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Leadership Retreat Recap

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 8:29pm

The Troop 774 Leadership Retreat, held from September 17th to the 18th, was a great opportunity for the old and new leaders to pass on knowledge and have a good time in the process. The weekend began at Casper’s Wilderness Park where the scouts arrived at Campsite “B”, and they started to get the camp set-up. From there they got their tents up, and the scouts started working on dinner. Dinner was spaghetti (because of limited propane, the scouts made a specialty, “Eight Minute Spaghetti!”), salad, and garlic bread, which was one of the finest dinners in 774 history! After the scouts finished, they cleaned up the patrol boxes and put everything away. While the scouts waited for it to get dark, they discussed new leadership tactics and they passed off their positions to the new leaders. Then, the scouts participated in a variety of games showing the importance of working together and also expressing the concept that every scout is important to the troop. Once it was sufficiently dark (and cold!), the scouts started a campfire and discussed upcoming events. By that time the fire was a nice mix of flames and coals, so out came the s’mores supplies! As the night progressed, scouts slowly started meandering off to get to their tents and sleeping bags.

Eagle Court Of Honor Recap

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 8:28pm

On Saturday, September 24th, family, friends, and scout-mates of Alex Friend, Cameron Mosher, Jack Cochran, and Andy Efthymiou gathered to celebrate their Eagle Court of Honor. As you probably know, the Eagle Rank is the highest rank a scout can earn, and the four scouts listed above achieved this rank. The Court of Honor started with a presentation of the stages of scouting by the Troop scouts. This was followed by a presentation of the requirements for the Eagle rank by Manue Lopez. After this, Mr. Goode, Mr. Williams (former Scoutmasters), and Mr. Major (current Scoutmaster) reflected on the good times that they each had with the four Eagle Scouts. Mrs. Morgan-Perelka then presented the eagle badges and pins to the scouts and their families, followed by an Eagle Nest ceremony by Wesley Estep and an Eagle Charge ceremony by Nathan Morgan.

Beach Clean Up Recap

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 8:18pm

On Saturday, September 17th, 17 scouts with their parents and friends showed up at Salt Creek Beach to help in Coastal Cleanup Day 2016. Together, all of the volunteers worked for three hours, scouring the beach for any trash that they could see. They found old bottles and cans, trash bags, and many tiny bits of Styrofoam left over from cups and plates. Even though the troop filled nearly 10 bags of trash, there was barely a noticeable impact on the ground. It was still littered with small Styrofoam pieces. Whenever a scout picked up a piece of trash, it always seemed like there was another one ready to take its place, then another, then another still. Although the scouts tried very hard to pick-up everything, they still couldn’t get rid of all the trash. Still, the scouts did their best to clean the beach, and found sand toys, plastic, light strings, pry-bars, tarps, and other unusual pieces of trash. The scouts then headed for home, feeling a sense of fulfillment that they had helped the environment in a positive way.

Bridge to Nowhere Backpacking Trip Recap

Posted on Aug 30 2016 - 8:39am

The Bridge to Nowhere was a fun backpacking trip that took place on August 20th and 21st. Scouts experienced a backpacking campout that was a 10 mile round trip. It was three miles to our camp from where we parked. Along this trail, we had to pass through a river multiple times, and we had to hike through many plants, such as a plant everyone calls the death plant because everyone was getting poked and scratched by them (just ask the parents).

Unit Backpack Training Recap

Posted on May 27 2016 - 5:47pm

Unit Backpack Training, held from May 14th through the 15th, 2016 was an amazing learning experience for the scouts from Troop 774. On Saturday, the bleary-eyed scouts arrived in the parking lot of Carl’s Jr. at 4:45 in the morning. After arranging drivers, they were off to Mataguay Scout Camp, where the class was being held. There, they met their instructor, Mr. B, who showed them the ropes for basic backpacking. After supplying the scouts with the necessary gear and a brief safety talk, the group was off! Pumped up with energy, the scouts hiked in legs of a half mile to a mile, at a time. In between legs, the scouts stopped to catch their breath and pick up a couple skills to use while backpacking. After about three hours and three miles, the scouts stopped for lunch on some boulders that they found on the trail. Some rested, while others napped, while others still just sat and ate.

OC Register to host tour and seminar for Journalism Merit Badge

Posted on May 19 2016 - 12:02am

OC Register to host tour and seminar for Journalism Merit Badge

When: Wednesday, May 25th from 3-5 PM
Where: 625 N. Grand Ave, Santa Ana

Register: www.ocbsa.kintera.org/journalism

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