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Shotgun Shooting November 14-15

 

Shotgun Shooting

Shotgun Shooting

 

Saturday morning we caravanned over to the shooting range in Windtermine Park.   We started with gun safety and learned how to always point the gun in a safe direction.   We learned about different parts of a gun and how to load it properly.   We shot moving targets of clay pigeons and practiced our accuracy and aim.    Afterwards we caravanned over to Skyline Ridge in Napa to camp.    Patrols cooked dinner and then we had a campfire.    Around 1:30 in the morning, it started raining.   Lucky for us it stopped before 7:00 am.   Patrols cooked breakfast and cleaned up the campsite.    We hiked to a lake and had lunch on the shore.

Yosemite Outing October 16 – 18

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The troop had quite an adventure in Yosemite this year!    We drove up Friday night and set up our tents.    We drove in at night to an eerie view of the fires from the controlled burn on the Valley floor.    The early crew pitched all our tents which was great!    Friday night the rain started and Saturday morning we built a rain shelter.    Saturday morning there was a river running through the campsite.    The adults had to move their tents because of flooding.   The scouts’ campsite had a little river and we put out rocks to channel the water flow.   After breakfast we dug out the drain as it was backed up.   Scouts dug out tons of dirt and finally the drain was cleared and water started draining.   We took a hike in the rain at Bernal Falls and had lunch at the rock area on the trail.     Dinner was cooked under the shelter we built.   The rain stopped for an hour so we could have our campfire with songs, stories and jokes.    Saturday night the rain started again with lots of thunder and lightning.    All the tents got flooded and all the gear was put into garbage bags in the morning.   Luckily the shelter survived so we had a yummy breakfast under the tarp.   Lots of wet gear was packed, loaded and off we went.   For lunch we ate at In-n-Out Burger and took all the gear home to dry out.   We had a blast!

Golden Gate Bridge Outing September 19 – 20

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We had a great outing to explore the inner working of the Golden Gate Bridge.    We got a behind the scenes tour of what you don’t see when you drive across the bridge.      We learned lots of facts about the bridge and saw how maintenance and repairs are done.    Thank you to our awesome tour guides!

Webelos Extreme – September 26

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The troop taught Webelos lots of fun skills and took them out in our canoes.    Webelos had the opportunity to climb up a tall tripod and ring the bell at the top.   Scouts and Venture crew took Webelos out on the Bay on troop canoes.

Popcorn Sales!

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Have fun and support our troop!    It’s time again for our annual popcorn sale!    Practice your sales pitch and get ready to sell!

Redwood Slough Canoeing August 15 – 16

 

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Early Saturday morning the troop headed out to Redwood Slough for more canoeing adventures.     The boys had great adventures and canoed over 6 miles!    Lots of great birds and other wildlife were spotted.    Afterwards, the troop camped at Henry Coe State Park.    Sunday brought Scout’s Own and a fun hike at the state park.

Summer Camp July 18 – 25

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We headed out for another awesome summer camp adventure to Lake of the Woods.    After hiking about 1.5 miles, we arrived at camp.    The camp looked great and a huge thank you to all who helped prepare for our arrival!      There was some Thunder clouds so swim checks were delayed for a few hours.  When the swim check was finally held, all of the boys passed!  The first assembly was held and scouts got a chance to see how to handle the flags when they are run up a very tall set of trees.  Dinner that night was BBQ chicken and all the fixins.   On Sunday, Bugle call was early and 35 boys and adults turned out for Mountain Man swim call.  This is a quick dip in the lake before Call to Colors or breakfast.  The day was spent starting merit badges, with swimming being the primary badge.  A 1 mile orienteering course was set up for the trail to first class scouts.   For the day there were two flag ceremonies that were handled by the patrols.  The boys discovered that some practice is needed to get this to work well.  Dinner was Tri Tip with salad and many side dishes.  Bugle call was early Monday and 40 boys and adults turned out for Mountain Man swim call.   The weather has been cool, but the water temperature is nice.   Most of the scouts finished swimming merit badge and started canoe merit badge.  Scouts are also working on Environmental Science and the service project.  On Tuesday, the rain storm finally hit camp on Tuesday which delayed some events. The rain dampened the camp but not the spirit of the group.  It was Paul Bunyan day with all the boys participating in two-man saw, log chop, log lift, knot tying and many other team woods events.   There was also time to continue advancement.  Dinner was a very hearty Beef Stew.   The canoeing merit badge started in earnest Wednesday.  And also the day hike for the younger boys and 5 mile orienteering course for the older boys.  Thursday is “waterfront day”.  All the scouts participate in canoeing and swimming competitions.  This includes team and individual races, swamp wars, and gunnel pumping (you should ask if you don’t know what these are).  This evening is “thanksgiving” so there were whole turkeys cooked with all the fixings (stuffing, potatoes, cranberries) and pumpkin pies for dessert.  Friday morning, again 45 people showed up for the mountain man swim call!  Canoeing and swimming merit badges were all finished so many of the boys took on Lifesaving as well as other merit badges.  The older boys were working to complete Environmental Science Merit Badge.   The ceremony for patrol and individual awards was held.

June Outing June/20 – 21

Crossing Faucherie Lake Spillway

Scouts left early Saturday morning for Coyote Lake near Gilroy.    We continued getting ready for summer camp by practicing maneuvering our canoes, rescuing our buddies from overturned canoes and navigating.    Scouts had great fun playing games while canoeing.   After a long day, scouts were hungry for a great dinner.     The patrols worked hard on making good dinners for everyone.    We were tired after a great day on the water!    Sunday brought more fun on the water and we are ready for summer camp!

Grave Decorating and Family Camp – May 23 – 25

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We met at Skylawn Memorial Park and placed flags at all the tombs of Veterans to honor their service to our country.     Scouts brought hammers and screw drivers to use to plant the flags.   We started with donuts, juice and coffee so we would have energy for the day.   Afterwards we drove up to Clear Lake State Park for Family Camp.    Families and scouts pitched their tents on Saturday and had fun exploring the camp.   Sunday morning started with Scout’s Own then swim check and after lunch the scouts were off in the canoes.   Scouts practiced maneuvering canoes through the weeds and turning their canoes.   Sunday night we had a fabulous dinner prepared by many great adults and finished the evening with a campfire that kept everyone laughing with skits by scouts and siblings.   Monday morning brought more canoeing adventures then packing up camp.

Camporee April/17 – 19

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The scouts met at the church at 4:30 P.M.  We drove up to Cutter and had a great time.  We broke into three patrols for meals which were the Hawks, Wolves, and Indians.  We had two competition patrols which were the Hawks and the Pandas.  It was great and everybody had a lot of fun.  We camped at Camp Horn.  The events were Radioactive fuel rods, mountain biking, pioneering, orienteering, canoeing, fire building, log lift, first aid, archery, tomahawk, rifle shooting and blindfolded tarp set up.  The Hawks won two ribbons, one was a 3rd place and one was a second place.  All of the scout skill events were required.  There was a Dutch oven cook off and the food we cooked was good.  The Adults cooked in the Dutch ovens.  Every patrol needed one skit for campfire.  At Scouts own we sang songs with a pastor’s daughter.  On Sunday after we left Cutter, we helped with Home and Hope Takedown.