Apes Caves – May 16, 2015

DSCN0341Did you know that the state of Washington boasts the longest lava tube in the continental U.S.?  The tube is over 2 miles long!
Well the next scout adventure offers you a chance to visit this attraction near Mount St. Helens.  We will be heading to the cave on Saturday, May 16th, leaving from the Haggen (old Albertson’s) parking lot at 7am. The 2.5 hour drive will take us to Cougar and then we plan to camp at the Kalama Horse camp where everyone can enjoy their sack lunch.  After lunch it is off to explore.  There are two sections of the cave.  The lower cave is a 0.75 mile easy hike (although it is uneven walking).  For those of you willing to try another adventure, the upper cave is a  1.5 mile uphill hike (roughly 2.5 hours to complete).  We will be scrambling over boulder piles and scaling an 8-foot high lava fall.  Not everyone has to go on this portion of the hike if they do not feel inclined.  After we climb out of the cave we will hike back down the hill and have a great dinner back at camp.  We plan on returning to Olympia early afternoon on Sunday.
The patrols will be determining their tent and meal plan (dinner and breakfast) at the next troop meeting.  Some things to remember to bring:
1.  headlamp – better to have your hands free
2. $5 for gas money
3. Sack lunch for Saturday
4. 10 essentials and coat for the cave (it is cold)
5. Money for lunch on the way home Sunday
Please RSVP if you plan on going on the trip.  Hope to see you there!

Spring Court of Honor – Thursday, April 30, 2015

courtofhonorThe Spring 2015 Court of Honor will be on Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Court of Honor will be at the City of Lacey Maintenance Administration Building Lunchroom. The location is at 1200 College Street SE, Lacey (across from Walgrens). The building is located on the northbound side of College Street (east) between Lacey Blvd and Pacific Avenue. Access to the meeting room is on the College Street side of the building. There is some parking along the College Street frontage and there is more parking off of Lacey Blvd. Driving eastbound on Lacey Blvd (one way street), cross College street, pass Pints & Quarts and Celebrations (was Lew Rents) and the 3rd driveway on the left is the access to City of Lacey Shop Buildings. Pull in and park in any of the numbered spaces, but do not enter the gated area. Be sure not to park in the Pints & Quarts or Celebrations lots or you may be towed.

The meeting room will be open at 6pm, the COH will start at 6:30pm. Nathaniel is our Master of Ceremonies.  Nathaniel has selected a “Pot Luck” for the food theme, so bring your favorite.   Some items of importance:

  1. If you have any rank advancements you would like recognized, please get them to Mr. Johnson the week before (at the Trap Shoot).
  2. Please bring drinks for your family
  3. Troop 101 practices conservation, so please bring washable plates and utinsels from home and when you are done, take them home for cleaning.
  4. This is a formal event, so wear your full uniform (Shirt, Scarf and Troop rope (if you have it))

Swim Test – Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 3 p.m. — River Ridge High School

swim-testTroop 101 will be having our Swim test on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the RIver Ridge High School Pool

If you plan on going on any water outings with the troop, you will need to take this swim test.   This is for everyone (scouts, adults, and scout age siblings).

Meet at the RIver Ridge High School Pool at 3 p.m.  The troop will be paying for everyone. Its best to show up all dressed in your suit and ready to go. There are lockers to place your change of clothes into (bring a lock), or bring them out to the swim area.


Boy Scouts of America – Capital Area District – Pacific Harbors Council – Olympia – Lacey, Washington