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Est. 1952                         La Cañada Flintridge, CA             jpltroop509.org

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We have a court of honor this Fri. May 26.

There is no troop meeting on Mon. May 29 due to Memorial Day and finals. Our next troop meeting is Mon. Jun. 5.

Mrs.Thuss has a large campground reserved at El Capitan State Beach near Santa Barbara for Sat.-Mon. Jun. 3-5 that has room for about 30 more campers. Any troop families interested in pitching a tent should contact her. (Not a troop outing.)

We are currently taking sign-ups for indoor rock climbing, 25-mile beach bike ride, and Fiesta Days parade.

Congratulations to the troop's graduating seniors:
     Sean de Moura - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
     Andrew Gray - Purdue University
     Ankur Jain - UC Berkeley (National Merit Scholarship winner)
     Zach Nash - UC Berkeley
     Patrick Salter - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
     Sean Segal - University of Michigan

Our Council's camp at Cabrillo Beach this summer has two one-week day-camp sessions during which scouts can earn four merit badges each week for a cost of $200.

The new namepatches go over the right pocket immediately above the words "Boy Scouts of America."

Scouts First Class and above are encouraged to take a six-day National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course this summer. Locations include Malibu, Santa Barbara, Lake Arrowhead and Idyllwild.

Upcoming Troop Activities
(get details by clicking on the activity)

Court of Honor Fri. May 26
7 pm at von Karman auditorium. Wear full uniform with neckerchief and merit badge sash. There will also be an Eagle court of honor for Andre Galenchik-Chan, plus a Wood Badge bridging ceremony and some Extra Miler awards.
Indoor Rock Climbing Sat. May 27
Earn the climbing merit badge (limited to 12 scouts), or just come to experience the climbing walls at Hangar 18 in Upland. We meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 9 am. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring a sack lunch, water and snacks. Also bring a signed troop activity consent form, and before you go, have a parent electronically sign Hangar 18's liability release HERE. If you are taking the 3-hour class toward the climbing merit badge, the cost is $40. For others, including parents and siblings, the cost is $21 for two hours of climbing. Those working on the climbing merit badge should also bring a blue card and a filled-out climbing merit badge worksheet. We should be back to La Canada by 3 pm. RSVP to Mrs. Barcelo-Sanchez (Cox).
25-Mile Beach Bike Ride Sun. May 28
Meet at 8 am at the Ralphs parking lot in La Canada. Wear your troop t-shirt and have your bicycle and helmet and a daypack with a spare inner tube and the 10 essentials, including water. Also bring a signed activity consent form. We will carpool to Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades and ride 12.5 miles south on the mostly flat class 1 Marvin Braude Bike Trail (The Strand), then turn around and return. Free snacks will be provided. This is a family outing so parents and siblings with parents are welcome. RSVP to Ms. Barcelo-Sanchez, letting her know if your parent can drive and can take any bikes and if so how many.
Fiesta Days Parade Mon. May 29
Sign up HERE. We will be marching down Foothill Blvd. from Cornishon Ave. to Gould Ave. with other local Boy Scout troops. Wear your full uniform with neckerchief, but no sash. Adults may march if in uniform. Parade starts at 10:30 am and is done by noon. Meet at 9:45 am at the SW corner of Cornishon and Foothill (1150 Foothill) on the upper deck of the parking lot. If you attend the Memorial Day Service at 9 am at Memorial Park (recommended), come right after the service is over. To avoid the traffic and closed streets, you can park under the freeway at Hampton & Foothill and take a free shuttle up to Cornishon starting at 8 am. Bring water and a signed activity consent form (under the Forms tab of this website). For questions, contact Mrs. Hagegard.
Cucamonga Peak Hike Sat. Jun. 3
This strenuous hike to the 8,862-ft summit of Cucamonga Peak and back totals 11.6 miles with an elevation gain of 4,300 ft. Scouts under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. RSVP to Mr. Kunkle.
Eagle Project at Descanso Gardens Sat. & Sun. Jun. 3 & 4
Join Joshua Perkins in refurbishing benches at Descanso Gardens.
Philmont Scout Ranch Sat. Jun. 10-Sun. Jun. 25

Information for the crew going to Philmont is HERE.

The crew consists of crew leader Max F., wilderness guide Jack O., chaplain aide Jack A., Stephan B., Gino G., Jonathan S., Forrest S., Mr. Tom Andrews, Mr. Mircea Badescu, Mr. George Olson, Mrs. Libby Shiner and Mr. Mark Swain (expedition 612-H).

We take a 22-hour train ride to Philmont, then hike 86 miles over 11 days while carrying a 35-45 lb backpack on "Super Strenuous" itinerary 33. We will be climbing Baldy Mtn. and Tooth of Time, leading and racing burros, shooting shotguns and black powder rifles, climbing spar poles, riding horses, throwing spears, rock climbing and challenge activities. Cost is $1,225, which includes train fare. For questions contact Mr. Haxton.
International Printing Museum Sat. Jun. 24
Scouts earn both the pulp & paper and graphic arts merit badges by rotating through 10 stations from 8 am to 3 pm. Cost is $40. The Jun. 24 date is now full, but Aug. 12 and Nov. 14 are still open. For more information and to sign up go to printmuseum.org. If you are registered for the Jun. 24 session let Mrs. Hagegard know and she will coordinate carpools.
50-Mile San Gabriel River Bike Ride TBA
The San Gabriel River Trail, a Class 1 bike path, runs 40 miles from Azusa to the ocean at Seal Beach. We will ride a 25-mile segment, turn around and return, thereby satisfying one of the requirements for the cycling merit badge. We will possibly meet at Encanto Park in Duarte, at the southern end of the park near the musuem (777 Encanto Pkwy, 91010, 20 miles from La Canada). Bring your bicycle, a helmet, a spare inner tube, a sack lunch, a bottle of water, sunscreen, the remaining 10 essentials, and a signed activity consent form. Make sure your tires have the proper pressure and your chain and hubs are oiled. Families are welcome to join (all participants need an activity consent form). RSVP to Mr. Goldstein or Mr. Houseknecht.
Kayaking on the Los Angeles River TBA
We'll go on a guided kayak tour of the Los Angeles River near Griffith Park.
Crystal Lake Camping TBA
RSVP to Mr. Walton.
Ocean Fishing TBA
Meet at 5 am at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring your signed activity consent form and some money. We drive to Alamitos Bay Landing in Long Beach and board the 7 am boat operated by Long Beach Marina Sports Fishing. The boat returns at 1 pm and we arrive back to LCF at 2:30. The cost is $45 for adults and $38 for youth, plus if you don't have fishing equipment and bait you can pay $20 to rent. Those 16 and older need a fishing license -- a one-day license can be bought for $16. Bring your lunch or purchase food on the boat. If you'll be bringing your fish home with you, bring a cooler and ice. RSVP to Mr. Huidor.
National Scout Jamboree Fri. Jul. 14-Fri. Jul. 28

Mrs. Hagegard and Patrick Salter are leading a council troop that includes 13 scouts from Troop 509: Sebastian A.-M., JJ C., Max F., Henri G., Dylan G., Daniel H., Eric H., Nikitas K., Benjamin L., Alexander S., Jonathan S., Luke Y. and Albert Y. There are no openings for additional scouts in this council troop, but other council troops have openings.

The National Jamboree is every four years, and starting in 2013 its permanent home is the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The Jamboree is nine days of outdoor activities (climbing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, etc.), merit badges, patch trading, concerts and more. Scouts attend as members of a Council troop, each with 36 scouts and 4 adults, all from the Greater L.A. Area Council. A scout must be 12 years old by the first day of the Jamboree and at least First Class rank. Before the nine days at Jamboree, the Council troops will take a four-day tour of Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington, DC. The cost is $3,000. For more information contact Mrs. Hagegard, and also take a look at the Jamboree's website.
Camp Cherry Valley Sun.-Sat. Jul. 23-29

This is the troop's annual week-long summer camp on Catalina Island near Two Harbors. Camp Cherry Valley (CCV) has platform tents with cots and mattresses, running water, dining hall, and a dock with kayaks, canoes and sail boats.

