BSA Troop 147

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Scouting in Monrovia, California

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Red Rock Canyon – Mojave Desert, February 2015

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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.

Bikepacking trip to Glenn Camp on San Gabriel River, December 2014

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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.

Joshua Tree rock climbing, November 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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.

Henninger Flats backpacking, October 2014

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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.

South Carlsbad State Beach, September 2014

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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!

Religious Diversity Hike, June 14, 2014

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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.

Deepsea Fishing, November 2013

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The cub scouts of Pack 66 and boy scouts of Troop 147 had a fun day of fishing on a beautiful day in late November. Scouts left from Long Beach harbor on the cozy fishing boat “Southern California”. The boat was filled to its capacity of 60 fisherman. The weather was perfect and the ocean was calm. The fish were biting – scouts caught mackerel, treefish, chuckleheads, sheepheads, and a lot of nice rockfish. We even had a visiting sea lion that ate a few fish right off the lines! Everyone had a great day of fishing (with some time for playing cards and watching the sea life), capped off with a beautiful sunset on the ocean before we returned to the lights of Long Beach.

Conservation Project on Pacific Crest Trail, November 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The troop’s monthly campout featured something different in November. We camped at Lake Silverwood and worked with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to do maintenance work on a local section of the trail. The PCTA generously provided us with a huge campsite, free of charge. In return, we provided the heavy labor of our scouts.

Muscles were sore, smiles were big, and the boys had a great time. The boys also learned a lot about how much work it takes to maintain trails. I think we’ll offer our help to them again next year.

Some pictures will be posted shortly.

Joshua Tree rock-climbing, October 25-27, 2013

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Troop 147 loves to go rock-climbing. Not just climbing on some fake wall in a shopping mall, but at some world-class sites in Joshua Tree National Park! We have done this regularly the last few years, and again scouts set up camp at a roomy group site at Indian Cove. Our troop was instructed by our excellent instructors from BSAONBELAY. The scouts climbed up and rappelled down the rock all day long. Even some parents had the energy and nerves to climb. A long day of climbing in perfect weather was capped with a fun campfire, great stargazing, and good food.

And, we’re going back! We have already booked our group site at Indian Cove for November 2014!

Stay tuned for some awesome pictures of Troop 147 scouts scaling the cliffs of Indian Cove!

El Capitan Beach Campout & Webelos Welcome, September 2013

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Another great weekend at the beach for Troop 147. This time we invited lots of Webelos to show them (and their parents) how much fun the scouts have every month. Boys did all the usual beach stuff including boogie boarding, swimming, and surfing. Couple that with some skills training for the prospective scouts, good tree climbing, great food, and a fun campfire program that all scouts contributed to – what a great weekend!