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Troop 230 History: 2015 - present


                

  Zayde T                             Andrew B                               Olin K

Troop 230's history has been written by Historians Star scout Zayde T, First Class scout Olin K, and Star scout Andrew B, during the winter of 2016.  All three scouts worked to update our adventures.

Troop 230 is a troop with pride. Pride about what we do now, and what we have always done.  We have a legacy that we are proud of, and we follow the footsteps where the scouts before us have traveled.  Its just the way it has always been, and always will be.....

 

2015

(In Progress)

September-9 was the annual service project to Eagle River by putting up and taking down the Labor day flags.

October 9-11 was the Orienteering campout where scouts competed at camp Gorsuch to find different points and race to see who could find them all

November 13-15 was The Trebuchet campout where many troops engineered a trebuchet and launched rocks to see who would win.

December came with a Fun Christmas party and gift exchange on December 15 2015

Quinzee winter Campout January 30-31, 2016. The cold weather campout at Nancy Lakes was for scouts earning the below freezing award or just looking for some fun in the cold. The temperature jumped around between 25 degrees and 7 degrees.

Great Alaska Council freezoree February 19-21 Scouts enjoyed skiing, snowboarding, and tubing down the slope at Hilltop. Many troops came to the council wide outing.

March 1 Swim night at Chugiak High School pool.  An opportunity for Scouts to enjoy the pool or for Scouts to get aquatic rank requirement signoffs completed.


2016

2017


As stated by our original Historians, "We are a great troop, with a strong tradition of excellence and we believe in doing things; for God, for our Nation, trying our best to help other people at all times, and working constantly, striving to keep ourselves physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.  We try to be the best troop we can and we are proud of who we are and from where we have come".   As we head off into a new scouting year, we have new adventures planned and lots of stuff on the calendar.   

 


--Original Draft by:   
Zayde T., Olin K., & Andrew B 
--Updated by 
--Updated again by 
 -Edited by: Ms. Moore

Troop 230 History: 2009 - 2014


      

Jack W.

Eagle Scout Jack W. compiled this history with interviews conducted with past Scoutmaster Jim Pappas and past Troop 230 scouts Ted W., Taylor H., and others.

Troop 230 is a troop with pride.  The following troop history was put together and written down in 2014, then modified in 2016.  Unfortunately, it is NOT complete.  At the time this was compiled, a lot of the people could not be located or it was difficult to know for sure what happened 'way back then.'  As more details/information is uncovered it will be included in this history, please, PLEASE,  PLEASE, write to us by emailing the Scoutmaster at troop230scoutmaster@hotmail.com if you have information to contribute.

We are a troop with heritage, and with pride.  Pride about what we do now, and what we have always done.  We have a legacy that we are proud of, and we follow the footsteps where the scouts before us have traveled.  Its just the way it has always been, and always will be.....

 2009

Our Scoutmaster was Jim Pappas.  The year started with an outing to Hatcher's Pass for a day of skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and winter fun, followed by an evening at the Wasilla Sports Complex skating and playing in the warm facility playing soccer and other games.  We slept on the soccer field and had a great time (earning several merit badges too).

In February we attended the Freeze-o-ree at Camp Gorsuch.  It was the first annual Klondike Derby put on by the Great Alaska Council.  We slept in snow shelters, cooked outside, had snowshoe races, dog sled weight pulls, dog sled sprint races and the Klondike Derby!

Also in February several of our scouts joined an archery crew at the Archer's Den and finally earned their Archery Merit Badges in April.  In March, we went snowboarding and skiing at Alyeska and continued our adventures at Bird Ridge in April. 

In May, we went on our annual trip to Russian Lakes followed by a fantastic trip to see Katmai National Monument, Brooks Camp, and the Valley of 10,000 Smokes in the Katmai National Park.  Katmai is an active volcano with tons of bears (yep, real bears, thousands of them!).  We flew into King Salmon from Anchorage and then flew into Brooks Range and took a bus 30 miles to the trail head of 10,000 Smokes.  We hiked 12 miles into the Valley.  We got great photos, saw Baked Mountain and Novarupta Volcano.  There were bears at Brooks Lodge and we had the time of our lives!! 
             

The following month, a group of our scouts went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  We were able to tour around New Mexico for a few days before our trek began.

