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Boy Scout Troop 394 was founded in 1993 and is located in Santa Clara, California. Our chartered organization is the Santa Clara Elks Lodge #2347.
We meet every Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:30PM at the Elks Lodge located at 1680 Martin Avenue. Troop 394 is a member of Pioneer District, Santa Clara County Council. To visit one of our meetings or get more information about the Troop, please contact Scoutmaster Bruce Lee by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call him at (408) - 307- 3383.
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Upcoming Events & Meeting Activities
|Upcoming Events||Meeting Activities|
|4/2/13 – Regular Troop Meeting||4/16/13 - Regular Troop Meeting|
|4/9/13 - Regular Troop Meeting||4/23/13 - Regular Troop Meeting|
|4/30/13 - Regular Troop Meeting|
|- Regular Troop Meeting|
By William Gardner
On Saturday, Troop 394 left on the annual wilderness survival camp out at Camp Chesebrough. With their backpacks loaded with trail mix and space blankets, they ran off into the forest searching for a place to set up their shelter. After a good ten minutes of searching, the groups had finally settled down. Some people decided to build a lean-to out of space blankets while others tied rope between trees and laid tarps on top. Once the shelters were up, one collection of friends decided to start digging. What willed them to do so is yet to be known. Anyhow, they persisted and eventually came across a large rock buried in the ground. After discussing what to do, they attempted to pull it out with their hands, but to no avail. Eventually, one well prepared scout pulled out a rope and looped it around the rock, still in the hole, and pulled. Slowly, the rock rolled up the side of the pit and onto the ground revealing a gaping void was revealed. Now that the scouts had made a rather large crater, however were still unsure what to do with it. Eventually, someone pulled out a piece of wood and lent it over the hole like a table, and thus the pit was completed. Soon to follow, each group was tested on their first aid and fire lighting skill. Some teams used firelighters and flint, others used torn up paper. Afterwards, each group got told what they did well and what they did not so well. Later that day, a fire was lit and some scouts cooked a potato and carrot stew in a bucket full of water on the fire. Other scouts decided not to cook, so they sat around with their feet in the hole, eating whatever snack food was left over. Eventually, when the food supply was exhausted, somebody organized a game of infection. This game of sneaking through the woods in the dark lasted for about half an hour until finally they decided to go to sleep in their shelters. The next morning, everyone woke up early and sat around the fire. Once everyone was up, the adult leaders cooked a delicious mountain man breakfast in four, large dutch ovens. With everyone satisfied, it was time to take down the shelters and head for home. Overall, the wilderness survival trip was great fun and I would urge anyone who hasn’t been, to come along next year.
By Angel Ramos
This year at Camp Hi-Sierra…
On the first day Troop 394 arrived, it rained for most of the day. Most of us were thinking it was Mother Nature welcoming us to camp. We all had to stay in the dining hall crammed-in and make the best use of ourselves. This year they had incorporated a talent show for different troops, so for our talent Greg screamed a song while Jeffrey juggled apples. On the sides, Matt and Eric held up Liam and Brendan on their shoulders, pretending to box, and the rest of us were in the back flexing our arms and dancing. Another new merit badge was offered this year: the Music Merit Badge. For all scouts that had the music merit badge; they were required to play songs at the Cantina Music night on Wednesday. The Camp Fire Bowl was especially fun because everybody performed and happiness spread like wildfire. It was most memorable to our troop because we ended up winning first place in the Camp Wide Games. From songs to skits to playing softball, no matter where we were in camp…we all had a great time.
This November, our troop outing was a campout to Memorial Park. At Memorial, it was raining all day and night so we played games under our rain protector. Once it dried up, the 5 scouts went on a little walk to the creek but when they came back, it started to rain again. We used the Dutch oven to cook our meals which were beef stew, pizza and mountain man breakfast. This was a very fun campout and everyone had a blast.
On the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, the troop served a webelo campout to help recruit more people into our troop. We had about 13 kids at our campout. We set up 5 stations that the kids went to, the stations were first aid, leave no trace, fusing and whipping, flag ceremony and fire m’ chit. At the end of the day, we retired 3 flags and made smores. This activity was really fun for the scouts and the future scouts.
On the weekend of October 20th and 21st, our troop went to Grant Ranch. We left the Elk’s Lodge at 8:00 in the morning. Scouts had a choice to either to ride their bikes or help the younger scouts with advancement. The people on the bikes went up to Grant Lake. The people working on advancement went on a hike and saw a baby rattlesnake. This was a very fun activity.