Sunday, November 18, 2018

Urban Camp 2018

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We had a wonderful time at our last camp of the year! A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's and Parents who participated. I would like to send Get Well Wishes to Evan Eshelman and Justin Boncales! I hope you're feeling better. Jake, Evan and Justin we missed you guys this weekend! I was a little worried about the weather. But it turned out to be a beautiful weekend for Urban Camp!

Our day started with a nice Bus Ride to the Ala Moana Shopping Center. It was a little bumpy as we traveled parallel to the Rail Route. The Bus arrived a bit late, it was packed usual. So we had to stand for most of the ride. We arrived at Ala Moana around 10:15 am. We made our way to Center Stage to plan the days activities. By the time the Boys decided what they we're going to do. It was 11:00 am. So they decided to do the Scavenger Hunt after Lunch. We walked around the Mall until 12:00 pm. And  went to the Shirokiya Japan Village for Lunch. We had a very nice lunch, including desserts. We even had entertainment, Hula and Japanese music and song.

After lunch the Boy's broke into two groups and started their Scavenger Hunt at about 1:30 pm. They we're accompanied by their Adult Chaperones. The Boy's had a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes to get as many items checked off their list. It was a fun activity! Thank You to Kamren Ide  for putting together, and coordinating the Scavenger Hunt. Then it was time to walk up to Pagoda. We got to the Pagoda Hotel after 3:00 pm. We checked in. And we all settled down to relax until dinner. The Boy's decided to go to Sam's for Pizza, and to Walmart for dinner. They stayed in for the evening. And enjoyed free movies and video games. 

A HUGE THANK YOU to Vernon Verzon and Ryan Oshita for helping to get the Rooms, being Chaperones, and for staying overnight. Thank You to Roxanne Sivalop, Karen and Gilbert Batangan, and Viene and Michael Lam for helping to Chaperone the day activities. Mahalos to Viene Lam and Shari Evans for transporting all the overnight gear. Special Thanks to our Senior Scout Leaders. Thank you for your outstanding leadership. Great job!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Kokololio Camp

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a very nice safe weekend! The heat and humidity was terrible! Especially on Friday! It was like that the entire weekend! On the brighter side, the ocean was nice and very refreshing! We had our last Trailer Camp for the year. Next month's Camp will be the Waimano Trail Survival Camp, and November is Urban Camp. No Camping in December. A HUGE THANKS to all the Scout's and Parents who participated this weekend! We had a fabulous time! 

It was a very long ride to Hauula. Took us about an hour to get there. We made good time, even with the Friday traffic.We arrived at 6:00 pm, and quickly put up the Dining Tent. The Boy's put up their personal Tents. And settled in, and prepared dinner. After a very delicious dinner. We just relaxed and enjoyed the camaraderie of each other's company. It was so hot and humid, our energy just left us.The Boy's used their time constructively, they put up the Flag Pole, worked on rank requirements and practiced their knots and lashings. It was a long tiring day. And we all retired early.

We woke up bright and early on Saturday morning, and we're treated to a magnificent Sunrise! The trade winds started blowing to cool things off a bit. But it was still very hot and humid. After a hearty breakfast. The Boy's spent the better part of the morning exercising, and went for a nice brisk run. Then after that. It was time to hit the beach to cool off! Adults as well.The water was a nice 75-80 degrees. The sun was out, and the ocean was so refreshing! We spent the next few hours body surfing and boogie boarding, before breaking for lunch. 

After lunch, we rested and went back to the beach. We spent the rest of the day in the water. It was hard to get out of the water. We all had a very nice Saturday night dinner. We we're exhausted from swimming all day. So we just relaxed and enjoyed the cool evening air the rest of the night. The Boy's made a very nice Camp Fire. And they did skits and shared their jokes with us. The Boy's turned in shortly thereafter. They we're tired. We did have a little drama. Early Sunday morning we we're awakened by loud vulgar yelling. Apparently the people camping next to us got all their Fishing Gear stolen. We felt so bad as them. It was a Husband and Wife and 8 Children. And the guy was venting his anger. The Thieves apparently came into our Camp as well. But Gavin and Justin we're sleeping in the Dining Tent. And that deterred them from ripping us off. And they we're heard wandering around our tents. It took awhile to settle our nerves. Not long after that we had a heavy down pour of rain. And it was on/off rain until we left Sunday morning. We had to break down in the rain. We all got soaked. Thank goodness Pearl City was hot and sunny so everything dried quickly.