On Sun. we meet at 10 am at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear your Class A uniform, but without the neckerchief or sash. Bring everything on the equipment list in a duffle bag with a red ribbon marked "Troop 509," plus a day pack with snacks, reading material, playing cards, etc. Scouts may not bring cell phones, unless permitted by Dr. Kast for good cause (the adults will have cell phones, plus the camp has a land line). We carpool to our boat in Long Beach, docked next to the Queen Mary. The boat leaves at 2:30 with us and the other toops going to CCV for the week, and takes 2 hours to get to Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Eat your sack lunch on the boat or food can be purchased on the boat. At Two Harbors we put our gear on a truck, then hike 1.5 miles on a dirt road to CCV.

At CCV we sleep on cots with mattresses on 2-person platform tents on raised decks. Nearby will be restrooms (kaibo) and showers. Down near the beach are the dining hall and camp store. Food left in tents must be secured so foxes don't take it. Each morning we wear our Class A uniforms for the flag-raising ceremony and uniform inspections, but after breakfast we can change into our troop t-shirt. Bring some pocket money, as the camp store sells slush puppies, candy bars and other treats, plus some of the merit badges require the purchase of materials.

There are two dozen merit badges offered at CCV, and each scout can sign up for 3 merit badge classes, plus can earn additional merit badges during free time (scouts often return home with 6 or more merit badges). A few merit badges - Small Boat Sailing, Rifle Shooting and Wilderness Survival - are limited to scouts age 14+. Scouts can also work on requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class rank advancement, either in a class or during free time (Dr. Kast will be available for Scoutmaster conferences).

Everyone takes a swim test on Monday, and depending on skill level, for the rest of the week scouts can use the kayaks and canoes during free time (always with a buddy). Archery and BB gun shooting are available to all. Scuba diving costs extra (a lot), and you must sign up before going to CCV. Other activities are nightly campfires, the mile swim (did you know that Dr. Kast holds a Dutch record for distance swimming?), snorkling, Highland Games, and Tribe of Torqua. Do skits with your patrol at the campfire. Wednesday is hike day, to our choice of Silver Peak or Shark Harbor or Emerald Bay or Parson's Landing or Little Fisherman's.

On Saturday morning we hike back on the dirt road to Two Harbors and take the 10:45 boat back to Long Beach, finally arriving at the Ralphs parking lot around 2 pm.

Drivers are needed both going to and returning from Long Beach. The camp's phone number, if necessary, is 310-510-2895. Cost is $610. For more information contact Mr. Walton. Paperwork is being collected by Mrs. Moore (Lesaca).
Mt. Whitney Thu.-Sat. Aug. 10-12

The troop has overnight permits for 15 hikers on the Mt. Whitney Trail. Those going are Jack A., Jonathan C., Daniel H., Eric H., Annemarie K., Ian K., Josh P., Alexander S., Michael S., Mr. Tom Andrews, Ms. Ana Barcelo-Sanchez, Mrs. Gayle Hagegard, Mr. Joe Kunkle, Mr. Paul Shaikh, Mrs. Shazi Shaikh. The cost is $50 plus bring your own food.

Scouts currently in 8th grade and above qualify to go on this outing, as do scouts in 7th grade who are experienced hikers and are accompanied by a parent. All hikers need to be fit for a 22-mile hike at high elevation.

During Jul. and in early Aug. we will have a couple of practice hikes on local peaks, including Mt. Baldy.

We will meet at the Ralphs parking lot Thu. at 6 am and carpool four hours, 220 miles, to Whitney Portal, with a stop at the visitor center near Lone Pine to pick up our permits and poop bags. After lunch at Whitney Portal (8,375') we will hike 6.5 miles to Trail Camp (12,000') and spend the night. Early Fri. we will hike with daypacks to the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,505'), then return to Trail Camp, a distance of 5.5 miles each way. Sat. we will hike back to Whitney Portal and drive home, arriving mid- to late afternoon. It is also an option if some hikers want to get home sooner, for them to make this a two-day trip by hiking all the way back down to Whitney Portal on Fri., in which case you'll be home around midnight.

Contact Mr. Haxton with any questions.
Eagle Project at Descanso Gardens Sat. & Sun. Aug. 19 & 20
Join Sebastian Houseknecht in building a footbridge at Descanso Gardens.
Mt. Wilson Observatory Overnight Sat.-Sun. Aug. 25-26
The Observatory has asked for the troop's help in clearing brush and do other work. We will work Sat., spend the night camped out on Observatory grounds, then do some more work on Sun. It is likely that on Sat. evening we will be shown some of their telescopes, maybe even a look through the same 100-inch telescope that Edwin Hubble used to determine that the universe is expanding, which led to the Big Bang Theory. This is for scouts only.
Cabrillo Beach Campout TBA
We'll be camping at BSA's Cabrillo Youth Center, where we'll paddle canoes and kayaks, explore tidepools, swim in a pool, and visit the nearby Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Camp Iron Chef Fri.-Sun. Oct. 6-8
Meet Fri. at 5 pm at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear troop t-shirt and bring camping equipment. Drive 80 miles to Camp Three Falls near Frazier Park and make camp. We cook using propane stoves, charcoal and dutch ovens. Plenty of eating, plus some hiking. And we'll be celebrating the troop's 64th birthday with a party Sat. night. Camping and cooking will be by patrols. See Mr. Angold before if interested in earning the cooking merit badge. You can also work on cooking requirements for rank advancement, and can earn the Firem'n chit. Return to La Canada on Sun. around noon. Okay to come and leave on your own for shorter periods, if you can't make both nights. Families are welcome. Cost is $35 and buy your patrol food, plus gas money for those not driving. RSVP to Mr. Walton or Mrs. Andrews.
Webelos Moonlight Hike Fri. Nov. 3
Webelos and their parents and siblings are invited to join the troop on its annual moonlight hike through Cherry Canyon. Meet at 6:30 pm at Memorial Park in La Canada (Foothill Blvd. at La Canada Blvd.). Hikers will be shuttled to the trailhead at Sugarloaf Dr., then we hike 3 miles back to Memorial Park, arriving around 7-7:30 pm, where we'll enjoy refreshments at the gazebo. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring a forehead flashlight and water bottle. Webelos must be accompanied by an adult. Scouts, wear your troop t-shirt and bring a signed activity consent form and the 10 essentials. No RSVP necessary. For questions contact Mr. Cline.
Webelos Open House Mon. Dec. 4
Webelos and their parents are invited to attend the troop's annual open house from 7 to 8 pm at JPL. Scouts will give a presentation describing the troop, its activities and its outings, with an accompanying slide show. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the adult and scout leaders. Webelos should wear their uniform. Directions: enter the JPL campus on Oak Grove Dr. in La Canada; at the security checkpoint tell the guards you are there for Boy Scouts; park in the visitors lot where scouts will direct you to the nearby von Karman auditorium. No RSVP necessary. For questions, contact Scoutmaster Dr. Martin Kast at wmkast@aol.com.
International Potluck Holiday Party Mon. Dec. 11
This is the last troop meeting of the calendar year, and we will celebrate by having each scout bring a dish that represents his heritage. Bring a 3x5 card with the name of the food and country of origin, a short description of the ingredients and mode of preparation, and when it is typically eaten. Also bring serving utensils. The troop will supply plates, cups, eating utensils, napkins, water and hot chocolate. Contact Mr. Cline with any questions.
Indoor Rock Climbing Sun. Jan. 7, 2018
Earn the climbing merit badge (limited to 12 scouts), or just come to experience the climbing walls at Hangar 18 in Upland. We meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 9 am. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring a sack lunch, water and snacks. Also bring a signed troop activity consent form, and before you go, have a parent electronically sign Hangar 18's liability release HERE. If you are taking the 3-hour class toward the climbing merit badge, the cost is $40. For others, including parents and siblings, the cost is $21 for two hours of climbing. Those working on the climbing merit badge should also bring a blue card and a filled-out climbing merit badge worksheet. We should be back to La Canada by 3 pm. RSVP to Mrs. Barcelo-Sanchez (Cox).
Joshua Tree Sat.-Mon. Jan. 13-15, 2018
This is our annual car camping trip to Joshua Tree. This year we will be in ___ campground, which holds up to __ campers. We will camp and cook by patrols. Meet Sat. at 8 am at the Ralphs parking lot. Bring a signed activity consent form, a signed permission to rock scramble, and three gallons of water per person. Your patrol leader will tell you what food and firewood to bring. You must wear a bicycle helmet when rock scrambling, and gloves are recommended. (Parents who don't want their son to rock scramble must have a parent at the outing.) We will return to La Canada around 1 pm on Mon. Cost is $15 plus what you spend on patrol food. There will be an optional rock climbing class taught by BSAonBelay at an additional cost of $20. Families are welcome. RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Philmont Scout Ranch Wed. Jul. 18-Thu. Aug. 2, 2018

