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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Idlehour Backpack Trip


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Troop 4 had a great backpacking trip this past weekend. 15.5 miles and over 3000ft of elevation gain. It got cold, (35ºF) but everyone made it and gained confidence.

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Eagle Scout Jose Amezcua

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Congratulations to Jose Amezcua for attaining the rank of Eagle scout tonight. Jose was Senior Patrol Leader last year and has been serving as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He plans to continue helping with the troop as a merit badge counselor. I know he has big plans for college and career. Great Job!
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Firestone campout

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Firestone campout was a fun filed adventure that had the scouts working together to have fun and solve problems. Football and cards made this a very enjoyable campout. David Gieselman, scout Web-Master

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Big Bear Ski/Board Trip Info

Participants need to complete a Big Bear Liability form and BSA Permission form. You can download those here. You will also need to get a completed BSA Part C health form signed by your physician if you have not had one done in the last year.

At this point we will plan to depart from Scouthaus at 5 am as the trip takes about 3 hours to drive and lifts open at 8:30am. Slopes close at 4pm, so will likely be back around 9pm with stop for dinner.

On the day of the trip, please bring the following:

  1. Sunscreen and chapstick
  2. Sunglasses or goggles
  3. Gloves & Waterproof clothing
  4. Hat and scarf
  5. Extra socks
  6. Quarters for locker rental
  7. Completed Snow Sports Workbook & Blue Card for those working on the Merit Badge
  8. $20 for lunch
  9. We need to bring the Troop Flag

Payment needs to be made in full prior to the trip. Details to follow.

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Religious Emblem program

Remember that a Scout is Reverent! If you are a high school student, please sign up for the PRAY program with Pastors Martha and Twine Campbell, from our chartering organization, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Earn your Religious Emblem!

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Henninger Flats

Troop 4 returned from Henninger Flats with more knowledge and merit badges. Johann Lockar gave a great lecture for a number of troops. Hiking up at night was cool. Visibility was great 100 miles! 

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