A HUGE THANKS to our Iron Chef's, Steven Ogata and Ryan Oshita. THANKS to Grill Master Vernon Verzon. Thank You for all the delicious food. Special Thanks to Steven Ogata for the Fresh Oysters that we enjoyed hot off the Grill! Thanks to Todd Kaetsu for the Rib Eye Steaks. The Staff always eats very well! Thank You to Viene Lam for bringing a Stove for the Staff on Saturday morning. We missed it during the Trailer check. Mahalos to our Tow Masters, Ryan Oshita and Todd Kaetsu for taking the Trailer to and from. 

A HUGE THANKS to Eagle Scout Matthew Ogata, Life Scout's, Gavin Verzon, Justin Boncales and Rustin Kaetsu. Thank You for your great leadership and for being such outstanding Teachers for our younger Scout's! Congratulations to Joseph Oshita, who completed his Scoutmaster Conference for Tenderfoot. Very well done Scout's!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Summer Camp

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you had a great weekend! Although the heat and humidity was brutal, we still manage to enjoy our weekend! The 2018 Summer Camp is in the  books as another fabulous week of camping, camaraderie, learning and fun! CONGRAULATIONS to all the Scout's! You all worked very hard to earn your Merit Badges and departed camp with new skills. I'm sure you made new friends. And became closer to your fellow Scout's.

It was a great week of many activities and fun! Not only for the Scout's, but for the Adults as well. The Adults competed in Cave Man Golf, Frisbee Tag and Dodge Ball in the Octagon, to name a few. Troop 75 was very well represented! There we're a bunch of Scoutmaster Conferences completed, as indicated in Mr. Jeff's daily e-mails. Congratulations to all the Scout's who ranked up. Special Congratulations to Alex Nagamine for completing the Mile Swim. That's quite an achievement! And Congraulations to William Mefford for getting an award for First Aid. The weather could have been better. But rain is always anticipated at Camp Pupukea. 

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Adult crew, Jeffrey Eshelman, Damien Boncales, Vernon Verzon, Ben Ronquilio, Ricky Mefford and Todd Hamilton. These dedicated Dad's braved the elements for a week with our Scout's! Outstanding job! Thank You for being there for the Boy's! Special THANKS to Dan Kiyohiro who took care of all the paper work, blue cards and did all the behind scenes work to make Summer Camp happen, and makes sure all the blue cards, awards, certificates and paper are in order at the end of Camp. Heads up Troop 75 Ohana, this was Dan's last year of coordinating. Someone else needs to step up and take the torch! THANKS to Paul Campbell for taking care of the Medical Forms. It's a hard task to keep track and police all the attendee's.

A HUGE THANKS to the Camp Iron Chef Vernon Verzon for keeping everyone very well fed! Great Job to Camp SPL Gavin Verzon and Camp ASPL Justin Boncales! Outstanding job of leadership Boy's! Thanks to the Kaetsu Ohana and all the Parents who stopped by Camp to visit and bring food and snacks for everyone! Thank You to our Tow Masters, Jeffrey Eshelman and Vernon Verzon. Mahalos Jeffrey Eshelman for the daily updates and pictures. 

Everyone had a fabulous time. It was a nice safe week of Camping and fun for the Troop! Great Job to all the attendee's! You guys rock! 

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Hi Troop 75,
I hope you all had a wonderful, safe weekend! We participated in the 2018 Makahiki on Saturday. It was a huge success! Our Booth is always busy with very interested, and tech savvy kids! As we show cased a little technology of our own. We did the same activity as last year. The remote controlled Robots. The participants had to navigate the Robot through an obstacle course as quick as they could. The Drivers seem to get better each year. 
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's, Adult Leaders and Adult Volunteers. Especially to the ones who stayed the whole day, and the ones that stayed beyond their shift! Thank You for taking time on your Saturday to help out. We had a very nice turn out! Mr Al wants to express his deepest apologies for not being able to be there to help, He was at home with the Stomach Flu. And did not want to spread his germs. He was able to make it down after the event to help transport the robot tracks and accessories back to the container.
A BIG THANK YOU to Greg Yoshida and all the Scout's who helped Mr. Yoshida load up his Van on Friday night. Thank You to everyone who came out early Saturday morning to help set up. Thanks to Jake and Cody Tamaye for the Cameras. And the Eshelman Ohana for the Monitor and extra Tables, Chairs and Candy. Thank You to all the Adult Chaperones. Thanks to all of you for another successful Makahiki! Mr Al felt so bad he was not able to share in the experience! He'll be there next year for sure!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Kualoa Camp 2018

