Scouting, Game with a Purpose This was the theme of this 2012 Ka’ala Camporee.
Keeping the Purpose of what scouting is about and having FUN is what this Camporee is all about. With the 17 game event challenges that ranged from Knot Relay, Tripod Building, Fire Building Medical Relay to Tomahawk Throwing, Fishing in a bucket, and Water Balloon Toss, Camporee certainly had a great variety of events to create many interesting and exciting situations. These game events not only challenged your basic scouting skills, but also challenged your patrol’s teamwork, communication, cooperation, time management, and wits. Being able to combine all this knowledge and knowing the skill sets of your fellow Patrol members was an important part on the success of your Patrol during this competition.
Both Patrols that represented Troop 75 did a AWESOME JOB! Our scouts managed to place within the top 3 spots in 5 events and brought back awards to show for it. They always showed their bright scouting spirits throughout Camporee and made a conscious effort to thank the volunteers after each event. Their fun competitive spirits and genuine eagerness to show their skills or learn new skills was evident with the many smiles and laughter that they shared together as a close-knit Patrol. Although we did not take home the award for Camporee Top Troop this year, these experiences and memories will make for better scouts. You're all winners when you have FUN together!
A big Thank You to the Pack 75 Webelos I and II for joining us at this Camporee. We hope your experience with us gave you a snippet of what a Boy Scouts Troop and Patrol is about. We certainly enjoyed your presence and hope that you will join us again.
Keep having FUN on the Scouting Trail!
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"It is important to arrange games and competition so that all Scouts of the troop take part."~ Baden-Powell
Trick or Treat!.. What if we get both Trick and Treat instead?
Believe it or not, the "Trick" to this Troop 75 Halloween Bash Service Project was trying to show up on time. Due to a freeway accident, which caused a major traffic jam, being on time made it very tricky for many volunteers. That did not hamper this Halloween festivity one bit. The Troop 75 Ohana slowly trickled in and got into the action of serving the Momilani Community. The "Treat" for all of us was seeing and meeting the wonderful people dressed up in there Halloween costumes. Hearing and seeing all the smiling little children scurry around the candy booths collecting the sugary treats made it a joy. Watching our scouts work hard at all the busy game booths made us realize how much dedication and enthusiasm our scouts have for their given tasks. From the looks of the faces we've seen, your efforts made this 2012 Halloween Bash very enjoyable for many families. The scouts then had the challenging task of cleaning up and putting away all the candy booths, games, and canopies at the end of the night. All props will be in good shape for next years use again. Mission accomplished!
Good Job Scouts and Thank You for your Dedication and Hard Work. The Pearl City Foundation and Pearl City Community Association appreciates your wonderful Good Turn.
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. ~ Baden-Powell
We all know the Scout Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily.
Today's Troop 75 community service project at the Momilani Community Center provided many Good Turn accomplishments. The scouts needed to exercise their teamwork, knot tying / lashing skills and bright scouting spirits. All scouts were on deck and gave a helping hand every time. At the end of this project, they managed to assemble and stake down 3 – 10’x20’ tents and assemble more than a dozen games and candy booths for the upcoming community Halloween Bash. Mr. Breen Harimoto, our coordinator, was very delighted and happy with all your efforts. In previous years, it took them over 6 hours to complete. With the help of Troop 75, all tasks were completed in a little more than 2 hours. That’s the POWER of great teamwork, skills, and BOY SCOUTS!
The community will be very thankful for your hard work. The happy children and families on Halloween will certainly enjoy it.
Chalk up another successful service project for Troop 75. Good work scouts!
"You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others." — Audrey Hepburn
Meteorology is the study of Earth's atmosphere and its weather and the ways in which temperature, wind, and moisture act together in the environment. In addition to learning how everyday weather is predicted, Scouts can learn about extreme weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, and how to stay safe.
Let's all give a big congratulations to 11 of our Scouts that worked really hard all day to earn the Weather Merit Badge.
