February 2013 Where Eagles Dare

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Troop 339 – Where Eagles Dare – February 2013

Where Eagles Dare

Troop Outdoor Program

Horseback Riding Campout

On the weekend of January 12, the intrepid scouts and leaders of Troop 339 braved freezing temperatures in the campgrounds of Prado Regional Park. The big draw for the weekend was the horseback riding - a first for many of the scouts. Some of the scouts were still grinning ear to ear at Monday's troop meeting. The brave scouts were: RJ S, Caleb S,William N, Adam A, Kyle B, Jacob S, and Bennett A. Photos will be available in the Galleries later.

Home Town History Bike Hike

Unfortunaty the weather did not cooperate for safe bike riding, so the troop met at the church hall instead for rank advancement and to practice knots and lashings skills to make a proper bridge for our upcoming Webelos Crossover ceremonies.

San Jacinto Winter Hike

The hike yesterday (Feb 2) was a huge success.  We covered 4.2 miles round trip.  The tram ride was "uplifting" to say the least!! 

We took five boys:  Joey M, Kyle B, Christopher N, William N and Caleb S.  Since we had a variety of patrols represented, we decided to make an honorary patrol for the hike called the Skunk Cabbage Patrol!   The adults were Harold Orlando, Bob Barnard, Tom Nomura and me (Russell).

The hike was definitely challenging and fun.  While there was not enough snow on the ground for snow shoes, there was plenty for some impromptu snow ball fights.  We also saw quite a few slips and several boys have made a note to get real hiking shoes for future snow hikes. We at lunch at a closed ranger station near the Round Valley Camp Ground and the sun popped out to keep us warm while we ate.  The weather was about as good as it could be.  I believe it was 38 degrees when we arrived at the tram station and remained around that temperature most of the time.  The higher we hiked the cooler it got and the more snow we encountered.  Tom Nomura has decided he prefers cold weather hiking and I may be on his team.  It kept things from getting too hot with the packs on our backs.

We completed our trip with a stop at the Hadley Fruit Company for Banana Date Shakes, which seemed to go over with all the boys.  I think nearly everyone would love to go back!  Perhaps we can make it a camp out in the snow!!!

Submitted by SM Russell Snider

Leadership - University of Scouting

The University of Scouting event at Santa Ana College was well attended with over 300 scouters in attendance, as well as a fair number of OA youth providing lunch service, a handfull of Venturering youth, and a full class of Den Chiefs. SM/ASM specific was also offered along with the Commissioner College. There were also an amazing number of Wood Badge leaders there for the beading ceremony. The UoS offered about 60 classes on a wide variety of topics. I attended classes on organizing troop and venturing shooting events and one on using internet social media in scouting programs. I also led a minisession on the Philmont Training Center and how to make a low cost family vacation out of it. The fellowship with scouting friends from all over the council was also supurb.
If you missed any classes, some of the classes posted handouts on the resources page at http://www.uofscouting.org/

Submitted by Peter Gruenbeck

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:  http://youtu.be/jSY6ouLDqkA

Upcoming Events

Scout Sunday

Feb 10 @ 10am Flag Ceremony, Scripture readings, presentation of religious awards. Pancake breakfast cooked by boys for congregation following service. More info at Monday's parent meeting.

District Awards Dinner

The former Rancho Del Mar district will be celebrating and recognizing its top leaders at the annual District Awards Dinner "Soaring with the Eagles" on Feb 27th at Concordia University in Irvine. Sign up now to save your spot - Registration form: http://ranchodelmar.ocbsa.org/files/Registration2013.pdf

Event info page: http://ranchodelmar.ocbsa.org/node/177


Mar 1-3 - TBD

Committee Chair

Just a quick reminder we have a Parent Meeting this coming Monday, Feb 4th. Please email me anything you want to include on the Agenda.
Kara Nomura

Training Opportunities

  • HAT Winter Camping

    There is HAT winter backpack training available on http://hat.ocbsa.org/training.htm There is a classroom training on Sat Feb 9 at 7:30am at the OCBSA office and a training campout scheduled for Feb 16-17.  Cost for the course is a bargain $25. Here is a link to the registration form: http://hat.ocbsa.org/winter-13-app.pdf  Contact Eric Peterson (email and phone in form) for more info.

    * A HAT trained adult is required for the troop to qualify for some of the available HAT awards. For example, there are no fewer than 5 awards available for snow related camping and hiking: Polar Bear, Snow Camping, Snow Hiking, Nordic Skiing, Snowman, Showshoe.
    Get Trained - Lead with Confidence.

  • 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. http://woodbadge.ocbsa.org/
    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. http://nylt.ocbsa.org

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



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