We attended our Orienteering Campout in October's chilly temperatures and our annual Merit Badge Lock-in in November at Camp Carlquist.  In December, we toured the FBI in Anchorage, had our annual skiing/sledding trip to Hillberg Ski Area on base, and had a nice Christmas gathering at the Gongliewski's house.  Our SPL's this year were Jack P. and Luke P.  We finished 2009 with 5 scouts earning their Eagle Scout rank.

2010

2010 was the Boy Scouts of America's Centennial - the 100th Anniversary of Scouting.  Many events around the world were held to celebrate this milestone. For this year 4 vintage merit badges were added that could only be earned during the Centennial Celebration year.  These re-introduced merit badges were Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding and Carpentry and stand out on our merit badge sashes with their distinctive gold edges.  In addition, there was a Boy Scout Jamboree in Seward, Alaska for Alaska's scouts.  What an amazing year it was!!.  

Troop 230 began the year holding our regular campouts.  We had a Deep Winter campout in January (it was freezing), Basic Leader Training in February, a lock-in at the Alaska Rock Gym in March, and Bird Ridge in April. Troop 230 attended the Jamboree in Seward in May.  The scouts had a lot of fun activities, including: gold panning, skits, and there was even a concert!  During the summer, we also went to Swan Lakes for canoeing, had CPR training, Summer Camp at Lost Lake in the Midnight Sun Council in Fairbanks, Alaska.  At camp, the Blue Angels came to speak to our troop.  In August, we had several scouts go to the Centennial National Jamboree in Washington D.C.  At this Jamboree, the scouts broke a record - they had the most number of people earn their CPR Certification at one time.  
                   

In September, we went to Hope, Alaska for the Fall Camporee.  Popcorn sales were just over $13,000 and we gave away an iPad to one lucky scout (his name was drawn from a hat of scouts who had sold at least $500 of popcorn.  We went on the fall Orienteering campout in October, followed by the Merit Badge Lock-in in November and skiing at Mount Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska in December.  

Our SPL's this year were Chase E. and Ian C.  We finished 2010 with 6 scouts earning their Eagle Scout rank and our troop was in the Boys Life Magazine again (October issue Deep Winter Camping article that showed how it's done in Alaska from our January campout, with our scouts interviewed later by Susan Horner and photos by a Boys Life photographer who attended the campout).

2011

We kicked off the year working on our "100 Below Freezing" patch.  In February we attended the Klondike Derby at the council's Freeze-o-ee (it was very cold) and had our annual lock-in at the Alaska Rock Gym ... always a blast!  Some scouts slept outside to continue collecting points for their 100 Below patch. The very next month , we probably had the best Bird Ridge campout in troop history, there was only sunshine and nice weather!  In May, our next campout was backpacking at Russian Lakes Trail in the Chugach National Forest.  This trip is the first backpacking experience for new scouts.

Over the summer, we attended Summer Camp at Camp Gorsuch.  There were lots of changes at camp, including: no tent platforms, no COPE course, and several bears causing problems all over camp!

It was a busy summer season with our older scouts heading to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico followed by a trip to Canada to hike the Chilkoot Trail. Most of the scouts earned their 50-Miler Award.  These high adventure trips were great experiences for the scouts.  During the Philmont trip, the high adventure crew took route 32 through the scout base.  We toured New Mexico for a few days before the trek began.  We went water rafting, hiked Mt. Baldy, and hike/backpacked 90 miles through the Scout Ranch.

August was the Slammin' Salmon trip on the Kasilof River down on the Kenai Peninsula for salmon fishing.  We may not have caught a lot of fish, but we did catch a lot of fun times on this outing!  We participated in the City Wide Disaster Drill for Alaska Regional Hospital, so we could complete requirements for the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.  We went to Gwen Lake on Fort Richardson for the October Orienteering trip and the Cady Family sponsored the Halloween party. We attended our annual Merit Badge Lock-in in November at Camp Carlquist (cost was $25) and had a nice time a Alyeska Ski Area for down hill skiing.  Our SPL's this year were Ted W. and Taylor H.  We finished 2011 with the highest number of Eagles ever, with 11 scouts earning their Eagle Scout rank.

