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North Fork Scouts Have A Busy, Fun-Filled Summer

Written by Dave Smith –

NORTH FORK – It has been another summer of fun, adventure, and honing their skills for the Scouts of North Fork Troop 357.

The Scouts traveled to Morro Bay in late April where they set up camp at Morro Bay State Park, then spent Saturday afternoon at Montana de Oro State Park exploring the tide pools and enjoying the beach.

Later that day the Scouts worked on their cooking and camping skills.

After breakfast Sunday morning, the Scouts broke camp and spent the remainder of the day on the beach by Morro Rock before returning home Sunday afternoon.

Mid-May found the Scouts traveling to the Johnson Meadow area above Mammoth Pool for a weekend camping trip. The Scouts spent the weekend practicing their camping, GPS and cooking skills as well as just enjoying outdoor activities.

In mid-July, the troop spent a week at Camp Chawanakee on Shaver Lake. The Scouts earned a number of different merit badges during the week, with each selecting three different merit badges to complete during the week.

Some of the merit badges earned by troop members were: Small Boat Sailing, Emergency Preparedness, Rifle Shooting, Swimming, Horsemanship, and BSA Lifeguard. 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. About 540 Scouts and adults from 26 troops came from as far away as Santa Clara and Ventura to attended camp during the week Troop 357 was in attendance.

The older, more advanced Scouts will be participating in a backpacking trip into the Ansel Adams wilderness in August. A backpacking trip is planned for the entire troop for September. October’s camping trip is presently being planned for Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park.

In September, Troop 357, along with Pack 357, will be holding a recruitment night. The date has yet to be set but will be announced shortly.

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 by Dave Smith)

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