Overall this year was a good year at Camp Alexander. Although, it got a little chilly getting down into the thirty’s some nights, we all managed to stay warm. Overall I think the kids had a great time. Many of the kids earned merit badges. All of the first years earned their swimming merit badge. Sadly, none of the third years were able to get their wilderness survival merit badges due to in climate weather on the night they were supposed to sleep in their shelters. It was a great time and place for astronomy as there were no clouds and no moon. On Thursday the third years went on a white water trip. The water was high so it was great, and we only had one person fall out of the boat. We all had a great time even though almost every day it rained. Thankfully no one got sick or injured except for a few minor cuts and scrapes. So onto what you’ve all been waiting for — the pictures!
10 days, 70 miles, 19 Pro Bars. That’s what it took for crew 2 from Troop 53 to complete their Philmont experience. The high points (literally) were Mt. Phillips and the Tooth of Time. When not scaling peaks the crew shot black powder rifles, climbed Urraca Mesa, learned search and rescue, went fly fishing with flies they tied, went on a horseback trail ride, shot .30-06 rifles with cartridges they reloaded themselves and won the Crooked Creek Poo Flinging Competition.
-Brian Van Schmus
Matthew Siler (Crew Leader)
Tyler MacMurray (unfortunately left on day 5 with ankle injury)
Anthony Van Schmus
Devin Van Schmus
Brian Van Schmus
View some pics here!
Philmont treks are intended to challenge all participants physically and mentally. My crew would agree that our experience over the last two weeks would be considered challenging, but it would also be considered the trip of a lifetime. Our expedition, 712-G-03, backpacked Philmont’s Itinerary 7. This trek took us throughout most of the South Country, and through part of Central Philmont. We traveled 63 miles over the course of eleven days and ten nights. The trek had us travel to many different places, spending nights next to the Agua Fria River at Fish Camp, or on the Summit of Mount Phillips. We took side hikes to the top of the iconic Tooth of Time, Cypher’s mine and to Ute Gulch to collect food. After eleven days, one giant mountain, two bears, two lightning storms, many hacky sack games, and countless breathtaking sights, we were more mature, and functioning greatly as a crew. Philmont is rarely easy and at many times frustrating, but it is an experience that everyone will look back on fondly.
See more pics here from Crew 3′s trip to Philmont.
Despite long hikes, seemingly endless uphills, and downpours of rain, crew 712-G-01 had a fun and memorable trek. From challenge courses to spar poling the group squeezed in as many programs as they could after hours on the trails. Along with programs they also took day hikes on several different occasions: summiting Baldy Mountain, viewing the sunrise at Inspiration Point, and, the general favorite, climbing the Tooth of Time. Before heading to bed every night the crew followed the practice of doing their thorns, roses, and buds. Many times these were comical and humorous, but also, at times, they were deep, heartfelt, and thoughtful. No one member could have made it without the help of the entire crew and the wise, almost holy, teachings of Ranger “Lord” Daniel Wolf.
Members of Crew 712-G-01:
View some July Crew #1 pics below!
Even from the mountains of New Mexico, Le PoZer can still email me a great photo! Take a look at this…July Crew #1 and OGs as they enjoy their domination of Mt Baldy.
And this pic that Le PoZer asked me to post a few weeks ago. Better late than never.
Bretty Carey took on the Rim to Rim to Rim Challenge at the Grand Canyon Memorial weekend this year. Carey conquered 47 miles over a 20,000 feet elevation change in 17 hours 59 minutes. Grand Canyon up close and personal! Whew!
Have a great day,
Congratulations to Ross Chumbley of Troop 53, who recently passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
Ross will be a junior at Eudora High School and is a member of the Eudora High School Football and Wrestling teams. He is also involved in FFA and Skills USA. Ross is a member of the National Honor Society and will be Junior Class Vice-President this upcoming school year.
Ross also enjoys participating in canned food drives and fund raising activities for non-profit organizations. While he has supported many organizations, his two favorite causes are breast cancer awareness and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
In addition to his school activities and community service, Ross works part-time at Gene’s Heartland Foods during the school year and builds houses full time in the summer. Ross also loves to fly and is currently working on obtaining his pilot’s license. Just in case you are wondering, he has indeed earned the Aviation Merit Badge.
Ross is considering several options after high school. His first choice is to attend either the Air Force Academy or Naval Academy and pursue a career in flying. Another option is to attend flight school in Florida and learn to pilot jumbo jets. Ross is also considering a degree in Biology from KU, coupled with advanced studies to become an anesthesiologist. Still another option is to attend Kansas State and pursue a Veterinary degree. Most of these options also include joining KU ROTC and the National Guard in St. Joseph, MO. Several lofty and ambitious options for a young man who is not afraid to take on a challenge. Given his history and success, Ross will undoubtedly be successful in whichever option(s) he pursues.
Ross has been a very active and involved Scout since he began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub. He has held various leadership positions with Troop 53, including Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. Ross said Troop Guide is his favorite leadership position because he enjoys working with the younger Scouts. He has attended summer camp at Camp Alexander in Colorado several times and has attended Florida Seabase and Somers Canoe Base. He has also participated in a high adventure trek to the Grand Tetons. Ross also left for Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico the day after his Eagle Board of Review. Upon completion of his Philmont trek, Ross will have earned the prestigious Triple Crown Award. Ross has earned 26 merit badges and plans to earn several more before he reaches the age of 18. His favorite merit badge is fishing. Which, if you know Ross and his love for fishing, is obvious. When asked at his Eagle Scout Board about his favorite Scouting memory, Ross told the Board about a time at Somers Canoe Base when one of his canoe mates was hiking up a hill with a whale pack on his back, while Ross and another canoe mate were portaging the canoe below. Next thing the portage crew sees is the Scout who was going up the hill, suddenly come tumbling down the hill. Fortunately the tumbling Scout was not injured.