2012

On February 22nd of 2012, the Scoutmaster torch was passed from Jim Pappas to Mark Davis.  We enjoyed Hatcher's Pass followed by the Alaska Rock Gym Lock-in, New Scout crossovers, and the Yetna Station snow machine trip.  We had hikes on Fort Richardson, collected food for Scouting for Food, and held a 10-mile bike trip to prepare for our high adventure big bike trip coming in the summer.  We attended Bird Ridge with a whole new crop of new scouts, held a CPR class, and finished prepping for our summer activities with a backpacking trip to the Russian Lakes Trail on the Kenai Peninsula.  Our troop had a very busy summer planned with three high adventure trips and summer camp.  We had scouts that rode bikes from Fairbanks to Eagle River, hiked to a volcano at Aniakchak on the Aleutian Range in south-west Alaska, and had a crew that went scuba diving and fishing at Florida Sea Base, National Boy Scout High Adventure Base Camp.  Troop 230 scout Gunnar D. was the only scout able to complete the bike trek, earning the National Outdoor Award for Riding along the way!  

Troop 230 made history being the first troop ever to hike Aniakchak!  Good thing our scouts remembered their rain gear, because it was really wet! 


Seabase overlapped with summer camp which was held at Camp Gorsuch again - bears were a big problem. 

 

In August, we held a swim night during city elections, at Chugiak High School Pool.  We held another CPR class and finished the year with our annual Merit Badge Lock-in at Camp Carlquist and skiing at Mount Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska.  Our SPL's this year were Jonathan G. and Aaron H.  We finished 2012 with 5 scouts earning their Eagle Scout rank and Jeff E. setting a troop fitness record with 56 push ups.

2013

In 2013, Scoutmaster Mark Davis stepped down and we welcomed new Scoutmaster Patrick Reber on February 19th.  We had to move our January overnight campout at Hatcher's Pass to February, due to extreme weather.  Then in February we had two separate  one night Winter Campouts building and sleeping in quinzees at Hatcher's Pass and later in the month at Otter Lake on JBER.  It was cool!  In March, we had a snow machine trip at Red Shirt Lake with Mr. Gongliewski and spent the day skiing, sledding, and tubing at Hillberg on JBER.  Our lock-in at the Alaska Rock Gym moved to April due a blizzard, but we had fun anyway building on our climbing and belaying skills.  We helped with Scouting for Food this month and went on the annual parent/scout Bird Ridge campout the first week of May.  Later that month, we backpacked at Russian Lakes on the Kenai Peninsula as a pre-trip for our summer's High Adventure trip to Katmai Wildlife Reserve in Southeast Alaska. 

In June, our Katmai crew flew from Anchorage to King Salmon on Alaska Airlines and then on into the park in a bush plane.  The older scouts who had visited Katmai previously in 2009, helped plan this trip which started at Brooks Lodge then travelled through the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and to Baked Mountain.  Mrs. Cantor commented that the trip "winners" included climbing Baked Mountain in 45 mph winds and rain, Mr. Eisberg's stories, sunshine at Brooks Camp, and showers.  The "losers" included the wind, inhaling sand, and not being able to explore the valley.  Equipment "winners" included the backpacking stoves, orange shovels, and hand made tent anchors.  The equipment "losers" included most of the tents which didn't handle the wind well ... most of the poles snapped!  Final comments food "winners" including freeze-dried chicken & mashed potatoes, wraps, Mr. Walters spices, and chicken-apple hot dogs.

In July, our troop attended summer camp at Camp Gorsuch again and sent 3 scouts to the National Jamboree at the Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  The group toured Washington DC for 3 days, visited West Virginia University, then spent 7 days on the Bechtel Reserve having fun in the sun!  Our activities included mountain biking, zip-lining, skateboarding, mountain boarding, BMX biking and scuba diving in a 4 foot deep pool.

In the fall, we attended the Fall Camporee at the Denali High Adventure Base for the new Search and Rescue Merit Badge, Orienteering at Gwen Lake, and held our Merit Badge Lock-in at the United Methodist Church where scouts had over 20+ merit badges to earn.  It was a great time!  Finally we had a two day ski trip at Mount Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska in December.  Our SPL's this year were Gannon D/Gunnar D and Tyler G.  We finished 2013 with 9 scouts earning their Eagle Scout rank.

