoeing Merit Badge and Cady heard that […]

Hiking the Trail of Tears

During Spring Break 2017 we took the Boy Scouts to Village Creek State Park in northeastern Arkansas and did some hiking at the Trail of Tears! Being from Southwest Mississippi, this was everyones’ first snow camping experience.   Photo by Elise D. Parker  

Natural wonder now a trashy dump

I discovered Pipes Lake in Helen McGinnis’ “Hiking Mississippi” book. I knew that McGinnis’ book was not as up-to-date as Johnny Malloy’s guidebook, but I got a copy because I wanted to compare the differences in their accounts and perspectives. Then, when I got a hankering to take […]

Backpacking Black Creek

Are you tougher than a Kodiak bear? I know a bunch of Boy Scouts who recently proved that they are, indeed, tougher than Kodiak bears! Six of the older, more experienced Boy Scouts from Troop No. 124 of McComb recently took part in a KODIAK leadership training course, […]

Almost a very fine hike

Vicksburg National Battlefield Park has a long association with the Boy Scouts of America. Generations of Scouts have hiked and studied Civil War history and American Heritage there. Many Scouts have fond memories (or, are those horror stories?) about hiking up and down in the hilly park.

Hiking Shiloh Battlefield

Members of McComb’s Boy Scouts of America Troop #124 recently spent their Spring Break on a camping and hiking adventure at Shiloh Battlefield Park in southern Tennessee. The first day, the boys completed a 14-mile hike. They began at Fraley Field where the first shots were fired, past […]