Harsh elements turn boys into men


Suntree Boy Scouts Troop 224 performs the end-of-day flag retirement ceremony.

photo by linda wiggins

Suntree-based Boy Scouts Troop 224 spent a week at Camp La-No-Che Boy Scouts Central Florida Council camp in early June, a number of the boys camping without parents for the first time since moving up to Boy Scouts from Cub Scouts Pack 224, and some spending time away from parents for the first time, period.

Suntree Boy Scouts Troop 224 went to Camp La-No-Che in Central Florida in early June. | PHOTO BY LINDA WIGGINSThe Central Florida facility, on land bequeathed to the Boy Scouts, sits amid thousands of acres of pristine forest in rural Paisley. Urban development has not yet displaced animals and insects of legendary type and size.

“The bugs were incredible. Spiders and beetles getting right into the mesh nets that go over the boys’ cots. The weather was crazy hot, we weathered a tropical storm and had to evacuate the tents and relocate to the mess
hall one night,” said Troop 224 coordinator Kerry Ramage, mom of first-year scout Gavin and seasoned scout Ian.

“But you know what? They wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

For more information on Troop 224, which meets at host facility Suntree United Methodist Church, call Ramage at 321-863-2746.