Simply the Simmonds Life

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Mighty Eagles Swimming Patrol Night July 23, 2011

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 10:39 pm

Zach’s Boy Scout Patrol came over tonight to do some swimming.  One of the boys, Austin, recently damaged a tendon in his foot and was unable to swim so he just fished off the dock at the access.  The other boys are like fish though and it was hard to get them out of the water for supper.  When we finally convinced them it was time to eat, we went home, started a fire and cooked some brats over the fire.  I had made up a crock pot full of goulash earlier and we also had chips, pink lemonade, juice and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches from Schwann’s that Alvin had brought with him.  It was a fun relaxing end to the week and a well deserved break from the icky, sticky weather we had earlier in the week.


Replant Wadena 2011 May 1, 2011

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 9:05 pm

Saturday, April 30th the boys of Troop 43 helped plant trees in tornado-ravaged Wadena as a community service project.  We traveled to Wadena Friday night and got registered and started setting up tents just as the rain started. 

Luckily, at this point the rain was only a drizzle so we finished setting up

and then went to the informational meeting teaching us all how to plant the trees

before grilling up hotdogs for supper.

The next morning the boys were happy

to eat the pancakes that were cooked up for them

Then they were bussed into the city to dig holes

and plant trees

and finally they packed up to head for home.

They arrived home muddy and tired, but I know they were happy they had decided to do this worthwhile project!


Boy Scout Cookoff

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 8:57 pm

The April 18th meeting was our cook off!    This is an enjoyable activity for the Scouts because, honestly, what is a favorite of all teenage boys?  That’s right- eating!  Some boys cooked their meals over the fire, some on a tin can stove, and some used a tripod, but all were yummy!  Honors went to:

1.  Tristan’s Bear Burger

2.  Josiah’s BBQ Meatball & Hotdog Tortilla

3.  Cameron’s Steak

Some other dishes were: potatoes, green beans, steak kabobs, Spam, yellow cake and pineapple upside down cake.


Skiing at Powder Ridge December 12, 2009

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 3:24 pm

Saturday Dan V., Heidi and I took the Boy Scouts in our troop skiing at Powder Ridge’s Boy Scout Day.  Every December Powder Ridge picks a couple of weekends for the Boy Scouts to ski as a group with reduced rates. 

We left Trinity at a little after 8am and arrived in Kimball at 9:30.  It took us about 35-40 minutes to get the boys checked in, paid for, and equipment rented.  The boys were eager to hit the slopes right away but Heidi made them all wait until we could get a group picture.  As it was, a few slipped by us and headed for the hills anyway!

Even though the highest the temperature got was 22 degrees (with a windchill of 12) we hardly saw the boys all day.  They came in a few times but it wasn’t to warm up.  It was to…you guessed it EAT!  Dylon got a chili dog that he had to use a spoon to uncover from the mound of chili piled on top of it.  Some had cheeseburgers, packed lunches, soup or chili.  Some of us had also brought snacks from home since the food at the diner there was pretty spendy.

Heidi and I played ski police and made sure everyone kept their helmets on.  Nobody wanted to wear the helmets but it’s a Scout rule that we rigorously enforced.  We watched the boys come down the hill gracefully only to sprawl out on the ground at the very bottom.  We also watched the snowmobile bring down an unconscious man on a stretcher.  They had the oxygen on him and everything.  Word was he had been laying there by the trees for almost an hour before anyone saw him!

Luckily our crew stayed safe. 


Football Fever Patrol Night November 30, 2009

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 1:25 pm

The Mighty Eagles Patrol met at my house Saturday night for a little football action.  The Doucettes showed up at 6:30 and Al, Josiah and Dar a little after that. 

The plan was to play football and have ourselves a little football food.  I had put the chili on earlier and it had been simmering all day.  The smell of it was making my stomach rumble.  Alvin brought the fixings for some pans of nachos and I fired up the grill for some wieners. We rounded that off with a cheese, cracker (with footballs on them), and salami tray, football shaped pretzels, and Twix cookie bars.

Our Scoutmaster Dan showed up just in time and we called everyone in for supper.  It didn’t take long for the boys to demolish the food and after a short rest for their stomachs they were out again playing football.  We had set up “stadium lights” so they boys would have no problem playing in the dark and the side of the yard was really lit up.

When the boys couldn’t talk any of their dads into being quarterback guess who stepped in to save the day?  That’s right…Supermom!  When Eric told me “I guess you can throw okay” I knew I had just received a huge compliment!

