July 8 -11 A total of 7 Scouts and 6 Adults enjoyed a four-day backpacking trip at San Jacinto Mountain. This was an end-of-the-year scouting trip and was an amazing way to end the year. The event started with an Aerial Tramway ride. This is the world’s largest Tramway with rotating tramcars. It travels over two and one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park and ending at the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516.
The scouts completed over 24 total miles of trails, and approximately 5000 feet of total elevational gain in all.
Day 1 – Into camp 3.5 miles 1930 Ft gain
Day 2 – Loop 10.8 1930 Ft gain
Day 2 – out and back option 5 miles 1300 Ft gain
Day 3 – Summit 6.6 miles 1956 Ft gain ending at the 10,834 ft peak
Day 4 – Back to tram 3.5 miles all downhill
Total of 24.4 miles and 5,816 ft of elevation gain
Back in the saddle again!
This year 323 and 3323 sent 27 scouts and 7 adults to session 2 for a most excellent summer camp experience.
323 – 20 Scouts and 4 adults
3323 – 7 scouts and 2 adults
2021 introduced the troop to a new campsite and a new way of doing Geronimo. This year we occupied Camp Site 6 and 7 and we operated as a cohort moving as a group rather than individuals from one activity area to another. This provided an opportunity for the Scouts in the troop to bond as a unit and make new friends with other scouts in the same cohort. The new campsites provided a shoddy retreat from the other areas of camp where the troop could spend time working on service projects and merit badge homework, or just hanging out for a friendly card game.
The troop did many hikes and events as a group including the Totem to totem Hike, East Webber Trail, Tiger eye navigation course, Polar Bear Swim, Tenderfoot run, and more.
Six of our Scouts participated in Brown Sea Island, completing most of the requirements needed for Tenderfoot Second and first-class in addition to earning the swimming and fingerprinting merit badges.
Rules for the Egg Drop Contest:
The device must be able to protect an egg from breaking after falling at least one story. If your egg survives, you will move on to the next round which is one story higher
The device must not exceed 8” cubic area (8” x 8” x 8”).
The following requirements are given for the loading of the device:
- The devices should not be loaded with an egg before the competition.
- All devices should be designed to be easily loaded by a third party at the
- competition, i.e. within l minute or less. (This factor may be used to determine a
- If there are special instructions for loading the device, these instructions should be provided on a regular 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper
The following materials are not allowed in the design:
- Any type of parachute contraption (designs must be able to free fall)
- Packing peanuts
- Metals (except for conjunction items such as screws, staples, paperclips, etc.),
- glass, chemical containers,
- Styrofoam (with the exception of whole Styrofoam cups), and thick wood (such as 2×4) and any food products.
Congratulations to the winners
21 scouts 11 Adults from Phoenix BSA Troops 3323 and 323 participated in this favorite outing at Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim. The roads were finally opened allowing access to the trailhead off of FR300. This is a short 2-mile hike to the back end of the lake. Many of the scouts came ready to fish unfortunately the fish were not ready to be caught. This outing provided each patrol the opportunity to truly spread out and camp independently from each other. Fire was banned so all cooking was done on small camp stoves. The water level on the lake was very low verifying that we are currently in a drought in the southwest US.
On April 27th, at All Saints Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Troops 323 and 3323 held the first in-person Court of Honor in over a year. The event started with a flag ceremony led by the color guard Colby Schwartz and was followed by the Scout Oath and Law. During this event the scouts received many different awards, for example, Owen Wallace was the only scout to receive his Life Rank. The new scouts got to experience their first official Court of Honor, and all of them received their first rank of Scout. Some of them even received a couple of merit badges. All in all, this was a great experience since we have not been able to do this since Covid struck. It was amazing for the young scouts to be able to participate in their first Court of Honor.