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The first Camp of 2018 is in the books. The weather was not very desirable. I can count the minutes the sun was out on one hand! It was very windy and cold! It rained a lot! Heavy at times. Blowing in from all directions. When you see the Boys wearing a jacket during the day, you know its cold! But it also protected them from the on and off rain. That's how it was throughout the entire weekend! But we all had a blast!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's, Adult Leaders and Parents. Thank You for coming out and participating.  And putting up with the nasty weather. But what's a Scout Camp without a little element from Mother Nature. The Boys made the best of the unfortunate weather conditions! The Boy's did Rank Advancement requirements, as most of the time was spent under the Dining Fly due to rain. Awesome time management Boy's.

The Boy's did go swimming, and even did a little fishing in the pond on Saturday. In spite of the very overcast and chilly conditions. They played football, and a lot of cards to keep themselves amused. Some of the Boy's went Crab hunting. We could not do Camp Fire due to the unpredictable weather. The Boy's we're treated to hot Cinnamon Rolls for dessert. Thank You to Damien Boncales for baking them in the Dutch Oven.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Damien Boncales for purchasing the food for the Adults. And for preparing and cooking the meals. With the assistance of Steven Ogata, Vernon Verzon and Todd Kaetsu. Thank you Vernon Verzon for the delicious ribs which went well with Damien's Kalbi. Thank You for all your hard work. Special Thanks to our Towmaster Todd Kaetsu for transporting the Trailer to and from Camp. And for the Donuts and butter rolls on Sunday.

MANY THANKS to our Scout Leaders! Awesome leadership! Great job of the making the best of a bad situation. To all of the Scout's, outstanding teamwork of putting up and breaking down Camp. You guys rock! It was a very memorable camping trip! Great way to start the year. Looking forward to more fun and adventure in 2018! Thank You!

Taking down the lights

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! 2018 is well under way and we are already getting busy with Community Service and helping our Scouts from Pack 75! I just want to say A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's and Parents who came out this afternoon to help take down the Christmas Lights at the Momilani Community Center. Thank You for taking the time to help our Community.

Breene Harimoto was very grateful for our help. We had a nice turn out, so we we're finished in 30 minutes. We hung around and talked for awhile. Mr. Harimoto provided cool refreshments and snacks for everyone. Some of the Boy's enjoyed their refreshments and left to get ready for the Pack 75 Uniform Inspection.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Scout's Daylen Masaki, Devin Kiyohiro, Matthew Ogata, Cody Tamaye, Jonathan Sivalop and Remi Evans for taking the time to help the Pack with their Uniform Inspection. It went very well! Our Scout's did an outstanding job! Committee Chair Sasha Dees-Besas was very thankful for our help. Great job Boy's! 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Urban Camp 2017

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a nice enjoyable weekend! It was a great weekend for our Annual Urban Camp. The perfect ending to another awesome year of fun, learning and adventure in Troop 75! The weather was perfect! I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's, Adult Leaders and Parent Volunteers who helped out with Urban Camp!

Our day started with a nice, but bumpy ride to the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The bus route was filled with potholes and bumps. Due to traveling along the rail construction path. We arrived at Ala Moana around 10. We all met up at Center Stage to plan the activities for the day. We broke up into 4 groups. The first activity was a Scavenger Hunt. It was a nice walk around the Shopping Center to get all the items on the list. That took us to lunch. We met up at 12:00 p.m. at the Food Court.

We enjoyed a nice lunch. Then everyone headed to the new Arcade called the Lucky Strike. It's very much like Dave n Busters. Except they don't have Pool Tables. But they did have a 4 four lane bowling alley up stairs. We spent the rest of the day there. The Scout's played and the Adults sat down and watched football until it was time to walk to the Hotel.

We checked into our Hotel Rooms and the Boy's settled down. situated themselves and relaxed until dinner. Some of the Boys went to swim in the pool. We left for dinner around 6:00 p.m. We went across the street to Walmart for the goodies and snacks for later. And we bought our dinners from L&L and Kozo Sushi and went back to the Hotel to eat. The Boys we're tired and did not plan any night activities. They hung out in their rooms and entertained themselves. I think they spent all their money Lucky Strike.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Dan Kiyohiro for organizing and coordinating the Urban Camp. Special Thanks to Roxanne and Johnathan Sivalop for coming up with the Scavenger Hunt. Thank you to Dave Masaki and Dan Kiyohiro for transporting all the gear to the Hotel. And A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Parents and Adult Leaders who helped chaperone this outing. And Thanks to the overnight crew, Dan Kiyohiro and Ken Nagamine. We all had a fabulous time! Thank You all for always being there for our Scout's!

