Troop 868 in Action
(Summer Camp -- June 11~25, 2011)

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We spent 3 nights and 2 days in Chattanooga.  On Sunday afternoon we rode the famous Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain and visited Pointe Park, site of the Civil War battle for Chattanooga known as "the battle above the clouds."

On Sunday morning, the church provides breakfast before the worship service and invited us to partake.  It was a real meal. We then attended their Contemporary Worship Service which most of the boys really enjoyed.
Then it was time for a ride on the Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. The obligatory group photo with Scoutmaster Meek.
And a more realistic snapshot of how our group looked atop the viewing platform. Assistant Scoutmasters Hagerman and Canchola even thought about offering Scoutmaster Meek a closer view of the scenery.
No visit to Lookout Mountain would be complete without a stop in the gift shop.  Nick found some toys in just his size. Scoutmaster Meek delivers yet another of his inspiring talks about the Civil War and the artillery of the time.
Then the Troop 868 artillery crew decides to load and fire the cannon.  Interestingly, some of the boys actually had a pretty good grasp of the process. Is it possible that those boring educational talks from the scoutmaster sometimes sink in a bit?
We visited the "Electric Battlefield Map" attraction which was pretty cool. Then we walked to Pointe Park, the location where the famous Civil War "battle above the clouds" took place.
The Confederate guns atop Lookout Mountain could not be aimed low enough to shoot at the Union troops scaling up the mountainside. Assistant Scoutmasters Mike Canchola, Jeff Hagerman, Tom Jacobs, and Scoutmaster Bob Meek pose for a photo at the request of a scout.  And a good photo it turned out to be!

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