Fun no matter what

| January 18, 2016

DSC_0459COSHOCTON – MVSR Boy Scouts from Coshocton and several surrounding counties endured rain, mud and cold during the annual Klondike Derby held this past weekend at the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation in Coshocton County. Dale Arnold, scoutmaster for Troop 406 that meets at Burt Avenue Wesleyan Church, said, “The first thing in my mind is that they need to have fun, get together with other people and learn the different ways that people do things and make friends.”

Arnold said that the weather brings its own challenges. “Well, the sled doesn’t go as well in mud, it kind of drags. But other than that they still have fun. They always do.” Arnold said that after the weekend, “The boys are starved and they want to go to sleep. Scouting is a very good organization that boys need to join, just try it out and I think they’ll have a blast. They can get outdoors and learn things that they don’t know how to do.”

Patrol Leader Austin Weller said, “So far we’ve had a lot of fun. We’ve done a lot of tests including one with fire. We had to build a raft to get across the river. We had one where we built a light bulb out of five C cell batteries and lead.”

“We built our sled a couple of years ago out of one by two inch pine boards, one by one and a bunch of rope.”

Weller said the challenge of no snow is, “It’s a lot harder to push a sled, especially if you’re not allowed to use tires. Last night we had a good bit of rain, that kind of sucks. But we’re out here to have fun no matter what.”

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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