We are done camping until 2018. We all look forward to new adventures in the coming New Year. Thank You Troop 75 Ohana!

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Container Painting

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you're all enjoying this gorgeous day in paradise! We are lucky we in live Hawaii! It was a perfect day to do Phase 2 of the Container Service Project. It was so HOT! Minimal breeze and working in the sun. Made for an exhausting morning. I just want to say A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's, Adult Leaders and Parents. Thank You for sacrificing a part of your Saturday to come out and help paint the Containers.

We met at the Momilani Community Center by Breene and Cliff. After a brief instructional meeting. We set up two Easy Ups, a table, chairs and a Water Cooler. We broke up into two groups. One group applying the final coat on the PCCA Container. And the other putting on the primer coat for the Troop 75/Pack 75 Container. We waited for the primer to dry(1 hr.) and applied the final coat. We started at 07:30 am. And were done by 11:00 am. Everyone worked so hard in the blazing sun! Great teamwork and Scout Leadership! The Containers look so nice! Their reflective, so you need sun glasses when you stand next to them in the sun!

One more coat of paint will need to applied to both Containers. And the roof has not been touched yet. We need to apply a Reflective Paint for the roof. The second coat of paint and the roof will be done at a later date. Breene, Cliff and the Momilani Staff were very grateful and pleased with the work we did. I will make arrangements with Breene to set up a time to do Phase 3 of this Service Project.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help. Thank You to Roxanne Sivalop for bringing the ice. And a thank you to Dan Kiyohiro for picking up the Water Cooler. Thank you to ASPL Daylen for your great leadership in organizing the Scout's and leading the way. Thank You to our Scout's! Outstanding teamwork! We completed the Project sooner than expected. Due to the many hands, it made things go so much faster!

After we cleaned everything up. We had pizza and refreshments afterwards. The Boys went through 6 large pizzas from Sam's in a heartbeat! We had to cut our rest and relaxation short because a lot of the Boy's had to attend the Citizenship In The Nation Merit Badge at 2:00 pm. A job very well done!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Camporee 2017

Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a great weekend! It was a gorgeous weekend for our last outdoor camp of the year. For the most part, it was sunny and hot! There was an early Saturday morning down pour. And the nights we're a bit chilly. But it was all good! Thank goodness the trade winds returned on Saturday to cool things off. Just in time for the activities. We all had a fabulous time! A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Camporee participants! Thank You for making this camp so special! We have had many great memories throughout the year. But this camp ranks up there as one of the most memorable!

We had a nice drive to the Windward side on Friday afternoon. We got there a little later than usual, but had enough light to set up the Dining Tent. We pitched our tents and had a nice dinner. We turned in early to get a good night rest for the busy day ahead. We woke to a beautiful sunrise. The sun shone through the lush unspoiled valley revealing it's beauty. Set against the foot of the majestic Koolau Mountains. Just the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. Starry skies at night. And a beautiful rainbow on Sunday morning. It doesn't get much better than that!

We had a nice hearty breakfast, then cleaned up. We rested. And prepared ourselves for a great day of competition. We attended the Flag Ceremony to officially begin the days competition. Our Boy Scout's proceeded to each station and the Adults manned our BB-8 Robot Obstacle Course. That was an instant hit! Our Scout's competed very well. They had plenty of heart, determination and good sportsmanship! They represented Troop 75 well! They made us all very proud! Great job Scout's! Very well done!

The days activities we're split into two parts with a lunch break in between. The Activities were completed in time for the 3:00 pm guided tour of the Movie Sets. That was a tough 3 mile hike, for the Adults anyway! The first part being up hill. We hiked up to the Jurassic World Film Location and rested. Then proceed back down to the valley floor to see the rest of the movie sets. We made it back by 5:00 pm. It was a great tour! We relaxed and then had dinner. The Saturday night campfire and awards ceremony was great! The perfect way to end the Camporee. Although we didn't win any awards. We had an awesome time! After campfire the Scout's just kicked back. It was a long eventful day.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Andrea and Jeffrey Eshelman for organizing and coordinating so we could attend this Camporee. Thanks to Jeffrey for towing the Trailer to Camp. And Thanks to the Eshelman Ohana for purchasing the food. Thank You to Iron Chefs, Jeffrey, Andrea and Damien for preparing the food for the Adults and Staff. Thank You to Todd Kaetsu for towing the Trailer back, and for the Sunday morning pastries. Thanks to all the Adults for your support and help. Thank You to SPL Ian for your outstanding leadership. And Thanks to our Scout's, awesome teamwork and sportsmanship! You guys are the best!

