Scouts gather for Mountain Man Rendezvous

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Scouts practiced archery at the Mountain Man Rendezvous. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
Scouts practiced archery at the Mountain Man Rendezvous. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, as well as boys interested in joining Scouting, were invited to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Ruby and Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands Park on McDonald Road on Saturday, Nov. 16.

There were tents and special ropes pitched all around the wooded area. There, under the fir trees near the fish pond, a few dozen boys and their fathers or guardians were learning to throw hatchets and use bows and arrows, all aimed carefully at safely-constructed wooden or straw targets.

One of the event organizers said it gives the Boy Scouts something to demonstrate and teach the younger Boy Scouts. It also gives the boys an opportunity to learn from master trainers such as Al Letendre, an adult Scouting volunteer who is a certified archery instructor. Steve Bradstreet of Colchester also volunteers for Troop 72 in town.

The older boys, including Ben Mausteller of Troop 72, who is working on his Eagle status, were teaching younger ones the skills they already mastered. They were also assuring all safety precautions were taken before, during and after the exhibition and practices.

Buckskin games, including hatchet-throwing, archery and orienteering, were among the activities they engaged in from 9 a.m. through late afternoon.

The boys and the adult volunteers also cooked their own lunches, using traditional Scouting recipes such as “turkey in the trash can” or “ham in a hole in the ground.” They ate stew, chili and hot dogs.

Shortly after lunch, Nicholas, Thomas, Josh and Ben were testing their archery skills and mostly hit the bull's eye of the traditional straw target. Meanwhile, Joe, Connor and Thomas were throwing hatchets, once called tomahawks by native Americans, and also met the mark on the targets.

If you or your child is interested in joining Scouts, contact Scoutmaster Steve Bradstreet at sbradstreet@troop72ct.org, Tom Robbins at trobbins@troop73ct.org, or Jeff Tassmer at scoutmaster@troop109-ct.org.


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