The Champoeg National State Park outing was a Stingray only outing, where almost everyone from the patrol showed up. It was a two-night venture where we had to overcome many obstacles. It was very rainy and windy, so with some craftsmanship, we were able to build a rainfly type of structure to shelter us. We had some beef stew one of the nights which was amazing, along with lots of fun games. We were able to go on somewhat of a small hike around the park which was nice. Overall, a very fun exclusive outing for the older scouts, and something to bring the Stingrays closer together.
Butte Creek Outing (11/17/22-11/19/22)
The Butte Creek outing was a fun outing we got to go on this Winter of 2022. We were able to ride horses, which isn’t a usual occurrence on our outings. The horses took us up and over a ridge for a few miles which made up a very fun experience. The troop spent a lot of time exploring the campsite and Butte Creek as a whole. We found many things and places that were very cool, and many people were able to capitalize on some of their requirements. Dinner was served, we played late night Jenga, and had some fun free time to enjoy the outdoors. And on the morning of our departure, it snowed! This was very surprising for us since we didn’t think it was cold enough for there to be snow, but it was a great surprise to end the outing.
Sioux Creek (9/10/22-9/11/22)
Siouxon Creek was our most recent outing and quite a pleasant one at that. It was about a four-mile hike from the parking lot to our campsite, a nice distance. We got to experience different biomes throughout the forest. Our campsite was right next to the creek, we got to look at all different kinds of rocks on the shore. We then explored around the campsite, found lots of cool spots, and did some fun hikes. A couple scouts went up to a waterfall around a mile away from camp which was pretty cool. After those scouts returned, we cooked some Mountain House and filtered some river water to go with. Later on, we completed a fairly steep hike with a few scouts up on the Horseshoe Ridge Trail which took us 1000 feet up in about a quarter mile length. Very steep and really fun. We then got back very tired and almost all of us fell right asleep in our tents. The next morning, we ate breakfast, packed up our things, and hiked back. Overall a great overnight trip to Siouxon Creek.
At the end of June, our Troop went to Sisters for a three-night backpack through the scenic Matthieu Lakes. It was fun! A few dips in the lake, a bunch of card games, some great advancement, and a boulder up to the top of some of Sisters' lava flow.
Robert Miller, Troop 221 Historian