2014

2014 was a year without a lot of snow.  In January, we built quinzees at Otter Lake on JBER and learned about Wilderness Survival, sleeping under the stars the first night and in the shelters the second night.  In March we had our annual lock-in at the Alaska Rock Gym to work on our Climbing Merit Badges and having a whole lot of fun with the new scouts.  Bird Ridge, in April, was the first outdoor campout for our new scouts. We followed Bird Ridge with a Court of Honor canoe day/BBQ/overnight campout, held at Otter Lake in May.  What a great time for everyone!  

We prepared for our summer high adventure trip canoeing the Yukon River, by having scouts attend two prerequisite campouts to Nancy Lakes and Swan Lakes.  The Nancy Lake trip started with snow falling on the last weekend of May.  There was lots of portaging during this two day campout.  The Swan Lakes trip on the Kenai Peninsula was full of winding s-curves in the river with on boat getting caught in a "floater" tipping their canoe with all of their gear, before they could correct their path.  The 4 day campout ended with a BBQ and shooting off a small canon.

In July, Troop 230 attended summer camp at Lost Lake Camp outside of Fairbanks, Alaska with a 8-hour bus ride, including the bus breaking down on the way there, spewing oil all over one of our Troop's Summer Camp Volunteers driving behind us.  Lost Lake's new plastic "glacier" floating in the lake was a lots of fun and where we spent our long midnight sun evenings.  

The high adventure crews finished the month attending the 11-day Yukon River canoeing trip.  It took a lot of driving to Pelly Crossing and Fort Selkirk, where we threw our boats in the water and canoed over 200 miles finishing at Dawson City, Yukon Territories, Canada.  We toured the gold rush town of Dawson City before we headed home, panning for gold in Chicken, Alaska on the way.  It was a great trip!


In the fall, we helped out at the Relay for Life held at the Mac Center, in August, then hiked at Hatchers Pass, in September.  Our annual Orienteering campout was in October at Gwen Lake on base, where scouts practiced their orienteering skills for their Orienteering Merit Badges.  We held the Merit Badge Lock-in at the United Methodist Church in Chugiak, Alaska and had a blast sleeping in their gym and earning merit badges.  With little snow this year, we cancelled our Alyeska ski trip and went Neon Bowling at Eagle River Bowl.  Our SPL's this year were Steven H. and Zack F.  We finished 2014 with 2 scouts earning their Eagle Scout rank.

As the prior Scribes said it best, "We are a great troop, with a strong tradition of excellence and we believe in doing things; for God, for our Nation, trying our best to help other people at all times, and working constantly, striving to keep ourselves physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.  We try to be the best troop we can and we are proud of who we are and from where we have come".   As we head off into the 2015 new scouting year, we have new adventures planned and lots of stuff on the calendar.   

 


--Original Draft by:   
Jack Walters 
-Edited by: Ms. Moore

 

Troop 230 History: 1975 - 2008


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        Nick D                Derek C                    Alex K                       Nathan V

Original history written by then troop "Historian" 
Nick Donahoo, who moved away in the summer 2001 and is now an Eagle Scout.  
Derek C was our next Troop Historian, and most of the following history is his compilation.  Nathan V took the job through the fall of 2008, and updated our adventures.    .   

Troop 230 is a troop with pride.  The following troop history was put together and written down in 2001, and then modified in the years after that.  It is NOT complete, and unfortunately, its probably not even 100% accurate.  A lot of the people from the early troop could not be located, so its difficult to know for sure what happened 'way back then.'  If you have knowledge of this troop's earlier history, or have information that you think should be included in this  history, please, PLEASE,  PLEASE, write to us and tell us about it so we can make the changes.   To do that, take this link now---->

We are a troop with heritage, and with pride.  Pride about what we do now, and what we have always done.  We have a legacy that we are proud of, and we follow the footsteps where the scouts before us have traveled.  Its just the way it has always been, and always will be.....

 

The Lions Club in Eagle River decided to sponsor a new scout troop in late 1975. Troop 230 was officially started with just a few boys, And with (Ralph?) Baranow as their Scoutmaster. Dale McBride was one of the original "founding fathers" of our troop. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, and as an acting scoutmaster for two years, between Travis Barber and Orson Smith’s terms. One of Mr. McBride’s greatest accomplishments was a trip over the Chilkoot trail, mimicked by the troop two decades later. The troop grew and grew, and as we do now, they met at the Eagle River Lions Club every Wednesday night. Other than a few cosmetic changes, we are still the troop we were 30 plus years ago.