The troop will be sending one crew to Philmont in 2018, expedition no. 720-Y. There is still space for one more scout. Contact Mr. Haxton.

Philmont is a two-week backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. We take a 22-hour train ride to get there, carry a 35-45 lb backpack for 11 days, then return home on the train. This is a High Adventure outing so scouts must be at least 14 at the time of the trip, or 13 and have completed 8th grade. The expected cost is $1,400, which includes train fare. For questions contact Mr. Haxton.

Videos from the troop's trip to Philmont in 2015 can be found by clicking HERE.
Florida Sea Base Fri. Aug. 3-Sun. Aug. 12, 2018

The troop will be sailing a tall ship that takes a crew of 20, and two sailboats that each take a crew of 8, for a total of 36 scouts and parents. We have 29 signed up, so have space for 7 more. To sign up give a $100 deposit to treasurer Mrs. Lippert.

On Fri. or Sat. we fly to Miami and pick up rental vans. We report to Sea Base in the Florida Keys for our 1 pm check-in on Sun. We spend a week sailing and snorkling (7 nights on the tall ship, 6 nights on the sailboats). The following Sun. we drive back to the Miami airport and fly home, arriving at LAX that afternoon or evening. Although school calendars haven't yet been released, the earliest school should start is the next day, Mon. Aug. 13. This is a High Adventure outing so scouts must be at least 14 at the time of the trip, or 13 and have completed 8th grade. The expected cost is $1,600 per person, which includes airfare. For questions contact Mr. Haxton.
World Scout Jamboree Jul. 22-Aug. 2, 2019
The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years. In 2015 it was in Japan, 2011 in Sweden, 2007 in England, and 2003 in Thailand. The 2019 jamboree will held in West Virginia at the Summit High Adventure base, jointly hosted by the U.S., Canadian and Mexican Boy Scouts. Its theme will be "Unlock a New World." For more information see the Jamboree's website.

Past Activities
for past High Adventure outings see the High Adventure tab
Mt. Baden-Powell Hike Sun. May 21

This strenuous hike to the 9,407-ft summit of Mt. Baden-Powell and back totals 16.2 miles with an elevation gain of 3,800 ft. Scouts under 14 must be accompanied by a parent.

Meet at 6 am at the Ralphs parking lot in La Canada. We carpool an hour up Angeles Crest Hwy. and park at Islip Saddle (40 miles from LCF, at mile marker 64.10). We will be hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail and seeing lots of PCT hikers on their way to Canada. We'll see patches of snow near the summit, and we could see some bighorn sheep. On a clear day the 360-degree view extends from Edwards Air Force Base to Catalina Island. We will return to La Canada around 6 pm.

Any hikers who do not want to go all the way to the summit, or just don't have time to do so, can turn back whenever they choose (so long as any scouts are accompanied by their parent or two adults).

Wear hiking boots and a hat. Bring a daypack with your lunch, trail snacks, at least 3 liters of water, the 10 essentials, and layered clothing for temperatures that could drop to the 40s at the summit. Those going to Philmont will carry daypacks, not their backpacks.

All hikers need a signed activity consent form. An Adventure Pass is needed to park at Islip Saddle, and the troop will have passes for drivers needing a pass.

RSVP to Mr. Haxton, letting him know if you are planning to turn around before the summit. For any questions about the hike route or conditions contact Mr. Andrews, who is leading the hike.
Skating Merit Badge Sat. May 20
Meet at 9 am at the roller skating rink, Moonlight Motorway, 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring a signed activity consent form and your filled out merit badge worksheet. We will be done at noon. RSVP to Mrs. Maliksi.
LCF Merit Badge Day, Sat. May 13
Sign up HERE. Our Council's four troops in La Canada (501, 502, 507 & 509) are jointly hosting a merit badge day at La Canada Presbyterian Church from 8:30 am to noon where the following merit badges will be offered for free, one per scout: American heritage (10 scouts), animation (15), automotive maintenance (10), crime prevention (10), digital technology (9), fingerprinting (23), music (10), radio (10), robotics (14), traffic safety (10).
First Class GPS Mon. May 8
Sign up HERE. We will meet at 6 pm at Hahamongna Park to do the new GPS requirement 4b for First Class rank. Bring a smart phone and your Scout Handbook. Wear the Class A uniform you normally wear for troop meetings. We will take our GPS bearings on the phones and plot a course to von Karman auditorium, and then walk our plotted route to arrive at the troop meeting. Limited to 15 scouts, with first priority given to scouts currently Second Class, followed by scouts currently Tenderfoot, followed by scouts currently Scout rank, and finally scouts without rank.
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking Fri.-Sun. May 5-7

We will be rafting and/or kayaking on the Kern River. On Fri. evening we drive up to Kernville (160 miles, about 3 hrs) and camp at Frandy Park Campground. We spend Saturday on the water with Sierra South Mountain Sports and in the evening after dinner at the campground we visit a haunted ghost town. On Sunday morning we head home. This is a family trip, so parents and siblings are welcome. You can come simply to enjoy the weekend, even without rafting or kayaking. The cost of food is $14 for scouts, $20 for adults and $15 for siblings. The optional haunted ghost town tour is $14. The BSA swim test will be given locally before the outing.

There are three different water options, each of which include use of a wetsuit:

Get Your Feet Wet: Raft on the Lickety Blaster portion of the Lower Kern, two runs in the morning and two more after lunch, from 9 am to 3 pm. Rapids rated 2-3 on the 1-5 scale. Must be age 6+ and able to pass the BSA swim test. Cost is $110 for ages 13+ and $102 for ages 6-12.

Merit Badge Combo: Kayaking and rafting on the same Lickety Blaster portion of the Lower Kern, two runs of kayaking in the morning and two runs of rafting after lunch, from 9 am to 3 pm. Scouts who already have the kayaking merit badge will fulfill the requirments for the whitewater merit badge, and other scouts will receive partial credit toward the whitewater merit badge, which they will earn upon completion of the kayaking merit badge. Rapids rated 2-3 on the 1-5 scale. Must be age 11+ and able to pass the BSA swim test. Cost is $110 for ages 13+ and $102 for ages 11-12. If too many people sign up for this, preference will be given to scouts.

High Adventure: Rafting on the Upper Kern for 3 or 4 runs, depending on water speed, from 8:30 am to 3 or 4 pm. Rapids rated 3-4 on the 1-5 scale. Must be age 13+, a strong swimmer, and have the strength for hours of strenuous paddling. Cost is $160. Limited to 25 participants.

RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Dutch King's Day Sun. Apr. 30
King's Day (Koningsdag) is an annual celebration in the Netherlands of the Dutch monarch. Dr. & Mrs. Kast are from the Netherlands and are helping to put on a King's Day celebration for the local Dutch community at ShoreLine Aquatic Park in Long Beach (dutchkingsday.com, dutch-day.com). Scouts are needed to help set up, put on wristbands, show people where to go, and clean up. This meets a requirement for the American Cultures merit badge, plus you get community service hours for rank advancement. Stay for however many hours you are able. We will have carpools leaving at 8 am and other times depending on drivers. RSVP to Dr. Kast and let him know if your parent can drive.
Mt. Wilson Trail Hike Sun. Apr. 30
Sign up HERE. This is a fairly strenuous hike, with an elevation gain of 3,450 ft and a total distance of 10.8 miles. The trailhead is in Sierra Madre at the intersection of E. Mira Monte Ave. and Mount Wilson Trail. Park on the street. We will meet there at 8:30 am and return around 2:30 pm. Wear your troop t-shirt and a hat, have a signed activity consent form, and carry in a daypack the 10 essentials including 2-3 liters of water, plus snacks. Those going to Philmont should be carrying a backpack weighing 30 lbs (carry water, so you can dump it if needed). We will be hiking to the bench on Manzanita Ridge, not all the way to the Mt. Wilson summit. RSVP to Mr. Badescu.
Swim Test & Aquatics Requirements Sat. Apr. 29
Sign up HERE. Come to Caltech's Braun Rec Center between 2 to 4 pm, tell the front desk you are there for Boy Scout testing, and you can take a BSA swim test (needed by those going on the whitewater rafting trip or to the National Jamboree) or get signed off on Second Class requirements 5b and 5c, and First Class requirements 6a and 6e. Wear your swimsuit and flip-flops and bring a towel. If you are getting requirements signed off, bring your Scout Handbook. Cost is $5.
First Class Orienteering Sat. Apr. 29
Sign up HERE. Meet at Hahamongna Park's lower parking lot at 10 am wearing your troop t-shirt and have with you your compass and Scout Handbook and some water. We will break into groups to do First Class requirements 4a and 5a. We should be done by noon. Read the relevant sections in the Handbook before you arrive. This is limited to 25 scouts, so priority will be given to scouts in Second Class rank, followed by scouts in Tenderfoot rank, followed by scouts in Scout rank, followed by scouts without rank.
Camporee at Camp Trask Fri.-Sun. Apr. 21-23

Meet at 5:30 Fri. at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear your Class A uniform including neckerchief (there will be an inspection at Trask when we arrive) and have a signed activity consent form, a signed archery/bb gun/.22 rifle consent form, $10 in one-dollar bills for the Trading Post and rifle range, and a sack dinner for Fri. You'll need a duffle bag or backpack containing your 10 essentials (except no knife), a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a light jacket or sweatshirt, closed toe shoes, your troop t-shirt, and 3 liters of water. It's optional to bring clothing to wear on Sat. that reflects this year's theme, Medieval Knights. It's also optional to bring a folding chair.

Coordinate with your patrol leader what food you are bringing (or how much money you are contributing toward patrol food), as patrols will be cooking Sat. breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sun. breakfast (some may want to also cook Fri. dinner, for rank advancement or the cooking merit badge). Coordinate with your patrol leader about who you are tenting with and which of you is bringing the tent.

The patrol leaders need to get cooking equipment from the quartermaster, create a coat of arms, write a patrol yell reflecting the Medieval Knights theme, and organize patrol food and tents. It's optional, but recommended, that you also prepare a patrol skit for the campfire.

On Sat. morning and afternoon we and other troops in the Rose Bowl District do activities that are judged and scored. The winning patrols will be announced at Sat. night's campfire (in your Class A uniform).

Drivers are needed to take scouts up to Trask on Fri., and pick them up Sun. at 9 am. Scouts will return to the Ralphs parking lot around 10 am on Sun.

If you go to or leave from Trask very early or very late, the gate may be locked, and if so, the front gate combo for the weekend is 5477 and the bridge gate combo is 1111. RSVP to Mr. Walton.
Hike to Echo Mountain or Inspiration Point Sat. Apr. 15, 2017

Sign up HERE. Choose your destination. One group of hikers will hike to Echo Mountain, a total of 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,300 ft. The other group will continue past Echo Mountain and hike to Inspiration Point, a total of 11 miles with an elevation gain of 2,700 ft. Both hikes start at the Sam Merrill Trail trailhead, and they start at the same time.

Echo Mountain contains the remains of the Mt. Lowe railroad and Echo Mountain House hotel. Inspiration Point has views of the L.A. basin as far as Santa Monica Bay and the Palos Verdes peninsula (depending on conditions).

The trailhead is at the top of Lake St. in Altadena (cross street Loma Alta Dr.), with parking on the streets. Meet there at 8:15 am wearing your troop t-shirt and a hat, have your signed activity consent form, and carry in a daypack the 10 essentials, 2-3 liters of water and a snack or lunch. (Those going to Philmont should be carrying a 25-lb backpack.)

Family members are welcome, minimum age 8 for Echo Mountain and 11 for Inspiration Point. Those going to Echo Mountain should be back by noon, and those going to Inspiration Point should be back by 2:30 pm.

RSVP to Mr. Hill, stating whether your destination is Echo Mountain or Inspiration Point.
STEM Careers Sat. Apr. 8, 2017
La Canada High School is hosting a career day (Challenge Success: Building Your Path), and one of the presentations is about career options in science, technology, engineering and math. The presenter is DJ Kast, who in additon to being Dr. Kast's daughter, is also the STEM program manager for USC's Joint Educational Project, and the STEM coordinator for USC's Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Scouts attending practice camporee at Hahamongna Park that morning will walk across the street to attend DJ's presentation, and other scouts are welcome to come. The presentation will be in room 310 at 10:15, 10:55 & 11:35.
Practice Camporee & Gould Mesa Overnight Sat.-Sun. Apr. 8-9, 2017
Sign up HERE. Meet at Hahamongna Park at 10 am. We will practice our knots, lashings and first aid for the Camporee, attend a presentation at LCHS about STEM career options, then hike 3 miles to Gould Mesa campground to camp, cook and eat dinner, have a campfire, spend the night, cook and eat breakfast, then hike back to Hahamongna Park, returning by noon. We'll also be working on some of the requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot and Second Class ranks. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring a signed activity consent form and a backpack with a sleeping bag, pad, and the 10 essentials. Your patrol leader will organize tents and food. Contact Mr. Pinedo or Mr. Huidor with any questions.
Kayaking Merit Badge Sat. Mar. 18 & Sun. Mar. 19, 2017
Attend either Sat. or Sun., not both. We meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 7:15 am (time subject to change). Wear your Class A uniform (without neckerchief) with your swimsuit underneath. Bring a jacket, troop t-shirt, hat, towel, flip-flops, sunscreen, sack lunch and water bottle, plus it is recommended you bring a swim shirt and water shoes. Have with you your kayaking merit badge pamphlet and worksheet, a pen, a signed blue card, and a signed activity consent form. Before you go, read the pamphlet, practice your knots, and fill out as much of the worksheet as you can. We'll carpool to the Cabrillo Youth Center, 3000 Shoshonean Rd., San Pedro 90731. At 9 am we'll take the BSA swim test in their pool, then we spend the rest of the day on the beach and in the ocean. We may have time to explore the nearby tidepools. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a short walk away, but we aren't planning to visit. The Youth Center has outdoor showers, and its scout shop may be open so bring money if there's a merit badge pamphlet or something else you need. We'll be back to the Ralphs parking lot around 4:30-5:30 pm. This outing will be canceled in the event of hard rain, but not if it's just drizzling. The cost is $30, plus $5 gas money to the driver for those not driving. There are a limited number of spaces for parents who would like to take this kayaking class. RSVP to Mrs. Maliksi.
La Tuna Canyon Loop Hike Sun. Mar. 12, 2017

