On the 10th of November, 43 members of Troop 111 attended the annual ROCstock car camping trip. They had built the rockets over the course of several meetings and finally had the chance to launch them. It was a blast. Literally. Many scouts recalled the fond memory of someone's rocket exploding. The members of Troop 111 were able to launch their rockets and also watch the many others. The day ended with night launching, rockets equipped with lights and glow sticks so you could see them fly. Unfortunately, some rockets were lost, others exploded, but they had a great time. Besides the fact that no one can hammock it, seeing as you sleep in the middle of a dry lake bed, almost everyone loves ROCstock and cant wait for the next one.
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The summer of 2017 held one of the most amazing events in troop history.
A month after celebrating Troop 111's first birthday, the scouts took a small backpacking trip out to Cottonwood, one of our favorite swimming holes. Two scouts who had just bridged that night accompanied us on the night hike. THey had a great time on the hike and in the swimming hole, where we spent most of our time due to the hot weather.
Only two weeks after that backpacking trip, a few boys headed off into the Sespe for the 8-day High Adventure Trip. It was long, hot and very buggy at some points, but after interviewing some of the boys later, the group thought it was awesome. They started at the Upper Reyes campground parking lot and hiked 5 miles to a camp called Bear Trap. On day two, the boys hiked an incredibly muggy 7 miles up to Pine Mountain lodge, and created a "Hammock City". The next day, the group hiked another 7 miles down the steep grade into the same Cottonwood from a couple of weeks ago and spent a zero day there while they swam in the watering hole. After the zero day, due to a lack of water at the top of the ridges, the boys changed course and hiked ten miles to the Willett Hot Springs and spent the night at the cabin. On the way back to Bear Creek, the scouts encountered a sweltering heat of 105 degrees. It was so hot, that when they got back to Bear Creek, the group decided to spend another zero days there. The last day of the trip was spent hiking 5 miles to the Piedra Blanca parking lot and had hiked a total of 43.2 miles.
Two DAYS after HAT, the scouts participated in the Ojai Valley preserve patrol. The scouts that attended helped patrol the border of the Preserve on the fourth of July, making sure that no one passed through to see the fireworks. Sure, they just sat in chairs eating chips and shining their flashlights once in a while, but it's all about the experience.
A couple of weeks later, the boys took to the road for another away camp and drove up to Camp Three Falls. Once there, the scouts learned special skills as they worked toward merit badges. It was a phenomenal trip, and the boys had a great time. Some of the Merit Badges awarded were Lifesaving, Pioneering, Archery, First Aid, Woodwork, Leatherwork and many others. Instead of working toward Merit Badges, the scouts had a choice to either work towards their ranks, or have some free time. The food was breathtaking. I mean, seriously, it was so good I had to take a breath once in a while between shoveling it in my mouth. At the end of the trip, we learned that our troop had earned over 70 Merit Badges. Staggering, isn't it?
Our last trip of the summer was truly astounding. We traveled to Scorpion Landing on Santa Cruz Island for three days as we worked toward our rank advancement, Merit Badges, and other skills while the Green Bars planned out the 2017 - 2018 Troop calendar. Our troop is so full of young inventors and entrepreneurs that one scout earned the Spatula Award. Every once in a while, the Troop will hand out special awards to recognize the boys that have done something that stands out. One Scout realized that there was a shortage of spatulas during the trip and decided to do something about it. He took a square of cardboard and Leatherman™ pliers and made a spatula!
The last event of the summer was the Troop Court of Honor. A Court of Honor is a recognition for the Scouts in the Troop that have completed certain requirements and are awarded Merit Badges, Ranks, and other special awards. These CoHs, if you will, are held three times a year, (June/July, September, and March) so we've accumulated all of the bling the scouts have earned over the past four months.
Now over 40 Scouts strong, Troop 111 continued to adventure across the backcountry and sharpen their Scouting skills during the fall of 2016.
In September, the Scouts descended on Lion Canyon in the Los Padres National Forest for National Public Lands Day, and cleared sections of trail leading to both the East Fork Lion and West Fork Lion campsites.
In October, they mountain biked through Rice and Wills Canyons on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve, attended the Seaside Highland Games in Ventura, and backpacked and performed service along the Santa Ynez mountains above Carpinteria.
November and December saw the Scouts backpack along the historic Ocean View trail and help reopen the “p-line” heading east toward White Ledge Peak, spend three days in the Mojave desert launching their own home-made rockets at ROCstock, and host a Webelos Invitational at El Capitan State Beach — where they hiked, learned paracord designs, and taught Cub Scouts outdoor and first aid skills.
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The mountain men of Troop 111 continued their budding tradition of service on public lands with their third service project for the US Forest Service in June, installing new signposts and performing sawyer work deep in the Chumash Wilderness.
In July, the Scouts headed into the Sierra Nevada, where they camped and toured hydroelectric facilities courtesy Southern California Edison, and then headed to Camp Kern for their first-ever summer camp! Leatherwork, woodcarving, archery, rifle shooting … all the classic activities associated with summers of yore were enjoyed by a crew 22 strong. At the end of the month, the Scouts enjoyed a camp in the Los Padres National Forest, fashioning survival shelters from branches and boughs and visiting a Chumash rock art site.
August saw the Scouts take part in a week-long series of “mountain man” clinics … first aid and surfing, map and compass work, surf fishing, a 15-mile bike ride, and a night-hike with snakes and scorpions for company … good times! The boys wrapped up their summer with a camping trip along Sulphur Mountain, where they worked on basic Scoutcraft and also planned much of their calendar into 2017.
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Troop 111 hit the ground running (actually, hiking!) in their second month with a backpacking trip along the Sespe in early April. The boys enjoyed swimming in the river (in the rain), scrambling on nearby rock formations, and a good campfire. As usual, the patrols cooked their own meals.
Also in April, the boys participated in the Sespe District Camporee at Camp Willett. A great time was had competing in classic Scout events such as the canoe portage, fire building, blindfolded tent building, and tomahawk throwing. A great first Camporee for the boys!
In May, the boys performed an ambitious service project for the US Forest Service, improving and clearing tread along the North Fork of Lockwood Creek and assisting sawyers remove a large downed tree blocking the trail.
Also that month, the boys led the planting of flags at Ivy Lawn for upcoming Memorial Day services and participated in a Swimming merit badge clinic.
It's been a great Spring and we look forward to our summer adventures — including more service projects for the Forest Service, a tour of a hydroelectric facility in the Sierra Nevada, a week-long summer camp, and scaling peaks in the Los Padres National Forest.