Yearly Planning Meeting
August 20-21, 2016
On August 20th, the troop’s Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Patrol Advisors, and other troop adult leaders met at Bumblebee Ranch to plan the outings and troop meetings for 2017. This takes a lot of time and discussion to make the troop's activities run smoothly over the next year.
Tanner Kloostra- Troop 323 newest Eagle
August 4, 2016
On August 4th, Tanner Kloostra passed his Eagle Board of Review and is Troop 323's newest Eagle Scout.
The addition of Tanner to the Troop's Eagles can be viewed in the Eagle Roster.
Summer Camp 2016
The staff and troop leaders were very helpful and good at teaching the merit badge classes. It is a learning experience for everyone.
The scouts in our troop get to explore different activities like Horseback Riding, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Swimming, climbing the Climbing Tower, cooking a meal in camp, and performing skits.
There are a lot of responsibilities that go along with going to camp. Each day a different patrol is responsible for a different aspect of maintaining the camp and doing their part of the work. This teaches each scout that his part helps the whole troop.
It is nice to be away from home for a week to experience being outdoors and independent. Many scouts look forward to it every year.
Every month a different patrol cleans up Greenway Parkway from 7th Avenue to 19th Avenue. We pick up trash and make sure that it is clean.
May 21-22, 2016
If you every wanted to know what it's like to camp in hurricane conditions, you had the opportunity on our May outing. 13 Scouts and 5 adults battled the gale-force winds at Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim. We had the opportunity to fish, hike and chase our tents. If you didn't get a chance to join us, ask a Scout who went - they'll tell you it was a breeze.
Nolan Stumpp - Troop 323 newest Eagle
May 5, 2016
On May 5th, Nolan Stumpp passed his Eagle Board of Review and is Troop 323's newest Eagle Scout.
The addition of Nolan to the Troop's Eagles can be viewed in the Eagle Roster.
West Clear Creek
April 16-17, 2016
On April 16-17 the new Eagle Patrol joined Troop 323 on their 1st backpacking outing to West Clear Creek near Camp Verde, AZ. Two other troops were on the trail with us and we were all looking to use the same campground. Fortunately, Mr. Nicholas and Alex had hiked in the night before and secured the favorite site of our Troop. The hike involved 3 chilly water crossings and a few scouts and adults took unplanned dips in the creek. It was a great outing and our newest scouts proved they were ready for the challenge.
Fixing the tents we use at Geronimo is one of the requirements for the Big "G" award at Geronimo. Troop 323 has a proud history of getting Big "G" Gold award at camp; we want to continue that tradition!
Scouts, please bring:
1) Class B shirt
2) Sunscreen, Hat
3) Waterbottle or camelback
4) Sunglasses (optional)
Please bring the following tools if you have them:
1) Push brooms to sweep off basketball court to have a clean surface to work on
2) Scissors capable of cutting medium-weight tent canvas
Crossover at Bumblebee Ranch
March 19-20, 2016
Each year Troop 323 rolls into Bumble Bee Ranch for our March outing. This year, 7 Scouts from Pack 323 and 4 Scouts from the Phoenix Patrol dared to cross the treacherous rope bridge to crossover into Troop 323. The new Scouts earned their Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit and began to fulfill requirements for the rank of Scout and Tenderfoot. There was a huge bonfire and Flag Retirement ceremony. We ended the evening with NEW skits and delicious Dutch oven desserts. Sunday we enjoyed breakfast burritos and rocket launches.
Spring Church Cleanup
March 12, 2016
Troop 323 participated in the semi-annual church clean up at All Saints Lutheran on March 12. Scouts from every patrol (Gorfs, Falcons, Phoenix, Trojans) and new Scouts from Pack 323 joined together for 3 hours to rake, trim, prune, clear a garden and pull weeds. It was great opportunity for our Troop to give back to All Saints Lutheran for their sponsorship.
