The first adventure was a hike up the mountain where they took pictures, rested and cam back down the mountain side, walked the horse mountain, and took a walk to the mountain pond. During the adventure to they discussed the scout laws and rested at the shelter before hiking back to the mountain to load supplies, to hike another half mile down a dirt road to find a safe place to dig the Dakota hole for cooking. They then contacted the department ranger, Joe Smith, to inform him where they would be starting the fire for cooking.
The menu consisted of hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, assorted snacks, water and roasted marshmallows. Everyone participated in all activities, but at 2:30 p.m. the rain came down hard. There was no cover anywhere, while one adult hiked back to the mountain to get the vehicle, the rest of the group gathered leftover food, supplies and cleaned the camp site. Even though they were wet and cold, they had fun. They loaded up everything and left the mountain at 4:30 p.m. During one of their hiking adventures they found a new tent still in the box that someone left behind - they brought it back with them, of course.
On June 4, Troop 685 visited Charleston and saw a submarine, a Coast Guard cutter, A. cruiser, and finally the USS Yorktown. On the aircraft carrier, Yorktown, the rode a flight simulator, that made them feel as though they were flying an F-18 Hornet Jet into combat, a Curtis Seaplane over two Jima and then they had a bonus ride - a bobsled.
While touring the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum on board the Yorktown, the troop learned that the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Charleston was named for Corporal Ralph Johnson, an African-American Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from South Carolina.
Upcoming for Troop 685 is Camp Coker, July 1-7. At camp this year, they will all become Second Class Scouts on their way to Eagle. And in August, they will return to Charleston to go deep-sea fishing. But everyone going will have to be a Second Class Scout, unless you just signed on to be with our troops.
Boy Scout Troop 685 was established in 2006, and has adult leadership and personnel consisting of: Pst. Barbara K. Brown, Institutional Head; Derby Ann Fields, Charter Representative and Committee Chairman; John Grisby, Committee Member; Scoutmaster, Paul L. Godwin and Lane Sewell, Assistant Scoutmaster.
Boy Scout Troop 685 is still accepting enrollment, and is still in need of adult volunteers. For more information contact Darby Fields at 843-537-2232 or 843-287-1981..