We all arrived at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island on time. We were greeted by Mr. Ford Ebesugawa and his wonderful cast of instructors for the day. All the instructors were really experienced in teaching the subject of Weather and it really showed on their presentations and enthusiasm. Their class discussions were very engaging and our scouts always did their very best to help the learning process. Knowing how to recognize weather patterns, clouds, and local conditions and topography was a very important lesson to learn so scouts can recognize camping locations that are safe or may pose a danger during severe rain or flash floods. The use of technology, satellites, and computer modeling forecasts plays an important and integral part of tracking weather conditions today. Knowing and being aware about our weather is certainly an important part of Being Prepared to be a better scout.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.
Great job scouts and scouters! We're all very proud of you. Please know that your good turn and hard work will help to save lives from this terrible disease.
From the first flight of the Wright Brother's to the Stealth Jet Plane Fighters of today, our scouts learned a lot more about the history, technology, and opportunities that the aviation field can provide. Who knows?.... This may encourage future aviation pilots or engineers.
OUTSTANDING JOB Scouts on earning this awesome merit badge.
The shooting sports are among the most popular activities that Scouts can engage in. A handful of scouts from Troop 75 made it to the very east side of the Oahu Island and spend Sunday afternoon at the Koko Head Shooting Complex. The weather was with a little overcast and sprinkles in the beginning but it cleared up to be a nice sunny afternoon. After registration and a safety lesson, our scouts looked around the informational displays and learned a little about hunting, fishing, and scholastics level air-gun shooting. The scouts were then very eager to venture to the several shooting locations scattered throughout the complex. First up was the high power rifle range and the scouts got really familiar at benchrest shooting with a bolt-action rifle and scope. They all took turns taking aim at a small metal silhouette target at a 100 yards away. It was very exhilarating to always hear the metal target go "TING" and see it swing back and forth signifying a good shot. We then made our way to the muzzleloading rifle booth and learned a little about gun powders, flintlock and in-line types shotguns. As expected, these muzzleloading rifles made a loud bang, solid kick, and lots of smoke due to the historic blackpowder used. We walked away with a better understanding of how the old pioneer hunters did it. The next booth was basically a smorgasbord of many different types of firearms. All scouts and scouters had a choice to shoot at least 18 different rifles and pistols at his booth. It was a difficult choice for some since you could choose pistols from revolvers, Glock, 1911, and Smith and Wesson styles. The pick of rifles were also from lever-action, bolt action, and sporting semi-auto. We then made it up to the archery range and had a quick introductory lesson. We all felt a little like “Robin Hood and the Merry Men” as the arrows streamed across to hit the target.
After today's sport shooting, we can certainly say that Troop 75 hit the BULLSEYE all day long as we all also did a very good turn this day. We supported the Hawaii FoodBank as all proceeds from this event went to help combat hunger here in the islands. It's a WIN-WIN for everyone!
Thank you Mr. Wong! We always appreciate your time with us. Troop 75 had a great time building the Pioneering Tower and it’s sure to be one of our favorite camp gadgets to build at our campouts. What is Pioneering? “Pioneering” is the word used to describe the work done by 18th and 19th century military engineers who went ahead of an army to build bridges and towers with rope and timber. In Scouting, it refers to the knowledge and skill of using simple materials to build structures that are used in a wide range of Scouting activities. Scouts use ropes and knots along with the ability to build rustic structures by lashing together poles and spars. These skills are sometimes referred to as “backwoods engineering” and is among the oldest of Scouting skills. Scouts can build almost anything using only spars and rope. At the same time they’ll learn important leadership, planning and team-building skills. It also builds self-reliance and confidence in the scouts and patrols. Pioneering has formed an important part of Scouting.
Can you name the five general groups of musical instruments? Can you name five people who are important in the history of American music?
Music can teach us about how we live and about how others live. Music is a way to understand our cultural heritage as well as other past and present cultures. Music can certainly tell a story.
Encouraging our scouts to learn about Music is an important part about who we are and a good way to learn about this very expressive art form. The different types of instruments and the technical basic working of the wind, string, and percussion instruments were experienced. Recognizing and being exposed to differing genres of music such as blues, classical, bluegrass, opra, and jazz were played for listening and talked about. We all did a little singing to conclude the afternoon. I think we could hear some budding Pavarotti’s in the room!
GREAT JOB SCOUTS in earning this Music Merit Badge. We hope you’re all “Jazzed-up” and always PREPARED to drum-up the scouting beats! BIG Thank you to Mr. Jason for conducting this fun Music Merit Badge. We really appreciate all your time and efforts.
