BAVINGTON, Pa. - Troop 1396 of Bavington wrapped up their program year with a week of summer camp at Camp Liberty located on the Heritage Reservation in Farmington, Pa.
Fifteen scouts and leaders spent the week earning merit badges and enjoying the facilities at Heritage, the premier Scout camp of the Laurel Highlands District of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 1396 is a charter camper unit at the reservation, helping in its construction during the winter of 1979-80 and camping there that summer. The troop is now enjoying second-generation scouts - those whose fathers camped there - spending time at Heritage Reservation.
All scouts in the troop earned honor camper awards and both troop patrols achieved honor patrol status for achieving certain goals and completing assigned tasks throughout the week. They also earned badges that will allow each to advance in rank toward Eagle Scout.
HERITAGE WEEK — Boy Scouts of America Troop 1396 of Bavington, Pa., spent a week at Camp Liberty, participating in merit badge activities and flag ceremonies. The group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Burgettstown Grange. -- Contributed
Adult leaders and volunteers who attended also took various training classes throughout the week that will allow Troop 1396 to continue its more than 50 years of service to youth.
All 15 scouts and leaders participated daily in the camp's flag retirement - one of only three troops to do so - as well as in all the camp-wide programs throughout the week. All the troop campers did the 6 a.m. "Polar Bear" swim and also performed a song at the closing campfire.
Scouts attending the week-long stay at Camp Liberty were Senior Patrol Leader Colin Sabatasse, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Jacob Rozmus, patrol leaders Timmy Seech and Luke Smith, and scouts Brandon Williams, Regis Curtis, Brandon French, Austin Macek and Seth McElhaney. They were accompanied by Scoutmaster Chris Kramer, assistant scoutmasters Tim Seech and Randy Paulin and adult volunteers Vince Sabatasse, Harold Smith and Matt Rozmus.
The troop is already working on plans for Summer Camp 2013 when they will bicycle more than 360 miles from Pittsburgh's Point State Park to Washington, D.C., via the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal trails.
Troop 1396 is chartered by the Burgettstown Grange and meets there on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Membership is open to any young man age 11 to 18.
For information, contact Scoutmaster Chris Kramer at (724) 899-3344 or check the troop website at www.troop1396.webs.com.