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Front row Baelin Peltier, Jeremiah Stott. Back (l to r): Nick Roland, Hunter Ahrens, Chris Stuber, Johnny Alsup, Dave Smith, Kai Hansen and Jacob Wheeler - photo courtesy Dave Smith

Busy Summer For North Fork Scout Troop 357

Submitted by Dave Smith —

Dutch Oven Peach Cake 5-16 Johnson MdwNORTH FORK — Mid-May found members of North Fork Troop 357 traveling to the Johnson Meadow area above Mammoth Pool for a weekend camping trip. The Scouts spent the weekend practicing their camping and cooking skills as well as just enjoying outdoor activities.

The last week of June, three Troop 357 Scouts participated in the week-long National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course held at Camp Chawanakee.

Hunter & Johnny NYLT 6-16

Johnny Alsup and Hunter Ahrens with Scoutmaster Dave Smith

Hunter Ahrens attended last year and was selected to serve as one of the staff for this year’s course. Johnny Alsup and Jeremiah Stott were among the 60 trainees, and Scouts from Madera to Bakersfield participated in the training. Throughout the week Scouts were taught a number of leadership skills.

In mid-July, the troop spent a week at Camp Chawanakee on Shaver Lake, and the Scouts earned a number of different merit badges during the week. Each Scout selected three different merit badges to complete during the week.

Troop 357 kayaking on Shaver Lake at Camp Chawanakee - photo courtesy Dave Smith BSA Troop 357 at Camp Chawanakee on Shaver Lake - photo courtesy Dave SmithSome of the merit badges earned by troop members were: First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Kayaking, Shotgun Shooting and Astronomy. Afternoons and early evenings were open for swimming and boating.

Camp Chawanakee, run by the Sequoia Council, holds nine one-week sessions during the summer. Around 500 Scouts and adults from 26 troops attended camp during the week Troop 357 was in attendance, and Troops as far away as Santa Clara and Ventura were also in attendance.

Cora Lake Ansel Adams Wilderness 8-16Clearing downed tree from Niche Trail - photo courtesy Dave SmithFour of the more advanced Troop 357 Scouts spent the weekend of Aug. 20 and 21 backpacking to Cora Lake (elevation 8,300 feet) in the Ansel Adams Wilderness above Clover Meadow. The Cora Lake trip allowed these more advanced Scouts to further hone their hiking and camping skills. (Pictured above left – Johnny Alsup, Hunter Ahrens, Jeremiah Stott and Nick Roland)

On the way back from the Niche, the Scouts stopped to cut and remove a fallen white fir out of the trail.

September’s trip will be to Yosemite National Park for the troop’s annual camping/bike riding trip.

Scout Troop 357 flag at Camp Chawanakee - photo courtesy Dave Smith Tents at Camp Chawanakee - photo courtesy Dave SmithTroop 357 along with Pack 357 will be holding a recruitment night at the Scout Building in North Fork on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Boys in 1st through 5th grades are eligible for the Cub Scout program. Boys age 11 (or 10 ½ and going into the 6th grade) through age 17 are eligible for the Boy Scout program.

The recruitment night will offer an opportunity to meet with unit leaders as well as older Scouts to learn more about the program.

For more information contact: Dave Smith, Scoutmaster, at 559-877-2186 or Rosie Ahrens, Cubmaster, at 559-287-0463.

(Photos courtesy of Dave Smith, Scoutmaster for Troop 357)

Jeremiah NYLT 6-16

Jeremiah Stott at National Youth Leadership Training


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