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Troop 339 – Where Eagles Dare – April 2013

Where Eagles Dare


Do you have news to contribute to this issue? Email the troop webmaster Peter Gruenbeck with your stories and updates.

Troop Outdoor Program


On the weekend of Mar 1-3, a good group of scouts and adults camped in ideal weather at O'Neill Park. Scouts worked on advancement and camporee skills and completed a service project for the park.


Another perfect weather weekend greeted us at Camp Firestone on March 15-17 for the Camporee. This year the troop ran the First Aid Carry event which ran really well and no injuries. The Panda patrol won a pizza party patrol outing to The Pizza Bakery in Newport Beach for their efforts on the Commissioner Scout Law game. See the photo gallery.

Scout Sunday

First of all, congratulations to those receiving their religious awards yesterday and very big thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday's Scout Sunday Pancake Breakfast.  I received numerous "thank you's" from the church members and Pastor Tim.  Job well done! - Kara Nomura

During the service we recognized 3 youth who completed their God and Life programs: Blake Buckwald of Troop 106, Christina Fraizer of Crew 316, and Christian Redman of Crew 339. Also recognized by surprise were Patty and Martin Hansen with the St George Cross for their years of service to both youth and church. Watch the photo gallery.

District Events

Rancho Del Mar District Dinner

Troop 339 was represented by Jenni Sisk with Taylor, Michelle and Bill Graham, Peter with Zoe Gruenbeck, and Angela and Bob Stern.  Peter presented the Spirit of Scouting award to the 2012 recipient Chinh Vu of Troop 105 in Irvine. Bob, Jenni and Bill were all recognized by the troop as "Extra Milers" for their service to scouting.

Silver Beaver Dinner

Silver Beaver award

The Annual Recognition dinner on Mar 13th recognized 3 youth for lifesaving and heroic efforts, the sea scouts for winning the Koch International Sailing cup, and 21 new Silver Beavers including Peter Gruenbeck. Peter joins a handful of Silver Beavers from the troop history that includes Johnny and Patty Earnest and Tim Ritchey.


Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?

Mark your calendars for 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central) on Monday, March 4. The six-episode series continues every Monday night until the season finale on April 8 on the National Geographic Channel.

Watch the video trailer:

Upcoming Events

Beach Campout

April 6-7 planned for San Mateo campground at San Clemente beach. Bike riding, hiking, advancement and more are possible. Watch the troop website for more information.

Eagle Recognition Dinner 

On behalf of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, it is our honor to invite you to attend the 2013 Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner to be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove, where we will recognize the accomplishments of the class of 2012 Eagle Scouts, Quartermasters and Venturing Silver Award recipient. This past year 738 outstanding young men and women achieved Scouting’s highest achievements. This represents the largest class of Eagle Scouts in our council’s history! Community leaders, Scouters, Unit Leaders, family members and guests are all invited to attend this marquee event. Please see the enclosed sign-up form for more information about how you may participate as an Eagle Sponsor/Mentor for the evening. Or register online at


Our very special guest and keynote speaker for this exceptional evening is Eagle Scout-Class of 1981, Keith Rhodes, Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Orange County-Inland Empire. Mr. Rhodes, a native of Anchorage, Alaska has dedicated the past 23 years to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children across the country. In college Mr. Rhodes was recruited to play basketball and football at the legendary Grambling University. Following a very successful NCAA career he was recruited to play in the NFL before suffering a career ending knee injury. Mr. Rhodes also has a real life “Blind Side” story to tell about his close association with Detroit Pistons starting forward, Greg Monroe. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary testimony.

I would like to invite you to join us in recognizing the extraordinary achievements of these gifted Scouts by sponsoring (hosting) an Eagle Scout, Quartermaster or Venturing Silver recipient at the dinner. You may also consider contributing financially to this very special evening as an event sponsor to help underwrite the event costs. (<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="" http:="""" wp-content="" uploads="" 2013="" 02="" eagledinnersponsorformback2013a.pdf"="" title="Sponsor Form Back" target="_blank" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(35, 63, 93);">Click here for form)

By supporting this event you and your company align yourselves with the very brightest and best of the Boy Scouts of America, the most successful youth leadership development organization in the world. Enclosed with this letter is a sponsor form with details about the various sponsorship levels and advertising opportunities available. Please consider joining us as an Eagle Scout or event sponsor at this marquee event. With your event sponsorship you will receive priority seating and your company name/logo will be advertised during the audio-visual portion of the program. Your company will also be provided advertising space with a congratulatory message in the commemorative program that will be provided to each dinner attendee.

Please accept my personal thanks for considering this very special opportunity to provide a celebratory and memorable evening for these very deserving young men and women. Your support will not only make a difference in our 2013 event, it will also allow us to continue recognizing the accomplishments of motivated Scouts who will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Quartermaster or Venturing Silver Award in the future.

Come join us for this amazing evening of celebration and inspiration. You can register on line or fill out the attached registration form and return it to the council office via Marty Cutrone at Or if you have any questions, call (714) 546-4990 ext. 143.


Paul Haas

Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner Chairman

EagleSignup Form

Parent/Guest Form

Eagle Sponsor Form Front

Eagle Sponsor Form Back


Mark your calendars for May 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Oak Canyon Regional Park (5305 Santiago Canyon Drive, Silverado). Scout-O-Rama is the annual trade show of Scouting in Orange County that is attended by over 30,000 people. Don’t miss out on participating in the Scout-O-Rama show.

In past years the boys have selected dutch oven cooking as their booth. This year they seem to be leaning toward a Chess booth. There are opportunities here for Chess merit badge and cub scout belt loop and pin.


Committee Chair

Just a quick reminder we have a Parent Meeting this coming Monday, Apr 1st. Please email me anything you want to include on the Agenda.
Kara Nomura

Training Opportunities

See the new and improved Del Mar District web site for up to date district training info.

Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training (S24)

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, April 20, 2013, LDS Stake, 2300 Bonita Canyon Dr, Newport Beach (same location as Del Mar District roundtable)

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) (S11)

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, May 18, 2013, Irvine Park

  • Wood Badge

    21st Century Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training program available for Adult Scout Leaders who are involved in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Woodbadge is designed to train leaders using the latest skills and techniques of Leadership. Similar courses on the corporate side cost thousands of dollars per attendee and may not offer the same depth.
    Course information for 2013 spring and fall should be updated shortly.

    Contact Peter Gruenbeck, Chris Edgerly or one of our NYLT trained youth for more information.

  • NYLT

    The NYLT course simulates a month in the life of a unit. It is a six-day course, usually held at Lost Valley. It reinforces and expands upon Be-Know-Do leadership. As a leader you will utilize the Teaching EDGE(TM) for the Scouts to learn a number of leadership skills and concepts. The youth will learn about the stages of team development and how to match the most appropriate leadership style with the developmental stage of the individual or team. The course has many challenges for the candidates, including its culmination where they undergo a quest for the meaning of leadership, which they then present to the entire NYLT troop.

    Contact Peter Gruenbeck, Chris Edgerly or one of our NYLT trained youth for more information.

c/o Peter Gruenbeck * 3137 Killarney Lane * Costa Mesa * 92626