August 14 and 15, the PLC is gathered at Bumble Bee ranch to plan out the calendar of events for 2022.
This is the yearly planning meeting where the PLC and other key scouts are invited to participate in selecting the events for the upcoming year. It’s a busy working weekend. The scouts spend most of Saturday reviewing the idea submitted by the troop at the August troop meeting. They spend time discussing the proposed outing’s travel time, cost, difficulty, and type of event. They then vote on the outing before placing it in an appropriate month based on their discussions and the outings attributes. Once the outings are defined they spend time planning meetings that help the troop prepare for the upcoming outings. They also look for opportunities to schedule other activities like the yearly December Fun troop outing.
Along with all the planning, the scouts also share the responsibility of cooking and cleanup for themselves and the Adult leadership. They enjoy some free time swimming listening to music hanging out and in the evening they gather for movies and popcorn.
Sunday after breakfast the PLC takes advantage of being together and holds the PLC meeting for August and finalizes details for the upcoming month. After that is finished they clean up and head home knowing that next year is now planned for the troop.
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.
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 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.