In June, the troop did a scenic backpacking trip right in our own backyard. Boys hiked down from Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Falls, and then up to Spruce Grove trail camp through Santa Anita Canyon. Scouts set up camp by the creek, and had plenty of time for fun. A short side hike up the trail brought us to Sturtevant Camp, site of the largest swing we had ever seen and an endless source of amusement for the boys. We even had a Sunday morning visit from a scout and two ASMs training for Philmont, who hiked up on Sunday morning with gifts of orange juice and doughnuts!
This was a good introduction to backpacking for some of our newer scouts, and whet their appetite for bigger and better trips in the coming years.