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Meet at the trailhead at 8:30 am wearing your troop t-shirt and a hat, and carrying a daypack with the 10 essentials, two liters of water, a sack lunch and trail snacks. Wear either hiking boots (preferred) or sneakers. Every hiker, including adults and siblings, also needs to bring a signed activity consent form. We will hike a loop totaling 6.7 miles with an elevation gain of 2,000 ft, finishing by 1 pm (see hike description). Family members are welcome on the hike, minimum age 10. To get to the trailhead at La Tuna Canyon Rd., take the I-210 freeway, exit at La Tuna Canyon Rd., and go southwest 1.4 miles to a parking area (you'll pass two other parking areas on the way). Carpooling is encouraged since parking is limited. Those going to Philmont this summer should be carrying a backpack weighing 20 lbs. Mrs. Shiner is organizing this hike, and Jonathan Shiner is the SPL for the hike.
Aviation Merit Badge Sun. Mar. 12, 2017
Meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 10:30 am wearing your Class A uniform, without the neckerchief or sash. Read the aviation merit badge pamphlet ahead of time and fill out the worksheet. Bring the worksheet with you, along with a signed blue card, a signed activity consent form and a sack lunch. We will go to Santa Monica airport where we will visit American Flyers flight school to learn about ground school and aircraft inspections and try out a simulator. We hope to also be able to tour the control tower, US citizens only. We hope to also have the scouts be able to fly in a 4-seater aircraft, either as pilot (costs $) or passenger. We return to LCF at 3 pm. RSVP to Mrs. Adler.
Tongva Peak Hike Sun. Feb. 26, 2017
Sign up here. Meet at the trailhead at 10:30 am wearing your troop t-shirt and a hat, and carrying a daypack with the 10 essentials, two liters of water and a sack lunch. Either hiking boots or sneakers. Every hiker also needs to have a signed activity consent form, including adults. We will hike 3 miles on a fireroad to Tongva Peak in the Verdugo Mountains, gaining 1,475 ft elevation, then eat lunch at the top before returning to the trailhead around 3 pm, a total of 6 miles (see hike description). Family members are welcome on the hike, minimum age 10. To get to the trailhead at 1300 Beaudry Blvd., Glendale 91208, take the I-210 freeway and exit at La Crescenta Ave., go south 1.2 miles .and turn right on Oakmont View Dr., go 0.5 miles and turn left on Barnes Circle, go 0.3 miles and turn right on Beaudry Blvd., park on the street near the fireroad, where a sign says "No Dumping." Those going to Philmont this summer should be carrying a backpack weighing 15 lbs. Mr. Hill is organizing this hike, and Corwin Hill is the SPL for the hike.
Skiing/Snowboarding Sun. Feb. 5 & Feb. 26, 2017
This is not a troop activitiy, but Mountain High Ski Resort near Wrightwood has two Scout Sundays in which for the price of $69 you get ski/snowboard rental, an 8-hour lift ticket, lunch, and either a group lesson or a testing session for the skiing merit badge. Sign ups start in Dec., and you should sign up early because there are limited spaces. Go to Mountain High's website for more information.
Ballona Creek Bike Ride Sat. Feb. 25, 2017
We will ride from Culver City to the beach at Marina del Rey on the class I Ballona Creek bike trail, which is paved and flat. Wear your troop t-shirt and meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 9 am with your bicycle, helmet, water, sack lunch, sunscreen, 10 essentials and signed activity consent form. We'll carpool to Syd Kronenthal Park in Culver City, and meet behind the baseball field backstop, where the bike path begins. Families are welcome to join (all participants need a signed activity consent form). This will satisfy one of the requirements for the cycling merit badge. RSVP to Mr. Goldstein, and also let him know if you are driving and if you are able to take any bikes.
Firem'n Chit Day Sun. Feb 12, 2017
Come to Hahamongna Park at 1 pm to earn the Firem'n Chit, which a scout must have to be able to carry fire-lighting devices and build campfires. Wear your troop t-shirt and closed-toe shoes and bring a signed activity consent form, the ten essentials, your scout handbook and a pen. There will be snacks and water. We'll be at an upper picnic table (don't drive down the hill), and we should be done around 3 pm. RSVP to Mr. Walton.
Rose Parade Float Decorating Tue. Dec. 27, 2016
Help decorate La Canada's float. Meet at 8:30 am at the parking lot at Foothill Blvd.& Hampton Rd., under the freeway. You will be working outside so wear appropriate clothing. Scouts under 13 must be accompained by an adult. Limited to 25 decorators. Bring signed activity consent form. RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Webelos Howdy Sat. Dec. 3, 2016
Webelos and their parents are invited to come to Hahamongna Park (corner of Foothill and Oak Grove in La Canada) from 10 am - 1 pm to participate in troop activities and become familiar with the troop's scouts and adult leaders. No RSVP necessary. Meet at the picnic tables near the entrance (don't drive down the hill). For questions contact Mr. Walton.
Council Youth Expo Sat. Oct. 29, 2016
This is not a troop activity, but all scouts and their families are encouraged to attend the Youth Expo. Our BSA council puts on an annual Youth Expo, this year on the outside concourse of the Rose Bowl Stadium from 9 am to 3 pm. The only charge is for parking, $10 (free for Honda and Acura vehicles), but don't drive, ride your bike. Or hike down on the trail that begins at the east end of Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Park. Many organizations, including troops and packs, set up tables with interesting activities and exhibits. Earn merit badges, try the fitness course, race your old pinewood derby car, sample scout-cooked food. Bring signed blue cards to the Expo, which you can get from Dr. Kast before you go.
JPL Tour Mon. Oct. 3, 2016
Meet at 5:45 pm and take a tour of JPL until the troop meeting starts at 7 pm. You'll visit buildings 179 (Spacecraft Assembly Facility) and 230 (Space Flight Operations Facility). You must be a scout, or a parent of a scout, or a scout leader, and a US citizen or a permanent resident. The tour is limited to 40 persons. Email Mr. Goldstein and provide him with your full legal name, age and citizenship. This tour is filled, so another tour will be scheduled shortly.
Forest Lawn Space Weekend Fri.-Sun. Sep. 16-18, 2016
Space Weekend is a family campout which will allow the scouts to work on the Space Exploration and Aviation merit badges. We will meet at 5:30 pm Friday at the Ralphs parking lot and drive 80 miles to the Forest Lawn Scout Reservation near Lake Arrowhead. The next morning we work on the Space Exploration merit badge, including building and shooting off water bottle rockets. There will be a couple of hours in the afternoon for rank advancement and (hopefully) archery. In the late afternoon we start work on the Astronomy merit badge, including a planetarium presentation by the Forest Lawn Astronomy Center. After dark there will be a star gazing activity, including use of the Astronomy Center's telescopes. We return to the Ralphs parking lot around 1 pm on Sunday. Cooking will be by patrols. Cost is $20 plus the food you buy for your patrol meals. There will be a brief meeting at the 9/12 troop meeting to form patrols and organize food and tents. Families are welcome, and can use the nearby hiking trails while the scouts work on merit badges. RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Dodgers Scouts Day Sat. Sep. 3, 2016
The Dodgers play the Padres at 6:10 pm at Dodger Stadium. If you wish, come at 1:30 pm to enter or watch the 6-story egg-drop contest in lot G. A patch will be given to all scouts. Buy tickets at dodgers.com/scouts. Ticket prices range from $20 to $32, or $40 for the all-you-can-eat right field pavilion.
Central Arroyo Seco Clean-Up Sat. Aug. 20, 2016
Meet at 8:45 am at the parking lot of the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and a hat, and bring work gloves and at least two liters of water in a daypack. We will walk a short distance south to the area under the Colorado St. bridge where the Arroyo Seco river has natural banks, and there we will collect trash and remove invasive species, done at noon. Scouts will earn community service hours and BSA's Messenger of Peace award patch that goes on the perimeter of the World Crest patch over the left shirt pocket of the scout uniform. RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Valley Forge Backpacking Overnight Sat.-Sun. Jun. 25-26, 2016
We meet at 2 pm at the Ralphs parking lot in LCF. Bring your signed activity consent form and wear your troop t-shirt and a hat. Hiking boots are preferred, but sneakers are acceptable. Wear long pants that zip-off into shorts, if you have them, otherwise wear long pants since there is poison oak next to the trail in spots. Have a backpack with the 10 essentials, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, toothbrush and toothpaste, spoon, and some warm clothes for the evening. You should have two filled water bottles. Bring a freeze-dried dinner and a breakfast that requires only hot water (e.g., instant oatmeal), as our stoves only boil water. Also have some snacks for the trail. We drive 30 minutes up Angeles Crest Hwy to the parking lot at Red Box, at the intersection with Mt. Wilson Rd., then hike 2.3 miles down to Valley Forge trail camp. There, we'll pitch tents, filter water from the nearby stream, cook dinner, and have a campfire with marshmallows. The next morning we cook breakfast, break camp and hike the 2.3 miles uphill to Red Box, returning to the Ralphs parking lot around 11 am. Parking at Red Box requires an Adventure Pass, and the troop will supply a pass if you don't have one. This outing is for scouts and registered adults only, and it is appropriate for beginners as well as the more experienced. RSVP to Mr. Hill by Fri. night, letting him know if you have a tent and if your parent can drive or pick up. You'll be told Fri. night whether to bring your tent.
