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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Camp Ho'omaluhia seems to always provide Troop 75 with an abundance of opportunities for our scouts. This years campout was no exception. The 5-mile hike up to the Pali Lookout was extraordinary. With a elevation gain of over 1000 feet, the breathtaking views made our efforts worth the while. The troop certainly enjoyed being jostled around by the stiff strong winds at the Pali Lookout. Being able to play in natures power can be exciting and exhilarating.
A special thanks goes out to our little brother WEBELOS from the Pack 75 ohana. We certainly enjoyed your time with us and hope you will be joining us again very soon.
It never fails. Swanzy Camp seems to be one of the more popular campouts the Troop does. This year was no exception. The Scouts did an excellent job in keeping things battened down to keep the constant briskwinds under control. The numerous passing rain showers never dampened their Scout Spirits one bit. With special guests Mr. Wong and Mr. Lim on hand, our scouts got a firsthand lesson on the art of Dutch Oven Cooking and another refreshment course on the basic knots.
Well done scouts on another successful camp.
A special BIG MAHALO to Mr. Wong and Mr. Lim for their time, treasure, and efforts.
Fortunately, our Hawaiian winter season isn't covered in white. Instead, Camp Kokololio greeted us with lush campgrounds, a gentle calm Friday evening, and a perfect sunny Saturday which included a stiff easterly breeze in the afternoon and evening to keep things cool and comfortable. Both evenings were clear and perfect for constellation gazing.
Our first campout of 2012 at Camp Kokololio turned out to be a wonderful experience. Although it's been a few months since our last real outdoor campout, the scouts didn't seem to skip a beat and soon got into a scout rhythm that's conducive for having fun, learning, and growth in the scout teachings and ways. The senior scout leaders that were in attendance did a great job and certainly kept things fun and packed with activities and competitions for both patrols.
This campout surely makes us all look forward to many more memorable events coming this 2012 year.
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