On Veterans Day weekend Troop 54 scouts along with Mr. Wold, adult leaders and two eagle scouts Daniel and JP ventured to Amboy Crater. We hiked and explored caves and tunnels from an old volcano and up in the mountains to search for trilobite fossils. Back at camp we had a fun time setting off rockets. The weather was perfect and we all had a blast. I’ve enjoyed being webmaster these past 6 months and I would like to congratulate all the new scout leaders in our Troop.
A great weekend for Troop 54. In the Rio Hondo Renaissance Camporee, Troop 54 earned the coveted ‘Shovel’ which is given to the top troop. Great effort and extreme preparation led Troop 54 win this year. Alex Garcia, the Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader,the other leadership scouts, plus all of the parents and the Troop’s Scoutmaster – Lonnie Wold, lead the Troop in achieving this most significant win.
Congratulations to Daniel for achieving the highest rank in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout. It was truly an honor to participate in and be present at the National Eagle Court of Honor for Daniel at Faith Lutheran Church. Family, friends and fellow scouts were in attendance and the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. During the ceremony the guest speakers were Mr. Taylor, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Masters, Daniel’s father. The stories told by the guest speakers were very inspiring especially to us scouts that we too can continue on our path and work hard towards eagle. What was cool too was that not only did Daniel’s grandfather attend, but to learn that he too is an Eagle Scout. The benediction was Daniel’s teacher, Mr. Morrow, and his words of thanks to scouts is truly heartfelt. A reception followed after the ceremony and there was a display of items from Daniel’s life as a scout from Cub Scout to Boy Scout, his uniform, scout caps, belt loops, merit badges and also his grandfather’s merit badge sash, patches and picture of when he was an eagle. That was truly fantastic. Congratulations Daniel!!
Webelos weekend was held on the weekend of the 13th-15th of September. Friday the 13th, the scouts and webelos arrived at Firestone and setup camp. Then they met with their assigned patrol leaders to have dinner which was provided by the adults. I went to webelos weekend and was assigned to be a patrol leader but instead I got to work at a station called fire building. Saturday after breakfast the webelos made a patrol flag, had to think of a patrol yell and a patrol name before they set off to do activities. The scouts who weren’t patrol leaders went to prepare for the upcoming classes being held in the afternoon. When the webelos came to their class we taught them the importance of sharp tools and fire. But the fire class was separate from the sharp tools class because it can be dangerous when taught at the same time. The webelos were well behaved during class. Later after dinner, we had some free time and played a game of football. During the football game one of the boy scouts saw a tarantula and he told the other scouts and webelos to come and see. We didn’t want to hurt the spider but we had to move the tarantula away from the camp so it wouldn’t get stepped on. The scouts and webelos then continued the game and had a good time. After the game we had the campfire. Everyone from webelos, to scouts and adults sang songs and performed skits and all were fantastic. Sunday morning after breakfast all boy scouts took down all the tents and in the mean time the webelos went to a final activity that was about first aid. After the activity the webelos went on a small hike, up a small mountain and some of the boy scouts stayed behind to take down the kitchen and put other equipment back inside the trailer. As the webelos got back from their hike we made a small snack for the end of their hike and then we went home.
On August 26, at our weekly meeting, Troop 54 had an awesome time catapulting water balloons from a far distance. Some scouts sneaked up to the other groups and threw water balloons at them. Even though it was for fun, Mr. Masters put a stop to it for safety and because it was best and more fun to catapult water balloons. All in all the scouts had a fun time, and only a few got hit by water balloons. With the weather being so hot, this water activity sure felt great!
At the August 19th meeting, Troop 54 scouts launched 2 liter bottles in the air, and by only attaching cardboard fins and a nose cone. The scouts were having fun, even the adults. The scouts prepared their rockets for 25 minutes then we filled them up with water and launched them high in the sky. Some went higher than other ones, some rockets were really creative and cool. For example one patrol attached a long ribbon so that when it was launched, it looked like a dragon. By the time we finished we had to police the area to make sure there were no pieces of trash left. All in all it was a fun evening.