AMAZING RACE 2012
BOY SCOUT TROOP 535 - MARCH 9-12, 2012
Boy Scout Troop 535 held its annual Amazing Race the weekend of March 9-12. This weekend is loosely based on the television show, with an orienteering course through the woods and challenges along the way.
The Amazing Race is held at Old Church Hunt Club property consisting of approximately 3 thousand wooded acres located near Miller’s Tavern, Virginia. The scouts arrived just after dark on Friday evening and were dispersed by patrols into remote sections of the property to spend the night. After a night in the woods and a quick breakfast early Saturday morning, ten patrols set out with map and compass to navigate their way across the 3 thousand acres of hardwood and pine forests, around ponds and through swamps, to reach a number of Outpost Stations where they were tested on their scouting abilities.
The skill stations were extremely challenging. There was a station on signaling which included a demonstration of the lost art of signaling with flags including semaphore and Morse Code, after which the boys were challenged to put to use what they learned by sending and decoding messages with flags. Another station allowed the scouts to demonstrate their Search & Rescue techniques to find a lost and unconscious child in the woods. Patrol unity, coordination and speed were paramount in scoring at this station. There was a tomahawk challenge that took scouts back to the days of the mountain man as they demonstrated their ability to lob a tomahawk into a tree stump 25 feet away. No limbs or fingers were lost.
One of the more challenging stations was Trauma and First Aid. This was for the older scouts and included a realistic vehicle crash site with an overturned automobile, unconscious dummy patient found halfway ejected through the windshield and multiple hazards including downed electrical wires, gasoline spills, and a poisonous snake. Scouts were challenged to assess the scene, call for help, extricate the victim, apply bandages and splints for multiple fractures, and move them to safety.
Other stations included the blind patrol tent set up, fire building, knots and flag etiquette.
After the race, scouts found their way back to base camp where an evening feast of pork barbeque which had been slow roasted all day by adult volunteers and a roaring campfire was shared by over 100 scouts and leaders.
On Sunday, the scouts were surprised with a visit by East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad EMTs and the Life Evac helicopter dropped in. The scouts were able to see rescue equipment in action and talk to the rescue workers. After watching the helicopter lift off, scouts packed up and headed home after a great weekend.
The event began ten years ago as a fun weekend for the boys of Troop 535. It has grown by reputation and this year was attended by 6 troops from across the area for a total of over 60 boys plus leaders. It is organized completely by the adult volunteers of Troop 535 with a lot of help from the leaders of the attending troops. Troop 535 is a Mechanicsville based troop chartered by the Church of the Creator, and is celebrating its 40th year this year. The troop would like to thank Life Evac, Collision One Towing, Fleetwood Motors, Fire Programs, Office of OEMS, East Hanover Rescue Squad, Norman and Company, and all the leaders and parents who helped make this the most successful Amazing Race ever.
Troop 535 is planning a 40th Anniversary Open House this summer and is hoping that many former scouts will stop by.
VFW - BATTLEFIELD POST 9808 HONORS
STEPHEN LEWIA AS EMT OF THE YEAR FOR 2011
R. L. "LADD" GRINDSTAFF AS FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR FOR 2011
Ladd (right) with VFW Rep Vic Weaver, and Bat. Chief Chris Slemp.
_ On January 26th Lieutenant R.L. Grindstaff, with Hanover Fire-EMS Station Three, was honored as a 2011 Firefighter of The Year. The Veterans Of Foreign Wars – Battlefield Post 9808 acknowledged Ladd’s duty and service. The presentation referenced Ladd’s focus on firefighter safety, training & fire service education, the brotherhood, and fire service traditions. “He constantly demonstrates a high regard for family, fire safety, outreach and public education. Lieutenant Grindstaff harbors great pride in our contribution to the Hanover County Public Schools Book Buddies program. He has a great awareness of the Fire Service business and industry, and is an excellent Instructor. Ladd also urges volunteering as a way to test the waters with Fire Service participation.”
Stephen (right) with VFW Rep Vic Weaver, and Bat. Chief Chris Slemp.
Stephen Lewia was also honored, as an Emergency Medical Technician of The Year. He is a valuable responder and while still growing, is already progressing in leadership roles with our EMS system. Stephen is Station Fourteen's Director Of Training, and is proving himself in responsible endeavors with the rescue squads Operational Medical Director. His involvement with our Fire – EMS Department’s Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement Initiatives has been very beneficial.
By profession, Stephen is a school teacher. His career skills make him a proficient communicator and his interest in training / educating others is a great asset regarding continued learning at East Hanover Rescue. He often makes himself available to boost our staffing levels and improve our countywide coverage, wherever needed. Stephen is a dedicated and very motivated volunteer. He has applied great efforts to our new protocol, and equipment, “roll outs” at Station 14. His duty and service has benefited many 9-1-1 callers in Hanover.
Reprinted in its entirety from Hanover Fire/EMS Press Release.
Gentlemen, Congratulations for a job well done!