Sixteen scouts from Milbank Boy Scout Troop 45 departed June 10, for a week-long summer camp. The troop is attending Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
“They will spend a week earning merit badges, climbing in the Needles, learning shooting sports, mountain biking, hiking, aquatic activities, campfires, and cooking a variety of tasty foods,” explained Scoutmaster Jeff Loutsch. Several boys will also participate in a pilot program. They will be transported to the School of Mines and Technology for a STEM program on Robotics and Electronics and will earn those merit badges after completion.
According to Loutsch, Troop 45 left one day early to spend time sightseeing. They will visit Ellsworth Air Force Base, where they will camp overnight in its fitness center. The group will also take in the South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse.
Milbank Troop 45 is chartered through the American Lutheran Church of Milbank and is sponsored in part by Grant County Combined Appeal. Registration is open year-round for boys from the middle of fifth grade to age 18. For more information, contact Jeff Loutsch at 605-432-7946.
Troop 45: (back row, l. to r.) Assistant Scoutmasters Steve Farrell and Wayde Fraasch, Landon Novy, Andrew Falk, Nathan Loutsch, Elijah Fraasch, Alex Farrell, James Conrad, Assistant Scoutmaster Wade Falk, and Scoutmaster Jeff Loutsch. Front row: Nicholas Fonder, Clay Mork, Braydon Bauer, Gabriel Beckman, Jayden Johnson, and Zach Ringsaker.