The first Eagle Scout the troop ever had was Charles Lochner, all the way back in 1978. He didn’t know it at the time, but he started a tradition in the troop that is now 111 boys strong (and growing as of 2011!!), and the number is always changing. Not everyone in the troop gains the rank of Eagle, but our ratio of those who earn it compared to those who don’t is rather impressive. Part of the reason is that we are an active troop, and we DO THINGS. Keeping the OUTING in scouting is one of the things that we do best, and have always done. It is part of our history. It has always been that way, from our earliest beginnings. Even before Camp Gorsuch had a dining hall or a dock, we were camping there, making the most of the advancement opportunities. The summer we were founded we took the troop all the way to Canada, and hiked the famous Chilkoot trail, reaching the summit and in doing so pushing our troop on a trail of adventure that has never stopped.

The picture here is one of the earliest surviving pictures of our troop. It was taken at Camp Gorsuch, long before there was much of a camp there. It was still a fun place, and there were adventures then just as there are now. But it was a lot different too, and the patrol sites were what you made them, and there weren’t even any big tents or tent platforms or even

the swimming area as we now know it. Even our uniforms were different back then, but we were still a scout troop with pride, and we had the same Scout Oath and the same Scout Law. During that original summer camp, we had 13 scouts attend with two leaders. It was a beginning, and we have been back every single year since.

One of the longest-running scoutmasters we have had was Mr. Mark Kelliher. He headed the troop for an amazing seven years. He took over the troop after Orson Smith relinquished it to him due to a new addition to the Smith family. After his long term as scoutmaster, he gave the troop to Cole Lehmann in early 1987, who held it until early 1988, when he gave it to Mr. Al Jonsen.  Mr. Lehmann had four primary assistant scoutmasters at that time, Mr. Greg Hobbs, Mr. Mark Kelliher, Mr. Al Jonsen, and Mr. Bell.   At that time there were about 45 boys "on the books" in '87, with 20-30 coming on campouts.  The troop grew from 14 to 45 in about 3 months (word of mouth among the kids), and both Mr. Bell and Mr. Jonsen went to and graduated from Wood Badge adult leader training.  

On July 4th of 1988, the troop was faced with a severe tragedy. The troop’s Scoutmaster, Al Jonsen, (standing in the left side of the picture, next to Mr. Mark Kelliher) crashed in a private plane and died. Mr. Jonsen was a huge part of the troop, and when he died, a part of the troop went with him. At that point, the troop nearly collapsed, but was saved by one of their assistant scoutmasters, Mark Kelliher. He realized how the boys were all grieving for Mr. Jonsen, so he arranged for the troop to set up a monument for their old scoutmaster, which is still standing at Camp Gorsuch. On top of that, he took many members of the troop to the summit of a nearby mountain and let them each write a letter to him, then they folded them into paper airplanes, and sent them flying to their former Scoutmaster. After that, the troop began to heal, and, in time, went back to how things were before the crash.

We went through a number of scoutmasters over the years, and unfortunately, some of the early historic records of our troop have been lost. Hopefully, over time we will be able to resurrect the changes that took place and were lost to memory.   The picture here, taken approximately 1986 or 1987, shows that our troop had grown to around 30 scouts and was still having a lot of fun. Already our troop had acquired a lot of ribbons on our flag, and we were a troop with "spirit."  That year we lost a scout in the troop, David Gay (he's the red-headed scout, just behind the boy at the front who's turning around in the color photo) in a tragic sledding accident.     Those were some tough years for the troop, but we stayed involved and kept doing things, and the troop continued to be second to none.

By 1993, the scoutmaster was Chuck Klein, and he helped our troop by emphasizing uniforms, the patrol leaders council, and the flag ceremonies that are now just apart of our troops tradition. In 1994 he passed the Scoutmaster’s job on to Mr. Greg Hobbs, who we always just called "GREG."

