Monthly Archives: August 2012

Summer camp at Cherry Valley, Catalina Island (August 2012)

Camp Cherry Valley is a real treat for the boys. We last traveled to CCV in 2009 so we were overdue and itching for some quality beach and water time. This camp focuses on the beautiful Pacific Ocean – kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, sailing (on both Lidos and Hobie Cats), swimming, and snorkeling were all enjoyed by the boys. And of course scouts took advantage of the usual camp activities of rifle shooting, archery, first aid, and other key merit badges. Our scouts earned an average of 3 merit badges each, including challenging ones like small-boat sailing. Older scouts tackled the “Advanced Camper Experience” (ACE) program which consisted of open ocean kayaking, snorkeling through sea caves and deep in spectacular kelp forests surrounded by sea lions, and some challenging hikes on the high ridges of the Trans-Catalina Trail. Plus, the camp camaraderie of skits, games, songs, moonlight hikes, and campfires at CCV cannot be beat – by the end of the week, the entire camp was joining our 21 scouts in the catchy Troop 147 yell! Check out the great photos below to see how much fun the boys had.