Camelback Backpacking Joshua Tree March 20th

For those of you who were not at the Troop meeting on Monday, I distributed the attached Announcement for Part 1 of the Camelback outing to Joshua Tree on March 20-21. This is the first half of two outings (second on April 24-25) that willl earn participants the Camelback Medal.
Signups will be next Monday, Feb 22nd and Permission Slips will also be distributed at that time.  I have attached the Slip for your convenience.

Please note that this outing falls on the same weekend as the Firestone Rifle Shooting activity that Mr. Weaver announced a couple of weeks ago.  Unfortunately, with the large and growing troop, packed Calendar, and needing to take advantage of cooler temps in the desert, the conflict could not be avoided so Scouts will need to choose which (if any) they wish to attend.

Announcement for Camelback Backpack Outings in Joshua Tree

Profiles of Camelback Joshua Tree Outing

Permission Slip for Camelback

Important Boy Scout Leader Training Dates

Boy Scout Leader training is just around the corner in the month of March so mark your calendars!
It is very important that a troop our size maintains qualified, experienced and trained adult leadership in all areas and levels of Scouting. The foundation and core training for Boy Scout Leaders (and interested adults) comes in four parts; New Leader Essentials, Basic Leader Training,  Outdoor Leader Training and Youth Protection.

New Leader Essentials (recently renamed “This is Scouting”) is offered on Wednesday March 17th at First United Methodist Church from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Basic Leader Training is offered on Saturday March 20th also at First United Methodist Church from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Outdoor Leader Training is offered Firestone Scout Reservation on Friday March 26th at 6:00 pm through Sunday March 28th ending at 2:30 pm.

Youth Protection is also a mandatory class for all adults and trained leaders planning on working with the boys. The next Youth Protection class is coming up on on Wednesday April 21st at First United Methodist Church from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Please go to the following link for more information and registration forms.

If the two Wednesdays do not work for you there is also the option of doing Online Training for Youth Protection and This is Scouting (New Leader Essentials). Please go to for more information.

Please note: These training events are for all adults interested in working with the Scouts and interested in attending or helping out with outings. It’s not just for leaders.  The classes only come around twice a year, Spring and Fall, so don’t miss out.  Also keep in mind that New Leader essentials is the pre-requisite for Basic Leader Training and Basic Leader Training is the pre-requisite for Outdoor Leader Training, so they really need to be taken in the order that they are offered above.

The Troop, our boys, and myself thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to complete this very important training. So come out, hone your Scout skills, better yourself, become a better role model for the boys and have fun while doing it!

Thank you again and happy Scouting!

Mr. Masters,  Asst. Scoutmaster Troop 54