We left from Phillips Middle School Friday night and had about a three hour drive up to Fort Pickett, located near the town of Blackstone, Virginia. When we got there it was cold so we set up tents and other troop gear as fast as possible and were in bed by 11:00 pm.
We woke up around 7 am Saturday morning and we got out of our tents ready to make breakfast and do the challenges that awaited us. After we finished breakfast and cleaned up, we got into the cars to head to the assault course. We had about a five minute hike to the course where we split up by patrol and set off out on different paths.
Each path/course had various challenging structures that we had to complete, whether it was climbing over something or jumping over hurdles. All of the challenges were fun and thankfully, nobody got hurt. We did various paths until about 1:00 pm, then we headed back to camp so we could make lunch. But, the most exciting part of the day was still to come.
At 2:30, we went to the firing range where there were soldiers with guns and tanks all around the place. We got to watch the tanks do target practice as well as talk to some of the soldiers. We even got to look inside an actual tank to see how it works and what it looks like on the inside. A very memorable experience for all of us, I’m sure.
After about three hours, we came back to camp and started making dinner. Those who were not cooking helped collect wood and prepare their skits for the campfire later that night. Once everyone finished eating and cleaning up, we sat and enjoyed the campfire for about an hour, filling our time with skits and jokes and laughter. Bedtime was at 11 pm so we would be ready to leave early the next morning.
Unfortunately, it rained a lot during the night and most people’s tents were soaked, including some people’s possessions. This made the tents hard to put up because not only were they wet but it was also very cold. Thankfully, we had packed up the gear the night before so we were able to get things done fast and were on the road by 8:30.
On the way back, the trailer got a flat tire, so some of the scouts had to stay back while others continued on the way home and arrived in Chapel Hill by around noon.
A memorable trip all around, especially for the new scouts since it was their first trip.
Historian: Max Butler