The Vikings. The oldest patrol in Troop 26 dating back to 1969. The flag has changed a little, the original one was made out of purple and blue felt and had real yellow yarn braided for hair. One year at summer camp, another troop sneaked into our campsite at night and cut the braids off. This is the Viking’s new flag and the patrol has evolved a lot since those early days. Now the Vikings are our new member patrol and is a transitional group. The Patrol Leader and his Assistants are selected by the current SPL. The new boys can get adjusted during their stay with the Vikings and take a look at the other patrols, joining one of them when they make Tenderfoot. It’s one of the oldest Troop traditions.
Among the best memories for Troop 26 scouts is the annual Troop Christmas party. For years we have hosted a party for our special friends from Woodland Park and several other special needs facilities around the state. We have a band and we dance and Santa gives gifts and we have cookies and the special kids look forward to it every year. It is one of our yearly highlights. In this photo I have my special Christmas tie, not exactly “official” BSA gear, but the kids like it, and my friend on my left is wearing a balloon hat. Pretty impressive.
Our Troop 26 Arrow of Light team has always been a highlight of each year. Lots of Troop 26 scouts have put on the regalia, donned the face paint, and welcomed hundreds of Webelos Scouts into scouting. Many of them joined Troop 26 and came back later to participate as part of our AOL team. In this photo, Eagle Scout and SPL Bobby Doby prepares for his role as Talks With Thunder, the Medicine Man. Bobby did a great job in this part.