If we had to sum up this camp into three words for our scouts, it could probably be: Productive in Paradise
Making the best of work and play at any campout is one of the challenging things scouts can face. If planned and done properly, the lines between work and play can be blurred and play seems to overflow into work. From a scouts point of view, that is the most ideal situation you could be in.
Without a doubt, Troop 75 did a great job in keeping this camp productive in scout skills while maintaining a high degree of fun factor. Being in a “paradise” style setting can sometimes hamper productiveness, but the scouts always made the best of it. Walking around camp made views of scouts working on knots, lashings, first-aid requirements, competitions, and numerous advancement checks, opportunities, and activities. Making good use of the calm ocean waters made fulfilling some of the swimming requirements possible. The ocean water was also a wonderful way to stay cool and refreshed during the sunny and hot mid-day.
Great job scouts!
Polynesian Paralysis: For some scouters, this camp could have been aptly named: “Practicing Polynesian Paralysis”. Polynesian Paralysis can be described as a letting go of the hustle and bustle of city life, and easing into a state of complete and utter relaxation. This was very easy to accomplish for some at this camp. Here are some pictures with our experts in full form.
With nice summer weather and high Scouting Spirits, it was with great pleasure hiking with our little brothers from Pack 167. It was our first visit to Camp Timberline and the Ohanas of Pack 167 sure can host a hike. The Cubscouts worked hand-in-hand with the Boy Scouts as they traversed the Ironwood and Eucalyptus trees cladded forest trails up in the hills of beautiful Makakilo. They worked on their compass direction skills and made sure that the buddy system worked with the numerous whistle blows for buddy checks. Making it up to a scenic point revealed a birds-eye view of Makaha and the ocean horizon. After the hike, most of the scouts cooled off at the camp swimming pool for more fun. It was a sure way to refresh our minds and bodies after a hot hike. The evening was capped off with an awesome campfire which started off with a solemn flag retirement while the song Taps was being played in the background from boy scout bugler Eric. Soon after, the dens all went up and performed their planned skits and improv jokes that made us all remember what Cubscouting spirit is all about. The campfire was then topped off with several songs with the Scout Vesper for the finale. Back at camp, scouts then enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate to help warm their tummies from the cool night breeze. We hope you captured the falling stars that evening and hope for all your wishes to come true.We would like to thank Pack 167 for inviting Troop 75 to your family camp. Your great hospitality and Scouting Spirit made this day very special to us. We sincerely appreciate you and hope we can join you in future activities. BIG MAHALOS!
The Rivera family proudly represented Troop 75 and Pack 75 at the “SCOUT MAHALO” project this year at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The project takes place during Aloha Council's annual Hawaii's Distinguished Citizen Dinner where this year’s honoree was Peter Ho - Bank of Hawaii, President, Chairman & CEO. This gala dinner is needed to raise funds for the Aloha Council programs and to communicate Scouting’s achievements and needs to as many community leaders as possible. As usual, the ballroom was packed with attendees, many of which were local celebrities, politicians, community leaders, and business owners. With about 100 other scouts, we managed to greet, chat, and thank them all for their support for scouting. Everyones Scouting Spirit was at an extreme high to say the least. We then had a scout pizza party with ice cream to top it off which included a Jamba Juice gift card for every scout and scouter there. We also noticed a few scout poster displays with our very own Troop 75 scout Eric when he was a Cubscout…. Very Cool!
Without a doubt, our week at Summer Camp in beautiful Camp Pupukea was certainly filled with many special memories and great experiences. All our 12 scouts that represented Troop 75 did an excellent job! The Pterodactyl Patrol was on a mission to be the BEST SCOUTS they can be. Summer Camp was filled to capacity as the total scout count reached to nearly 400 boys. Although Troop 75 weren't the biggest or the loudest troop, they can certainly hang with the best of them. More importantly, your unique Scout Spirit ALWAYS SHINED BRIGHTLY for all to see. We're very proud of all of you.
Thank you to the Troop 75 Ohana that made this Summer Camp a great success for everyone.