Greg Hobbs was the first scout from our troop that grew up to become a scoutmaster. He had also served in this position between Al Jonsen and Jim Beauford’s terms, and between Mr. Beauford and Mr. And Mrs. Bell’s terms. He is, so far, the only scoutmaster in this troop’s history to serve as a scoutmaster for three different times. With him came, among other things, our Troops’ affinity for Capture The Flag and the troop’s annual tradition of the Merit Badge Lock-in at camp Carlquist. Greg loved to winter camp, and felt that it was important to make sure every Alaskan scout could survive in the heart of the arctic cold. We camped every single month and learned to have a blast year round. Greg was a scoutmaster who loved to have FUN, and we had a lot of games and did a lot of fun stuff.

On January 1st of 1997, the torch was passed from Greg Hobbs to John Dieffenderfer (referred to as ‘Mr. Dee). Mr. Dee took a much more active approach to events the troop partook in. He carried forward Greg’s ideas of camping every month of the year, regardless of the weather. He also seriously pushed the "Ideals of Scouting", and constantly reminded us of it in his "Minutes. " He pushed us to be proud of who we were, and we started wearing full uniforms at more events and more outings. We even wore them all the way to the top of the Chilkoot Pass. He encouraged us to "think big" and with him pushing us we dreamed of bigger trips and far-away goals.

In Late July and early August of 1998, our troop had the honor of hiking the Chilkoot for the centennial anniversary of the Alaskan Gold Rush. We followed the same path that miners, prospectors, and anyone out to make a quick buck a century before us, as well as our troop two plus decades ago took. It was a nearly a month long expedition that took us through some of the most beautiful and historical areas in Alaska and Canada. The trip ended in the Miner’s town of Skagway, and from there we made our way to White Horse for the Jamboree that was taking place there. We even got on the cover of "Boys’ Life" Magazine in August ’99. We also sponsored a Troop 30 from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and together we rafted the famous Six Mile River, a Class IV whitewater experience. We hiked Crow Pass, and did two different expeditions through the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife refuge.

In May of 2000, Mr. Dee relinquished his place as Scoutmaster to Willie Winslow. Willie brought the PLC into the forefront, pushing us to run our own troop and to continue to think big. In the two summers that followed, we water skied, traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch, hiked Crow Pass, Johnson Pass, and went mountain biking through Resurrection Pass.  We rafted the Gulkana River, and took snow machines into the arctic wilderness all the way to the Yentna Station.  By the end of 2001 fifty scouts had risen all the way to Eagle Scout, and twenty of those made it just in the last four years alone.  

 Since the year 2001 Troop 230 has continued it’s established tradition of outdoor activity, community service and advancement. Anyone who is active in this troop knows of some of the spectacular things this Troop does. Not only are there many outdoor adventures, but Troop 230 contributes a lot of service time to it’s community, and produces an impressive amount of Eagle scouts each year.

yukona35.jpg (310149 bytes)yukonb41.jpg (317315 bytes)Troop 230 has been an active Troop throughout it’s existence. In the summer of 2002, the Troop sent two teams to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, and they also explored the waterways of the famous Yukon River on the Alaska ferry system.   This was a great trip, an awesome trip really, and the memories of at that adventure were something hard to forget. 

sm02rr.jpg (205621 bytes)Does winter stop the Troop’s outdoor activities? No! The Troop winter camped as well as sending an expedition by snowmachine to Yentna Station, where they ate and slept. On a clear and cold Saturday night, the troop had a giant campfire. The trip was a total of 150 miles to Skwentna Roadhouse and back to Deshka Landing. After duct taping the cowling and sparkplug together on a snow machine from a minor collision, the troop enjoyed pizza in Wasilla on their way home. The scouts who went on this fabulous trip were David A, Collin B, Chris F, Chase J, Joey L, Jeremy L, Clint M, Jake R, Kyle V, Kevin V, Ross V, Sean W, and Kyle and Nathan W. The action and adventures continued, with winter camping, the annual merit badge lock in at the local scout camp, the parent/scout camp out, and a squirt gun battle at a waterskiing camp out. 

pc638.jpg (504429 bytes)pc300g.jpg (310402 bytes)The Troop also flew by floatplane to a remote river, where every member of the troop that attended caught at least one King Salmon. This great trip offered just about as much as a camping trip can give. It was fun, there were opportunities for merit badges and rank advancement, and it was adventurous, considering the river was too high to cross on foot on our way back, so a raft had to be used to cross it. We were also treated to a 45 minute plane ride in a beaver with floats on it to and from our remote location. The weather couldn’t have been better, since it was so warm, we didn’t even need waders to fish in the river, most of the group just used swimming trunks to wade. Fishing lures were short in supply, so everyone went swimming while picking up lures from snags.