However, he landed on the whale pack on his back, unable to get to his feet and was flailing about like an upside down turtle. The portage crew ran to help upright their fellow Scout, laughing the entire way.
Ross’s Eagle Scout Service Project was to design, build and install new roofs on four separate dugouts at two youth ball fields in Eudora. Ross’s project was completed over one very hot day and took a total of 106 people hours for planning, construction and installation.
A sincere thank you to our Board of Review Team that included Kip Grosshans, Dr. Dale Denning, Jim Mielke, Rick Heschmeyer and Acting Scoutmaster, Dr. Steve Segebrecht.
Next time you see Ross please congratulate him on earning Boy Scouting’s highest honor.
Pelathe District Advancement Committee
Just before midnight on June 17, 2013, eight scouts and four OG’s boarded the Southwest Chief train headed for Philmont Scout Ranch. A large fire touched the southern Philmont property line a few days before their arrival and caused evacuation of the south country. Due to the evacuation, the Troop 53 crew (618L03) was not able to trek their original itinerary #9, but instead followed #5F (F for fire). Kudos to Philmont for handling the revisions on the fly and allowing all registered crews to attend camp as scheduled, despite 1000s of staff and participants being relocated and/or rerouted.
The crew saw absolutely no precipitation on the trail but some members sighted deer, newborn fawns, mama bear and cub, bobcat/ocelot, and many mini bears (chipmunks), as well as birds, lizards, and bugs. The revised itinerary included some great programming which included: reloading and shooting 12 gauge shotguns; burro racing (1st place with Crazy Carl); .30-06 rifles reloading and shooting; panning for gold; blacksmithing (made their own 53 brand); The Stomp (awesome bluegrass show); rock climbing and rappelling; branding their boots, Nalgenes, wallets, hats, and other misc items; a chuck wagon dinner; as well as lots of hiking. In addition to the Philmont programming, the crew also enjoyed a lot of self-induced laughter! A few examples: Purl and EZBake were treated to an icon toast of real bread toast, courtesy Riddler, to celebrate their 25th Anniversary; Jonathan the “J-Bomb” cleared a campsite single-handedly with a fog strong enough to take down Goliath; Alex “Slugger” blew the ear protection right off his head while shooting a 12 gauge; David the “Destroyer” split log benches in half and nicknamed scouts from other crews—“Too Tight”, “Tank Top”, “Baby Phat”, and “Go Pro” to name a few; Casino Philmonte (card games in the boys tents); and lots of “bear” and “mountain lion” noises (often times causing asphyxiation of those hiking downwind…) .
Some other highlights of the trip include discovering their own “Window Rock” and taking the Leave No Trace pledge on it, the Demonstration Forest, tours of the Hunting Lodge and Villa Philmonte; using the Red Roofs—NOT; hiking into Base Camp from the Tooth of Time; summiting Shaeffer’s Peak; and the flash flood at the Raton Train Depot which soaked all the packs lined up outside. One not-so-exciting event was the injury and subsequent absence of crew leader, Josh the “Sniper”, due to a fall off the ‘cito climbing wall. Everyone was greatly relieved when he was able to rejoin them after 24 hours at the Health Lodge. The crew boarded the train home on June 30, two and a half hours late and arrived back in Lawrence on July 1, the same 150 mins late. Crew members were: David Balmilero, Brett “Tatanka” Carey, Chaplain’s Aide Alex Craig, Zac Dixon, crew leader Josh Kallenbach, Chaplain’s Aide Jonathan Lesslie, Cole Overton, and Wilderness Pledge Guia Kyle Trompeter. OG’s were: Brett Carey, Loren Kallenbach, Curtis & Julie Lesslie. IWGBTP!!!!
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For all you radio fans, be sure to tune in to KLWN Tuesday, June 25, at 8:50 am to meet Noah Cachiguango, son of Orlando Cachiguango and Kristine Latta.
Noah will be a 6th grader at West Middle School, just joined Troop 53 this Spring and is already on his way to Tenderfoot! He’ll be talking with Hank Booth at KLWN about his first Boy Scout camping trip this month as well as his upcoming camping trip to Camp Alexander in Colorado.
A talented young man, Noah plays the violin and guitar. Like most scouts he is involved in other extra-curricular activities. He loves swimming; he joined Ad Astra Aquatics and is participating in his first swim meet in July.
Here’s his blog from his recent trip to Ecuador (Feb 2013): http://adventuresofcachoboy.wordpress.com/
The Lawrence Journal-World published a story recently about the recent success of young golfers at both Free State High School and Lawrence High School. Among the golfers is our own Matt Siler who finished as a top-10 medalist as the Firebirds won the regional title with a team score of 321. From the article:
Siler, Free State’s No. 6 golfer, might have been the most surprising regional medalist, but Hack knew the sophomore was capable of playing well because he shot a 78 on April 9 at Eagle Bend. Green was impressed by Siler’s regional score of 81, too.
The seventh-place medalist consistently attacked the course with his fades, and that helped his confidence.
“I played relaxed, too,” Siler said. “It was a good day.”
Way to go Matt! You can read the full story here.
Senior Vigil Kip “The Dalai” Grosshans addresses the new Ordeal and Brotherhood members. The night was perfect for the Ordeal candidates to sleep under the stars. The sunny morning afforded the candidates an excellent day of “cheerful service”. Everyone thanked Le PoZer for his highly developed and incredible ability to foresee the future and pick the 2nd Ordeal session(A little inside joke here). The first session two weeks prior experienced sub freezing temperatures. Best news of all…The OG’s did not get lost again on their annual nature hike. Thanks Dalai for following the right trail this year(another inside joke).