Troop Activity Overview
The Outdoor Program of camping and hiking is at the heart of Scouting. Troop 783 conducts a variety of overnight experiences. These activities are conducted on a monthly basis year round, in all weather, and they are essential to a successful Scouting program.
Troop 783 offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for Scouts and participating adults, as evidenced in the troop calendar. Typical activities during the year include:
- Annual Boy Scout Summer Camp week, alternating between Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island and Camp Chawanakee near Shaver Lake in the Sierra Nevada.
- Annual multi-night excursions to either Zion National Park in Utah or the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon.
- Frequent 1-2 night camping or backpacking trips to areas such as Catalina Island, the San Gabriel Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National park.
- Day hikes in local mountains, for conditioning and for fun.
- Participation in annual activities sponsored by Scout Parents, Inc. such as Scout Field Day and the Scout Swim Meet.
- Biannual 10-14 day backpacking trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch
- Venture Patrol activities for older Scouts interested in high adventure activities.
- For participation in Troop 783 activities other than regular troop meetings and Courts of Honor, Troop 783 requires both Scouts and adults to provide a Troop 783 permission slip to the activity coordinator.
- Adult participants in activities are expected to have completed basic BSA training, described in more detail on this web page
- All activities are conducted in accord with BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting.
Be PreparedAs a Scout matures, he is expected to assume increasing responsibility for personally preparing, packing, and bringing his gear. Here are some useful checklists of items to bring:
Making it Possible
Organizing and planning troop activities can be a complex undertaking. This web page provides information and resources to help guide with this process.