Mar 07

On March 5th –6th Liam Davidson lead Troop 325 for a short hike into Fishtrap Lake.  The theme of the weekend was wilderness survival and the Scouts worked on those skills throughout the weekend.  One of the highlights of the trip was making shelters out of items found in nature.  Some of the clothes came back with more than a little sap on them, but no one could argue the shelters worked out pretty well.  The Scouts also got started working on the Wilderness Survival merit badge.

- Steve Lee

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Feb 21

On February 18th-21st over President’s Day Weekend, Troop 325 took it’s annual trip up into the Methow Valley for 4 days of skiing and high adventure.  Kyle Wilkenson lead the trip that headed out on Friday evening and hit the trail into the hut system starting at about 10:00 p.m.  It was a full moon and the group was able to ski into Gardner Hut without the use of any lights.  We were casting shadows the moon was so bright on the snow.  Despite the late evening, there was lots of skiing to be had the next day followed by a cross country biathlon with paint ball guns target shooting.  Sunday took the group out for a 15 mile skiing adventure to Helfer Hut where they refueled for the ski home.  Excellent weather once again was the order of the weekend along with excellent skiing conditions.  We couldn’t have asked for better accommodations and conditions for this great adventure.  We’ll look forward to getting some of our newer cross country skiers in the Troop up this next year.

- Steve Lee

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Feb 13

On February 13th, it was time for Troop 325 to give a little something back to our Sponsor Manito United Methodist Church.  It’s an event called Scout Sunday and the Troop assists in the church service with the parishioners.  Greeting, ushering, reading and then helping to serve refreshments after service are all part of saying “Thank You” for all that the church has provided out Troop.  The boys each make cookies for the refreshments and mingle with the parishioners showing them the camping displays that have been set up.  We are truly thankful for all that the parish does for our Troop.

- Steve Lee

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Feb 12

On February 12th, Troop 325 ventured to 4th of July Pass for the last cross country ski gear up before the Methow trip.  It was Blaine Gustafson’s first time leading a trip and it proved to be a great challenge due to less than perfect snow conditions.  The weather was once again warm and sunny and that turned out to be the problem.  Half way to our destination we simply ran out of snow to ski on.  In true Troop 325 fashion, the group made the best of it and got a little hiking in to go along with the skiing.  The boys also practiced their cross country skiing skills in relay races on what snow was there and had a blast. 

- Steve Lee

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Feb 07

On February 5th, Troop 325 was back on Mt. Spokane honing their skills for the upcoming cross country ski trip into the Methow.  With all the new learners, it was yet another opportunity to hone the skills needed for the big trip.  It was also a time for dialing in whether the 4 day trip was within the skill level of those new to cross country skiing.  The beautiful sunny weather continued to grace the outing and the snow conditions were once again fantastic.  This trip took the Scouts to the top of mountain to the ranger lookout.

- Steve Lee

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Jan 24

On January 22nd Troop 325 headed to the slopes of Mt. Spokane for the first cross country ski trip of the season.  With lots of younger Scouts who had never skied before, it was a great chance to get them started on a new sport to master.  We were met by crystal clear skies and excellent snow conditions.  Several beginner skills were taught be some of the older Scouts and we took the traditional lap without poles to improve our balance.  It was another great trip and beginning for the gear up for the Methow.

- Steve Lee

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Dec 06

On December 4th – 5th, Troop 325 ventured out into the cold again for the second snowshoe trip in three weeks.  This time we headed into Kaniksu National forest just North of Sandpoint.  The original destination was Bee Hive Lakes, but recent snowfall kept the group a little closer in.  With one winter trip under our belt, 8 Scouts and 5 adults snoeshoed along Lindsey Creek to a clearing up in the hills and made camp.  Many of the skills learned three weeks earlier at French Gulch were put to use and the group successfully made snow kitchens and finally got a fire a fire built. Other cold weather skills were put to the test and were evident around camp.  It was surely needed as the temperatures dipped to 0 degrees or colder on Sunday morning.  Winter cooking was a real focus and skills on avalanche safety and winter first aid were taught.  All in all, is was another successful trip that will set the Troop up well for the next winter adventure due in January.

- Steve Lee

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Nov 22

On November 20th – 21st, Troop 325 ventured into the hills near Wallace, Idaho for the first winter trip of the fall.  20 Scouts and 8 dads braved some chilly weather for a 2 mile snowshoe hike up into French Gulch located just outside Burke, Idaho.  With all the younger Scouts in the Troop, it was a great trip to get used to being outdoors in the colder weather and surviving in style.  According to our resident meteorologist, Marc Connally, the temperatures hovered around 6 degrees in the morning hours.  Needless to say, no one was overanxious to crawl out of their sleeping bags Sunday morning.  Scouts spent time learning new skills like setting up camp sites, designing cooking areas and building fires in the snow and most importantly, keeping your body warm in cold temperatures.  The tip of the trip was pouring boiling water into your Nalgene and placing that in the foot of your sleeping bag before bed.  The trip concluded with a giant snowball fight where many a Scoutmaster was targeted for a chilly refreshment.

- Steve Lee

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Scouts always do a garbage sweep before breaking camp and end up doing push-ups for each item of trash left behind.

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Oct 10

On October 10th, Holland Kapstafer was awarded the Ad Altare Dei emblem.  The Ad Altare Dei (meaning the alter of God) is awarded as part of a program to help Catholic Boy Scouts of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community.  The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grow in his spiritual experience and more fully fulfills the part of the Scout law “A Scout is Reverent”.  It is a wonderful honor and we are proud of Holland for this achievement on his journey.

- Steve Lee

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Oct 04

On October 2nd – 3rd, Troop 325 hiked into St. Regis Lake on the back side of Lookout Pass on the Idaho / Montana border. We lucked out once again with fantastic weather and excellent hiking conditions. We ended up camping at the upper lake to avoid other hikers and made camp along the lake shore. We were treated to spectacular fall colors and a noisy beaver that interrupted one of our skills slapping his tail on the water. During the clear night sky we, Mr. Senske gave us an incredible star and constellation tour of the skies above us. It was a great trip and a last opportunity to enjoy that particular as it will be altered with the planned expansion of the Lookout Pass Ski Resort the coming year.

- Steve Lee

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