This bikepacking trip is a regular event for Troop 147. Boys did a great job riding 7 miles up to Glenn Camp, carrying heavy packs. This is probably the most scenic bike path around, and the recent heavy rains guaranteed some great waterfalls and fording of streams to get to camp. Glenn Canyon Falls, usually dry, were spectacular. A tough ride (or walk!) up the hill to Cogswell Reservoir showed that it was still very low, but improving. That night, the boys did a great job lighting a campfire under difficult conditions, resulting in some excellent s’mores. The trip downriver is always a breeze and the best part was, no flats and no accidents.
Another great outing to Indian Cove in Joshua Tree National Park. Thanks to our excellent guides from BSA Onbelay (www.bsaonbelay.org), the boys had an outstanding day of climbing on some pretty technical routes. And of course scrambling around on the boulders, the desert campfire, and seeing the Milky Way in the dark night sky are always highlights for the scouts and adults too.
The scouts really enjoyed backpacking up the Mt. Wilson Toll Road to camp at Henninger Flats. Thanks to Ranger Johan Lockhart, the boys earned their Plant Science and Forestry merit badges with an intensive day of field and classroom learning. Scouts even helped plant and water trees to be established in burned areas of the forest. And, the campsite had outstanding views of the Los Angeles city lights.
Beach camping! The scouts love it! It’s not exactly in the Scout Handbook, but SoCal scouts also need to learn surfing and boogie boarding. Boys made some great meals in their new patrol kitchens, and enjoyed a beach campfire on both Friday and Saturday nights. We’ll be back!
Wow, the Troop went to the best summer camp in the USA! Swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear water, through kelp forests. The sea life was amazing! Boys went sailing and canoeing and kayaking and paddleboarding. There was even a great touch-tank of marine life to learn about. And of course all the usual summer camp activities like shooting rifles and learning first aid, coupled with the usual fun & games. We’ll be back!
The troop headed way up into the Sierras for an amazing backpacking adventure on the Bishop Pass Trail in the John Muir Wilderness. Several “crews” of scouts and leaders spent from 2 to 5 days in the backcountry, hiking on and off trail. We explored many lakes including Long Lake, Bishop Lake, Saddlerock Lake, Ruwau Lake, Chocolate Lakes, and Bull Lake. There was great fishing in most of these lakes, and many boys caught (and cleaned, cooked and ate) delicious brook trout. At the high altitude (well over 11,000 feet), there was also plenty of snow remaining for snowball fights and sledding. The mosquitoes were annoying at times, but the scenery made up for it. Some of the older boys trekked over Bishop’s Pass (elevation 12,000 feet) to see the spectacular scenery of Dusy Basin. Take a look at some photos:
The annual Diversity Hike of BSA’s San Gabriel Valley Council was conveniently held in Monrovia this year. Troop 147, ably led by its SPL, volunteered to be the color guard for the opening flag ceremony, and represented themselves well. After opening speeches by local dignitaries (including Monrovia’s mayor), our scouts and leaders started hiking a 5 mile loop through Monrovia. Hikers stopped at ten houses of worship along the way, and learned about others’ faiths. It was very interesting to hear from Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and other faiths all in one day.
The San Gabriel Valley Council held their annual Scout Expo, but with a new name (“Youth Expo”) and a new location (the Rose Bowl). Troop 147 usually volunteers to run an activity booth, and this year, scouts and leaders put together an Art booth. Scouts from all over could earn their Art merit badge under the tutelage of Assistant Scoutmaster Todd Dirks. Mr. Dirks is an accomplished artist and art teacher at Pasadena High and the boys had a great time in his class. At a separate table, the younger Cub Scouts and Webelos had lots of fun earning their Art belt loop. Several Troop 147 scouts and parents helped out for hours in the hot sun and deserve a lot of credit for giving up a Saturday to help out. Our scouts also earned a few merit badges of their own – not only Art, but some earned Electricity, Chess, and Fingerprinting. Check out a few pictures…
Camporee is an annual event in which boys work as patrols, competing not only with the other two patrols of Troop 147, but also with about 350 scouts (about 50 patrols) from local cities in the Lucky Baldwin District of the San Gabriel Valley Council. This year’s events included first aid, knots & lashings, citizenship, knife & axe, firebuilding, orienteering, camping, cooking, rifle-shooting, and a mystery event. We had a great turnout of 20 scouts, and our three patrols (Mystery, Spartan, and Eagle) did great – even the newest scouts represented themselves admirably. The adult leaders in the troop also deserve some credit – they worked hard all day in the hot sun running the knife & axe skills event, and ran a safe, educational, and fun program. Check out the photos…
The troop headed to the Colorado River for an outstanding canoe trek. After passing through Hoover Dam security, we launched canoes from the base of the dam into the cool clear waters of the Colorado. Scouts canoed 25 miles downstream from Hoover Dam to Nelson’s Landing over three days. Spectacular scenery, dark caves, hot mineral springs, canyon climbs, a tour of a fish hatchery, a visit to a marina, some scout skills training, great campfires, and great food – there was so much to see and do, we can’t describe it all. Just look at the pictures!