|Tahoe Ski Outing
By Timothy F
Our trip to Tahoe was a great trip. The car ride up was uneventful, but once we got there, we put all our energy to work! Throwing snowballs, sledding and tackling each other inthe snow and in the cabins. By lights out, we still had energy, bu the prospect of skiing and snowboarding helped us get to tomorrow. The next days were a blur of skiing, snowboarding and SNOW! Everyone had a great time, even myself, although I had to sit in the lodge all day, both days. On Tuesday morning, we were all sad that we had to go, but we had a great time. It was great to leave though because we were all tired. All together, we had a great time, and for once I can't wait to go back next year.
at Castle Rock State Park
This was a milestone outing as it was our first time outdoor rock climbing as a troop (other than summer camp.) We spent the day climbing at Castle Rock going up a 30-feet wall and then rappeling down a different 30-feet cliff. We also spent time bouldering and then backpacked to the camp about 2.6 miles away. The Philont crew used the outing to do a 9-mile backpack run on Sunday and took a little over 4 hours to do the hike. Scouts that did the rappell and backpacked in and out of the campsite completed requirement 9b (parts 2 & 6) Congratulations! We'll look for other opportunities in the future for climbing as we now have some equipment and trained instructors.
|Wente Scout Reserve
The Wente Scout Reservation is a 2200
acre plot of land with an 80 acre lake filled with bluegill
and largemouth bass. The lake is a great place to go
swimming, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing,
and rowing. You can have some of the best sailing experiences
at the lake. My buddy and I were able to get the sailboat
to an almost 90 degree angle without capsizing for close
to 30 seconds. However, I ended up letting go of the
tiller and falling out of the boat. My buddy soon capsized.
you dont even have to worry about not being able
to get a boat since there is plenty of each kind. Wente
also has many open programs and activities. You could
go rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, or even
horse riding. Or you could shoot arrows, rifles, shotguns,
and even black powder muskets. There is also special
orienteering courses called the Kali Amas that you can
do. The merit badge program at Wente is really good.
You have to choose what merit badges you want to do
before camp starts so that they can get as many counselors
as needed. That way you can take whatever merit badges
you want to take and are guaranteed a spot in the merit
badges that you chose. We should come back next year
so that we can get more merit badges and so that the
people who have never been to Wente can experience the
great fun you can have there.
This was my first summer camp experience,
and it was awesome. The merit badges were fun and the
counselor's were nice. Many scouts were saying that
Troop 905 was hard to beat, but this year we managed
to beat them. Joey saved himself from being disqualified.
John came up to our campsite and only revealed to us
that the two top teams were in 3 seconds of each other,
but wouldn't tell us who won. At the closing campfire
it was declared that we won the Wentathalon and our
whole troop was cheering. Everyone was happy. Many people
in our troop made it to their next rank and some got
close. As everyone made it to Finney Valley every patrol
earned Honor Patrol and because of that our Troop earned
I think we should go to Wente again next year. Wente,
like everyone says, has the warmest water ever. We also
get to hike the Kali-Ama and the King Kali-Ama. I don't
think many other camps have orienteering courses. Wente
also offers a variety of merit badges for scouts to
choose from. I believe we should go to Wente again.
|Camp Hi-Sierra July
By Timothy F & Siddarth K
Nineteen scouts spent a week at our
council's summer camp, Camp Hi-Sierra. Just like every
year, we camped at the Sioux campsite. The scouts earned
about 60 merit badges along with 26 partials. In addition
to working on badges, the new scouts worked on the Trail-To-First-Class
skills. We all had fun swimming, climbing, shooting,
and playing Quiddich. We enjoyed daily campfires and
delivered a funny skit at the Friday night, campwide
campfire. Adithya Rao and Vipul Nataraj earned Chief
in the Tribe of Hi-Sierra, while most other boys earned
Brave, Warrior or Medicine Man,
keeping Mr. Kadiyala busy handing out beads all week.
There was Vespers service on a couple of nights. Mr.