Camp Wicklund 2017

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Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had beautiful weather for our "Survival Camp" at Wicklund. The sunshine, cool tropical breeze, clean water and starry skies at night. It doesn't get much better than that! The temperature dipped at night. But it was nice! A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Scout's and Parents who came out this weekend! We had an awesome time!

Our weekend started off with a nice drive to the North Shore. We got there with plenty of light left. The Boy Scouts proceeded to put up two Easy Ups as a place to gather, and a secondary shelter in case the clouds decided to rain on us. The Boy Scouts chose to build their shelters on the beach. They really used their creative imaginations and constructed some pretty ingenious shelters. We we're treated to a gorgeous sunset to end our Friday! It was great to see James and Paula again!

It was so cool to see the different types of freeze dried meals and canned goods. They all looked somewhat appetizing. They used various methods for heating their meals. From Sterno Stoves to Jet Boil Burners. The best part, NO dishes, pots or pans to wash! The Boys were very well prepared! Great job Scout's! We're so proud of your survival skills! They also had cookies and chips for snacks.

We did a service project on Saturday morning. We pulled weeds and vines along the property line adjacent to Dr. Tim's house. It was a cramp space, about 3 feet in between the fence and the Wicklund house. We also cut down two big Koa trees that we're over growing into Dr. Tim's property. That took some thinking to do. We had many hands and completed the project quickly. Then it was lunch time. The Wicklund's had previous engagements and were unable to see the finished project. But I'm sure the Wicklund's will be very pleased with the work we did. 

The Boys spent the rest of the day on the beach. Dr. Tim let us use his Kayak and SUP Board. Mr. Dave took some of the Boys down the beach to catch O'ama. They caught a bunch. Ricky had the most hanapa'a action. Didn't even need bait. Daylen showed them how to clean it. And Rustin fried them up, it was a delicious before dinner snack! It was an afternoon of enjoyment! The Boys had dinner, went sand crab hunting and topped off the evening with a nice campfire. We completed a Scoutmaster Conference for Ricky. Congratulations!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Todd Kaetsu for towing the Trailer to and from Camp. Thanks to Damien Boncales for picking up ice and glazed donuts for Saturday night dessert. Thank You to Vernon Verzon for bringing the ono pasteries and butter rolls from Paalakai Bakery on Sunday morning. Mahalo and great job, to Camp SPL Daylen and our Senior Scout Leaders. Awesome leadership Boys! Thank You to all the Scout's for your hard work and for being the best Scout's in the 808!

Enjoy your Sunday! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Container Clean Up

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Hi Troop 75,

I hope you all enjoyed the hot and humid weekend! It was nice and breezy at the Momilani Community Center last weekend, but it was still very hot! I just want to say a HUGE THANKS to all the Scout's and Parents who came out last weekend to help with the Container clean up.

We had a very nice turn out and got the task accomplished faster than anticipated. Outstanding team work Troop 75! We sanded the surface with home made sanding blocks. We cut small pieces of 2X4 left over from the Makahiki Robot Track Project, and stapled sandpaper to them. Thank Jeffrey Eshelman for the great idea.

The Boys teamed up and sanded one Container at a time. Our task was to rough the surface for better paint stickiness. The Containers we're 40 feet long and 10 feet high. It was a lot of area to sand. The Adults did all the high sanding including the roof. It took about an hour for each Container. Then we Power Washed the surface. The Containers look new! Great Job Troop 75! The Pearl City Lions Club, along with the Troop 75 Adults will primer and paint each Container at a later date.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Jeffrey Eshelman, Dave Masaki and Ken Nagamine for bringing their Power Washers. It made the job so much easier and faster. Thank You to Ben Ronquilio for the Coffee and Pasteries. The Eshelman Ohana for the snacks. Mahalos to the Parents who brought the Dust Masks, their Ladders and Power Tools. Thanks to Jake Tamaye and Ben Ronquilio for taking the pictures. Thanks to Tammy Kaetsu for bringing the Cooler and ice. Thank You very much everyone! It was an awesome team effort! The Project was a huge success! 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Summer Camp 2017

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Hello campers,
I hope you all had a great time at summer camp. I have gathered up all the pictures that I could find on summer camp and hope you enjoy them.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Matthew Ogata's Eagle Scout Project

Matthew Ogata's Eagle Scout Project
July 1, 2017
Hi Troop 75 Ohana,

I hope you're enjoying your weekend! It was a rainy Saturday morning, just as the Weatherman predicted. But thank goodness it cleared up, the sun came out and dried up the rain just in time. It turned out to be beautiful day for an Eagle Project. A little hot and humid, but we we're thankful. A HUGE MAHALOS to all the Scout's, Parents and Siblings for coming out to help with Matthew Ogata's Eagle Project.

