Troop 109 has a great year coming up with monthly outings, Camp Geronimo and the summer High Adventure to Yosemite National Park. Troop members, please register today.
Winter Range is an exciting 6-day National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting event put on by the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). Cowboy Action Shooting, the fastest growing shooting sport in America, requires that contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, lever action rifles and old-time shotguns. Participants must also adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of brass ammunition shells and shotgun shells are shot at the Winter Range competition. After shooting stops at the Ben Avery ranges each night, a small army of 109 scouts and parents go in, pick up all the brass and clean the ranges for the shooters on the following day. We then sort all the casings by caliber, clean them bag and tag them and offer them for sale back to the shooters so they may use them to reload. Troop 109 pours over 1,000 man-hours of scout and parent time into making sure the shooters have clean ranges to compete on.
Today, Phoenix Channel 3’s Fields Moseley and crew met at the four scouts and the Hicks family at Rio Salado Audubon Center to do a segment for the Channel 3 news about Austin Hick’s Eagle Project. Austin, on of 109’s senior scouts was tragically lost in an auto accident late last year. Austin was a Life Scout and planning his project at the Audubon Center. Austin’s family carried on with his project late last year. On project day, over 45 members of Troop 109, friends and family came out and made the project a complete success. Austin’s project was a “human sundial”. If you stand on tile corresponding to the current month, your shadow will be cast on the dial telling the correct time.
Santa Cruz Island: The troop will visit the Channel Islands National Park on the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island. The island is located 20 miles off the southern California coast, just west of Ventura, CA. During the 1800’s and early 1900’s Santa Cruz Island was used for farming and ranching. It was abandoned and in the 1970’s the western portion of the island was acquired by the Nature Conservancy, while the eastern portion was acquired by the National Park Service. Since then, much work has been done to restore the unique flora and fauna of the island. Santa Cruz Island is home to the Channel Islands Fox, as well as other animals and plants found nowhere else in the world.
We’ll end the evening with a short video of Troop 109 in action, followed by our famous Dutch oven deserts.
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We will be doing a 2.2. mile loop hike for our Monday, March 10, 2014 meeting at City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The Phoenix Suns have invited Phoenix Troop 109 to attend their March 19, 2014 gave vs. the Orlando Magic. All scouts and family member wishing behind the scenes access to the Suns practice and reduced rate tickets to the game, fill out this form and get it to the Scoutmaster by Monday, March 17.
Troop 109 returned to California’s Lost Coast in the summer of 2013. Watch this epic video of our High Adventure trip.