Recently, Troop 506 went on a trek in the Philmont Scout Ranch, which is located in New Mexico. The crew was made up of Gavin Stransky, Chance Rynearson, Colin Hayward, Max Busboom, Hunter George, Mr. Stransky, Mr. Schantz, and Mr. Busboom. Opened in 1938, Philmont Scout Ranch is a national High Adventure base, where tens of thousands of scouts visit every year.
At Little Costilla, one of Philmont’s peaks, Troop 506’s crew had a run-in with a lightning storm and several forest fires (however they were all put out quickly). Moving down from the peak during the lightning storm was also dangerous, as they were all possible lightning rods while on the top of the mountain. Instead of hiking the 11.8 miles the Philmont guide had said it took to summit Little Costilla, they had gone 16 miles, taking 10 hours to finish their hike.
Philmont requires visitors to perform a conservation project before leaving, in order to keep up the natural beauty of the Scout Ranch. On the morning of Troop 506’s conservation project, the crew woke up at 4am, and were ready to leave at 6am. They were 2 miles away from the project site, and had to be there by 7:30. At 7am, before they were at the project site, the crew came across a river. They tried to make many plans to get across the river without getting wet, but they were all too dangerous or unrealistic. Max Busboom eventually decided to run across the river, with not a single care about getting himself or his gear wet. After reaching the site on time, the crew went to the main office, but were not greeted by any staff members whatsoever. Looking inside, Hunter George saw a group sleeping in the mailroom, most likely from the Rayado program. The Rayado program is a twenty day backpacking trip at Philmont only for experienced backpackers. After a while, the Troop 506 crew was able to finish their conservation project after staff appeared to talk to them.
Thank you to Hunter George for all the stories about Philmont, they were the backbone of this article.
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Troops 506B and 506G enjoyed hosting Webelos from Pack 246 Pacific Beach and scouts from area Scouts BSA Troops. Parents got the low down on how Troop 506 works, and scouts saw a few of 506’s high adventure activities onsite and video. Visiting scouts also took home some raffle loot!
We’re looking forward to participating in Pack 246’s upcoming bridging ceremony on January 27, 2022 and welcoming new scouts to Troop 506.
Jake Rasmussen is near the end of his path to Eagle with the completion of his project in San Diego’s Presidio Park. Located on on a heavily-trafficked trail, Jake’s project included replacing a section of retaining wall and constructing a cable railing to improve safety for hikers and bicyclists. Thank you scouts for your service and congratulations, Jake!
Troop 506B added another award to its already crowded troop flagpole – the Platinum Award for best campsite recently won at Camp Emerald Bay. Below are Zoom screenshots from the July 12 506B troop meeting when it was added to the myriad of awards already decorating the troop’s flagpole.
Troop 506B’s PLC met in person on July 12 at our Charter Organization, La Jolla United Methodist Church. Getting prepared for in-person group activities, the PLC hosted the meeting live on location while the rest of Troop 506B attended remotely on Zoom.
During the meeting, in addition to covering the scheduled topic of camping, the PLC demonstrated how in-person troop meetings would be conducted. Senior Patrol Leader, Zack Foster, described the meeting as a “soft launch of the troop’s in-person meetings. Our next troop meeting will be completely in-person and will be at the end of July.”
Safe Scouting Committee
Additionally, Assistant Scoutmaster Dr. Tom Kozak led parents in a Safe Scouting Subcommittee on July 14. The Safe Scouting Committee serves as an ongoing sub-committee of Troop 506’s Parent Committee and will remain open to participation by all troop parents. Meetings will provide an open forum for dialogue, listening and collaboration to make recommendations to Troops 506B and 506G on topics like carpooling, appropriate use of masks and cooking in groups.
Dr. Kozak recently shared in an email to troop parents, “As all of you know COVID-19 is an ongoing evolving challenge and the presence of the Delta variant in our community creates some increased concern as it has been estimated to be significantly more contagious (likely at least two times more contagious than the original Wuhan version of the virus). This new COVID variant, unfortunately, increases the risks for a significant infection in the unvaccinated. Fortunately, we are not seeing a significant increase in severe disease in the pediatric population.”
For the first Safe Scouting Committee meeting, infectious disease expert Dr. Andrew Catanzaro, brother of Troop 506B’s Scoutmaster, Brian Catanzaro, is participating as a resource to answer questions about COVID-19 that are being gathered in advance of the meeting.
Troop 506B lives the scout law helping fellow scout at Emerald Bay
Troop 506 Assistant Scout Masters Jeremy Adler PA and Tom Kozak MD were prepared and treated the victim, a scout from another troop who had sustained non-life threatening injury to one hand, as soon as he came ashore. After being treated by ASM’s Adler and Kozak, the scout was transported by helicopter to a Los Angeles area hospital where he underwent surgery.
Troop 506 Assistant Scout Master Chris Stransky, a marine scientist with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography who was also on site, connected Emerald Bay staff with a local shark expert following the incident in order to identify the shark’s species.
According to a statement posted on Twitter by the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the scout and his father were “kayaking near Parson’s Landing when their boat was bumped by what is believed to be a shark of unknown size and type. During the encounter, the patient reached their hand into the water and was bit by the animal” (Lifeguards, 2021).
No Troop 506B scouts were on the water at the time of the incident, and our Troop 506G scouts had already returned home from their week at Emerald Bay. The water was closed for 24 hours for one mile in each direction and, as a result, our 506B scouts hiked rather than canoed to Parsons Landing as scheduled the following day.
The girls of 506G headed over to Catalina Island with our Venture Crew June 20-26, and the boys of 506B followed June 27-July 3. Many thanks to the parents who volunteered and made it happen! Here’s the trip by the numbers:
30 = scouts (troop record!)
75 = merit badges completed
Report pending…please stand by….
Image: Sunrise over Catalina Island, photo by Adrienne Markworth, 2021.
UPDATE: Troops 506B and 506G 2021 summer camps have sold out. Please register early for 2022!
Troop 506 will be at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island for summer camp in 2021. The girls of 506G will be heading over with our Venture Crew June 20-26, and the boys of 506B will head over June 27-July 3.