Troop 581 has been around since 2002 and we've got some pretty cool traditions and customs. And we're always making new ones. Here are a few of them:
Mulch: For Troop 581 Scouts, mulch isn't just a tradition, it's almost a way of life! We've been selling mulch every winter since 2007. It's our version of black gold. It's the life blood that keeps our summer camp and high adventure going and growing.
Robert Service: This great poet gave us such masterpieces as The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Spell of the Yukon. At every single Troop 581 summer camp, without exception, the Robert Service poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee" has been recited.
Fishing: Trout, bass, bluegill, Northern pike: we've caught them all. Besides our occasional weekend fishing adventure, we try to get out fishing to Lake Brittle in place of a meeting at least once each year. And then there is the legendary Trout-O-Ree!
Eagle Scouts: Every Scout who earns the Eagle Scout Award while a member of Troop 581 gets a sweet engraved sheath knife and their name on the History & Lore page of our web site.
Scouts' Own Services: "For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst them." (Mt. 18:20). And boy have we gathered in some amazing places: the tops of mountains, on trout streams, in rain storms, in the middle of the Sea of Abaco -- yep, we've worshipped there. At our Christmas Court of Honor, one Scout is selected to read the nativity passage from the Gospel of St. Luke using the Douay-Rheims version -- the first English translation of the Bible.
Capture the Flag: Troop 581's version of Capture the Flag is to other troops' version of Capture the Flag as chess is to checkers. And our Scouts play for the love of the game, so they are awesome competitors. Superman once challenged Troop 581 to a game of Capture the Flag and the loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.
Kings of Breakfast Meat: One morning every year, we set aside the food pyramid. On the first day of summer camp, we prepare a breakfast like no other. Blueberry pancakes, real maple syrup, and an unhealthy amount of breakfast meat. Bacon, sausage, SPAM, the works. A nutritionist's nightmare. Epic.