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!
The Rose Parade has more than floats; it also has processions like marching bands, honor guards, and the mayor!
This year, the processions are joined by two of our very own Eagle scouts! Ben and Blake will be carrying the banner of one of the winning floats.
In addition to carrying the banner for the winning float, Blake will also participate in the honor guard and will assist in raising the flag during the beginning of the parade! You go, Troop 147 Eagle Scouts! ⚜
This year was filled with many amazing events and outings, like the stunning Grand Canyon trip, the hauntingly beautiful Lost Coast trail, and a welcome return to the lovely Cherry Valley Scout camp. This year also saw several scouts reach Eaglehood!
Now, as 2017 wanes and 2018 opens up many new possibilities, let’s all strive to do a good turn daily, be prepared, and be the best example of Boy Scouts we can possibly be! ⚜
The troop paid another visit to one of our favorite desert camps – Red Rock Canyon State Park. We arrived after dark on Friday night and scouts set up their camp in a bit of desert wind. The next day, scouts had a great time exploring the cliffs. Boys had a full Saturday complete with skills training and a 4×4 adventure to Burro Schmidt Tunnel and Bickel Camp (cool old mining sites). We ended Saturday with a relaxing campfire of toasted marshmallows, dumb jokes and stories, with the Milky Way overhead and the occasional shooting star. Scouts prepared for another windy night by being extra careful in battening down their tents. We awoke to a beautiful cold but sunny dawn to break camp before the long drive home.
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!
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.