Troop 26

News, Announcements, and other tidbits regarding Santa Barbara based Troop 26

Month: July, 2012

Final Philmont Reminders

This is it! Troop 26 leaves for Philmont tomorrow. We are meeting at the Santa Barbara Train station @ 12 noon on Saturday, July 28th. Months and months of preparation (not to mention loads and loads of money- in unrelated news, REI is doing very well…) and planning are coming to fruition. However, as you finally get away from your parents for the next two weeks, we ask one final thing…


When your parents drop you off at the train tomorrow, please have them park and come check in with either Mr. Shaw and/or Mr. Stewart. There is one final Philmont form that must be signed by a “responsible” adult. Not that you were necessarily planning on a long, tear-filled goodbye, but I know the temptation to just have your parents slow down a bit, open a door and “Tuck and roll” your way to freedom.




Asst. Scoutmaster Stewart


Philmont Reminders, etc.

Philmont Trekkers,

The attached file contains information on the trip that we discussed during our orientation meeting several weeks ago.  The packing list for Philmont is located in your 2012 Philmont booklet or online at the Philmont Scout Ranch website. Some adjustments to their packing list: bring 3 water bottles (no need for 4), no need for the fishing license, bring a small amount of personal toilet paper and a trowel and bring personal sunscreen and insect repellant.  I’ll have  handouts tomorrow night for everyone and we can discuss any questions at that time.

Also, the Philmont T-shirts arrived today so I’ll bring them to the meeting for distribution!

-Scoutmaster Shaw

I will try to upload the schedule later tonight or tomorrow.

The Philmont schedule and information can be found either here.

Greenbar Cancelled (7/23)

The Greenbar meeting scheduled for tomorrow, July 23, has been canceled by Scoutmaster Shaw.

Given the only troop meeting in August is after the August Greenbar meeting, I’m cancelling tomorrow night’s July Greenbar meeting so I can focus on final planning for the Philmont trip. Please contact me with any questions and, in case they don’t read this email, let your fellow Greenbar members know the meeting is canceled.

-Scoutmaster Shaw

The regular Tuesday night meeting will be held as usual, in preparation for our trip to Philmont.

Eagle Court of Honor, Aaron D.

Please join Troop 26 in honoring our newest Eagle Scout, Aaron D. for his achievement of this prestigious rank. This ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM tonight in the chapel. Refreshments may be served afterwards in the main hall.

Note: Scouts, Please arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Social Media Update:

The Troop now has a twitter account. Follow us @troop_26. In addition, blog entries posted here should automatically repost to both the new Twitter account and our Facebook group.

Mt. Langley Information and Packing List

Troop 26 – Mount Langley Summit Trip

13-16 July 2012

Download the packing list. 


There aren’t many places that we can hike that will take us to the height of Mt. Langley.  Located just south of Mt. Whitney and with its summit resting at 14,023 feet, it is one of the 12 peaks in California that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation.  On a clear day, people have reported being able to see as far away as the San Gabriel mountains near LA.  The air gets thin at this altitude so reaching the summit will be quite an accomplishment.  Mountain weather is always changing and difficult to predict.  We will be assessing the conditions and deciding to summit only if we can do so safely.  As with all mountain peaks, you can expect it to be very windy so you must be prepared to stay warm.  If you do not have the correct gear, in good condition, you will not be allowed to summit.


We will be driving from Santa Barbara to the Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center in Lone Pine to pickup our wilderness permits.  Eat a good breakfast Friday morning and we’ll plan to eat our sack lunches in Lone Pine.  From there, we’ll drive to the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead at ~10,000’ elevation.  We’ll camp at the trailhead Friday night in order to start acclimating to the altitude. Because of our total number (29) we will be separating into 2 groups that will hike and camp separately, but will be close enough to communicate.   Saturday morning we’ll eat breakfast and then hike ~6 miles to the Cottonwood Lakes Basin and make camp at one of the lakes at ~11,000’ and continue the acclimating process.  Sunday morning we rise early, eat breakfast, take our lunches and gear in daypacks and hike ~4 miles to the summit via New Army Pass.  After we summit, we’ll hike back to our campsite, eat dinner and spend the night. Monday morning we’ll eat breakfast, break camp and hike to the trailhead.  This will be a long hike over the 4 days (18 miles) at altitude, over 10,000’ the entire time, so good physical conditioning is important.  From the trailhead, we’ll drive back to Santa Barbara, stopping en route for a well deserved pizza dinner.

Meeting Time and Place

Big Five parking lot at 7:00 am Friday, 13 July 2012.

  • Class A Uniform – we’ll be wearing our uniforms during the car ride to the trailhead
  • Bring a sack lunch for Friday – good food to start storing energy for the hike
  • Drive time to Lone Pine is roughly 5 hours with a stop in Mojave halfway.
  • Return to Santa Barbara about 8 pm Monday night.  Drivers will deliver scouts to St. Mark church and scouts will call parents roughly 1 hour before arriving at the church.
  • We will be camping in prime bear country.  All food and smellables will be stored in bear cans.
  • Cooking will be done by cook groups within each hiking group.  All food including hiking snacks will be provided by the troop.
  • Bring everything on the equipment list (backside of this sheet) and make sure its in good condition.  You will not summit without the proper gear.
  • Be prepared for severe and quick changing mountain weather:  This includes high winds (30+ mph), rain, and snow as well as bright, hot sun (hat and sunscreen!)
  • Contact Mr. Shaw at 683-2512(h) or 570-3853 (c) with any questions.

Happy July! July 2012 Newsletter Now Available!

Hey everybody. I hope you all enjoyed summer camp and had a great time. Being the first of July, the newsletter is available. It can either be downloaded right here or back on the troop main page in the newsletter section.

Have a good July!