The Troop 72 Scouts have planned a vigorous and exciting calendar for themselves in 2013. The full calendar can be viewed here or downloaded here. The following are some of the highlights for 2013:
Snowshoeing at Gold Creek Basin (1/19/13)
This one-day trip is a great opportunity to have fun in the snowy wilderness just off of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The easy hike is approximately three miles long with an elevation change of less than 300 feet through beautiful snow covered surroundings. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary and the outing is a chance to practice snowshoeng in preparation for winter backpacking trips later in the season. The hike is particularly well suited for Scouts, Webelos and parents.
Stone Gardens (1/26/13)
Stone Gardens is a climbing gym on the south end of Ballard. When the weather is nasty outside, it’s nice to be able to climb inside. Stone Gardens offers 16,000 square feet of indoor climbing, 65 foot lead roof, lots of top rope climbing and outstanding bouldering. 40 foot outdoor walls with winter dry tool ice climbing.
Throughout the winter and spring, the Troop will take a bike ride each month. We’ll do a variety of different trips to prepare ourselves to ride bikes to summer camp in July. Scouts will have an opportunity to earn Cycling merit badge in conjunction with these outings.
Century Link Field (2/10/13)
Capture the CenturyLink Field experience like never before, as we get an up close and personal look at behind the scenes areas and views. See the back-of-house areas, Suite and Club level, as well as the famous 12th Man Flag Pole. Imagine standing there with 67,000 fans cheering right before kickoff. In addition, set foot on the same next-generation Field Turf playing surface as your Seahawks and Sounders FC players.
Blewett Pass (2/16/13 - 2/17/13)
Blewett Pass is the name that Troop 72 uses to refer to Pipe Creek Sno-Park, a snowmobile-free area located just south of Blewett Pass on highway 97. The troop uses the area for a 2-day, 1-night winter snowshoe backpacking overnight. The total hiking distance is approximately 4 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of approximately 600 feet. We use ungroomed ski trails for our approach on Saturday, and descend through the backcountry on Sunday. Travel is entirely on snow and camping is in tents.
Come spend a fun weekend with us in a winter wonderland! Camp Sheppard, located in the spectacular Cascade Mountains just minutes from Crystal Mountain ski area, offers day hikes, scavenger hunts, snow tubing, snowshoeing and more. Advancement opportunities are also available. There will be an opportunity for interested Scouts to ski at Crystal Mountain on Sunday after camp finishes up in the morning.
Snow Caves (3/9/13 - 3/10/13)
This is a two-day, one-night campout near the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise on Mount Rainier. We snowshoe with backpacks about ˝ mile up the Dead Horse Creek Trail to the location we call our campsite. We dig snow caves into the snow slope and stay in them overnight. The outing is appropriate for all age groups.
Sky High (3/16/13)
Sky High Sports is a unique trampoline fun center. The facility has been designed and created for one purpose: To have FUN! Come and improvise! Whether you flip forward or flip backward, you will definitely flip out for Sky High Sports! You can free-bounce and do tricks all day, or you can join us for some of our organized activities, like our trampoline dodge ball. As long as you like to bounce, Sky High Sports is for you.
69 flights of stairs, 1,311 steps, 788 feet of vertical elevation. In The Big Climb, members of the Troop will climb to the top of Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle. Participants have the choice of either running up the stairwell as a racer (timed competition) or walking as a climber (untimed).
Fort Ebey (4/6/13 - 4/7/13)
Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island was built to be a coastal defense fort in World War II. Concrete platforms mark the old gun locations. The park has three miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a freshwater lake for fishing, and miles of hiking and biking trails. The park offers beach combing, mountain biking, playing in the abandoned munitions bunkers and many other fun activities.
Milepost 31 (4/20/13)
Milepost 31 is an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square, and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project. There, we will find more than just construction photos and brochures. We will find history, artifacts and interactive exhibits designed to broaden our understanding of the land beneath us. We’ll explore the neighborhood’s changing landscape, from earth-moving efforts of the past to the massive tunnel project that will soon move State Route 99 underground and reconnect Pioneer Square to the waterfront.
Shi Shi Beach and Lake Ozette (5/3/13 - 5/5/13)
Lake Ozette is the largest unaltered natural lake in Washington state and it's landscape offers tall seastacks that dot the coast, crystal lake waters and old growth forests; Shi Shi beach is often described as the most beautiful beach in Washington; and Cape Alava is a cape between the two. Outing leaders will select a backpacking route to explore the area based upon the mix of Scouts who sign up for this outing and the time we will have available.
Deschutes River Rafting Trip (5/24/13 - 5/27/13)
This 45 mile 3-day rafting trip down the Deschutes River in Oregon over Memorial Day weekend is the highlight of the year for many Scouts and adults. The Troop charters a bus to ferry us down to Madras, Oregon where we spend Friday night before hitting the river on Saturday morning. We spend Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday rafting. We use a combination of gear boats (to transport gear between campsites), paddle boats (rafts for 5 to 8 people) and inflatable kayaks to float the river. On flat parts of the river between class 2, 3 and 4 rapids we enjoy a healthy dose of watergun fights.
