Troop 147 competed once again in the Lucky Baldwin Camporee, held at Firestone Scout Reservation in Brea. Patrols trained for this annual skills even for several weeks at troop meetings and a skills practice day. Boys were tested on first aid, firebuilding, orienteering, knots & lashings, hiking, cooking, camping, archery, and other outdoor skills. Scouts competed by patrol against other troops from Monrovia and surrounding cities. This year, our adult leaders ran a “Mystery Event” which involved tying a clove hitch around a post under challenging conditions – a good teambuilding exercise.
Both the Eagle and combined Mystery/Spicy Taco patrols of Troop 147 earned First Place honors this year, just a few points below the top “Presidential Award”. Congratulations to all our scouts for a job well done, and to our new Senior Patrol Leader and his Assistant for their excellent leadership of the troop.
Pictures to be added soon!
Troop 147 was fortunate to procure permits to backpack into the Grand Canyon in the perfect month of April (not too cold and icy at the top, and not yet baking hot at the bottom). Whether due to the extended time commitment (4 days), or the timing (over Spring Break), or the challenging itinerary, we had a low turnout but still had a great time. The hike down was via the steep South Kaibob Trail (great views but no water) which led to the north side of the Colorado River where we pitched tents at Bright Angel trail camp near another scout troop from Illinois, and had fun on the beach by the river. After a restful night, we hiked up the Bright Angel trail to the lush Indian Garden camp. That evening, we did a great side trip from there to Plateau Point to watch the sun set. The next day we made the tough climb out of the canyon to the South Rim. We covered over 20 miles with major elevation changes in 3 days of backpacking. There was good wildlife viewing too – we saw lizards, snakes, deer, and condors, and even spotted a pronghorn antelope on the drive into the park. Truly a trip of a lifetime for scouts. If we can obtain the permits, we hope to do it again with a larger group – maybe next time we’ll hike from North Rim to South Rim, or even hike from rim to rim and back again.