Snyder accompanied three scouts on the early morning
Polar Bear swim in the snow runoff! There were numerous
service projects around the camp that the scouts participated
in. On Friday there were the camp wide games which culminated
in Mr. Snyder, once again, winning the scoutmaster's
River Canoeing June 2006
We started at Kennedy Middle School
at around 8:15 and reached our campground at around
3:30 with 3 breaks including lunch. Once we arrived,
we set up camp and had some free time. We also gathered
in the parking lot to meet our instructors and get our
helmet and life-vests. Our instructors were Neil with
his daughter Rene and her husband Tom. The next morning,
we woke up and ate breakfast. We got ready and left
for our first day of canoeing. We learned how to sit
in a canoe, take them out of the racks, and the different
ways to paddle strokes. Then we set out right after
a safety talk. Throughout the week, we learned about
the different levels of the rapids, how to find and
catch an eddie, and what to do if we capsize. We even
learned of an un-runnable rapid down river called Ishi
Pishi falls. On day 1 we did an easy run where we learned
to steer, ferry, and catch eddies. The second day we
did the same thing but went a bit farther and experienced
more rapids. On the third and fourth day we went on
the Sluice Box and Portuguese Creek rapids, both of
which were class threes. But on the fourth day we also
did the Granite Point rapids. On the last day of canoeing,
we went on O’Neil creek, the Pyramid, and …Hamburg
At camp, every day we ate chips with
salsa, played cards, some of us dug holes, and then
we slept. On Friday, most of us packed our stuff and
slept outside under the stars, all those who slept outside
saw at least 1 shooting star. The next day we did a
sweep and went home. We arrived back home at 3:00.
|Del Valle Swimming/Boating June 2006
|Del Valle Outing
By Siddarth K.
When we got there, we had to hike about
1/4 of a mile to get to our campsite from the cars.
We had to take a few trips to get all the gear down.
Our campsite was tick infested. Luckily, no one got
hurt. There was a pond next to our campsite. There was
no water at our campsite, so we had to use the pond
water for cleaning. After we set up our tents, we went
for a 3 mile hike. We took a wrong turn and it ended
up to be a 5 mile hike. After the hike, we ate lunch.
Then we went swimming. After swimming , we drove back
to our campsite and started to cook and eat dinner.
After that, we started to build the campfire. There
was lots of dry weeds near the fire pit, which were
tick infested. Still, we had to clear them out because
they were extremely flammable. We roasted miniature
marshmallows over the fire. At night, Mr. Snyder let
us look through his telescope to see Mercury, Saturn,
Venus, and Jupiter. Then we went to bed.
The next day, we packed up our tents,
and had breakfast. Then scouts went boating or swimming.
After that, we went home.
|Snow Caving Outing March 2006
trip had high expectations for me. I had gone on almost
the exact same trip two years ago, and it was a great
time. I knew that this time would be just the same.
After turning off the main highway, we all stopped to
put on our snow-chains. It was a real bumpy ride going
into camp. Luckily, everyone was able to make it through
the snow so that we didnt have to shuttle people.
The first step in building our cave was to select a
site. My group and I tried to take our time on this
because choosing the right site could drastically change
the amount work there was to do. We decided to stake
a claim close to the mess hall for convenience. We drew
out a large square foundation that could have fit four
people comfortably. We piled snow inside of the square
and it gradually rose until it was adequate in height.
After a little bit of tinkering with the overall shape,
we added in our center pole and went to lunch, satisfied
with our work.
It began to snow during lunch, but I decided that we
should start working again. Unlike the previous time
I had gone snow caving, we started to tunnel and hollow
out our cave after a little over an hour instead of
two hours. The snow had become hard to work with last
time because it had settle and stuck together. We chose
a corner of our square-like mound as a doorway and began
to tunnel. It was slow going at first because there
was little space to loosen up the snow and haul it out.
But as we progressed, the quantities of snow we hauled
out at a time grew. Eventually we were able to fit a
sled into the doorway to load snow. While I chiseled
off large chunks of the caves interior and loaded
it onto the sled, Prithvi would haul it out and dump
it elsewhere. One time the snow I carved out got stuck
to the bottom of the hallway, making it impossible for
me to get out. I needed a little assistance and would
to thank the scouts who helped me out.
In the afternoon, our cave was big enough for two people
so I made a drainage system and vent and we both made
our beds. I later lit a candle in the cave to warm it
up. By then it was almost dinnertime and I spent some
time helping out on some other caves. I would especially
like to thank Mr. Haas for helping build at least three
caves. His support made the experience a lot more enjoyable
for some of the scouts. We hauled in firewood from the
cars on a sled and had a nice warm fire to go with
our meal of soup, salad, pasta, and garlic bread. After
a nice campfire, we were all ready for bed. My cave
had inherited a third person, so it was really cozy.
I woke up to find the walls of the cave a light whitish
blue in the morning. Daylight was seeping through to
the inside. There was a thin blanket of powder everywhere
outside. After breakfast and dish cleanup, we had to
dismantle our caves. I was a little sad to do so, but
in the process we realized how thick our walls were.
From the outside, our cave looked big, but was much
smaller on the side. Maybe
thats why it was so warm! I proposed that we could
use the snow caves as bases for our snowball fight.
Since there were two good-sized caves down near the
river, we used those. After carving off the tops, we
had our forts and it was the older scouts versus the
younger scouts and the adults. It was really fun. After
cleaning up the mess hall, we loaded up and headed home.
We all had a great time.
|Wente Summer Camp August 2005
Wente Summer Camp
Wente Summer Camp this year was exciting in many ways.
