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Troop 149 History

 

Dating back to 1943, Troop 149 has been creating mature men and many Eagle Scouts. So many, that we have had 86 young men finish the Scouting program and achieve the prestigious rank of Eagle. Annually, we strive to attend at least 10 regular camp outs. Every year since 1997, we have been going to Camp Royaneh over the summer as well as going to one camp of our Scouts choice. Some examples of camps we have gone to in the past years are Camp Oljato, Emerald Bay, Chawanakee and Philmont Scout Ranch, just to name a few. Our Troop is based out of Redwood City, California at the Elks Lodge and we meet three out of four Monday nights per month.

 

See from our past Scoutmasters of what they liked about leading the Troop!

Jeff Gray: 2011-2015

 

What was the best thing about the weekly meetings? I spent a considerable amount of my time in meetings involved with Scoutmaster Conferences. Nearly anything in life that is worthwhile comes with its challenges, and Scoutmaster Conferences definitely could be challenging at time, however, they were alway extremely worthwhile!

 

What do you think was your most effective Scoutmaster Minute? Picking a favorite Scoutmaster Minute would be akin to picking your favorite child. In my four years, I performed over 100 of them, many of which were well longer than a "minute" . One of my favorites was called "The Jar" which I "borrowed" from an internet site. Basically, I filled a large jar with ping pong balls, and asked the troop if they felt I could get anything else into the jar, of course they answered: no. Then I added several handfuls of ball bearings until the jar was filled, asked the same question, and got the same response. Lastly, I added several handfuls of sand to the jar until it was filled, finally making the comment, that often our lives seem like we can't add anything else to our day, however, we should always make time for what is important, and there is always a little more room in the jar!

 

What was your favorite camp you attended as a Scoutmaster? My last summer camp was very important to me, personally. Although it is not well known, I have a pretty severe phobia of open water, thus for the previous summer camps, I was unable to complete the qualifying swim. After three years of not making it, I told myself that I would finally achieve my goal of fully qualifying for the water aspects of summer camp. To do this, I built my swimming confidence, and proficiency, swimming three days a week at a local pool. At my last summer camp, I was able to successfully complete the swimming challenge at Catalina Island. Sometimes, life provides great challenges and opportunities and regardless if you are in your teens or in your 50’s, you have to meet this challenges head on, come up with a reasonable plan to achieve your goals, work hard, and hopefully you will surpass some of your greatest fears.

 

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Matthew Bennett: 2010-2011

 

What made you want to become a Scoutmaster? I was one back in Utah, but when I got a job here in California I attended a Round Table asking what I can do to help out in the local Scouting Community. Even though I still lived in Utah and worked in California, I did what I could do for the Troop while I was in the Bay Area for work during the week. It was a great relief to have Jeff Gray, my successor, to attend Troop outings on the weekend.

 

What was your favorite Scoutmaster Minute? The one  I described how I ride past a bunch of fishing piers every morning on my way to work. When the tide is out I can see that the bay has eaten away at the wooden supports so that they are not safe to walk on. However at high tide, they look like a great place to go fishing. I would never trust them. One thing I could not include in the minute that I can now is that most of the piers have fallen into the Bay after a few years.

 

What was your favorite activity done during a meeting? That would have to be any cooking event. One in particular is when we had dutch oven cooking. Everyone likes to eat and the food tasted great.

 

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John Wise: 2007-2009

 

What was your favorite activity done during a meeting? Knot tying and first aid were probably my favorite meetings.

 

What was your favorite summer camp? Camp Mensinger was my favorite camp because I felt most connected to the outdoors than most other camps we went to.

 

What made you become a Scoutmaster and your best Scoutmaster Minute? I wanted to be a rolemodel to all the Scouts who were in my Troop and help as many as possible to have a better life. Best Scoutmaster Minute was to be positive in all you do in life and to learn from everything.

 

Congratulations to Isaiah H. on becoming our Troop's latest Eagle Scout

Posted on Sep 4 2017 - 1:45pm

Please congratulate Isaiah Henry on becoming our Troops latest Eagle Scout this evening! I had the honor and privilege to be present during his Board of Review. Isaiah made our Troop, his Family and his Community proud with clear, well articulated answers to the Boards questions. His Eagle project impressed the Board in its scope and benefit to his Community. They recommended that Isaiah submit his project for the annual Eagle Project Award.

Join us downtown for our 4th of July fundraiser

Posted on Jun 22 2017 - 11:02am

Flag sales start early morning and hotdog sales throughout the day!

Please sign up below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18AEExE-4el3E

End of season is here, May will be the final month for Troop meetings

Posted on May 3 2017 - 5:01pm

Please come out to our final meetings of the year in May as we will not be having any meetings in June.

Final week for See's Candy fund raiser !!

Posted on Mar 13 2017 - 9:19pm

It's due March 20th, attached are the order forms if you need more.

First Eagle scout of 2017 - Tommy G!

Posted on Jan 3 2017 - 11:10pm

Tonight Tommy Giannini became the first Troop 149 Eagle Scout of 2017. Tommy represented himself, his family and Troop 149 like a true Eagle Scout. It was an honor to be able to attend his Eagle Board of Review. Please congratulate him on a job well done the next time you see him.

Journey to Excellence 2016 - We made Gold!

Posted on Jan 3 2017 - 11:09pm

Journey to Excellence process for 2016 has been completed and submitted, and we are a Gold Unit!!
Thanks for everyone's efforts!

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