First Lt. Glenn Cameron
Volunteers from 7th Engineer Battalion took time to teach Boy Scouts military skills, ranging from orienteering to medical training to running them through a challenging obstacle course, during a recent Scout Mountain Challenge.
Boy Scouts of Troop 26 participated in a weekend full of physical training and team building while learning about what U.S. Army combat engineers do and some of the equipment they use.
More than 60 Scouts, ages 11 to 17, participated in the weekend challenge event; troops in attendance hailed from all over upstate New York.
The event was a squad competition, and every skill taught was tested throughout the day.
Engineers showed Boy Scouts some of the equipment they use on a daily basis, including the Husky, a single-occupant vehicle designed for mine detection and blast protection; a Buffalo, which is used to detect the presence of dangerous ordnance and has a robotic arm to disable explosive ordnance; the High-Mobility Engineer Excavator Type I or HMEE-I, which is a backhoe loader designed for excavating, earthmoving and loading, and Humvee, which is used primarily as a troop carrier.
Boy Scouts learned about the capabilities and technical specifications of this equipment and had to complete a written multiple choice exam upon completion of the training.
They were able to get an in-depth look into the window of what an engineer does, literally.
“My favorite part was getting to see the Army equipment up close,” said a Scout from Honeoye Falls.
Boy Scouts enjoyed talking with the engineers and learning about what it means to be a Soldier, an engineer, and a servant of the community.
“It was refreshing to see kids take pride in a motivating leadership role during this event," said 1st Lt. Leo Walker, executive officer assigned to Forward Support Company. “It was a great experience for the Scouts and the volunteers; I would gladly volunteer to help at this event in the future.”
Both the Boy Scouts and Soldiers were able to benefit from this event. The experience was not only educational for the Scouts, it also was fulfilling for the volunteers.
“I enjoyed teaching the Scouts the basics of map reading and orienteering as well as what our values in the Army are,” said 1st Lt. Luke Colson, executive officer assigned to 642nd Engineer Support Company. “I think it's important for adults to take time out of their schedules to volunteer with youths in the local community.”
(Cameron serves with 7th Engineer Battalion)