Despite cold and rain, the 24th Sam Houston Area Winter Camp held recently at Camp Strake in Conroe, was a success according to event organizers. More than 900 Boy Scouts representing 72 units, along with 250 adult staff attended the annual week long camp.
"This was one of the coldest winter camps that we've ever had," said John Fancher, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The harsh elements the scouts faced all week helped them learn how to work under uncomfortable conditions, said Glenn Buckley, a NRCS volunteer.
There were a total of 75 merit badges offered at the camp. Fancher taught sessions in the areas of environmental science, soil and water conservation and forestry to the Boy Scouts throughout the week.
Fancher said more than 60 Boy Scouts participated in earning their environmental science and soil and water conservation merit badges.
Buckley also helped teach the scouts in the environmental and conservation sessions. He said a majority of the scouts demonstrated an improved understanding of the basic concepts of soil and water conservation.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Resource Soil Scientist, Dennis Brezina, provided the scouts with a hands-on demonstration using the NRCS hydraulic soil probe. The probe demonstrated how the soil horizons or layers varied by soil depth. Brezina also taught the scouts the difference between sand, silt and clay soils using soil samples.
"The use of the soil coring truck was especially effective in getting them excited about looking more carefully at the structure and composition of soils," Buckley said.
Fancher agreed that the demonstration with the hydraulic soil probe captured the scouts attention.
The 24th Sam Houston Area Winter Camp was held recently at Camp Strake in Conroe.
NRCS Soil Scientist, Dennis Brezina, provided the Boy Scouts with a hands-on demonstration using the NRCS hydraulic soil probe.
The scouts also learned the difference between sand, silt, and
clay soils using soil samples.