The Troop had a grand time at the San Diego Zoo. More photos here.
For more images from Calico Ghost Town, go here.
20 Mar: Troop Meeting, 7:00 pm at the Knights
27 Feb: Troop Committee meeting
5-7 Apr: Joshua Tree National Park
10-12 May: Hole in the Wall/Mitchell Caverns
14-18 June: Big Sur Backpacking
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.
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..
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
Buckle up, bicyclists, because you’re in for a beautiful ride! The ride to Glenn Camp is somewhat of a Troop 147 tradition, with many of our scouts dusting off those old mountain bikes to join us on a quick jaunt over to the campsite.
Once there, we’ll pitch camp and stay for a nice, relaxed night. Then, we’ll bike back in high spirits. It’s a quick, fun camping trip, and any with a bike are invited to join us!
Hope you all have a blast on the trail! ⚜
Every few years the troop works together to earn the Cycling Merit Badge. This is an Eagle badge and one of the most difficult to achieve. And being in SoCal, what better time to take long bike rides than in the dead of winter? The scouts learned and practiced bike maintenance and traffic safety. After tuning up their bikes, boys completed 6 rides of increasing length over a few months, ending with a tough 50 mile ride from the San Gabriel Mountains to Seal Beach. Various fun rides included visits to Caltech, Santa Anita Racetrack, the American Military Museum, Whittier Narrows, East LA (for CicLAVia), and an overnight bike backpacking trip in the wilderness. Thanks especially to all the parents who rode with the boys and provided moral support. See the photos!