Teachable Moments

The best laid plans have no guarantee for success, as Troop 115 discovered on a recent Cycling Merit Badge outing. A welcome but ill-timed November rain brought the boy's 15-miler to an abrupt halt. While the scouts were well-prepared for the cold, they unanimously voted for a burger and hot chocolate over the slippery conditions. Can …

Backpack Cooking

A recent outing with the scouts highlighted the steep learning curve in outdoor cooking, and emphasized the need to show scouts creative options early in their career, rather than later. I recall my own regret at relying for so many years on the wonders of Mountain House and Lipton soups, until someone finally revealed that stir fry …

Cronan Ranch Day Hike

Troop 115 Scouts enjoyed a warm Spring day, hiking at Cronan Ranch Trails Park near Coloma, and learning the local biology from Mrs. Gillies...a Biologist with the State of California. The "vegetation of the park is very representative of the landscape of the Sierra Foothills," and provided numerous examples for the Scouts to learn the plant life in the area.  The …