The excitement was palpable as Pack 3789, accompanied by a few members of Troop 775, first laid eyes on the majestic USS Iowa. This initial encounter was a moment of awe and anticipation. The sheer size of the ship, with its massive guns towering over the dock, struck everyone with a sense of wonder. Scouts and parents alike couldn’t help but express their amazement. This was no ordinary outing; it was a step into a colossal piece of history. The atmosphere was charged with an eager enthusiasm as the group lined up for check-in, a perfect time to capture the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. The image of the scouts, with wide-eyed excitement, in front of the formidable battleship, sets the tone for the journey ahead – one of discovery, learning, and unforgettable experiences.
Exploring the Sailor’s Quarters
The reality of life aboard a battleship came into sharp focus as we explored the sailors’ quarters. Our photo of the sleeping area, with its tightly packed triple-tiered bunks, gives a glimpse into the spartan living conditions faced by sailors. The scouts’ initial reactions to these cramped quarters ranged from surprise to intrigue. The bunks, a stark contrast to the spaciousness of their bedrooms at home, were a real-life lesson in the sacrifices made by those who served. This part of the tour wasn’t just about seeing where sailors slept; it was an eye-opener to the realities of life at sea – a life of close quarters and shared spaces, fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork among the crew.
Dining Like Sailors
Our mealtime aboard the USS Iowa was an integral part of the naval experience. The photo of our scouts in the mess hall captures this unique dining atmosphere. While the meals themselves, spaghetti for dinner and breakfast burritos in the morning, were simple, it was the experience of eating in the mess hall that stood out. The meals, brought in on carts, were a modern adaptation of the ship’s original dining setup. For our scouts, this was a novel experience – eating where sailors once shared stories and meals, a taste of life at sea. This experience was about more than just the food; it was about stepping into the shoes of those who once called this ship home.
The Majesty of the 16-Inch Guns
The sheer scale of the USS Iowa’s 16-inch guns was a highlight of our visit. Standing in front of these massive cannons, as captured in our photo, the scouts were visibly awestruck. These guns, once capable of firing 2,700-pound shells up to 20 miles, symbolize the might and power of the battleship. Learning about the loading and firing mechanisms of these guns was both educational and thrilling. The size and complexity of the armament provided a tangible link to the ship’s storied past, making history come alive for the scouts in a way that books and classrooms never could.
A Walk Through History
Our guided night tour was a journey through the living history of the USS Iowa. In the photo, our scouts are seen intently listening to the tour guide, absorbing stories of the ship’s past missions and battles. Highlights included the stateroom where President Franklin D. Roosevelt once stayed and learning about Vicky, the ship’s canine companion. This tour was more than just sightseeing; it was an educational voyage that brought the ship’s rich history to life, captivating our scouts with tales of bravery and naval innovation.
The Morning Routine
The early morning reveille brought a start to our day aboard the USS Iowa, as seen in our photo of the flag-raising ceremony. This ritual was a vivid reminder of the daily life of sailors. After breakfast, our tour continued, taking us through the conning tower, the navigation room, and showcasing the offensive and defensive systems, including the tomahawk and harpoon missile launchers. This part of the tour was an eye-opener to the technological advancements and strategic complexities of naval warfare. For the scouts, it was an engaging and educational experience, giving them a glimpse into the operational heart of the battleship.
Navigating the Ship
Navigating the USS Iowa was a physical adventure in itself, as depicted in our photos of scouts maneuvering through narrow corridors and over high sills. These images capture the essence of the ship’s challenging environment, designed in a different era with different needs. It was a test of agility and alertness, offering our scouts a hands-on experience of the discipline and resilience required aboard a battleship. This part of our journey was a lesson in adaptability, illustrating how the sailors lived and worked in such confined spaces. It was an unforgettable experience, leaving a lasting impression on everyone.
Our overnight stay on the USS Iowa was more than just an excursion; it was a profound journey through history, camaraderie, and the realities of naval life. Each step aboard this historic vessel brought new insights and experiences, from marveling at the colossal guns to navigating the tight quarters of the ship. The scouts not only explored a significant piece of maritime history but also learned valuable lessons about teamwork, discipline, and resilience. This adventure has left an indelible mark on our scouts, enriching their understanding of history and the sacrifices made by those who served. As we look back on these photos and memories, we’re reminded of the enduring impact such experiences have on young minds, shaping their perspectives and strengthening their connection to the past and to each other.