Spectacular weather usually includes spectacular views at the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. Without a doubt, Troop 75 had a wonderful time on this "family friendly" trail that had us in awe. On this clear day, one could gaze east and see the silhouettes of the islands of Lanai and Molokai. Being able to witness some of the islands natural beauties is always a treat. Hiking up further, into the rocky trails, we visited a couple of old WWII Pill Boxes, which used to house gun emplacements.
Do you do a Good Deed daily? Today, our little brothers in Pack 75 did by doing a beach cleanup at Hale'iwa Beach Park. All scouts and scouters came prepared with work gloves, trash bags, and a great SCOUTING SPIRIT for a successful community service project. Some also brought tongs to make picking up those nasty cigarette butts and plastic caps a lot easier. Everyone worked as a team and learned what "Think globally, clean locally" really meant. We're very proud of our Cub Scouts and all thier hard work.
"In just a short time we were able to collect a lot of trash that could have ended up as marine debris. We know what happens to birds and other marine life that consume these items. Not good yeh. You guys also removed a lot of beer caps that could cut the young kids playing at the playground. Good job!" ~ Cub Master Steven
Our Troop 75 June Summer Court of Honors is always a special occasion. Following troop tradition, this Court of Honors is held during our annual Troop 75 Family Camp. Family Camp provides a unique time and place that allows our Troop Ohana to share fellowship with entire families while camping at a convenient site with good amenities. We recognize that getting to know each other and sharing experiences through our scouts is very conducive to strengthening our Troop unit support and helps to shape the future of our Troop 75 culture and Ohana.
Congratulations to ALL our Scouts! Recognition of scout achievements is an important and critical part of a successful scouting program. Recognitions includes awarding of rank advancements and merit badge achievements. This year, we welcomed and recognized a record amount of new scouts and families to our Troop. We sincerely know that a growing troop is a good sign of a healthy scouting program.
This was also a time to give thanks and recognition to our awesome boy leaders for the past year. This would not be a Boy Scout Troop without them. Their hard work, dedication, preparedness, and leadership is what makes a troop boy-led. It is also a time to turn to the next chapter of new boy leaders.
Again, congratulations to ALL our Scouts and families that made this such a wonderful success.
A Scout is Reverent. Our Scout's of Troop 75, along with the Cubbies from Pack 75, did a fantastic job of placing flags and leis on the graves of our beloved fallen heroes. It was a sight to see the wave of red, white and blue ripple across the memorials of over 34,000 grave sites.
Reflections: Horsemanship Merit Badge January 2009
This is a Troop 75 video that was from January of 2009. It seems like a long time ago, but it may seem like yesterday for some. See if you can spot some scouts you know.
Perhaps this will inspire some of our current or new scouts to pursue the Horsemanship Merit Badge.
The caption went as follows: The boys had a great time at Koko Crater Equestrian and Stable Center. Mahalo to Mr. Pete and the girls (ahem) who helped train the boys in the finer points of horsemanship. Mahalos also to Mrs. Nakatsuka, Mrs. Cegler, Mrs. Oshita, Mrs. Burruso, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Higa and Mr. Yamamoto for chauffeuring the boys between Pearl City and Koko Head.
On YouTube.com: Uploaded by MarkFromHawaii on Feb 12, 2009 A few paniolos from our troop signed up for the horsemanship merit badge activity. They learned grooming, the names of the parts of the horse and equipment, and of course, how to ride. Saddle up! BTW, that's me on guitar again playing to a couple backing tracks. Shameless plug. Heh.
Survival Camp for Troop 75 was a great way to check our skills in being prepared. Since all camping equipment, meals, and water needed to be transported to a makeshift camp site via your personal backpack, proper planning needed to take place days before hitting the trails. Careful thought was needed for shelter, food, attire, and packing. This camp made us think about the differences between a necessity and a luxury.
Without a doubt, Troop 75 did a great job in adapting to the challenges. Your abundance of bright scouting spirits and attitudes always made everything you did fun and exciting. Working as a team also made things easier and enjoyable for all. This always makes for a successful campout since we all know that experiences and learning from each other is always key for any continuously growing scout. As expected, we all got a lot more dirty than our usual campouts, but getting dirty is usually half the fun!
These are some of the better photos from our trip to Alaska with emphasis on the funny stuff. If anyone would like one of the pics please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will email you the full image. The images loaded on the blog site are smaller than the original file. Keith