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.
On April 17th-18th 2021 troop 323 and 3323 went on a backpacking trip to Horton Springs along the Horton Creek trail in the Tanto National forest. 13 scouts attended, and for many, this was their first backpacking experience. The scouts set up camp only to find out the original area they choose to camp was closed due to the presence of endangered Mexican spotted owls. After reviewing the new information the PLC members chose to relocate about a mile and a half away back down the trail. The scouts had fun on this trip cooking their meals, filtering Creek water and for many encountering, such a special species was very exhilarating. The round trip was 8 miles and they climbed over 1400 feet during the course of the hike.
On April 10th and 11th 2021, our troop was invited to the annual Family campout hosted by the cub scouts of pack 323. The cub scouts got to experience different campout activities such as the 3-mile hike to a wind cave. They also participated in the different jobs that are required on a campout. They had to learn to cook and work with their fellow cub scouts to accomplish different tasks. They were introduced to what troop life is like on a campout. The scouts had a great time and it was impressive how well they handled themselves on this campout. This two-day trip prepared the scouts for future troop outings.
This last weekend 3 of the Venture Patrol scouts headed up to Flagstaff for the annual VP Flagstaff Extreme outing. All three completed the course taking home the coveted black course tee.
This is not for the weak of heart. Check it out for yourself https://flagstaffextreme.com/adult-adventure-course/
Congratulations to all the participated!