Troop 32 works to adhere to the Scout program and principles. We focus the Scouts on learning and demonstrating responsibility, character and leadership, all mixed in with a good dose of fun. Our Troop is a boy-run Troop, which gives the Scouts ample opportunity to learn and develop their leadership skills.
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Spring Break of 2016; a time many are busy spending with family and friends. Troop 32, being no exception to this rule, set out for the Grand Canyon. Setting out, the first day’s drive ended at Calico, a ghost town in southern California (where we camped for the night). After the two day drive down (the true test of endurance for the outing) the scouts and adults separated into teams. Blue team camped on the rim and went on day hikes (constantly going in and out of the Canyon) while red, green, and gold teams headed into the canyon to camp and hike for the week. After hiking up the more than 3500 foot canyon rim at the end of their week, each team came back together to share stories and head home.
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Written by Landon M.; edited by Jacob S.
Camp Tamarancho an outing full of fun and challenge for all involved. Those that went backpacking hiked up a rather steep hill only to come back down it. After we went hiking we went to the falls and got to see really clear water. Following this, we went hiking back up the hill back to camp for a total of 10 miles or more. This hike really got us prepared for Grand Canyon at the end of this week.
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The 2016 game night was a success. We started it off, once again, at North Valley School for a night full of fun and entertainment. Fall in was at about 6:15 when we learned about the rules, and what activities would be available. We then jumped right into the fun by hitting the gym. Shooting hoops, playing catch, kicking dodge around were some of the beginning activities. Our first organized game was an awesome game of dodgeball. After the deadly game of dodgeball we split up again and did what we wanted to. Around 8:30 the pizza arrived and we devoured it. With full stomachs we hit the gym again. Throughout the evening we had game tables were great Stratego and Magic the Gathering battles rage across the tables. Later on during the evening we had some epic floor hockey and thunder games going on. We also had some smaller dodgeball games. At 12:00 we called it a night and started to clean up and get ready for bed. At one the lights were off and tired scouts were falling asleep. After a good night sleep we awoke to doughnuts and juice. We then bid farewell to each other and closed another annual game night event.
Written by Landon M., Troop Historian
Troop 32 recently had the privilege of receiving a speech on Veterans’ Day by one of our own resident veteran, Mr. Daggett. The revered scoutmaster was joined by his wife, Mrs. Daggett, one of the many women to become active in military service in the last few years. Mr. Daggett began by saying that every day should be Veterans’ Day, a valid point considering that 2.3 million people currently serving in the military services. Veterans’ Day, as was explained in the speech, was originally created in celebration of the cease-fire in World War One. This is how it came to be honored on November eleventh. Veterans’ Day should not be confused with Memorial Day, which is specifically designated to honor those who have died in service. Veterans’ Day, however, honors everyone. A veteran is anyone who has served in any branch of military with an honorable discharge. That includes the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and the Air Force. Our own Mr. Daggett served as an infantryman and an airman.
One may think that Veterans’ Day is not important, as we are currently in peacetime. However, lack of army could cause major problems if someone attacks, and lack of war does not affect the courage of veterans. And one may also believe that knowledge of the military and its customs are also irrelevant. After all, a military life may not be for everyone! This being said, scouting has always been entwined with the army, going so far as to have immediate promotions given to Eagle scouts. In the words of Mr. Daggett,
“Everybody should serve if it fits, it will make you a better citizen.”
Written by and from the perspective of Mr. Leonard, the Troop Scoutmaster
Everything went smoother today. We celebrated Donavan’s 11th birthday and the entire camp sang “Happy Birthday” to him – what a great way to spend your birthday! The dinning hall was told to increase the food portions which helped with filling up the hungry boys! The ASMs beat the staff and other troop leaders in a fun game of Horse Shoes! Thanks Mr. Burgess and Mr. McAllister for representing T32 in great fashion and sportsmanship – wish them luck with Bocci Ball Wednesday! Chawankee has Taco Tuesday and they lived up to the name: Choco Tacos in the Trading Post and Tacos for Dinner. After Dinner the entire troop attended the Campwide Scouts Own (Chapel Service) as a scout is reverent. Not all troop attended but T32 was in full force. The rest of the evening was spent in camp with fun and games. The scouts are doing great – so happy to see the progress they are making.
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Written by and from the perspective of Mr. Leonard, the Troop Scoutmaster
Today was the first day of real program. Merit Badge class began and the scouts became fully engaged in summer camp. It was a long day that started with a delay at breakfast that caused some concern but we made it through; it appears the early shift did not understand that our breakfast was dependent on them getting done timely. The Camp Director has been responsive and we are making the best of it. We did lunch at camp, then went onto open program where most of the continued working on merit badges. After dinner was an easy night in our campsite where the scouts continued to play some games (while a fire was burning that some enjoyed). I was (pleasantly) surprised that a lot of our scouts were lined up to take a shower. Some did personal fitness while other just hung out. Good start to camp.
As the week comes to an end, we should look back on all the memories we made this week.
We all overcame challenges while earning merit badges. We came home with over 350 completed, and many more well on there way.
Packing was the fastest we have done in many years; we left much earlier than normal.
Did I forget to mention? After a suspenseful week, we won the Wentathalon.
Today, we played the catch up game with Merit Badges. We crushed a large number of the partials (turning then into full merit badges). Some scouts enjoyed camp wide games (sports) while some stuck around to play croquet in camp.
Mountain biking was a popular event today; we also had the rifle range to ourselves this evening.
The results of the Wentatalon will be posted tomorrow.
We had pancakes for breakfast, pizza (school style) for lunch, and Spaghetti for dinner. The campfire was an excellent way to both compliment and end such a fun and educational week.
However, it was mostly gone when we awoke.
Today was the last day of Merit Badge classes; tomorrow will be catch up day. We had eggs and muffins for lunch (McWente Breakfast Sandwiches). For lunch, we had fish sandwiches. For dinner, we had burgers (not served with Cheese).
Troop 32 did flags this evening; our flag crew did an outstanding job.
We hope to have an exciting day tommorow; today certainly was.