Author Archives: Mr. Tuite

Backpacking to Spruce Grove

A small contingent of Troop 147’s most vigorous Scouts backpacked from Chantry Flats to Spruce Grove. After setting up camp, the Scouts availed themselves of the recreational opportunities at nearby Sturtevant Camp. Badminton was the clear favorite. The Scouts returned via the summit of Mt. Zion (no burning bush) and enjoyed a well-deserved burger at the Pack Station on their return to Chantry Flats.

Santa Cruz Island High Adventure

With only a day to recover and repack from summer camp, a group of intrepid Scouts departed for Santa Cruz Island for a week of adventure including kayaking and snorkeling among the kelp. The endangered Santa Cruz Foxes were a constant presence in the campsite. We made a hike across the center of the island to Smuggler’s Cove. We witnessed a rare Pelagic Red Crab mass mortality event as a coastal current carried countless crabs north from their home off the coast of Mexico..

Camp Marin Sierra

This summer the Troop headed to the Sierra mountains of northern California for summer camp at Marin Sierra not far from Lake Tahoe. Nestled among tall pines, the camp offered a full program of merit badge classes and activities. We were warned that there might be bears in the area so we weren’t surprised when they showed up. The food was very good and we dined outside for every meal. Two Scouts from 147 earned the coveted Birthday Merit Badge. Two Scouts from other troops, Ryan and Austin, joined us for the week. Few will forget the Troop’s performance, featuring Austin, at the closing campfire