BSA Troop 147

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Scouting in Monrovia, California

Archive for May, 2011

Mt. Baldy summit climb, May 14, 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Troop 147 last attempted Mt. San Antonio (aka Mt. Baldy) back in 2006 so a repeat of this major hike in our own backyard was long overdue. Everyone gathered bright and early on Saturday for a gear check and then we were off. We cheated just a bit by taking the Mt. Baldy chairlift (6,500 feet) to Baldy Saddle (7,800 feet), but then climbed steadily via the Devil’s Backbone route. Our trek to the summit at 3,068 meters (10,064 feet) was literally breathtaking at that altitude. The last push to the top involved hiking through a snowfield, and then we were greeted by outstanding 360 degree views of the San Gabriel Valley and the Mojave Desert. Our side of the mountain was a sea of clouds far below, but we could easily see Mt. Wilson (looking very small), the salt flats of Edwards AFB to the north, snow-capped San Gorgonio, and even further to San Jacinto, 66 miles away!

At the cold and windy summit, scouts had a quick snack of tea and miso soup using a backpacking stove to melt snow, and then headed home the long hard way via the Ski Hut trail, across some challenging steep and snowy areas. The Sierra Club hut gave us a chance to fill our canteens from a spring before the last long downhill hike to Manker Flats in the late afternoon sunshine.

This was a tough challenge for the boys but they were prepared for it and should be proud of this accomplishment. Now that we’ve done Baldy and San Jacinto (10,834 feet), the remaining local challenge for the troop is the highest of the three local “saints”, San Gorgonio (11,499 feet).

Great job by all participating scouts!

Lucky Baldwin Camporee, April 29-May 1, 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

After a hiatus in 2011 to attend the Centennial Jamboree, Troop 147 eagerly returned to our local Lucky Baldwin Camporee, held at Firestone Scout Reservation in Brea. Camporee is our annual opportunity for patrols to show off their team skills in a friendly atmosphere of competition and camaraderie. Boys were tested on first aid, firebuilding, orienteering, knots & lashings, hiking, cooking, camping, archery, and other outdoor and teambuilding skills. Scouts competed as individual patrols against other troops from Monrovia and surrounding cities. This year, our adult leaders ran the orienteering event for over 47 patrols from across our district.

Both the Eagle and combined Mystery/Spicy Taco patrols of Troop 147 earned high honors this year. The Eagles, who were several scouts and a Patrol Leader short due to illness, earned a first place ribbon. Our Mystery/Spicy Tacos earned the top award, a presidential ribbon. Congratulations to all our scouts for a job well done!