pmontbu.jpg (492722 bytes)In 2004 the Troop also sent a group on a amazing trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. But not only was the Philmont Scout Ranch amazing, but so were the 5 preparation hikes. The pre-hikes included an ascent to the top of Bird Ridge, a hike to the base of Flute Glacier on the S fork where the group saw hundreds of mating ptarmigan and 30 Dahl sheep, a hike along Long Lake on the North Fork of Campbell Creek where hypothermia first aid was practiced on an actual case, a one day 22 mile hike over Johnson Pass, and 27 miles over Crow Pass, which follows some of the original Iditarod trail. After the flight to Denver, 4 days were spent in Colorado. The group of scouts went to a water park, alpine slide in Winter Park where Chase Jalbert crashed and got road rash, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, and white water rafted on the Arkansas River. When they got to Philmont, they saw an Indian archeological site, a T-Rex track, rode horses, got some help from burros for 2 days, conquered a 12,400 foot mountain. They also shot 12 gauge shotguns and black power rifles, and rock limbed. Also thrown in was an awesome game of Risk, which David A won. They also witnessed a flash flood and the Philmont staff surfed it on mattresses. All this adventure was packed into a 10 day, 65 mile trip at Philmont. Troop 230 has always been an incredible active troop , and it is obviously continuing that tradition.

Community service is also a big part of the Troop. In addition to service projects to the local community, the Troop also clears up the grounds of the Eagle River Lions Club 4th of July party, the Lions put on every year for the community, at no charge.

Troop 230 can pride itself on it’s tradition of producing Eagle Scouts, and that has continued year after year.    In it’s now 30+ years of existence, our troop has had a program in place that has emphasized everything that scouting is, and the result is that as of the fall of 2008 we have had 99 scouts wear the Eagle Rank while members of our troop.    This is very impressive, since reaching the rank of Eagle is a very respected accomplishment. 

willy2keep.jpg (60342 bytes)In September of 2003, Willie Winslow relinquished the duties of the Troop 230 Scoutmaster. During his term as Scoutmaster, Mr. Winslow kept the Troop focused on it’s high level of outdoor fun and community service goals. Mr. Winslow assisted the scout leadership of the Troop, with long term activity planning that is the key to a successful Troop. Many people don’t realize the commitment it takes to be a good scoutmaster. Often times, they work 7 nights a week, in order to keep the troop running smoothly. Mr. Winslow has been a true example of leadership by example.

Mr. Dieffenderfer took over the duties of Scoutmaster, which was his second term with the Troop. Mr. "Dee" continued our tradition of monthly outdoor activities, and helped set up a focus that made it possible for our scouts to advance in rank by going on the outings that the troop undertook.   He reminds us of the Scout Oath and Scout Law and how to live by them every day. We have been a proud, active and strong Troop since 1975, and we plan on keeping it that way.

canoegroupb.jpg (238216 bytes)cpic276.jpg (89038 bytes)cmoose316.jpg (56331 bytes)In the summer of 2004 we emphasized canoeing, and went to two major canoe expeditions that were both incredible adventures.   In June of that year we canoed the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, traveling more than 50 miles and ending up in Sterling, Alaska.   We had two airdrops during that adventure, with a steak and corn delivery followed by a second ice-cream-drop on the last night of the trip.  It was a great time, and we all had a blast.

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silver37.jpg (202382 bytes)Also in August of 2004 we chartered a Beaver floatplane and attempted to fly out for a silver salmon fishing adventure.  The weather flooded us out however, and what was supposed to be a great trip for everyone turned out to be a survival adventure for the one single airplane that made it in.  Still, we caught a lot of fish, and even soaked, those that went had  a blast.

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2005 was a fantastic year for Troop 230.    First, we were busy, as we usually are, enjoying a high adventure survival campout at Hatcher's Pass, sleeping in snow shelters and spending the afternoon sledding, snowboarding, and downhill skiing.  In the spring of 2005 we took top honors at the Western Alaska Council's Spring Camporee, and we won "best patrol" and "best SPL", two tremendous awards that we can all take pride in.   Our biggest activities of the year included our train trip to the Denali National Park, our white water rafting trip down the Nenana River, and our fly out expedition to the Katmai National Park, including our week long backpacking adventure through the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.   But we also spent a week at summer camp, and a hike with Scouts from Magaden, Russian.  We like to DO THINGS, and we also managed a snowmachine expedition in March, and a water ski-a-thon in July.   All in all, it was another INCREDIBLE year for an INCREDIBLE troop.   

