Troop 466 held its organizational meeting on May 5, 1999. Scoutmaster Jack Young signed up twelve boys that night, ten boys new to scouts and two who transferred from troops in Davis. The troop was sponsored and continues to be sponsored by Saint Martin's Parish. The parish is generous in providing space for all our equipment, non-parishable food supplies, and meeting room.
The first Senior Patrol Leader was member of the Saint Martin's parish. The new troop divided into two patrols, the Flaming Arrows and the Lightning Bolts. Meetings were held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM.
Troop 111 kindly donated several tents, some stoves and other small items of equipment to Troop 466, and we had our first campout in June. The entire troop attended our first campout which took place took place on the St. Martin's grounds. The highlight of the campout was the sprinkler system coming on at 4:00 AM to the surprise and dismay of the entire troop. But since then, we have never really minded getting wet!
The entire troop also went to Camp Pahatsi in July,
earning a good number of merit badges and doing many
advancements on the First Class Trail. For the rest
of the summer many of the scouts rested up, and only
two boys went on the canoe trip to Lake Tahoe in
In September the troop moved back into a regular program of meetings with advancement as a main effort and with active camping every month as another. On November 3rd Jack Young resigned the post of Scoutmaster and Bruce Carswell assumed that role. In January, 2000, we attended our first Klondike Derby as
a troop and won the Klondike Ike Award, recognizing Scout Spirit, Scouting Skills, and Winter Camping Skills. This was the first year the award was presented.
In April 2000 twelve Webelos graduated from Pack 194 into our troop, and we started a close relationship with that Pack. It has continued to furnish us a large part of our recruits.
In August 2000 we conducted our first High Adventure Trip, consisting of three days backpacking and three days canoeing at Lake Tahoe. We finally managed to reach the first night's destination on the second night and we hiked out on the third day to move on to canoeing. We spent three days on the water at
Homewood, on Lake Tahoe, working on canoeing skills and looking forward to next year.
Our program years have been consistent in planning a camping trip each month, planning a service project for North Tahoe Regional Park in June, going to Scout Summer Camp in July, and scheduling some type of high adventure activity in August. Our camping trips have included Point Reyes, Calaveras Big Trees, Bodega Dunes, Angel Island, Marin Headlands, Bothe-Napa State
Park, Cache Creek and Sugar Pine Point.
We have had an active advancement program at our meetings and have had a good number of our scouts advance to Star and Life. Two of our scouts have earned the coveted Eagle Scout Award.
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