Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts joins for another eventful evening. One of our many Mondays fun meetings get together gathering for our campfire What also made it extra special even another member from South Pasadena Pack 7 had join us as well.
We had served for vegetarians members & carnivore members.
All, thanks goes out to our Scout Master Mr. Yan. And this couldn’t had happen if we don’t have such great parent support.
We had a great bike ride today. The younger boy scouts did a little over 5 miles. A couple of the younger boy scouts went even further, approx. 10 miles. The older boy scouts made it to the beach, for a total of 31 miles.
There was also a Café (Rivers End Café) at Seal Beach.
The river trail was very busy at times. There were many extremely fast riders and some in large groups. Our scouts handled themselves wonderfully with the other speedy riders. They knew the calling signals so they were aware when the other bikers were passing. Great job by our scouts.
Our Boy Scout Troop 139 went Caving at Moaning Cavern this past weekend, March 21-23. Moaning Cavern is up north at Angel City, which is East of Stockton. It’s about 6 to 7 hour drive from LA.
Steven Yan edited his GoPro video and uploaded to YouTube. The Title is “Troop 139 – Moaning Cavern Trip”. Check it out. It has clips of the ZipLine and rappel down to the Cave platform area. What’s missing is the crawling adventure portion of the caving because it was too dark for videos.
To get to the ZipLine tower, the guide drove us in a van. It was extremely packed inside the van. Steven and the second guide were sitting in the trunk part of the van. The guide dropped us off near the tower, but we had to cross a rope bridge to get to the top of the tower to start the zipline.
For the first part of the ZipLine adventure, Steven is filming as he zips to the second tower. As he approaches the tower, you can see Mr. Nelson pass by on the left ZipLine. The next two scouts are Matthew Thomas on the left of the screen and Kian Jeshion-Nelson on the right side of the screen. Next is Richard Yan wearing green and Mr. Yan wearing red. Next is Lee Chico wearing red and Mr. Pareek wearing white. The last of our group is Ms. Mach zipping by extremely fast. You can see her bounce back at the end of the line.
Next part of the video is the preparation for the caving. The cavers had to wear knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves so they can crawl through the tight spaces inside the cave. We did not have to wear the orange overalls because it was fairly dry inside. Everyone had to wear a hard hat helmet with a headlight.
Next part of the video is the guide showing us the map of the inside of the cave and the adventure we’re about to experience. Next part of the video is the opening of the hole to rappel into the vertical cave. You can see the rappel ropes and the small opening. We were using J-hooks to rappel down. These are the long silver clamp you see the guide placing on the rope. To rappel down, you feed the rope though the J-hook and lower yourself into the cave as you’re secured on the harness. The first portion of the rappel, you are lowered into the hole, which has walls 360 degrees around you, but it’s a small hole. The next part of the rappel, you are walking down the side of the wall. The remaining 2/3 of the rappel, there’s no walls. You lower yourself as you dangle on the rope/harness. Toward the end of the rappel, you can see the iron spiral staircase. The staircase is for people to go down into the cave platform without rappelling down. The spiral staircase is also used to exit the cave.
The inside of the cave where the platform is located is huge. It is lighted so you can see the formations of the walls which has been formed in the past million years. From the entrance of the cave (rappelling hole) to the platform is 165 feet, which is the distance of the rappel. This is equivalent to a 16 story building. The next part of the adventure, which is not on the video, is the tour of the small caving chambers, which are roughly 60 feet below the platform. Those small caving chambers have very tight openings from chamber to chamber, which we had to belly crawl and squeeze through. There are openings called the “pancake”, the “chimney”, and others.
It was a great adventure and an awesome experience. We had 21 people participating in this great adventure. Nine went on the ZipLine. Eight went down into the cave by Rappelling. Twelve went on the Caving Chamber portion with the belly crawls and climbs. Nine went on the walking tour. It was fantastic. Take a look at the YouTube video and share with others.
– WHAT AN ADVENTURE !!! AMAZING TIME!! –
Getting Ready to Rappelled
This is for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and families. What a great way for family and the boys the bond as a troop. We not only work together but we sure know how to have some fun time.
Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts & Parents,
We had a great time this weekend even though we were rained out at Firestone for Shooting & Archery. The boys were able to play many games including nerf shootout, box hockey, broom ball, and bb shooting. The boys learned about the Flag and folding the flag. The boys made the abacus and learned how to use it. The boys learned a couple of knots and fusing/whipping a rope. The boys watched a movie Friday night and another movie Saturday night. The boys watch videos like Friday, I Love Chinese Food, What Does the Fox Say, and Jumping to Bar Bar Bar. Ask them about these videos. The boys had a wonderful time with the Auction. It was fun watching them bid on the numerous items. It was fun and a great experience. We’ll definitely do the auction again.
Like I said, although we weren’t able to camp at Firestone, we had a great time.
Thank you to the following –
1. Mr. Miller for setting up and running the bb shooting range on Saturday afternoon after the rain had stopped.
2. Mr. Onaga for helping with the broom ball after bb shooting range.
3. Everyone involved with cleaning the Church Mansion sleeping area after Saturday night dinner.
4. Mrs. Rios-Parra for keeping the Cub Scouts busy during clean up after Saturday night dinner.
5. All the Boy Scouts for helping with the supervision of the Cub Scouts during various activities. They did not get all the scout bucks they deserved for helping during the busy weekend. They had to deal with being the last to cook and eat their meals. They did not complained at all. Great Sport.
6. The parents who helped out with the Auction.
7. The parents involved with cleaning the kitchen after the meals.
(To have 3 groups cooking in the crowded kitchen for the various meals were a challenge but we all dealt with it nicely and got through it.)
8. Everyone involved with the rush clean up of the Church Mansion on Sunday morning to get it ready for Church Service.
9. Mrs. Munoz and the Boy Scouts for mopping and cleaning the Church Mansion on Sunday morning.
The boy scouts will be going ice skating on Friday, November 15. Cub scouts and parents are welcome to join in. Cub scouts who have not earned skating belt loop will have opportunity to earn this belt loop.
It was a hot summer night. As the boyscout and the cub scouts join to participate in this event. Hardly any breeze and it was hot and sticky. Did the boys complain? Not at all. Some had stayed and camped over night and some I left during the night.
At the end we only caught 2 fishes as a troop, and a crawl fish. Regardless our spirit was still up and some of us was our frist time experience of moonlight fishing. We had a blast.