Scouting news for February 26, 2011
Boy Scout Troop 64 of Eudora attended the 34th Trappers’ Rendezvous Jan. 14-16 at the Harvey County Park West in Newton. The Quivira Boy Scout Council bases the event on the tradition started by General William Ashley’s men of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1825. Scouts gather to tell stories, shoot a BB gun and black powder rifle, throw a tomahawk, participate in a flint and steel fire starting contest along with a chili and Spam cooking contest. Mountain men and women re-enactors were also a part of the festivities. Famous traders Jim Bridger, Joe Meek, Jedediah Smith, Sacajawea and John Colter were just a few in attendance sharing their stories and adventures with the Scouts.
The Scouts brought various items to trade amongst themselves. Items ranged from turkey feathers, deer skulls, and pocket knives to an Atari Game unit with games. Keeping with the tradition, no money is allowed.
Approximately 4,400 Boy Scouts and leaders attended the Rendezvous. Eudora Scouts attending were: Nathan Bradley, Connor Bradley, Patrick Bradley, Andrew Briery, Dakota Coble, Nathan Gentleman, Dylan Hopson and Andrew Rome. Troop Master Glenn Jackson and Scouters Damon Bradley, James Briery, Rodney Coble, Christen Coble, Duane Gentleman and Brian Rome were also in attendance. Troop 64, chartered to the Eudora Lions Club, meets at West School on Monday evenings.