Troop 10 combines outdoor adventure with community service

| January 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

TROOP 10 SCOUTS at the Rotary Club Tree Lot on Larchmont, from left:  Lion Paulson, Michael Hanna, George Nason and Roman Veverka.

Troop 10 is very fortunate to have continued to thrive during the pandemic.  After a year of virtual online meetings and activities, the troop returned to in-person outdoor activities last summer and fall. In July, 21 boys from Troop 10 attended summer camp at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island.

TROOP 10’S four newest Eagle Scouts are, from left: Jackson Wright, Spencer Lee, Jack Hughes-Sanchez and Alex Rice.

Troop 10 is especially proud of our four most recent Eagle Scouts who have all earned the highest rank in Scouting since last summer.  As a part of earning the Eagle rank, each Scout planned and carried out a major service project for a local community service or conservation organization.

Jackson Wright built a community garden and workbench for St. James House.

Spencer Lee planted a vertical garden and built rain barrel platforms for Commonwealth Nursery in Griffith Park.

Jack Hughes-Sanchez built a hygenic hay storage platform for Taking the Reins.

Alex Rice designed and Installed a stone garden path at St. Stephens Church in Hollywood.

IN SEQUOIA, Life Scout Spencer Isbell, Eagle Scout Max Rauchberg and Eagle Scout Alex Rice at Columbine Lake (10,970’) during a 30-mile backpacking trip in the backcountry of Sequoia National Park, Aug. 5, 2021.

Other service projects by Troop 10 include a “Socks and Soap” collection drive for Showers of Hope (which provides showers and other services to the homeless), making lunches for the pandemic lunch drive and baking Thanksgiving pies for the homeless shelter at St. James.  In addition, for the third consecutive summer, the Scouts of Troop 10 partnered with Friends of Griffith Park and the park rangers to “adopt” the trees in the upper Fern Dell section of the park.  Every two weeks during the summer, the scouts took turns watering and mulching the trees to help them survive the drought.

During the holidays, the Scouts helped out at the Rotary Club Tree Lot on Larchmont, and sold baked goods and handmade Christmas ornaments as a fundraiser for the troop.

Other recent outdoor activities include camping at Joshua Tree National Park in September, where eight scouts earned their Climbing Merit Badge.

Boy Scout Troop 10 is the oldest continuously-chartered Scout troop in the Western United States.  Based at St. James Episcopal Church on Wilshire Blvd., the troop brings together 40 boys ages 11-17 from nearly a dozen area schools.

SCOUTS learned safe rock climbing and rappelling techniques while earning their Climbing Merit Badge during a campout in Joshua Tree National Park in September 2021.

New members are being accepted. The only requirement is boys be between 11 and 17 or having completed the fifth grade.

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