Every day had its share of suspense. Most scouts were
busy completing a merit badge or finishing requirements
for rank advancements. However, if for some reason you
finished early, there was always something to do. Wente
is a very large reservation, and there are trails, which
lead to Kali Ama posts. Kali Ama posts are placed somewhere
along the many trails through the reservation. You are
given a topographic map, which have dots placed where
the Kali Ama Posts are located. I believe our troop
had the most kids complete the Kali Ama's.
On Sunday night there was a big Welcome to Wente campfire.
Staff members put up skits for all the troops to watch
while enjoying two huge bonfires. Monday was our official
first day of merit badge classes and eagle trail classes.
Tuesday night, we had our troop outpost. It was the
Mountaineering outpost. Our troop went to the climbing
rock at about 4:30 p.m. We all got to choose 2 out of
4 available climbing spots and climb. After climbing/rappelling,
we had a delicious pasta and garlic bread meal. On Wednesday,
instead of eating lunch in the dining hall, we had a
lunch across the lake. Each member of our troop got
to choose to Kayak, Canoe, or take a Rowboat, across
the 70-acre lake. We boated across the lake to a nice
picnic spot where we made sandwiches. On Wednesday night
some of the scouts went on the overnight Risin W' Corral
ride. They got to ride a horse on a trail for about
2 hours, stop at outpost where they ate delicious steak,
beans, and salad. They slept under the stars that night
and woke up early in the morning so they could take
a 45-minute ride back to camp just before flags. Thursday
afternoon our troop had a service project. We had to
clean the Madrone showers. Friday afternoon our troop
had a troop shoot. Each scout took a turn at shooting
a 22-caliber rifle. That night we had a huge camp barbeque.
The kitchen staff made delicious burgers for the whole
camp. That night we also had our closing campfire.
There were some wonderful skits put up by the counselors
and at the end scouts from different years at Wente
were each taken to different place and awarded their
Finney Valley if they completed the requirements. Saturday
morning was our last day at camp. Our troop raised the
colors in front of the whole camp that morning. Overall
I personally think that the summer camp trip was a great
trip for new scouts, first years, and second years.
Everyone learned so much, however the learning experience
was not always in a positive way. During the trip, some
very expensive items were stolen and thrown into the
latrine. Our troop was also late to not only troop flags
but also to camp flags a few times. These are negative
experiences, however at the end we all learned our lesson.
We would also like to thank Richard Kurasaki who came
to join our troop at Wente because he could not go with
Next year I strongly encourage even more scouts to
go to Wente, it's a wonderful weeklong experience.
|4:07 PM - 07 October 2005 - Seong Y.
|Yosemite June 2005
By Paul B.
Half Dome is one of the many wonders of Yosemite.
It is a long and rigorous hike to get to half
dome and the rock itself is ominous and takes
some courage to get up. It is necessary to have
incredible strength, courage, and determination.
Not only is this hike extremely tiring, but also
requires tremendous amount of preparation.
Whether you are doing it all in one day or you
plan to stay over night, it's beautiful either
way. I went on the overnight and it was a very
unique experience. We left early on Thursday morning
from our campsite in Wawona and drove to our starting
point. We started at about 11:00AM and backpacked
up to Little Yosemite Valley. We then hiked over
to the base of Moraine Dome where we slept for
The campsite we stayed at was fantastic. There
were a few choices all along the riverside. However,
we decided that we wanted the one with fewer mosquitoes
and that happened to be the one right next to
the river. Right next to our campsite was a massive
water slide fed by the Merced River. It was just
12 miles from Merced Lake, where the headwaters
for the Merced River lies. That night we went
to bed relatively early and woke up the next morning
we set out for Half Dome.
We had to backpack out of our camp and find an
unoccupied bear locker in Little Yosemite Valley
to store our packs in. We then traveled to Half
Dome. On the way up to Half Dome, you encounter
a long set of neatly carved steps called The Stairs.
In my opinion, these were actually harder then
the climb up Half Dome itself. Once you got to
the top of the Stairs, you could see the great
ominous rock lying straight in front of you.
We took a little rest stop to eat some lunch
and made our way up Half Dome. Once we got up
there, there was a lot of space to move around.
There was even snow left on top. It was a magnificent
view of the entire valley from the top and it
was definitely worth the 22 miles of hiking 15
or so of which were backpacking.
Once we got back to the cars, we decided to stop
for some well-deserved pizza. Unfortunately, the
bear problem in Curry Village led us to carrying
our backpacks without choice; the backpacks literally
felt like carrying a sofa behind our backs by
now. So, we had to backpack to our pizza. A small
price to pay for a long yearned for treat. If
I was asked to hike up to the Half Dome, I'd submit
in a heartbeat.
|Last Updated on
June 28, 2009