April 22-23 was the annual R-C outing with the Pack. Troop 323 and 3323 joined Pack 323 at Camp R-C for their last outing of the year. They took hikes, the older scouts taught skills to younger scouts, and Mr. McCauley cooked a delicious meal. Also, there were scouts skits, and corny jokes in the amphitheater. The pack had a fun time hanging out with the troop, and they can’t wait to crossover.
On April 15-16 Troop 323, and Troop 3323 had their beginners backpacking trip for the scouts who just crossed at the last outing. Prior to the trip, the troops prepared the new by showing how backpacking was different from car camping, and how to pack a backpack. However, there is no better way to learn than just going out and experiencing it for yourself. The new scouts along with the troop hiked 1.5 miles to the camping spot, learned how to set up their tents, and cooked a yummy meal of tortellini. It was a hot weekend, but that didn’t discourage anyone, it was a successful outing and no new scouts were scared from the experience, so I call that a win.
Annual Crossover Outing at Bumble Bee Ranch
On March 18-19 troop 323 and 3323 held their Annual Crossover Outing at Bumble Bee Ranch. This outing was well attended by scouts from both troops. The new scout patrol, the eagles, has seven new scouts five of which are in troop 323, and the other two in 3323. These new scouts learned a bunch of new skills from personal fitness to tying knots to building fire! The evening persisted of the crossover ceremony, the flag retirement ceremony, dad jokes and delicious cobbler. Overall it was another successful crossover outing.
The ski trip is a classic for troops 323 and 3323,
The Troop has done this favorite outing for the last several years, and as always it was a smashing success. The troop left Friday February 10 to drive up to Flagstaff to spend a fun weekend skiing in Snow Bowl. The troop had lots of fun, there were some first time skiers who had never hit the slopes and some veteran scouts who already had their ski legs…. Or would you say snow legs.
This year the troop got to stay in the army barracks at Camp Navajo located near the ski resort.
Jan 23 Charlebois Springs Outing
This was an overnight backpacking trip in the Superstition Mountains, from the Peralta Trailhead to Charlebois Springs, a 6.9-mile hike.
The troop starts the hike on Dutchman Trail, #104. Very shortly after, we switch onto Bluff Spring Trail, #235. After a few miles on Bluff Spring, we find an intersection connecting back up with the Dutchman Trail again. This took us to our camp site at Charlebois Springs.
This year the Troop was able to camp in the area closest to the spring. Water was available at the campsite. The weather for this outing was good on Saturday but turned cold and wet for Sunday’s hike back out.