Missouri Military Academy's Scout Troop 1889 enjoyed a Scout float trip on the Meramec River September 10.
After completing safety training, 12 cadets without prior canoeing experience attended the five-mile float trip where they fulfilled the requirements for the Canoeing Merit Badge. Through MMA and Scout training before the trip, the cadets had prepared and gained confidence in their canoeing skills.
First, the cadets had to pass the Commandant's swim test, which is given to all new boys during the first week of school. Then, in the safety of MMA's Natatorium, the Scouters learned to paddle, turn, stop, back up and right a swamped canoe.
During the float trip, there were several stops where cadets had the opportunity to swim, fulfill additional requirements for the Canoeing Merit Badge and have lunch on the riverbank.
Troop 1889 was formed four years ago, and each year, it has been growing as an extracurricular activity for the Corps of Cadets. Troop 1889's goal is to produce five Eagle Scouts in five years and then five Eagle Scouts per year thereafter.
This year, 34 cadets make up the MMA troop. The troop is led by Senior Patrol Leaders, Cadet Mason Brooks, Cadet Blake Mills and Cadet Patricio Sanchez. The troop is sponsored by Scoutmasters MMA Vice President for Institutional Advancement Robert Silbaugh (Eagle Scout), MMA Quartermaster Richard Dehlinger '93, and additional faculty and staff members, Chad Miller, Jessica Miller, Bill DeLong, Matt Jackson and Chris Schafer '89.