BSA Troop 147

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Scouting in Monrovia, California

Upcoming Camping Trip: Glenn Camp Bike Trip

June 5th, 2018

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Buckle up, bicyclists, because you’re in for a beautiful ride! The ride to Glenn Camp is somewhat of a Troop 147 tradition, with many of our scouts dusting off those old mountain bikes to join us on a quick jaunt over to the campsite.

Once there, we’ll pitch camp and stay for a nice, relaxed night. Then, we’ll bike back in high spirits. It’s a quick, fun camping trip, and any with a bike are invited to join us!

Hope you all have a blast on the trail! ⚜

Earth Day at Canyon Park

April 27th, 2018

Twelve Scouts from Troop 147 participated in an Earth Day  service project in Monrovia Canyon Park on 22 April. IMG_3650 IMG_3659 IMG_3662

17th of January, 2018: Wilderness Survival and Menus

January 19th, 2018

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This meeting was all about surviving in the wilderness. Once again, our patrols cycled between teachers as we learned how to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy if we ever get stranded away from civilization. From ocean to desert to forest, we learned how to stave off hunger and thirst while making it much easier for rescue organizations to find the lost scouts.

After our troop finished learning we all wandered outside to play a game of Infection. There was a large amount of frantic running as “infected” numbers grew, making it much harder to avoid getting tagged. After a circle up, we wished each other a good night and all left.

To all scouts reading this, let it be known that there is an Easter Egg hidden in one of the older posts. It’s an email. If you find it, send an email to that address saying that you found it, and next meeting there will be a prize for you! See you then! ⚜

10th of January, 2018: Local Species and Webelos

January 11th, 2018

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This meeting was all about flora and fauna, as our Troop split between stations and was quizzed on native trees, plants, and insects. We had all split into our respective patrols, and cycled from teacher to teacher, as we learned about everything from moths to manzanitas.

As the meeting drew to a close, we all lined up for a rousing game of capture the flag. After a long match of mildly confused sprinting, we soon realized that one team had forgotten to hide their flag! We all had a good laugh, then circled up.

More importantly, throughout all of this, we were joined by a large company of Webelos! Hopefully they consider joining our lovely troop! ⚜

4th of January, 2018: Shelters and Frisbee

January 4th, 2018

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This meeting was all about shelters and how to build them. Each patrol scrambled to complete their makeshift shelters, each one done with a couple tarps and poles.

The competition was fierce, and the judges were stumped for a while, but eventually decided on the Eagle’s makeshift tent, as while the other shelters were not lightning or rain proof, the tent was water proof and low enough to avoid electrical danger.

After the major events of the meeting, the troop split into teams for a rousing game of Ultimate Frisbee. Things almost went south when someone tossed the Frisbee with great enthusiasm, and it ended up on the roof of the Knights! Luckily, one of our scouts managed to shimmy their way up a ladder and retrieved it. Thank goodness for the “physically strong” part of our Scout Oath! ⚜

Rose Parade Joined by Two of Our Own Scouts

January 1st, 2018

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The Rose Parade has more than floats; it also has processions like marching bands, honor guards, and the mayor!

This year, the processions are joined by two of our very own Eagle scouts! Ben and Blake will be carrying the banner of one of the winning floats.

In addition to carrying the banner for the winning float, Blake will also participate in the honor guard and will assist in raising the flag during the beginning of the parade! You go, Troop 147 Eagle Scouts! ⚜

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2018

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Happy New Year, Troop 147!

This year was filled with many amazing events and outings, like the stunning Grand Canyon trip, the hauntingly beautiful Lost Coast trail, and a welcome return to the lovely Cherry Valley Scout camp. This year also saw several scouts reach Eaglehood!

Now, as 2017 wanes and 2018 opens up many new possibilities, let’s all strive to do a good turn daily, be prepared, and be the best example of Boy Scouts we can possibly be! ⚜

Greenbar Meeting – 28 December 2017

December 28th, 2017

There will be a Greenbar meeting at Camp Tuite to plan meetings for January. The meeting will get underway at 7:00. Bring your ideas.

Korean Beef Recipe

December 28th, 2017

Earlier this year, during the Troop Iron Chef Challenge, the Mystery Patrol’s Korean beef recipe floored our resident judge, Mr. Stephen Schwandt. He, in addition to Mr. Tuite, has requested that the recipe for the Korean beef be uploaded on the website.

Here it is, in all its zesty glory!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

This meal can be easily made in 15 minutes or less, and served on rice or whatever you desire, making this a versatile and simple recipe that also tastes delicious. Not only that, it’s pretty healthy. Sounds like a good meal for a scout! ⚜

Cycling Merit Badge, Winter 2015

March 6th, 2015

Every few years the troop works together to earn the Cycling Merit Badge. This is an Eagle badge and one of the most difficult to achieve. And being in SoCal, what better time to take long bike rides than in the dead of winter? The scouts learned and practiced bike maintenance and traffic safety. After tuning up their bikes, boys completed 6 rides of increasing length over a few months, ending with a tough 50 mile ride from the San Gabriel Mountains to Seal Beach. Various fun rides included visits to Caltech, Santa Anita Racetrack, the American Military Museum, Whittier Narrows, East LA (for CicLAVia), and an overnight bike backpacking trip in the wilderness. Thanks especially to all the parents who rode with the boys and provided moral support. See the photos!