Eagle Project - Irish Cultural Center
March 6th, 2016
On Sunday, March 6th, Troop 323 went downtown to the Irish Cultural Center to help Nolan Stumpp with his Eagle Scout Project. As part of this project, scouts put down masking tape around the outline of Ireland, and then painted a new coat of green on top of it. Pizza was served at lunch, along with donut holes and juice. By the end of this project, the map of Ireland looked good as new, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The Luck of the Irish was with us as storm clouds formed but no rain fell.
Eagle Project - A Home For The Owls
February 27th, 2016
On February 27th, 25 people came together to help Tanner Kloostra with his Eagle Scout Project. This included moving bags of mortar as well as cement blocks to the site of a soon-to-be-built carnivorous bird rehabilitation habitat. Scouts and adults also helped remove old fencing as well as cleaning the foundation for mortar prep. Donuts were served, though they would have probably disappeared faster if more people knew they were there. Congratulations to Tanner to getting one step closer to achieving his Eagle rank.
February 20th, 2016
On Saturday, February 20th, Troop 323 went to Snowbowl for their annual Snow Outing. A total of 24 scouts and 13 adults attended. The snow conditions were favorable and we had a good time. We rode a chartered bus from Phoenix to the ski slopes and NAU. Lunch was served in the parking lot and let us Carb Load before round two on the slopes. This was the Phoenix patrol's first outing since joining the Troop.
Garrett Wright - Troop 323 newest Eagle
February 4, 2016
On February 4th, Garrett Wright passed his Eagle Board of Review and is Troop 323's newest Eagle Scout.
The addition of Garrett to the Troop's Eagles can be viewed in the Eagle Roster.
Barnhardt Trail Winter Outing
Jan 22-23, 2016
The Troop endured cold temperatures as well as icy and snowy trails to find an amazing waterfall. Nine Scouts and six adults enjoyed this beautiful day hike to an elevation of 5600’. A recent Arizona snowstorm caused us to alter our original outing plans. The trail back to down to camp was slippery, causing a few Scouts to descend by the seat of their pants.
Eagle Project - Arizona Trail Maintenance
Jan 16, 2016
Garrett Wright's Eagle project was performing trail maintenance on the Arizona Trail, North of Sycamore Creek. Under Garrett's leadership, the Troop removed dead trees, trimmed overhanging branches, and cutback bushes that were choking the trail.
The Scouts worked together on 1.75 miles of trail. Thank you to the Arizona Trail Association for the tools and assistance on the project.
Dec 12-13, 2015
We had 16 Scouts, one guest youth, and 12 adults participate in this years Bike Outing. Everyone completed the ride, with some folks doing a couple of additional more difficult sections as well as riding all the way to camp. As in years past we experienced some rain on the ride and at the campground. The Scouts cooked using Dutch Ovens for both dinner and breakfast. Thank you to our ride leaders Simon Wright, Dale Thomson, Paul Foulger and David Marcon. Also, a big thank you to Raquel Perdue for purchasing and prepping the food for the outing.
Horton Springs Backpack
Nov 21-22, 2015
This was a challenging hike! Scouts hiked a total of just over 16 miles total and had a low-to-high elevation gain of 800 ft. Lunch was on a fantastic vantage point looking out over the rim. There was snow on the ground at one point as we got closer to the springs. It was going to be a cold night. Scouts setup their camp, filtered water, cooked dinner, and went to sleep by 8 pm. They got up at 6:15 am in the dark and cold to pack up their stuff, eat breakfast and be ready for an early departure. A challenging but rewarding trip.
Oct 23-25, 2015
The Thunderbird/Firebird District Camporee was "Arizona's Ninja Scout Warrior" on Hardscrabble Mesa, West of Strawberry, AZ. There were uniform inspections, competitions, campfires, and lots of fun.
Humphrey's Peak Hike
Sept 18-20, 2015
This was a car camp with an extensive and challenging hike at high elevation, including an ascent of Mt. Humphreys which, at 12,600 feet, is the highest point in AZ. In late September the aspens were turning gold, making for some fine photo opportunities on this outing. Humphreys Trail is steep and long and extremely rocky in its higher reaches. Above treeline it exposed us to the whims of nature.