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In 2006, we once again were outside doing things and having fun!    If anybody thinks scouts is 'boring', they aren't in Troop 230!    Oh yeah, we hiked and backpacked and white water rafted.   We sent another crew to Philmont, in New Mexico, visited the USAF Academy, white water rafted the Royal Gorge in Colorado, and canoed more than fifty miles through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.   We also spent a week at summer camp and backpacked the high country, exploring the Russian River Lakes Trail system and Johnson Pass.    In August we went sea kayaking, a fun filled and exciting adventure that brought out the best in everyone.    

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2007 was another fantastic year!  Oh yes it was!   We did another deep winter snow machine trip into the Alaskan backcountry, camped out in Girdwood and snowboarded and snow-skied down the slopes of Alyeska, and hit the warmer weather hard and fast.    We summited Bird Peak in April, and followed that by backpacking through the Russian River Lakes Trail in May, and then in June we did summer camp and also mountain biked the entire Resurrection Trail.   Our big trip for the year was a car, ferry, train, and backpacking trip to the Yukon, traveling over 1600 miles and taking us right over the top of the famous Chilkoot Pass.   Yeah!    It was an incredible adventure that will never to be forgotten!    Then, just before school, we did a fly-out fishing trip to Lake Creek!   

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2008 was another year of awesome scouting adventures, and we did things and went places that other troops only dream of doing.   We went to Hatcher's Pass and had a great time making snow caves and sleeping in them.  We had homemade donuts and a great big fire!  Everything was frozen but hey, what do you expect- it was -14 deg F! Mr. Dee tossed some hot water into the air and it disappeared completely!  All that was left was some steam, it was amazing!  Next we went to Nancy Lake and had a great time snow machining and orienteering.  Two scouts got caught sun bathing too, how funny is that!?  After Nancy Lake we had two competing trips: Overnight at the Anchorage Climbing Gym or snow machining for the older scouts.  The rock gym was really fun.  The older scouts got to belay and we all got to climb throughout the night.  A number of scouts stayed up all night and literally climbed the walls and made the most of their time at the gym.  In April we hiked Bird Ridge and a number of scouts went to the very top.  One of the scouts had an accident on the trail but completed the climb, went to the hospital for three stitches THEN returned to complete the campout.  Way to go Robert!  In May we backpacked the Russian River Trails as an easy introduction of trail camping for the new scouts.   Both of these hikes were great fun and definitely provided valuable experience for our bigger trips later this summer.  We also had a very special Court of Honor, where 13 guys from our troop all received their Eagle Scout awards at the same time!   Wow.   WOW!   Yeah, it was something to see!    Then, in June we canoed 50 miles through the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  In July we went 400 miles north, to the Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp outside of Fairbanks, and then in August we went back to the Yukon and canoed 300 miles!!!! OH YEAH!  300 hundred miles!   We canoed all the way down Lake LeBarge, camping in the old gold camps once used by the gold miners back in 1899, and we even leaped off of cliffs and swam in pristine waters that were so clear you would not believe it.   
    

PICT0329c.JPG (180711 bytes)Camp007.jpg (964988 bytes) On September 30th of 2008, Mr.. Dee stepped down and Mr.. Jim Pappas became the troop's newest scoutmaster.    Already we have plans to hike the Katmai, go back to Philmont in 2009, and hit the winter slopes snowboarding, downhill skiing, and snow machining.    We are a great troop, with a strong tradition of excellence and we believe in doing things; for God, for our Nation, trying our best to help other people at all times, and working constantly, striving to keep ourselves physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.  We try to be the best troop we can and we are proud of who we are and from where we have come.   As we head off into the 2008/2009 new scouting year, we have new adventures planned and lots of stuff on the calendar.   

 


--Original Draft by:   
Nick Donahoo 
--Updated by Derek C and Alex K, 
--Updated again by Nathan V
 -Edited by: Mr. Dee