Another successful year at Reach for the Peak!

On August 15th & 16th at Sky High Ranch, 19 troops participated in the 28th annual Reach for the Peak, one of GSCO’s longest running programs. Reach for the Peak is an outdoor skills competition that challenges troops to test their knowledge in orienteering, first aid, fire building, knots, emergency shelters, outdoor cooking and camp set up.

Throughout the weekend, the Reach for the Peak committee created inventive scenarios that challenged the troops to use multiple skills sets at once while thinking quickly and working as a team. At the first aid and shelter building station, the troops arrived to a mock scene with an unconscious hiker (complete with fake wounds) at the base of a ravine quickly filling with rainwater. The troops needed to figure out how to safely move the hiker, respond to her medical needs, and build a shelter to protect from inclement weather. The troops that succeeded in this challenge were able to keep calm under pressure, have a clear leader and delegation of tasks, as well as employing the knowledge and hard skills of first aid and shelters.

Another highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night cooking competition. Troops were tasked with making a 4 course dinner, using at least three cooking methods and without any adult help. Using a variety of methods like a solar oven, Dutch oven, stove top, ice bags and more, troops delivered delicious culinary creations. There was amazingly high quality food including shepherd’s pie, leek soup, shish kabobs, seafood stew and even had freshly made vanilla ice cream! The real winners of that event were the judges, who got to sample all the food while enjoying the beautiful setting at Sky High.

On Sunday the awards ceremony capped off the weekend with Troop 1106B taking the coveted “Peak” award, and Troops 931 and 1106C taking home the “Eagle”. If your troop is interested in gaining leadership experience, learning outdoors skills and competing together as a team, consider joining in for Reach for the Peak 2016 on August 12-14th! There will also be a Reach for the Peak “tickler” on May 21st for those troops who want to learn some new skills and get a taste of the real event. For more information about Reach for the Peak, please email or call Debra at (719) 237-8774.