As we conclude this recount of our journey on the USS Iowa, it’s important to reflect on the broader impact such experiences have on our scouts. This adventure was not just about seeing a historical ship; it was about connecting with our past, understanding the sacrifices of those who served, and learning about teamwork and discipline in challenging environments. These experiences shape our scouts into more informed, empathetic, and resilient individuals. They remind us that scouting is not just about outdoor adventures, but also about exploring our history and learning valuable life lessons along the way. As we move forward, we carry these lessons with us, building on them for future adventures and life experiences.
October 29th marked a festive stride through the streets and canyons of our community, as the Oak Park Unified School District hosted its first—and hopefully annual—Halloween 5K race. Amidst the rush of sneakers against pavement and the collective breaths of determination, there was a spirited oasis: our very own Pack 3789 running the water station, ensuring that every participant stayed hydrated and energized.
The race kicked off on the OPHS track, winding through the scenic vistas that Oak Park proudly calls home. For a $50 entry fee, runners received not only the opportunity to challenge their limits but also a commemorative t-shirt and a finisher’s medal, tangible memories of their accomplishment.
Our pack, always eager to serve and support, donned their cheerful uniforms and manned the water station with efficiency and smiles. As volunteers, our scouts learned the value of community involvement and the joy of cheering on others. The experience was more than just handing out water; it was about fostering the spirit of camaraderie and witnessing firsthand the impact of small acts of kindness.
The event was not just a race but a celebration of health, community, and the spirited support that makes Oak Park such a remarkable place to live and learn. As our scouts handed out water and encouragement, they embodied the principles of the Scout Law, being helpful, friendly, and kind.
We are incredibly proud of our scouts for their service and enthusiasm. Their participation in the Oak Park 5K is a testament to their commitment to community and personal growth. As we look forward to making this an annual tradition, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all the runners and organizers for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful event.
Stay tuned for more adventures and service projects from Pack 3789, where we’re not just growing future leaders—we’re actively shaping a better community, one step (and one sip of water) at a time.
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.
Under the starry Los Angeles sky on September 23, 2023, our Scouts embarked on a memorable adventure to Dodger Stadium, where they witnessed the Los Angeles Dodgers secure a thrilling victory in a night game.
As the sun dipped below the horizon around the fourth inning, the stadium’s lights illuminated the field, casting a captivating glow on the game. Our pack of Scouts, leaders, and parents basked in the electric atmosphere, sharing the timeless experience of America’s beloved pastime.
The Dodgers’ triumphant win was undoubtedly a highlight of the evening, sparking cheers and jubilation among our Scouts. They savored classic ballpark fare, including Dodger Dogs, as they bonded over their shared love for the game.
Our primary objective for the outing was simple: to have fun and relish this quintessential American experience. Although there were no formal lessons planned, the spirit of baseball and the sense of unity among our Scouts left a lasting impression.
As the game reached its climax under the glittering night sky, we knew that this Dodger Stadium adventure was a grand slam in every sense. We eagerly anticipate future outings that promise camaraderie, excitement, and the joy of discovery.
Our recent Cub Scout recruitment event was an incredible day of adventure and bonding, uniting both our dedicated scouts and newcomers in the spirit of Cub Scouts. Set against the backdrop of the park, the event showcased the core values, friendships, and the thrill of discovery that defines our pack.
The aroma of s’mores filled the air as scouts and guests gathered around the grill, setting the stage for laughter and meaningful conversations. Our tent-pitching station offered a taste of the camping adventures ahead, sparking curiosity among our young adventurers. However, it was the water-powered bottle rockets that truly captured hearts, soaring into the sky with teamwork and enthusiasm.
At the information station, parents engaged with experienced leaders, exploring the myriad benefits of Cub Scouts. While the pinewood derby generated excitement, it was the rocket launch that stole the show, creating exhilarating moments for all. As we look forward, our pack is thrilled to continue sharing the journey of growth, learning, and camaraderie that Cub Scouts provides.
With gratitude to everyone who made this day remarkable, we eagerly anticipate the adventures to come as we welcome new members into our Cub Scout family.
