San Francisco Scouting Adventures in 2001

By Varouj A. Chitilian

SAN FRANCISCO–The first half of 2001 has been filled with adventure for the Homenetmen’scouts of San Francisco. With the strong support of parents and dedicated leadership–exciting activities have been put together for both the Kayleeg/Ardzveeg groups as well as the older Ari/Arenoush groups.

The Kayleeg/Ardzveeg groups had two main trips in the first half of 2001. The first being a ski trip to Sonora in March–and the second being a day hike at Castle Rock State Park. About 10 kids and 8 parents attended the ski trip to Sonora. Although the attendance was modest–both the kids and parents had a lot of fun. They spent the night in a log cabin–had snowball fights and went sledding in the morning and then hit the slopes. After the Kayleeg/Ardzveegs returned home–pictures were shown to the kids who did not attend the trip–to show them how much fun the Kayleeg/Ardzveeg trips really are.

Attendance was doubled during the second trip. About 20 kids and 10 parents participated in the day long hike. The trek in the mountains of Castle Rock Park was highlighted by many natural wonders such as panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains–waterfalls–and caves. The four mile hike was challenging and fun for all. The highlight of the hike was CastleRock–a sedimentary rock formation with caves that the kids explored. A fishing trip has been planned for July.

The Ari/Arenoush groups had their share of fun as well. Their first trip was a joint ski trip with the Walnut Creek "Gars" chapter. Everyone spent the weekend at the Sarkissian family lodge in Lake Tahoe. It was quite a turnout–with about 20 Aris and Arenoushes. The weekend was filled with educational activities–great food–exciting games–skiing and great company. The Aris and Arenoushes wish to thank the "Gars" chapter for planning the activities and meals–and the Sarkissian family for generously allowing the use of their lodge.

The Aris and Arenoushes recently came back from an overnight backpacking trip at Big Basin State Park. The grueling twelve-mile hike was a great challenge that gave the Aris and Arenoushes the opportunity to apply their hiking and backpacking knowledge studied through badge work–to real-world situations. After the hike was over–the Aris and Arenoushes felt they could "overcome any challenge."

Up next for the Aris and Arenoushes is the week-long general summer camp in August.

For more information about Homenetmen San Francisco Scouts–visit http://sfscouts.homestead.com.

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