Troop 4 Rides 31 Miles along the 605 and Rio Hondo River paths in pursuit of the Cycling Merit Badge

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Big Bear Ski Weekend Refunds

We have obtained a refund from Big Bear Mountain for the ski trip we aborted due to safety concerns from bad weather. Please go to Sign Ups to indicate how you would like your refund processed.

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Operation BBQ Relief – Service Project

Today Evan Umland and Ben Jennings accompanied by their Dads helped to feed the homeless at Union Rescue Mission downtown with Jarrid Collins. Jarrid (Jay) is a Veteran from US Army Special Forces will start his run across the country to help bring attention to homelessness and Veterans. Jay lost a leg serving his country in Iraq in 2014, now he wants give back to the community and inspire others.

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Camporee 2019

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406 Scouts – Best attendance in years
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Fire building event run by Troop 4 senior Scouts under the leadership of ASPL Wulf Heinsen
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Crispy Colonels and Vikings Patrol – Earned Scout Spirit Awards – The Crispy Colonels also got a 2nd place ribbon. 
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The Vikings, Chumbuckets and Goblin/Gorillas received participation ribbons.
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ASPL Wulf Heinsen represented the Troop for the Campsite construction award.
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Chilling at Coyote Ridge. 

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Monthly parent meetings start Monday April 8 at 7:30pm.

In order to better communicate and build a tighter community, the Troop leadership has decided to start a monthly parents’ meeting on the second Monday night of each month, during the troop meeting. This has been successful in other troops. The first meeting will be this Monday, April 8. We will start at 7:30 pm. We will discuss upcoming events, welcome and orient new parents, and enjoy getting to know each other better. Just as older scouts mentor younger ones, experienced scout parents can guide newer ones.

All current scout parents should do their best to attend each month. Remember, the more you are involved in your boys’ scouting experience, the better it will be. See you Monday!

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Pre Camporee

Great Pre Camporee trip to Camp Trask. Salamander races, Fire building, pioneering, tot’en Chip, cooking, cleaning, sign offs, sports, and fun.
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Charles Acker Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Charles Acker for achieving Scouting’s highest rank!
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Calendar updates

To help us better prepare for a great Camporee, the Court of Honor is postponed until Monday, April 15.

The new parent orientation will take place during our Troop meeting on Monday, April 1. New parents, if you have not yet signed up for our Google Group email list, please do so. This is an important means of communication. The link is always at the bottom right corner of this home page as well as the calendar.

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Death Valley Camping

Troop 4 had a fantastic time in Death Valley camping this weekend.  We explored the Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater, and spent a lot of time surfing sand dunes!  We also took advantage of the fact that Death Valley is one of the three darkest spots on Earth to catch the Milky Way.

Here are some photos I took and there are more in this online album.
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Death Valley Camping

We will be leaving Friday March 8 and returning Sunday March 10. It is a 4.5 hour drive to the campsite, so cars will be leaving at different times depending on availability to get off work and school. The earliest car will likely leave around 3 to 3:30 pm and the latest around 8pm.  

  • IMPORTANT!  Be at Scouthaus this Thursday at 7pm for a gear up. 
    • Check gear (especially younger scouts) 
    • Ensure that grubmasters for each patrol have food. 
    • Ensure that everyone has a ride and knows when to meet their driver. 
    • Bring permission slip
    • Fee is only $10 plus $20 for your grubmaster. 
      • You can pay by Paypal (note Death Valley in comment) or bring a check to “Troop 4” on Thursday night.  
  • If the Thursday meeting is quick, Mr. Heinsen will start the photography merit badge class afterwards for those taking the merit badge.
  • Scout cell phones will be allowed on this trip for those taking the photography merit badge class with Mr. Heinsen if that is the camera you want to use. 
    • If you aren’t taking the class, or are using another camera, leave your cell phone at home. They disrupt communication and camraderie. 
    • If you are concerned about staying in touch, adult leaders will be sending periodic updates to the Google Group. 
    • All cell phones will be held by trip leaders unless needed by scouts for the photography work.
  • This is a base camp, so pack accordingly. We will probably do a day hike. It will be chilly during the day and cold at night. Dress accordingly.

If you cannot make the Thursday meeting, please let me know who you will be riding with, and who your grubmaster is BEFORE Thursday, and bring your payment and permission slips on Friday.


This will be a great trip!

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