Rank Advancement Day Sat. Jun. 18, 2016
Come to Hahamongna Park at 10 am to 1) earn the Firem'n Chit, which a scout must have to be able to carry fire-lighting devices and build campfires, 2) earn the Totin' Chip, which a scout must have to be able to carry and use a knife and axe, and 3) pass the orienteering requirements for the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. Wear your troop t-shirt and closed-toe shoes, and bring a signed activity consent form, a day pack with your 10 essentials (there will be an inspection), your scout handbook, a pen, and food to share. The troop will supply hot dogs, chips and water to go along with the food the scouts bring. Parents and siblings can join us at noon for the pot luck. We'll be done around 1 pm. RSVP to Mr. Walton or Mrs. Hagegard.
Hoegees Hike Sun. Jun. 12, 2016
Meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 7 am wearing a hat and your Class A scout shirt with the troop t-shirt underneath, and with a signed activity consent form and a daypack with two liters of water, a sack lunch and the 10 essentials. Boots are better than sneakers since we have some water crossings. We will drive to Chantry Flat, above Arcadia, then hike to Hoegees trail camp, eat lunch, and return, a total of 5 miles. Families are welcome. There is limited parking at Chantry Flat, so we need drivers who can drop us off in the morning and come back at 2 pm to pick us up. Chantry Flat is about 20 minutes from La Canada, take the 210 freeway and exit at Santa Anita Ave., drive north on Santa Anita Ave. all the way to its end at Chantry Flat. RSVP to Mr. Goldstein.
Mars Project Mon. Mar. 21, 2016
At this troop meeting there will be a presentation about JPL's Mars project from Bill Nelson, the chief of MER engineering (Mars Exploration Rovers). Family and friends are welcome to attend with the scouts.
Klondike Derby Fri.-Sun. Mar. 4-6, 2016
Spend the weekend in the snow, with sledding and patrol competitions. Eat in the cafeteria and sleep in cabins, or on Sat. night you can earn a special award for sleeping in a tent in the snow. It takes place in Idyllwild, 120 miles from La Canada, at Camp Emerson, a BSA Inland Empire Council camp. Cost is $85. RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard.
Coin Collecting Merit Badge Sat. Feb. 6, 2016
Earn the coin collecting merit badge at the Long Beach Expo Coin Show held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Wear your Class A uniform (no neckerchief or sash) to get free admission. RSVP to Mr. Walton.
Ten Commandments Hike Fri. Nov. 27, 2015
Meet at 7:15 am at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear your Class A uniform with neckerchief but no sash, and bring a signed activity consent form and a sack lunch. Water will be provided. We will carpool to Long Beach (St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 5633 E. Wardlow Rd. 90808, at Bellflower Blvd.), then hike 3.5 miles from 9 am to 1 pm and return to the Ralphs parking lot at 2 pm. If you want a Ten Commandments Hike patch for $5, let Mr. Cline know by 11/20. This is an interfaith event. RSVP to Mr. Cline, and let him know if you can drive.
Animation Merit Badge Sun. Nov. 8, 2015
Limited to 20 scouts. Wear your troop t-shirt and BSA shorts or pants. Have with you the Animation MB booklet and worksheet, along with a blue card. Complete requirement 1 beforehand. RSVP to Mrs. Houseknecht.
Firestone Merit Badge Day Sat. Sep. 26, 2015
We will carpool to the Firestone Scout Reservatiion in Brea. Pick one merit badge to earn: Electricity, Engineering, Environmental Science, or Radio. Make sure you do any prerequisites beforehand. Cost is $20, which includes lunch. Class sizes are limited so RSVP to Mrs. Hagegard ASAP.
Mt. Baldy Hike Sat. Jul. 11, 2015
We will be hiking to the summit of Mt. Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, at 10,064 ft. We meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 6:30 am and drive 46 miles to the trailhead near Manker Flats campground northeast of Claremont. We will hike in two groups. The group consisting of strong hikers will make a steep ascent to the summit, with 3,900 ft elevation gain in 4.5 miles. The other group will go up the Mt. Baldy ski lift then hike 3.5 miles to the summit with 2,200 ft elevation gain (a moderately difficult hike). The two groups will meet on the summit, then hike 3.5 miles back down to the ski lift where we'll eat lunch at the restaurant there. After lunch we will take the ski lift back down, and return to the Ralphs parking lot at 5 pm. Wear your troop t-shirt and a hat, have a signed activity consent form and $30 cash, and in a daypack have 3-4 liters of water, trail snacks and the 10 essentials. Layer your clothing for the varying temperatures. An Adventure pass is required to park, which the troop will provide if you don't have one. RSVP to Mr. Haxton.
Channel Islands Ocean Kayaking Sat.-Sun. Jun. 25-26, 2015
Meet on Sat. at 5:30 am at the Ralphs parking lot. Drive to the Ventura Marina and take an hour-long boat ride to Santa Cruz Island. Bring activity consent form, and camping equipment and clothing appropriate for both hot and cold weather. Don't need your scout uniform. You will be carrying your gear for a half-mile each way to and from the campsite. Bring food and cooking equipment, arranged by tent. Stoves only (contact quartermaster if you need one). Pack fuel separately. Optional to bring fishing gear, snorkeling gear, wet suit. Water shoes recommended. Can earn Kayaking merit badge if you bring merit badge booklet and worksheet. Need to take BSA swim test before going. We will return on Sunday to the Ralphs parking lot around 7:30 pm. Cost is $110 per person to be paid with a check to "BSA Troop 509" given to troop treasurer. Families are welcome. RSVP to Mr. Leo Kim.
Mt. Wilson Hike Sat. Jun 6, 2015
This strenuous hike to the summit of Mt. Wilson will start at Chantry Flats and following the Winter Creek trail. The round trip distance is 14 miles, with an elevation gain of 3,400 ft. Meet at the Chantry Flats parking lot at 6:30 am and have with you a signed activity consent form and a daypack with the 10 essentials, a sack lunch and three liters of water. (There is also a snack bar at the top of Mt. Wilson where you can buy lunch.) We will return to Chantry Flats around 3:30 pm. Chantry Flats is above Arcadia (take I-210, exit at Santa Anita Ave. and drive north until the road ends). An Adventure pass is required to park at Chantry Flats (if you don't have one, get a pass from Mr. Haxton that morning). Family members are welcome. RSVP to Mr. Kunkle.
San Gorgonio Wilderness Overnight Backpack Sat.-Sun. May 30-31, 2015
This strenuous high altitude outing is in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area of the San Bernardino Mountains. We start at the South Fork trailhead and hike 6.5 miles with 2,700 ft elev. gain to our campsite at Dollar Lake (elev. 9,400 ft). The next morning we get up early and take daypacks 4 miles with 2,100 ft elev. gain to the top of San Gorgonio Mountain, the highest peak in Southern California at 11,503 ft. We descend to our campsite and then to our cars, a total of 14.5 miles the second day. We return to La Canada late Sun. afternoon. Meet Sat. at 6:30 am at the Ralphs parking lot. RSVP to Ms. Larson (Nash).
Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge Sat. May 23, 2015
Dr. Woody Walker of La Canada Pet Clinic will lead this merit badge at his offices at 1400 Foothill Blvd. from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Scouts will need to read the merit badge pamphlet and fill out the worksheet beforehand. RSVP to Mr. Houseknecht.
Family Hike-N-Picnic Sat. May 16, 2015
Meet at 9:30 am at the picnic tables near the bathroom on the upper level of Hahamongna Park (don't go down the hill). Wear your troop t-shirt, bring a signed activity consent form and a daypack with the 10 essentials, plus your lunch. We will first work on the Second Class map and compass requirements (nos. 1a & 1b). Then we'll hike two miles along the Arroyo Seco down to the golf course by the Rose Bowl, and return to Hahamongna around noon. At Hahamongna, we'll have a picnic with the food and drink you brought, and finish around 12:30. Family members are welcome to join the hike and picnic. Contact Mr. Walton with any questions.
La Canada Loop Hike Sun. May 3, 2015
We will do a one-day hike of the trails that encircle La Canada. Join us for just the morning (7 miles), or just the afternoon (5 miles), or for the entire day (12 miles). We meet at 8:15 am at the parking lot on the south side of Foothill Blvd. across the street from Armstrong Garden Center. The morning's hike is north and east and south on the Crosstown trail, with a lunch break at Hahamongna Park's upper level. At 1 pm we leave Hahamongna and continue on the Flint Canyon trail through Cherry Canyon, past Descanso Gardens and over the freeway, ending at Armstrong around 4:30 pm. Wear your troop t-shirt and a hat and bring in a daypack the 10 essentials, 2-3 liters of water, your lunch and a signed activity consent form. Family members are welcome to join us. (Those going to Philmont should be carrying a 30-lb backpack). RSVP to Mr. Houseknecht.
Little Jimmy Overnight Backpack Sat.-Sun. Apr. 11-12, 2015
For older scouts only. Meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 8 am wearing your troop t-shirt and a hat, and with a signed activity consent form. In your backpack have the 10 essentials, sleeping bag and pad, tent, daypack, a sack lunch, a freeze-dried dinner, and a breakfast. Bring a JetBoil and fuel if you have it, otherwise you can boil water for dinner and breakfast using someone else's JetBoil. We drive to the Islip Saddle parking lot on Angeles Crest Highway, hike two miles to Little Jimmy campground, set up camp, then hike 6 miles to the summit of Mt. Baden Powell (elevation 9,407 ft, elevation gain from Islip Saddle: 2,700 ft) and return to Little Jimmy. The next morning we hike out to the cars and get back to LCF before noon. RSVP to Mr. Serricchio.
Law Merit Badge Tue. Mar. 17, 2015
