The adventure bug bit hard when the Cub Scouts of 3789 embarked on an unforgettable camping trip to Reyes Creek in Los Padres National Forest from October 20 to 22. With 10 dedicated adults, including den leaders and assistant Cubmasters, and 14 eager Scouts, this trip promised excitement, learning, and unforgettable memories.
The Scouts faced a thrilling challenge on a hike that turned out to be more demanding than anticipated. But their determination shone through, and they conquered the trail with flying colors. It’s in overcoming such challenges that Scouts develop resilience and a sense of accomplishment.
One of the highlights was the culinary adventure led by the Webelo’s. As part of their advancement journey, they prepared delicious walking tacos, showcasing their culinary skills. Meanwhile, the other den leaders whipped up mouthwatering breakfasts, demonstrating the joys of campfire cooking.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA):
The camping trip also had a tech-savvy twist. Our Scouts participated in the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), an event hosted by local ham radio operators, one of which was joining us on our camping trip. After an educational session, they were ready to go live. The Scouts had the unique opportunity to communicate with fellow Scouts from other states and other parts of the Los Padres National Forest. The airwaves were abuzz with activity, with conversations spanning across the nation. A notable highlight was tuning in to a Scout troop in Alberta, Canada, who shared their signal via a homemade antenna, impressing all with their ingenuity.
Reyes Creek proved to be an exceptional classroom for nature exploration. The Scouts delved into creek investigations, uncovering the wonders of aquatic life and ecosystems. The creek was undoubtedly the main attraction, and its pristine beauty left an indelible mark on everyone.
The trip was filled with camaraderie, adventure, and the joy of being in nature. Each Scout and parent returned with cherished memories and a sense of fulfillment. It was a reminder that Scouting is not just about learning practical skills but also about fostering strong bonds and creating lifelong memories.
The Reyes Creek camping trip was a testament to the spirit of adventure that burns brightly in the hearts of Cub Scouts. It’s moments like these that shape their character, inspire them to overcome challenges, and teach them the value of teamwork and friendship.
Stay tuned for more adventures from Pack 3789. Our Scouts are always ready to explore new horizons and create memories that last a lifetime.