Back after a year off the Troop once again took over the ramada at bumblebee ranch for a weekend of introductions, training, fun, and good times.
This year’s Fire was provided by our own Lucas Whitsell our current Fire Marshal. Saturday night skits were a big hit and the PLC manage to keep everything on schedule! Thanks to all that came out for the good times and thanks to all the new scouts that crossed over into the Troop.
The Superstitions are a place of beauty in the spring and this year was no exception. It had been 3 years since the last outing to this remote location deep in the heart of the Superstitions. On this trip, we had 11 Scouts and 7 adults participate in this 8 mile out and back backpacking trip. Water was abundant close to camp and all had a good time. The AM temperatures dipped into the mid 20º on this trip keeping scouts in their bags a little longer than planned but all made it out close to on time.
2020 has been a year of doing things differently and the bike outing was no exception. This year we had the Group camp for both Friday and Saturday evenings allowing us to start and end from camp. Mr. Brian Kloft did an excellent job of providing a challenging course once again and the scouts ate it up. With over 27.5 miles this was the longest ride by fare. We hit many of the favorite locations along the way including balancing rock. Thanks to the 30+ participants for another memorable bike outing.
It’s November 21, and it is a beautiful day to get out and hike. 21 scouts and adults made the drive to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park trailhead to make the hike to the fatality site. The hike is a mix of steep rocky beauty and somber overviews. The memorial at the fatality site really brought the magnitude of the tragedy to light. This is well worth the effort and a must-do if you have never done it before. Here is a link to the park’s website with more details.
It’s a month later than we historically have attempted summiting Arizona’s largest mountain and it was colder too. October temps are 10-20º colder than we typically see in September and it was apparent as everyone was outfitted in poof jackets hats and gloves. The cooler weather did help allow us to carry less water than we have in the past and still remain well hydrated. Congratulations to this year’s group of submitters.