Meet at 8:15 am at the Ralphs parking lot wearing full uniform including neckerchief. Bring worksheet, pen, blue card and lunch money. We will be going to the Burbank courthouse, then to Georgee's Pizza in LCF to eat lunch and complete the requirements. Pick up is at Georgee's at 1 pm. Before then, get a blue card from Dr. Kast, read the Law merit badge booklet, print and fill out the worksheet, and do requirements 5 and 4 (except for interviewing a law enforcement officer). RSVP to Mrs. Adler and let her know if your parent is driving.
Earl Canyon Hike Sun. Mar. 8, 2015
Meet at 8:45 am in the parking lot in front of Palm Crest Elementary at 5025 Palm Dr., La Canada. Wear your troop t-shirt and a hat, have your signed activity consent form, and carry in a daypack the 10 essentials, two liters of water and a lunch. (Those going to Philmont should be carrying a 25-lb backpack.) We will hike on the Earl Canyon fire road and trail high above La Canada with sweeping views of the Los Angeles basin and the Pacific Ocean. Total distance hiked will be 8-10 miles, with an elevation gain of 2,300 ft. We willl return to Palm Crest Elementary around 2 pm. Family members are welcome, minimum age 11. RSVP to Mr. Markarian by Sat. night.
Spruce Grove Hike Sun. Feb. 22, 2015
Meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 8 am wearing your troop t-shirt and a hat, and carrying a daypack with the 10 essentials, two liters of water, a lunch and your signed activity consent form. (Those going to Philmont should be carrying a 20-lb backpack.) Drivers will drop us off at the trailhead at Chantry Flats, above Arcadia 20 minutes from La Canada, then pick us up there and return us to the Ralphs parking lot around 3 pm. We will hike from Chantry Flats to Spruce Grove with a short detour to Sturdevant Falls, then return to Chantry Flats, a total of 8 miles with 1,400 ft of elevation gain. Family members are welcome, minimum age 11. RSVP to Mr. Bell by Sat. night, and also let him know if a family member can drive.
Watershed Restoration Sat. Nov. 15, 2014
Meet at 6:45 am at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring water and a signed activity consent form. We will carpool to the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center 11 miles north of Azuza on Hwy 39, where we will work until noon repotting seedlings at the U.S. Forest Service's tree nursery. (Or you can drive there yourself and meet us there.) We will return to the Ralphs parking lot by 1 pm. This is the first of three parts of Joshua Perkins' Community Impact Project for Flintridge Prep. RSVP to Joshua.
First Class Orienteering Sun. Oct. 26, 2014
Hahamongna Park at 2 pm, in the upper parking area near the restrooms (don't go down the hill). Wear troop t-shirt and bring signed activity consent form. Also bring a compass, pen or pencil, scout handbook, GPS if you have one, filled water bottle, and the rest of the 10 essentials. Will satisfy the orienteering requirement for First Class rank. RSVP to Mr. Walton.
Geocaching Sun. Oct. 19, 2014
Meet Sun. morning at 7 am at Hahamongna Park down below by the baseball field. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring a daypack with the 10 essentials and a sack lunch (have plenty of water). Also bring a signed activity consent form. We will hike 4 miles on the Gabrielino Trail that goes behind JPL, to Gould Mesa campground where we will meet up with the troop members who stayed the night there. We will spend the morning finding two geocaches and plant one of our own. After eating lunch, we will hike back to Hahamongna, arriving by 3 pm. On this hike you will satisfy many, but not all, of the requirements for the Geocaching merit badge. The remaining requirements will be covered at a future meeting. RSVP to Mr. Serricchio.
Gould Mesa Backpack Overnight Sat.-Sun. Oct. 18-19, 2014
Meet Sat. morning at 9 am at Hahamongna Park down below by the baseball field. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring your backpack with sleeping bag and 10 essentials. Also bring your signed activity consent form. At Hahamongna we will work on rank advancement and chits (wear long pants for chopping wood) until noon, when we'll eat lunch and then hit the trail, passing by JPL on the Gabrielino Trail to the Gould Mesa campground 4 miles away. The next morning we will do some geocaching, finding two and hiding one, then after lunch hike back to Hahamongna, arriving by 3 pm. Patrol leaders will be selected ahead of time, and they will arrange food and tents for their patrol. Families are welcome. The only cost is your food. You will satisfy many, but not all, of the requirements for the Geocaching merit badge. The remaining requirements will be covered at a future meeting. RSVP to Sean de Moura.
Palomar Observatory Fri.-Sun. Sep. 12-14, 2014
Meet Fri. at 3:30 at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear troop t-shirt and bring camping equipment for car camping, and, if you have them, binoculars and telescope. Drive 3 hours to Palomar Mountain State Park in the Cleveland National Forest in Northern San Diego County. Set up camp, cook dinner and sleep under the stars. Conditions will likely allow us to not use our rainflies, or to sleep outside the tents, all the better to view the sky. The next morning we have a tour scheduled for 10 am at Caltech's Palomar Observatory, which is home to the famous 200-inch-diameter Hale Telescope. The observatory is 2 miles from our campsite. Spend the rest of the day in camp or on the trails. That evening after dinner we will have a Star Party and use our newly acquired knowledge while observing the sky. Sunday we return to La Canada, arriving around 1 pm. Scouts can earn the Astronomy merit badge if they prepare by reading the merit badge pampthlet and completing the workbook. For everyone, good preparation for this outing is to read "This Week's Sky at a Glance" at www.skyandtelescope.com. Cooking is by patrols. Families welcome, but this outing is not suitable for children under 7. Limited to 40 participants. Cost is $35 per person, plus $10 per person gas money for those whose families are not driving. RSVP to Mr. or Mrs. Pettis.
El Capitan State Beach Fri.-Sun. Aug. 22-24, 2014
We meet Fri. at 5 pm at the Ralphs parking lot. Wear your troop t-shirt and bring your camping gear. We drive 80 miles to the beach campgrounds just north of Santa Barbara and make camp. Body surf, explore tide pools, go hiking. Camping and cooking by patrol. Return to La Canada around 12:30 on Sun. Families welcome. No pets. Limited to 50 participants. Cost is $35 per person, plus your food costs and gas money for those not driving. RSVP to Mr. Walton.
Mt. Pinos Mountain Biking Sat.-Sun. Jul. 12-13, 2014
Meet at Ralphs parking lot at 8:30 am. Wear troop t-shirt and bring camping equipment, lots of water, daypack, helmet, sturdy bicycle with gear shift, and spare tube. No skinny tires. Gloves, pump, tools and sunglasses are optional. We drive to McGill Campground near Frazier Park, a little over an hour away. The bikes will be transported in a trailer or truck. Once there we pitch our tents, then drive to the top of Mt. Pinos with the bikes. We ride down, then put the bikes back in the trailer/truck, drive back to the top and repeat, over and over again. Hiking trails are available for those who prefer hiking. Families are welcome. Cost is $30 per person, or if your family is driving, $20 per person. Those going will have a meeting after the Mon. Jul. 7 troop meeting. RSVP to Mr. Goldstein.
Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Fri.-Mon. Jun. 27-30, 2014
Leave Fri. at 9 am and drive to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort (has a pool and zip-line) where we will camp for three nights. On the way we'll stop to pick up rental boots and poles. We visit Zion National Park on Sat. and Bryce Canyon National Park on Sun., with hikes both days (you will get wet on the Zion hike, so have plastic bags to protect anything that can't get wet). On Mon. we drive back home, arriving around 4 pm. Families are welcome. Cost is $135 per person, which includes gas, camping fees, park entrance fees, rental equipment and one meal. Other meals will be planned, purchased and prepared by patrols. For questions contact Mr. Swain or Mr. Cline.
Grunion Run Sat. Jun 14, 2014
Meet at the Ralphs parking lot at 7 am. Bring water, towel, hat, swim shorts, beach chair, sunscreen, warm clothes and flashlight. We drive to Cabrillo Beach eat breakfast, visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, eat lunch, explore the tide pools, play a group game, eat dinner, have hot chocolate and cookies, and at 9 pm attend the Grunion Program at the aquarium, including movie, lecture, demonstration and going on the beach near midnight to see the grunion lay their eggs on the beach. The grunion can be touched and picked up with your bare hands (no nets or buckets, etc.), but you need a California fishing license to do this if you are older than 16 (one-day pass for $15 at Sport Chalet). Grunion are too small to bother taking home to eat. Participants earn a High Adventure Team (HAT) award that you'll get at the next court of honor (wlacchat.org/grunionrunaward.htm). Cost is $10 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and museum admission, but not parking, which is $9 for all day. Families welcome. Let the Kunkles know of any dietary restrictions. We return to the Ralphs parking lot around 1:30 am. RSVP to the Kunkles.
Snow Camping Sat.-Sun. Mar. 15-16, 2014
Leave early Sat. morning and drive to the Palm Springs tram. Take the tram up Mt. San Jacinto, snowshoe two miles to Round Valley Campground and camp overnight. On Sun. break camp, snowshoe to the tram, and arrive back to La Canada in late afternoon. For questions contact Mr. Angold.
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Camp Baker in Oregon. Sun.-Sat. Jul. 12-18. We will fly or take the train to Eugene or Portland, then charter a bus to Camp Baker, located on Siltcoos Lake near Florence. We can choose either tents or cabins. Meals are in the dining hall. There is kayaking, climbing wall, sand dunes, shooting, merit badges, and whole lot more. Approximately $700 per person. See otcbsa.org, click on Camping, Summer Camps, Boy Scout Summer Camps. RSVP to Mrs. Andrews.