When their tired bodies couldn’t take any more of a beating they all came in to play a little Wii.  Alvin, Josiah, and Dar left around 10pm but the rest of us weren’t quite ready to end our evening.  We watched the end of the hockey game and then threw in a movie.

Mark, Eric, Andrew and Austin left at 1:15, I cleaned up and climbed into bed about 2am.  Our patrol gets along great which makes things much easier.  I don’t know what our December patrol activity is but I’m sure, like always, it will be fun.



Mighty Eagles Campout October 26, 2009

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 11:44 am

Back from our patrol campout this weekend.  Had a great time as usual!

Friday night arrived at the campground only to find that the only tent in the whole campground (the only one camping period) is right smack dab in the middle of where we set up every year.  That kind of threw me for a loop since we need such a big area for our stuff.  So, we drove around looking for other sites and waited for Mark to get there so we could decide on a spot.  We ended up setting up our tents in the dark and then got the fire roaring for heat and supper.  We had roasted wienies and baked beans as well as Oreos (double stuff and peanut butter) for dessert.  We sat up around the campfire until about 11:30 and then went to bed.

The night was a long one.  Even though it was a cool 28 degrees we were toasty in our sleeping bags.  About 3am I realized I needed to go to use the bathroom but I didn’t want to get out of the sleeping bag.  I had just made my mind up to make the move when the pack of coyotes we had heard earlier started barking and howling.  I heard them running closer to the tent then retreat a little.  Needless to say it was about 5:30 before I finally got the courage to get out of the tent!

With plenty of coals left from the night before, starting a fire was easy.  As the rest trickled out of their tents we made Breakfast Burritos, cleaned up and the older boys spent the morning biking the campground while the two new scouts worked on their Scout and Tenderfoot ranks.

After a lunch of ramen soup and sandwiches the boys and their assistant Scoutmaster took off on their 15 mile bike ride.  I was the pace car.  I counted off the miles, kept the bike pump and tools in the car as well as the drinks.  I wanted to attempt the 15 mile myself but I was afraid my old knees wouldn’t take it.  They all did awesome!

Resting up their jelly legs was a necessity before starting supper.  Alvin, one of the dads, gave each boy their own P-38 can opener and they each had to give it a try.  We made Cabin Casserole (not hotdish, Eric!) in the dutch oven as well as caramel sticky buns in the dutch oven for dessert.  Our cooks did a fantastic job because it was all very yummy!

The rain started while we were making supper but it was light so we got through supper and sat around the campfire for a while getting wetter.  At about 8pm we decided the rain wasn’t going to give up so we did.  Two of us took our radios into our tents to listen to the Wild game before falling asleep.

The rain pelted our tents all night.  Most of us woke up wet.  We decided to tear down early, skip breakfast and head for home.  Because one of the 12 points of the scout law is a scout is “reverent” we had a short worship service before we left.  Even though the rain cut our weekend short I think all will agree we had a great time.  Thanks Austin for getting in and cooking at least part of every meal.  Thanks Josiah for trying and completing the 15 mile bike ride.  Thank you Mark for keeping us in wood and the fire roaring and to Alvin for having everything we needed and forgot in your vehicle.  Eric, Andrew, and Zach- you guys always supply the fun.  Can’t wait for our next campout!



Tin Can Cook-Off October 21, 2009

Filed under: Boy Scout Bluster — Angie S. @ 12:08 pm

I’m not worried that our boys won’t get enough to eat on a campout.  They had the opportunity tonight to cook for themselves on a stick, over a fire, or using their tin can stoves they made last week.  Scoutmaster Dan was the taste tester and even though an official winner in the Cook-Off wasn’t declared he proclaimed that everyone’s food was great.

Most of the boys decided to use their tin can stoves for cooking.  Zach made Pita Pocket Pizzas and Pineapple Upside Down “Cake”.(click on favorite recipes tab at top of page for recipes)  Other dishes I saw prepared were: Breakfast Burritos, Apple Pie Burritos, Orange Shell Cake, Venison Sausage Patty, Scrambled Eggs, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Cheesy Alfredo, Tacos, & Popcorn.

Bob, one of our leaders wound some bacon around on a forked stick and cooked that over the fire.  When it was almost done he set some bread on top of the bacon to toast.  It smelled wonderful!  I love the “survival” aspect of some of the things they learn in Boy Scouts.  And the excitement of the boys as they cook their scrambled eggs on top of a hot tin can is contagious!  I love being with this fine group of young men and I will certainly miss them as they grow up, attain Eagle and move on.

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