Alaska Airlines and SeaTac Airport Tour (6/1/13)
The Troop will tour Alaska Airlines facilities at SeaTac airport and see many aspects of the aviation industry. We will be able to see the wheel wells of a Boeing 737 with mechanics, and the flight deck with line pilots. We'll look into the guts of a jet engine and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport. We will be able to explore just how flights are planned, scheduled and executed. Training facilities will be open and engineers will guide us through the construction of aircraft. Throughout the course of the day Scouts will have an opportunity to earn Aviation Merit Badge.
Wild Waves (6/8/13)
Wild Waves Theme Park is the largest combination water park AND theme park in the Pacific Northwest featuring over 60 rides, slides and attractions including 3 roller coasters, a 24,000 square foot wave pool, a relaxing lazy river and over 1,000,000 gallons of fun.
Lake Valhalla (6/15/13 - 6/16/13)
Lake Valhalla will be the destination for our "Introduction to Backpacking" outing. This 7-mile in and out hike takes us to an alpine lake along the Pacific Crest Trail near Stevens Pass. This is a fun trip for new and experience backpackers alike.
Bike Ride to Camp Parsons (7/5/13 - 7/6/13)
This summer Troop 72 will travel to summer camp by bike. We'll take two days to ride the 60 mile distance from Seattle to Camp Parsons with a ferry ride in between.
Summer Camp at Camp Parsons (7/6/13 - 7/13/13)Sign Up Now
Camp Parsons is situated on the Olympic Peninsula "where the mountains meet the sea." This remarkable setting offers the rare experience of canoeing on glassy salt water, while gazing along a densely forested shoreline. Camp Parsons is one of the oldest Scout camps in America, providing wilderness adventure to Scouts and Scouters since 1919. Special features include the climbing tower, 16-position rifle and archery ranges, and the Fort Dukabush museum. Swimming, canoeing, and sailing in the saltwater aquatics area are other popular activities.
Kayaking on Lake Union (7/15/13)
Instead of our regular Troop meeting on Monday, we'll rent kayaks and spend the evening paddling around Lake Union.
Week-Long High Adventure Outing (8/5/13 - 7/27/13)
Scouts who are 14-years old or older are eligible to participate in the Troop's annual high adventure outing. This year's dates have been set but our destination has not yet been determined. Past outings have included Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, backpacking in the Yellowstone backcountry, canoeing the Bowron Lakes circuit in British Columbia and backpacking in the Olympic Mountains.
Paddle Boarding in Portage Bay (8/5/13)
Instead of our regular Troop meeting on Monday, we'll rent paddle boards and spend the evening paddling around Portage Bay.
The Troop will spend a week backpacking and bouldering in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. En route we will swing through San Francisco and spend a night at Alcatraz. This trip will be open to all Scouts.
Rock Climbing (9/14/13 - 9/15/13)
The satisfaction of safely climbing a rock face and then rappelling back down is hard to top. Icicle Creek, outside of Leavenworth, is one of the great locations in Washington that the Troop will consider for the venue of this outing. Scouts will be shown how to climb safely, and then they will have opportunities to climb and rappel.
Boeing Factory Tour (9/21/13)
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located 25 miles north of Seattle. The facility is home to the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner production lines. During our tour of the world's largest building by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet), we will see airplanes being built for Boeing's worldwide base of airline customers.
Capitol Forest (10/5/13 - 10/6/12)
Capitol State Forest is a 91,650-acre forest south of Olympia. It is a multi-use forest that is open for off-road motorcycles, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and other activities. This car camping destination uniquely provides a mix of resources that allow outing leaders the flexibility to organize and lead a variety of different programs and skills instruction. The outing will be an opportunity for Scouts to focus on advancement requirements.
High Adventure Backpacking Trip (10/18/13 - 10/20/13)
The Troop has tentatively set aside this weekend for our fall 3-day high adventure backpacking trip (The Seattle School District can't plan as far ahead as our youth leaders, so we'll have to wait until February to see if these dates work). The High Divide Loop and the Encantment Lakes are both candidates for our destination depending upon weather conditions.
Go Kart Racing (10/26/13)
Gentlemen, start your engines … and prepare for the thrill of high speed go kart racing. The Troop will visit a local indoor go kart track and race each other in head-to-head competition.
Dungeness Spit (11/16/13 - 11/17/13)
At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit, and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At the end of the spit, is the old Dungeness Lighthouse, built in 1857 and now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vertical World (12/14/13)
Vertical World, America’s first climbing gym, provides a unique training facility and specialized programs for youth and adults within our communities. Vertical World has it all - bouldering, top rope and lead climbing.