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Adventures at Philmont

There is a lot to say about a 10 day on the trail and four days on a train. But one thing anyone who experiences it can tell you is that it’s life changing. At philmont this summer Troop 111 was given the unlikely chance of splitting into two crews and having those crews have the very same trek, extremely lucky indeed. Some highlights of this trip were the top of the Tooth of Time, a whole zero day of relaxing, and hanging out in the observation train car. 


As one could expect from a trip like this there was a fair bit of hurting on the many days of hiking. But it never went to anyone’s head. For the whole time no one ever tapped out and said they couldn’t do it. Quite the contrary. In the nature of being cheerful everyone always kept a smile on their face and always helped lift everyone else up to have a smile as well. 


When we were loaded on the bus to take us back to the train station we all looked over our heads to see Arrowhead Rock, which legend has it if you look back and see it you will return one day. And that we already know we will. 


Green bar Pow Wow at San Simeon

From August 31 to September 2, Troop 111 went on a trip to San Simeon state park. Many boys took the opportunity to climb trees, get sign offs done, or both. There was also a 5 mile hike for the boys who needed it for ranks or merit badges. Along with this, the boys in leadership roles of the troop met to hammer out possibly the best, if not most insane, annual schedule our troop has ever had. After the meeting the hikers and leaders all met down at the beach. This was both a fun and productive trip overall.

Summer Camp at Whitsett

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Troop 111 took a drive to Camp Whitsett, staying for the whole week. The camp offers a wide variety of programs for the scouts, including many different merit badges, such as swimming, archery, and environmental science. One of the programs was the overnight on Wednesday, Scouts hiked to a small field where there were activities such as tug of war, jenga, and foam swords. That night we slept outside under the stars. Another great part of this camp was the waterfront. It had a swimming area, canoes, rowboats, and kayaks. Some scouts also decided to go fishing. On the last day, the Camp Wide Games were held, which had troops competing in activities such as kayaking, swimming, running, and archery, in which Troop 111 came in third place. Overall, it is a great camp, almost as nice as Camp 3 Falls!


Sycamore Canyon Service Project

On April 27 and 28, the weekend of Camporee for everyone else, Troop 111 took a crew of  on another service project. This time, we went to Sycamore Canyon. We helped to clear two hiking trails of plants and repaired  them, each on separate days.. That night, we were given tri-tip for dinner and a raffle was held, in which many scouts won prizes such as grills, chairs, and coolers. This trip was a great way to introduce our new scouts to the kind of service projects we do.  

Dome Springs Overlanding Adventure

On April 6th and 7th, 10 scouts went on a trip to Dome Springs. This particular trip never ran out of things for us to do. Some climbed up a nearby hill, some played in the riverbed, some did both. We even rode in the back of the trucks along trails and through the riverbed. That night, an adult leader prepared a delicious apple cobbler for dessert. This trip was a great way to kick of our newest special team, the Overlanders.