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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.

 

 

Sebastian Salazar became Troop 149's 106th Eagle Scout!

Posted on Jul 17 2019 - 10:19am

I am very proud to announce that Tuesday night, July 16, 2019, Sebastian Salazar became Troop 149's 106th Eagle Scout! Sebastian did an outstanding job of answering the many questions posed to him by the board members. He did particularly well at describing not only what it means to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, but the life-long responsibility of an Eagle Scout to uphold a high standard of behavior and involvement in the community. Sebastian represented Troop 149 admirably, and I was very proud to witness this acclaimed achievement. Please join me in offering congratulations to Sebastian.

4th of July sign up sheet

Posted on Jun 23 2019 - 2:24pm

Summer is in full swing and the time is ticking as Independence Day is fast approaching. We are looking forward to the very important hot dog booth fundraiser to support Troop 149. Many thanks to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer – very much appreciated! We are still in need of help from both scouts and adults, particularly in the mid to late afternoon, and food pick up at Sneakers at 6am! We hope you can consider supporting our amazing troop and encourage you to please sign-up here.

Get ready for scout camp!

Posted on Jun 4 2019 - 9:09pm

Wear your Hawaiian shirt to the meeting!!

For those with scouts attending either camp, please plan on at least one parent and the scout to attend an important camp meeting on Monday, June 10th, 7PM at the Elks Lodge. We will give an overview of items that are common to both camps, then will split to cover things special to each. If your scout has been to Royaneh many times, please do not assume Chawanakee is the same. Those who can not come are responsible for arranging a separate time to meet with Mr. Livingston or Mrs. Healy. Please do not expect us to repeat all the information in an email...

Welcome our newest Eagle Cameron Martin!

Posted on May 21 2019 - 8:11pm

I had the privilege of observing Cameron's Eagle Board of Review last night. The Board asked many questions and Cameron always responded in a thoughtful and honest way. I am very happy to welcome Cameron to the select group of Scout that completed the Eagle Rank.

See's Candy 2019 fundraiser

Posted on Mar 3 2019 - 1:13pm

See's Candy fundraiser is underway, attached are the forms. Orders / money due on 3/18

Please congratulate Jack C. for earning Eagle!

Posted on Feb 25 2019 - 10:26pm

Good evening Troop 149 parents and Scouts,

Please congratulate Jack Cryan for earning his rank of Eagle Scout this evening. Jack successfully completed the last step on his journey to Eagle by completing the Board of Review. He answered all of their questions thoughtfully and represented our Troop, his family and the community with honor.

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