Nov 07

On November 4th, the Scouts of Troop 325 took to the rocks for an incredible climbing trip down in Vantage, Washington.  Under Zak Silver’s leadership, the young men spent the weekend climbing The Feathers and  Sunshine Wall using and building their skills.  This ended up being the first trip for a couple of our newer Scouts and they did an incredible job on the 70+ foot high basalt spires.  A couple of the more seasoned Scouts undertook their first “Lead” climbing challenges and were equally impressive.  This troop is becoming very skillful and has a wealth of young talent and energy from which to build on.  The things they will accomplish over their time in Troop will hold no limits.

- Steve Lee

 

 

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Aug 07

On July 31, Troop 325 tackled the big high adventure of the summer. Peter Erwin led the summer’s 50 miler into the Big Baldy / Indian Creek loop of the Frank Church Wilderness near Cascade, Idaho. The Scouts on the trip included Peter Erwin, Billy Ward, Nathan Lee and Wyatt Burley. The adult contingent consisted of Bob & Drew Castellaw, Mason Burley and Steve Lee.

Those that have participated on a Troop 325 50 miler in the past understand the challenge such an undertaking presents. The Scouts and adults who took up the challenge this year found what many before them have already experienced. This year did not disappoint in providing that unique opportunity to face and overcome both physical and mental challenges that allow those involved to grow and discover what they are capable achieving.

The older Scouts showed their experience and played an important part in encouraging the younger Scouts as they worked their way through trying times on the trail and tiredness in camp. There were some unrelenting days where the group covered more than 10 miles of difficult terrain. There was the challenge of heading in the wrong direction, coming to that realization and having to re-trace their route to get back on the proper trail. On top of that, there were bugs! Lots of bugs! It was discussed where they all came from as there was so little food for them. Duct tape was once again in high demand as the trail exacted its toll on all those involved.

As a first time participant, it was a chance to see many of the skills the troop teaches its Scouts. Map reading was a crucial part of this year’s hike as much of the area was devastated by wild fire. The trail was often obscured or hidden by downed timber and heavy brush forcing the group to use their map skills to navigate back to the trail. Peter had to make many calls when the trail disappeared and did an excellent job of getting the group back on track.

There were plenty of opportunities for community during the hike. The group could have spent the weeks sawing downed trees. They tackled what they could given the time and energy of the group. Billy was especially proficient in this task and a testament to the strength of our older Troop 325 Scouts.

“Beautiful” was not a common word used to describe the trip. 10 years after a major fire swept through the area, we had expected to see more signs of recovery and growth. That being said, we hit the area at a time when the wild flowers were in full bloom. They were a welcomed sight among the miles of dead standing burned trees. The hike also took the group into many different eco systems and provided a great variety of terrain and surroundings.

“Fun” was another word that was not often heard. In hearing from the ‘seasoned’ 50 mile veterans, that is often the case. The fourth day finally provided a little fun after several long days on the trail. Big Chief Creek gave the group a break from the bugs and an opportunity to clean up and play.

On the final day, Bob told us how the Scouts would rally and be off and ready for the final push to the car. With two passes left to tackle, it was still impressive to see the young men tackle the trail and forge their way home. It was a final exclamation point to what they had accomplished and overcome through the course of the week.

Forged by their challenging experience, each of these Scouts (along with the adults that accompanied them) learned something about themselves and what they are capable of achieving. The experience went far beyond the hike and surviving in nature. It showed each that they can push their limits, overcome difficult challenges and push themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing.

It was a trip worthy of what Troop 325 stands for, hopes to teach and install in its young men. For that’s what these Scouts are becoming.

Steve Lee

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Jul 18

On July 16, the Scouts of Troop 325 hit the Hiawatha trail for a historic ride down the mountain and back up again.  It was a great day for riding.  Everything was green and the tunnels were still cold.  Jackets and lights were the item of the day in tackling those aspects of the trail.  A fun time was had by all that attended.

- Steve Lee

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Jul 11

On the Week of July 3rd – 9th, a number of Scouts from Troop 325 participated in a week of Scouting adventure at Camp Grizzly in Bigfork Montana.  It had been a while since the Troop had taken part in an organized Boy Scout camp and it offered the young men a chance to get caught up on some merit badges.

- Steve Lee

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May 30

On May 28th, Jack O’Grady lead the Scouts from Troop 325 to the Hiawatha Trail where they completed the ride both up and down the rail bed at the top of Lookout Pass on the Montana and Idaho border.  The tunnel was cold, but the sun was shining on both ends.  There were surely some tired legs that evening.

 

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May 16

On the weekend of May 13th, 14th & 15th, Troop 325 set out to an old favorite in the Wenaha River Valley.  The Scouts worked on outdoor skills including the proper use of axes and saws. 

- Steve Lee

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May 09

On May 7th, a number of the Scouts from Troop 325 assisted our sponsoring organization, Manito Methodist, in their annual auction.  The young men served refreshments and assisted in presenting auction items to the audience.  It was just one small way to give back to our generous sponsor.

- Steve Lee

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May 09

On May7th several of the Troop 325 Scouts assisted with the Manito United Methodist Church auction.  It was an busy evening for the boys and the auction guests were delighted and pleased with the Scouts help and participation.  Here’s what Greg Plummer from the auction committee had to say:

“Dale,
Please extend the sincere gratitude of Manito UMC to the four Scouts who assisted with our auction and dinner this evening.  They were excellent help and looked great in their uniforms.
Regards,
Greg Plummer”

- Steve Lee

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May 02

On April 30th, the Scout of Troop 325 held their annual Spaghetti Feed in Fellowship Hall.  They created their masterpiece of baked spaghetti and fed over 200 people that evening.  It was a long day of cooking, serving and then cleaning, but one well worthy of the Troop 325 effort.

- Steve Lee

 

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Apr 18

  Once again Troop 325 headed out to the great out doors for the annual trek down to Hell’s Canyon, Idaho.  Nathan Lee lead a group of 20 Scouts and adults into the canyon for some great scenery, skills and a little rain.  I jinxed the trip by making comments earlier in the month about not having been on a really poor weather trip so I’ll take some responsibility.  Bob also wasn’t even there to blame so we’ll leave him alone on this.

   The weather wasn’t all that bad.  Once once we made it into Kirkwood ranch and after quick lunch the Troop was off to the smugglers cabin.  From there a group of adventurous Scouts took to the hills for a little free hiking / climbing up one of the hillsides.  The steep terrain was well worth some of the scenic views.

   Later that evening Andy made up a great natural desert using wild rhubarb and prickly pair cactus (along with a Jolly Rancher for seasoning).  Anyone brave enough got a taste.  He may not get the culinary award for the year, but he did score high for creativity and bravery.  Bedtime came a little early as the rains settled in for the evening, but we were greeted with blue skies Sunday morning and got the chance to dry out some of the gear.

   The group helped the caretakers with a couple of different service projects including freeing up some of the irrigation ditches and rerouting an overflowing creek around an out building. 

   Scouts worked on map reading skills and can now properly identify  many of the poisonous plants in the area.  All in all, a fun and successful trip.

- Steve Lee

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