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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

Camporee Recap

Posted on May 1 2016 - 8:14pm

Camporee, held from April 22nd through April 24th at Oso Lake was a great experience and a fun competition with the other local troops. When the troop arrived on Friday, the scouts were able to successfully set-up the campsite, including the tents, patrol boxes, troop tables, and boundaries. Now sufficiently drained of energy, the scouts retired to their tents and played card games and read books until bedtime. On Saturday, the scouts got off to an extra early start (5:30 AM) and made hot chocolate and had orange juice until breakfast. The scouts were then treated to a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, and (the scout’s favorite, but a Scoutmaster’s nightmare) doughnuts provided by the Order of the Arrow (OA). During the day, scouts competed in a variety of stations:

Hollywood Hike Recap

Posted on Apr 22 2016 - 3:24pm

On April 2nd, 2016, Mr. Haugo and Mr. Canaria led a group of scouts on an amazing ten mile hike. First, the scouts met at the church at 6:00 a.m. From there, they carpooled to Bronson Canyon-Griffith Park where it was just a short hike to see Bronson Caves. They even got to see a movie shoot going on there. From there, scouts couldn’t seem to find the trail indicated on the map, so Mr. Haugo decided to reverse the hike. They then hiked up to the Hollywood sign where they saw amazing views of Los Angeles and even got to see the view of the back of the sign. From there, the scouts hiked back down a little ways and stopped for lunch beside the trail. Once the group was rested, the scouts made a big loop and continued down to the Griffith observatory where they saw amazing views of the front of the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles basin stretching out in front of them. From there, it was nothing short of an adventure! Scouts were able to meander their way down to the trail, but couldn’t seem to find a solid way back to the cars. The group asked a park attendant for advice, but still couldn’t seem to figure out the directions on their maps. Scouts eventually found the right trail and were impressed by sweeping views of the Bronson canyon and the caves below them. From there, scouts pushed onward, often scooting along in a sitting position, slowly sliding along the trail, using it like a steep slide until they made it back to the cars. This ten mile hike was one that all of the scouts will probably never forget!

Pre-Camporee Recap

Posted on Mar 30 2016 - 5:48pm

Pre-Camporee, held from March 18, 2016 through March 20, 2016 at O’Neill Regional Park, was a great time! When the troop arrived on Friday, the scouts efficiently set-up the patrol cooking areas and arranged their tent partners. Then, they got out all of their tents, set those-up as well, and played card games, talked to friends, or read until lights-out at ten o’clock. On Saturday, the scouts woke-up and made breakfasts consisting of bagels, sausage, toast and more!

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