A small contingent of Troop 147’s most vigorous Scouts backpacked from Chantry Flats to Spruce Grove. After setting up camp, the Scouts availed themselves of the recreational opportunities at nearby Sturtevant Camp. Badminton was the clear favorite. The Scouts returned via the summit of Mt. Zion (no burning bush) and enjoyed a well-deserved burger at the Pack Station on their return to Chantry Flats.
On 5 September, the Troop conducted its First-in-a-While Annual Planning Meeting. The Scouts engaged in a lively discussion as they planned the next year’s activities. The updated Troop 147 Google Calendar is now available.
With only a day to recover and repack from summer camp, a group of intrepid Scouts departed for Santa Cruz Island for a week of adventure including kayaking and snorkeling among the kelp. The endangered Santa Cruz Foxes were a constant presence in the campsite. We made a hike across the center of the island to Smuggler’s Cove. We witnessed a rare Pelagic Red Crab mass mortality event as a coastal current carried countless crabs north from their home off the coast of Mexico..
This summer the Troop headed to the Sierra mountains of northern California for summer camp at Marin Sierra not far from Lake Tahoe. Nestled among tall pines, the camp offered a full program of merit badge classes and activities. We were warned that there might be bears in the area so we weren’t surprised when they showed up. The food was very good and we dined outside for every meal. Two Scouts from 147 earned the coveted Birthday Merit Badge. Two Scouts from other troops, Ryan and Austin, joined us for the week. Few will forget the Troop’s performance, featuring Austin, at the closing campfire
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! ⚜
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! ⚜
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! ⚜
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! ⚜
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! ⚜