Cub Scouts from across Ventura County recently experienced an action-packed day of fun and adventure at the Shooting Sports Event hosted at the Ventura County Sheriff Camarillo Airport Station. The event, held on 7/22/2023, brought together young scouts and their families for a memorable day of marksmanship and skill-building. Let’s dive into the exciting activities that made this event an absolute hit!
What Activities Were Featured?
The event offered a variety of shooting sports activities, providing a well-rounded experience for Cub Scouts of all ages. From BB guns to archery and even slingshots, the young participants had the chance to try their hand at different marksmanship challenges under expert guidance and supervision. With safety as a top priority, trained instructors ensured that every scout learned proper techniques and safety protocols, making it a memorable learning experience for all.
How Did Our Pack Engage?
Our pack was thrilled to be part of this fantastic event. We gathered at the Ventura County Sheriff’s shooting range at Camarillo airport and joined the camaraderie with fellow Cub Scouts from the area. Our scouts eagerly participated in all three shooting sports activities, demonstrating excellent focus, determination, and a keen sense of sportsmanship throughout the day.
The Sheriff’s Involvement and Community Connection:
The partnership with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department added an extra layer of excitement to the event. The sheriffs were not only instrumental in ensuring the safety and security of the event but also actively engaged with the Cub Scouts, imparting valuable lessons on teamwork, leadership, and community service. It was heartwarming to witness the positive rapport between law enforcement officers and our young scouts, reinforcing the values of trust and respect within our community.
Uniting Scouting Families:
The event was not just about shooting sports; it was a fantastic opportunity for scouting families to come together, bond, and create lasting memories. Parents and guardians participated alongside the scouts, cheering them on and sharing the joy of each successful shot. It was evident that the spirit of camaraderie extended beyond our pack, as families from various packs mingled and encouraged one another throughout the day.
The Ventura County Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Event at the Camarillo Airport Station was an absolute triumph. Our pack is immensely grateful to the organizers, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and all the dedicated volunteers who made this incredible experience possible. As we reflect on this event, we cherish the memories of our scouts challenging themselves, making new friends, and embracing the values that scouting instills. We look forward to future events that unite our scouting community and provide our young adventurers with opportunities to grow, learn, and thrive together.
Join us in celebrating the spirit of scouting and community as we embark on exciting journeys like this. Together, we continue to shape the future leaders of tomorrow, one unforgettable event at a time.
This past June, the eager Cub Scouts of Pack #3789 had an unforgettable camping experience at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. Filled with activities, laughter, and some well-earned S’mores, this weekend was a true testament to the spirit of scouting.
Cachuma Lake, known for its diverse recreational activities, served as an ideal backdrop for our adventure. We kicked off our journey with a disc golf challenge, an exercise in focus and teamwork that had all the scouts excited.
Next, we attempted fishing. Despite the lake being well-stocked, the fish proved elusive that day. Yet, our scouts took it in stride, viewing it as a chance to learn about patience and the unpredictability of nature. The experience, though fish-less, was still filled with anticipation and fun.
Our day continued with a delightful boat ride across the calm waters of the lake. The shared stories, laughter, and unforgettable moments on this boat ride truly exemplified the camaraderie and joy of scouting.
As twilight fell, a naturalist joined us for a fascinating session about bats. The scouts watched in awe as these nocturnal creatures took flight, a spectacle that not only piqued their curiosity but also fostered respect for these unique animals.
The evening culminated in a quintessential Cub Scout experience – a campfire gathering. Surrounded by the warmth of the fire and the starry sky, we roasted marshmallows and crafted the perfect S’mores, all while sharing stories and hearty laughter.
Our camping trip to Cachuma Lake was more than just an outdoor excursion. It was an enriching experience that combined fun, learning, and the invaluable lessons of teamwork and respect for nature. It perfectly encapsulated what being part of Cub Scouts, particularly Pack #3789, is all about. We’re already looking forward to our next adventure!
Pack 3789 had the annual Pinewood Derby race on Mar 27. Our state-of-the-art 35-foot race track recorded that most racers reached sub-3 seconds results.
However, the only objective of the race is to have fun doing it, and as long as you are in it, you are a winner. The Ventura County Council will have a county-wide Pinewood Derby on June 25, and everyone is encouraged to participate. Please visit the below link for details: