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Quantities will be limited at camp, so don’t let your boys miss out on the opportunity to have our this year’s limited-edition camper shirt.
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The saying goes that California is the only place in the world where you can surf in the morning, skate to lunch, and ski in the afternoon. In Los Angeles especially, there is a concentration of ecosystems and natural resources that allow us to participate in almost every kind of outdoor activity that has yet been invented, which is probably why California remains a Mecca for adventure travel and outdoor sports.
The Western Los Angeles County Council has introduced California Excursions, a two week excursion that takes participants from the heights of the Sierra Nevada to the depths of the Pacific Ocean in a two week trip that takes advantage of the unique faucets of California that we enjoy at all three of our camps. Read more
Spotlight: Howard Schwartz, 44, is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 642 in Calabasas, CA, who has seen his two sons through the entire Cub Scout program and into Boy Scouts. Howard, however, never got the opportunity to do Boy Scouts because, as his mother told him when he had asked to join as a child, “Jewish boys don’t do Scouts.” He has watched his sons go become Boy Scouts with a chip on his shoulder because he had never had the opportunity to put himself to the test as a young man. Last Spring, however, Howard got the chance to see if he was Tougher Than a Boy Scout when he was cast in the pilot episode of the show after responding to a casting call for adults who had never been able to participate in Scouting as kids but wished they could have. As a contestant on the show, Howard found that the most difficult challenges were not the endurance challenges, but the challenges that required him to think clearly and act decisively under pressure. “The hardest part for me was getting out of my own way,” he says, “and just doing the skills without over-thinking them.” Howard describes the tense moments before events started as Scouts and adults alike were pushed to the limit—“Thing got a little heated” as contestants were not allowed to speak to one another about events or
sharing information to keep the competitive tension that comes so vividly across when you watch the show from the other side of the screen. But onscreen sparks never started off screen fires, since the Scouts and Adults felt a mutual admiration and respect that you would expect of a Scouting community. Howard says of the Scouts, “They represented Scouting and everything ithas to offer any interested young boy. Who wouldn’t want to do learn about all those amazing skills, become an excellent leader and develop into a well rounded citizen.” The show has only whet Howard’s appetite for Scouting adventure—“I want more challenges!” Howard will be featured on Episode 6, Man v. Scout of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout, Mondays at 8 PM Eastern/5 Pm and 10 PM Pacific.
Are you tougher than a Boy Scout?
Make sure you tune in this Monday, March 4th at 8PM to watch the new National Geographic reality series in which adults who never reached the rank of Eagle test their mettle against young Eagle Scouts on top of their game. In the show, contestants compete in challenges drawn from Merit Badges and outdoor Boy Scout skills to see if the adults can match the skills and traits required to be an Eagle Scout. Therefore, producers of the show had to find a location to host the show for activities such as Whitewater rafting, rappelling, wilderness navigation and canoe jousting (admittedly a new addition to the Boy Scout skill set). Our own Camp Whitsett, which rests in the heights of the Sequoia National Monument near Lake Ida and the mighty Kern River, was chosen for its traditional Mountain Camp ambiance as well as the rugged terrain that could challenge even the most practiced outdoorsman.
Campers at Whitsett this summer will get to see if they are tough enough for Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout by taking on the Tough Enough Challenge. In order to earn the Tough Enough patch, campers will have to complete several challenges from Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout. These events will pair skills tested on the show such as Climbing, Shooting, natural navigation, obstacle courses, and pioneering. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the show in the very same location where it was filmed!
Camp Whitsett is breaking ground this Spring on a project to overhaul of nature lodge to make it a better interactive classroom space as well as a museum and display area. The new lodge will be divided into four sections, Natural History, Living History, Environmental Science and Astronomy, that will allow classes and displays to share an indoor-outdoor space that opens up to the surrounding Sequoias. The lodge will also preserve the history of Camp Whitsett and the memory of Camp Wolverton though photographic exhibits and displays of artifacts from the long history at the two camps. We need your help assembling parts of the exhibit and making this renovation work.
The project will require funds for the structural changes that we are making to the nature center, as well as specific objects for the displays that we populate exhibits on the natural and living history of the region. Please look at the list of objects below, and if you can donate an item or the funds to purchase them, please email Camp Director Joshua Bryan at email@example.com.
- Artifacts from Whitsett and Wolverton History
- Interactive Map of Region
- Scrolling Marquee
- Weather Station
- Soil Erosion Box
- Heating Elements for Terrariums
- Books on local Natural History, Science, Audubon Field Guides
- Taxidermy Specimens from Ecosystem (rabbits, foxes, bats, beavers, deer, bobcats, mountain lion, owl, Golden Trout, etc)
The first episode of Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout will premier on the National Geographic Channel on March 4th at 8 PM Eastern/Pacific. Make sure you tune in with your Troop to see Scouts and Scout leaders from across the country (including several from our own council and camp staffs!) test their mettle against each other in competitions of outdoor skills, physical endurance, and problem solving. The real star of the show, however, is our own Camp Whitsett, which is the setting of the high stakes challenges that push these contestants to their limits. As you watch competitors do canoeing challenges on the lake, navigate the peaks around camp, and try to best each other in shooting, hiking, and ropes adventures, remember that these are (for the most part) activities that you will be doing for yourself this summer at Whitsett! Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout: Thurs, March 4th, 8 PM EST/PST, National Geographic Channel. Be there!
Those of you who read Scouting Magazine would have seen the cover story about the National Geographic TV show that will be premiering this February. The show pits several fit middle age men who ooze machismo against Boy Scouts (real Boy Scouts—not twenty-five year old actors masquerading as teens) in competitions that challenge their outdoor mettle. What you may not have noticed in the back, however, is that the competition takes place at our own Camp Whitsett, which hosted the production last spring. The show is a product of Thom Beers, the producer of the popular reality shows Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, and like those shows, it highlights that adrenaline-pumping adventure in a community that is not always visible to the general public. “I’m hoping the show will give people a better idea of what Boy Scouts are really like,” Diallo Whitaker—one of the “super-scouts’” in the competition— said in a recent Scouting interview. “Seeing us do all these cool challenges, it lets people know Boy Scouts are about more than just earning merit badges.” Many of the competitions featured in the show, such as whitewater, canoeing, mountain biking, and high ropes are central parts of the Whitsett merit badge program that most scouts do when they come to camp. Make sure you tune in to the show when it begins airing, and sign-up to do the same activities with your troop when you come out to Whitsett this summer!