A major element of the Scouts BSA is volunteer work, and on February 4 troop 323 and 3323 had another great year of scouting for food. Troop 323 has hosted an annual food drive for Mom’s Pantry (13440 N Cave Creek Rd). Scouts passed out flyers promoting this event the week prior to the food drive. Then on the day of the drive scouts collected bags of food from people’s houses in total they collected 1,911 pounds of food.
Wow, that’s a lot of food!!!
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.
Dec 22 Arcade night
This year’s December troop fun meeting was held at Starfighters Arcade. Located at 4840 E. Jasmine St., Mesa, 85205, it was approx 45 minutes away.
All machines are part of a personal collection that grew too big for a warehouse so they rented old office space and set up an arcade with all the games. There are more than 100 upright arcade games and more than forty pinball machines. During the party all games were free to the troop, so no one needed to bring quarters.
Thank you to Wyatt and Ms. Newell for planning such a fun event!!
Dec 22 Annual Troop 323 Bike Outing
This was a 27+ mile cross-country mountain bike ride through the pristine desert of north Scottsdale, starting at Browns Ranch Trailhead and ending at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park on the edge of Fountain Hills
The Troop met at LOM school on Friday evening and then drove to McDowell Mountain Regional Park Youth Group Campground to set up camp.
Saturday morning we drove 30 minutes to Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. We started our ride at Brown’s Ranch trailhead. We stop at points of interest and had lunch at ‘Balanced Rock’, which is about halfway thru the ride. After lunch, we continue the ride back to McDowell Mountain Regional Park via the Delsie Trail and then on to the youth campsite in time for dinner.
Sunday morning after eating and packing up camp the troop once again had the option to do a short bike ride on the park’s “Sports track” a fast-flowing trail.
Nov 22 Humphreys Peak
This car camp with an extensive and challenging hike at a high elevation, including an ascent of Humphreys Peak which, at 12,600 feet, is the highest point in AZ. In late November it was cold!
The Troop camped off FR222. On Saturday morning they drive to the Snow Bowl parking lot for the Humphreys Peak Trail trailhead (trail #51, trailhead elevation is 9,300 ft).
Humphreys Trail is steep, long, extremely rocky, and icy at this time of year. Above the tree line, it exposes you completely to the whims of nature. Here it may snow during any month of the year.
Scouts had two options
- Scouts can choose to return to the trailhead, making for a 6-mile round-trip hike, and drive back to the camping area.
- Proceed up the trail another 2.5 miles to the peak (12,600 ft). This will result in an 11-mile round-trip hike with a total of 3,300 ft elevation gain. (Recommended for more experienced and older scouts only).
Two Scouts and one Adult chose to summit and return. Congratulations to the brave trio.