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Senior Patrol Leader

Nathan de Moura

 

Asst Sr Patrol Leaders

Max Fan

Michael Gray

 

Jr Asst Scoutmaster

Joshua Perkins

Scoutmaster

Dr. Martin Kast

 

Troop Committee Chair

Dale Walton

 

JPL Liaison

Bruce Goldstein

Past Scoutmasters

Kevin Susank 2008-10
David Sagal 2006-08
Richard Key 2002-06
Ernie Messner 2001-02
Ken Broomfield 1995-01
Andy Collins 1989-95
John Wellman 1984-89
Jim Breckinridge 1979-84
Gene Sekiguchi 1978-79
Ed Danielson 1975-78
Bruce Rule 1973-75

Past Senior Patrol Leaders

Andrew Gray 2016
Alex McComb 2015
Grant McComb 2014
Ashi Punj 2013
Nathan Spindle 2012
Harold Kast 2011
Kevin O'Toole, Ryan Wallace 2010
Matthew Susank, Adam Wallace 2009
Chase Chavarria, Thomson Gilles 2008
Timothy Chin, Kevin Kraft,
   Dan Stathatos, Erik Yun
2007
Niels Hauksson, William Morong 2006
Evan Key, Keith Male 2005
Alon Atkins, Charles Crandon 2004
Brady Blasco, Andrew Choi,
   Adam O'Toole, Brian O'Toole
2003
Brett Shaw, Kenny Sugimura 2002
Daryl Key, Sam Wegner 2001
Daniel Brady 2000
Andy Smith 1999
James Pickett 1998

Past Junior Assistant Scoutmasters

Sean de Moura 2016
Ian de Moura 2014-15
Harold Kast 2012-13

Earned Every Merit Badge

Harold Kast (135) 2006-13

Triple Crown Award

Andre Galenchik-Chan 2016 Northern Tier
2015 Philmont
2014 Sea Base
Zach Nash 2016 Northern Tier
2015 Philmont
2014 Sea Base
Joshua Perkins 2016 Northern Tier
2015 Philmont
2014 Sea Base
Dr. Martin Kast 2016 Northern Tier
2014 Sea Base
2012 Philmont
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Check out the Facebook page of Tropa Benavente 92, our brother troop in Lima, Peru (above, holding the poster we signed).

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