Located on the crest of the Cascade Range, Stevens Pass receives an average of 460" of snowfall each year over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain. The area offers a wide variety of trails, bowls, glades and faces for every level of skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Our stay in the rustic, bunkhouse-style Mountaineers Lodge features group meals and ski in/ski out access to the slopes.
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.
Swimming Merit Badge (1/21/18)
The Troop will offer Scouts the opportunity to earn Swimming merit badge here on the hill. This important merit badge is a requirement for the Eagle Scout rank, and earning the badge is also a pre-requisite to participate on the Deschutes River Rafting Trip in the spring.
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.
Snow Caves (3/3/18 - 3/4/18)
This is a two-day, one-night campout near the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise on Mount Rainier. We snowshoe with backpacks about ½ 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.
Blake Island (3/24/18 - 3/25/18)
Blake Island is located in Puget Sound between Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island. It is a state park with 475 acres of marine camping and five miles of saltwater beach. It is the home of Tillicum Village near where we will camp.
First Aid Merit Badge (3/31/18)
On 3/31/18 and though activities at related meetings and events, the Troop will offer Scouts the opportunity to earn First Aid merit badge. This important merit badge is a requirement for the Eagle Scout rank, and earning the badge is also a pre-requisite to participate on the Deschutes River Rafting Trip.
Throughout the spring, the Troop will take a bike ride each month. We'll do a variety of different trips and Scouts will have an opportunity to earn Cycling merit badge in conjunction with these outings.
Cooking Outing (4/20/18 - 4/22/18)
For this camping trip, the whole weekend will be dedicated to cooking. In addition to training and demonstrations, we'll have a fire-building competition, an Iron Chef competition, a cooking with Dutch oven competition and a best Patrol meal competition.
Camporee (5/11/18 - 5/12/18)
Camporee is a challenge event in which Patrols demonstrate their camping skills, leadership abilities, teamwork and self-sufficiency in completion with Patrols from other Troops. The program may include contests and demonstrations of outdoor Scouting skills as well as campfires, games, and field events.
Deschutes River Rafting Trip (5/25/18 - 5/28/18)
A 3-day rafting trip over Memorial Day weekend is the highlight of the year for many Scouts and adults. We drive out and camp on 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 water gun fights.
Wild Waves (6/2/18)
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.
Camp Easton is a 383 acre forested camp with 3/4 mile of lakefront on Gotham Bay (Drum Beater Bay) on the East side of picturesque Lake Coeur d'Alene. It provides ideal waterfront for a comprehensive aquatics program: water-skiing, motor boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and rowing; as well as snorkeling, SCUBA, the ever popular water trampoline and 24-man 'war canoes'. In addition to a premier aquatics program, Camp Easton offers shooting sports, crafts, nature areas.
Every summer, the Troop does a nine-day backpacking trek that is open to all Scouts, and the level of challenge is tailored to participants. The venue for our 2018 trek is yet to be determined. Past treks have included the back country of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Juan deFuca Marine Trail on the coast of Vancouver Island and the Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming.
The Bowron Lakes Circuit has often been rated as one of the top ten canoe trips in the world and with good reason -- where else can you paddle 116km along a chain of lakes without backtracking, and end up at the same spot that you started? Couple this with incredibly beautiful scenery and and you've got a combination that is certainly worthy of such a prestigious distinction.
September Outing (9/16/17 - 9/17/17)
Mark your calendar for an exciting outing in September. Troop leaders have set aside this weekend for a fall outing, but we've decided to spend some time to determine where the Scouts want to go and what they want to do.
October Outing (10/6/18 - 10/7/18)
Mark your calendar for an exciting outing in October. Troop leaders have set aside this weekend for a fall outing, but we've decided to spend some time to determine where the Scouts want to go and what they want to do.
3-Day High Adventure Outing (10/19/18 - 10/21/18)
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.
November Outing (11/10/18 - 11/11/18)
Mark your calendar for an exciting outing in November. Troop leaders have set aside this weekend for a fall outing, but we've decided to spend some time to determine where the Scouts want to go and what they want to do.