Troop 772, Marietta, GA

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

November 2005 - Caverns and Caving in NW Georgia

Scouts: Brian Flamm, David Forman, Sam Francis, Peter McKenna, Alex Smith, Brennan Graessle, Ian Graessle, Jerremy Drennan, Alex Drennan, Peter Gill, & Rod Shirazi

Scouters: Paul Fitzner, Rick Farbar, Eric Flamm, John Hall, Tim Hollhan, Doug Wright, Brian Wright and Pete Corbett

Webelos: 5 Scouts and 4 Scouters from Pack 565

Mr. Wright had been wanting to take some of the older scouts (B Flamm, S Francis, A Smith, J Drennan, A Drennan & P Gill) caving in the Pigeon mountain region of NW GA for some time. The PLC put it on the calendar and Mr. Wright held several training meetings to prepare the scouts for the type gear they would need and what to expect. Mr. Wright's son Doug came to the event from Birmingham and assisted for the weekend. The Crew explored 2 Caves on Saturday and another Sunday Morning.

The rest of the Scouts spent time with Pack 565 who attended the campout during the day Saturday. We had intended to take them bouldering however hunting season was in full swing and they would not let us into the wildlife management area. Doug Wright suggested nearby Sequoyah Caverns for a day trip. We had the cave all to ourselves and enjoyed getting to know Pack 565 and helping them as the work through there transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. We had lunch at the caverns and then went back to the Campsite provided by Mr. Wright’s family farm. After an afternoon of relaxing the scouts kicked into gear and cooked great dinners for their guests. I seem to remember poached salmon as one of the main courses. The older scouts did not make it in till way past dark, cooked a late dinner and sacked out early.

In the morning we packed up early and while the younger scouts had the chance to go bouldering as the WMA opened back up the older scouts did one more cave. We met up for a Scouts own service help by Peter McKenna.

Great weather, Great fellowship, Great scouting.

Scoutmaster Corbett

The Roadkill Patrol and our Webelos guests visited the spectacular Sequoyah Caverns and Rocktown (on Pigeon Mountain)...

while the cavers visited 3 caves (Howards, Hurricane, and Pettijohns) and collected souvenirs (dirt, more dirt, etc.) at each one!