Scout Skills Field Day:
This event is sponsored by Scout Parents Inc., and is held the 4th Saturday in February. This is a day of learning and practicing scout skills. It is open to all boys in the troop. The morning is spent practicing different skills such as knot tying, nature, and orienteering. In the afternoon scouts compete to complete different activities and may earn a “Block E” patch which may be worn on their scout uniform.
This is also sponsored by Scout Parents Inc. The pancake breakfast is the first Saturday in May and is held at Ernie Howlett Park. Scouts from different troops take shifts cooking pancakes outdoors for the families and friends of scouting that have purchased breakfast tickets. Scout service hours are earned at this activity. This is a fund riser; the troop earns $1 for each ticket our troop sells. Scouts also earn scout bucks for selling tickets.
Scout Swim Meet:
Scout Parents Inc. sponsors this meet each September. It is usually held at Torrance plung on a Sunday. Scouts, regardless of their speed or skill in a particular stroke (you must be able to swim), may enter the competition. Both individual and relay races are held.
Emerald Bay Summer Camp:
Summer camp is always a highlight of the scouting program for many scouts. It is a time for you to get away and camp for a week and enjoy the comradeship of your friends. All members of the troop (new scouts too) are encouraged to go. Our troop traditionally goes the first week in August to Emerald Bay on Catalina Island.
There are many fun activities in which to participate at Emerald Bay. It is also a good opportunity to work on rank advancement and merit badges. In order to participate in the water activities, each scout must have already earned the Swimming Merit Badge. The troop will provide an opportunity for new scouts to earn this badge prior to going to Emerald Bay.
Before joining to camp there is a parents information meeting to inform any new parents about the details of Emerald Bay. At this time all boys going to camp can sign up for activities and merit badges they would like to do at camp.
We leave by boat on Sunday and return the following Saturday. All scouts are to be in full uniform of the trip to camp. The troop camps together sleeping in platform tents. Depending on the number of scouts going, two to four adult leaders also attend.
In the spring, out troop schedules a Sunday afternoon for a potluck picnic at a local park. This is at time for the scouts to play, participate in some organized activities, and have some free time. The picnic is an opportunity for a boy and his family who are thinking about joining our troop to come and visit. It is a good time for new scouts and their parents to get better acquainted with the troop families.
Order of the Arrow:
Order of the Arrow (OA) is an organization within Scouting to promote camping and serve. Membership in the Order of the Arrow is an honor bestowed on a Scout by members of his troop. To be eligible for nomination, a Scout must be at least First Class in rank, have spent 15 nights camping, and be approved by the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster’s recommendation is based on many things including maturity, Scout Spirit, participation in the Troop, etc. Follow Scouts elect candidates for Order of the Arrow from among nominated Scout in the spring at a regular troop meeting under the supervision of the council’s OA lodge.
Those elected are tapped out at the Spring Camporee in April. Initiation involves an ordeal weekend or hard work in mid to late May.
Fourth of July BBQ:
This is the troop’s major fund-raiser. On the 4th of July we cook and serve barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs at the 4th of July Family Picnic at Richardson Elementary School. Each family and scout are expected to help with this fund-raiser in some way – planning, serving, cooking, etc. It is great fun and financially rewarding to our troop.
Any parent who has particular outdoor interests such as skiing, rocketry, boating, canoeing, cycling, or rappelling is welcome to coordinate with the Outdoor Activities Chairman to organize and carry out such activities with the Troop.