Everyone cleared security and we are waiting to board AA flight 71 to DFW. See you soon! Mr. Turner
7/15/2023 11:12:58 PM
T17 has arrived at the airport in Frankfurt.
7/11/2023 5:06:41 PM
Today took Troop 17 to Jungfraujoch (which I spelled incorrectly yesterday). This structure call the "Top of Europe" included an ice palace and the edge of the of the longest glacier in the Alps! We took 2 trains up to the top - with the trains driving up the mountain at an amazing 14 degree incline. After a hot meal at the top, we toured the facility and took a lot of pictures including shots on actual snow. We then took a train partially back down the mountain and set off on a hike down the rest of the way down the mountain. Rated as a moderate trail, we forged downhill with temperatures in the high 90s as we arrived several hours later to meet our bus. Dinner was well received at camp as everyone had worked up quite an appetite. Late this evening storms rolled through the camp and most everyone called it a night. Rain is forecast overnight with a possibility of extending in to tomorrow. On the agenda tomorrow - canyoning and white water rafting (weather permitting). I will have pictures posted to our Instagram account tonight (it is 11pm here) or possibly in the morning. Be sure to follow @troop17.
7/10/2023 1:47:25 PM
Today was multi-modal day! The younger group took a cable car to do rock climbing on the mountain above Kandersteg, one group took a train to canyoning, and the 3rd group took a bus and a train to go rafting. A fantastic time was had by all. Tomorrows main event is the Joung Frau Joch site seeing event. It may be an early evening as everyone is worn out from the day of fun. Mr. T
7/10/2023 12:57:04 AM
We made it! Ok multiple hours ago actually. Morning light splits the troop in 3 groups. We have climbing, rafting, and ultimate canyoning on the agenda. International night was last night and once the scouts completed the build the tent with no instructions challenge (and not all the parts the first or second times), a great night was had by all. Mr. T
7/8/2023 10:02:54 PM
At about our half way point in our flight, I thought I would revive this blog and use it to post updates during our trip. Yes, I was the last poster here...almost 13 years ago. As we head across the North Atlantic, leaving land behind...and 39,000 feet below us, Ive talked to several of the flight crew and they have had conversations with the Scouts and relayed their excitement about our upcoming adventures! Thank you to all the families that got everyone to the airport on time and got us through check in and security without any hiccups. I will post updates here when I can and others may post here also. We will also post to Instagram when we can too.
9/20/2010 12:54:13 PM
Thank you again to all the parents that supported us on this trip - without your help this would not have been possible.
7/15/2010 10:27:02 AM
For those who missed it or whose boys did not tell them, Mr. Duke resigned as Scoutmaster once the troop returned to DFW. Mr. Turner is the new Scoutmaster for Troop 17! It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as Scoutmaster helping your boys become men and the leaders of the future. I look forward to seeing everyone on August 13 at 7:00 PM for our Eagle Scout Court of Honor for 4 Eagles and I hope to see Troop 17 in California for a road trip in the future. Thank you for all of your support. Yours in Scouting, James Duke, former Scoutmaster, Troop 17.
7/14/2010 10:54:48 AM
Wow what a great trip! Thanks to all the parents and the warm welcome when we arrived! Im sure all of your boys appreciated it too. Hopefully they are all getting rested and doing their laundry. Regretfully, Im back at work already after a few hours of sleep. Parents, you should be very proud of your boys! They accomplished a lot during the last 12 days! Please encourage them to write down what they did, what they saw, what worked well, and what did not. Hopefully, they all kept a journal during the trip. The ability to look back years later and read about what they did during the trip is a great gift to themselves. Thank you again to all the adults that went on the trip also - hopefully all of you are getting rested also.
7/13/2010 6:17:50 PM
Chicago was a bit of drama to clear customs and security in time. Luckily there was a former Eagle Scout in charge of the line to get to passport control. He took us past the hour long line and put us in the crew line instead Next time your boys complain about wearing a full class A uniform on a trip, remind them that we would have not made our flight home if we had not been in uniform as a group. Plame ended up leaving late, which is a blessing since our bags had tobe screened again before being loaded on the DFW flight. ETA when we left was a 9:22 arrival. Be sure to check the screens when you arrive or check www.aa.com for the latest gate info.
7/13/2010 4:49:02 AM
We are sweating it out at the airport waiting to board our first plane. Everyone made it through security! Now we just hope the plane will be cooler - no air conditioning in the waiting area. We also just recognized and awarded Graham A. his Kandersteg patch since his family is moving and he may not be at the next Scout meeting (reminder no meeting tonight!). Wish us luck and we will see you tonight!
7/12/2010 9:34:57 PM
One quick story to share before I head to breakfast. We think Tristan wont forget his hat again soon. The day before we left KISC, one of the kitchen staff found his hat in the dirty dish line. Not sure how it gotthere, but she brought it to me. I told her about our special little lost item dance and she said they just normally have the person help wash dishes...ding!...what a good idea! I called Tristan over and gave him the choice of working for me or helping the VOLUNTEER kitchen staff for finding his hat. He chose the kitchen and spent about 20 minutes on the wash line! I have a great picture of it. He honestly looked like he was having fun and they enjoyed having someone in helping them.
7/12/2010 9:29:38 PM
Monday night...we arrived in FRA this afternoon and after another amazing feat of driving skill, got checked into the nicest rooms so far in the trip. We walked down the street as a group and has some authentic German Chinese food. It was very good (hotel recommended it) and we had a nice evening after a blistering hot day on the road. It was around 97 degrees F here today - not bad by our standards, but very hot for here. Now Tuesday morning...hopefully everyone is awake and showered (or at least in line for one). We will have breakfast at 7 and then take a train to the airport. Departing on flight AA83 at 14:25h to Chicago then AA2349 to Dallas arriving at 21:05h. Flight scheduled to arrive in gate A24 but yesterday it arrived in C20 so be sure to call AA or check www.aa.com to confirm gate before heading to the airport.
7/12/2010 7:19:36 AM
Hi all - received a call this morning (9:15a) from Dan. The troop is about 1 hr outside of Frankfurt on the bus with the same driver they had leaving the airport originally going to Switzerland. Their flight from Chicago to DFW will arrive at 9:05pm. Again, the flight number is 2349. Dan says everyone is sleeping on the bus right now after eating lunch at McDonalds. He is sure they will be well rested after the plane ride home!