We gathered at the Oahu Urban Garden. The morning started with Matthew briefing everyone on what needed to be done. And the Boys broke up into teams to paint the concrete barricades and the concrete bases for the Street Lamps. With the assistance of the Pearl City Lions Club. The Boys painted the handicap stripes in the newly resurfaced parking lot. We had some technical difficulties with the Striper that sprays the white lines. But Thanks to Dave Masaki for coming to the rescue and getting it started and running.

MAHALOS to Todd Kaestu and Steven Ogata for blowing all the debris away in the Bus turn around. That was a huge area to clear! Then the Pearl City Lions Club striped the perimeter of the area. We cleaned up and had a very delicious lunch and cool refreshments. MAHALOS to Steven, Melba and the Ogata Ohana for your generous hospitality. The Eagle Project was a huge success! And The Oahu Urban Garden Staff was very pleased and very grateful for our help. Awesome Teamwork! Great Job Troop 75 Ohana!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Have a great week!

Mr. Al

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Family Camp 2017

Family Camp 
June 2017

Hi Troop 75 Ohana,

I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful weekend! We we're blessed with gorgeous sunshine and cool tropical breezes for our Annual Family Camp at the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center. We couldn't ask for better weather! We did get a little shower on Saturday night. But it passed quickly, and we we're able to do our Saturday evening activities. A HUGE MAHALOS to all the Scout's, Parents and Siblings for coming out and spending the weekend with the Troop.

It's so nice not having to set up the Dining Fly and doing all the normal activities associated with a regular Camp. Camping at the QLCC is more of a staycation. With COOL AC, a commercial kitchen and comfortable sleeping quarters. Nice hot showers and clean bath rooms. Doesn't get much more comfortable than that gang! We we're greeted by Uncle Junior and after a quick briefing. We presented our donation of School Supplies. And a pretty Orchid to the Queen. Uncle Junior was very grateful for our thoughtful generosity.

We got our selves settled in and had a nice dinner! The Boys entertained themselves for a bit and went to bed early. Everyone was up bright and early on Saturday morning. We had a nice hardy breakfast and headed to the Ma'o Farm for a tour. The Ma'o Staff showed us the entire process from soil prep to distribution to the public. It was fun and very educational. Organic Fruits and Vegetables are the best. No chemicals! It's as natural as you can get. "No Panic" "Go Organic" is their motto. We got to sample some of the products, it was so ono! We also helped them with a small service project eradicating invasive weeds. We we're back at QLCC by lunch time. After lunch we took a walk to 7-11 for some ice cold treats.

On Saturday night we had an awesome dinner! Steaks, BBQ Chicken and Spaghetti! Everyone ate very well! After a little blessing rain. We had Camp Fire. The Boys did skits, told jokes and challenged each other to full body Jan Ken Po. You stand back to back. And using your whole body, you turn and make paper, rock or scissors. It was so much fun! Then everyone enjoyed Smores and Roasted Marsh Mellows afterwards. The Boys played quiet games and went to bed. A great weekend of fun and fellowship! 

A HUGE MAHALOS to Jason Furuta for organizing and coordinating this memorable event. and for purchasing and preparing the Food for the Adults and Staff! There we're so many people who made this Camp a success! It was busy, but a very productive weekend. We did three Scoutmaster Conferences. And even did an Adult Board. The new Scout's who attended, earned their Tottin and Fireman Chit. Congratulations, very well done! A Huge Mahalos to the Scout Staff for teaching them these skills.

A Huge Mahalos to all the Scout's for your very respectful behavior while at the QLCC and on the Field Trip to Ma'o Farm. Great job! To our outstanding Scout Leadership. A HUGE MAHALOS to all the Adult Leaders, Parents and Siblings! Thank You for a fabulous weekend! Thank You for all your hard work and dedication! I cannot Thank You guys enough! MAHALOS to Ann Nagamine, Sandy Yamamoto, Dan Kiyohiro, Damien Boncales and Vernon Verzon for sitting in on the Scoutmaster Conferences and Adult Board.

A SPECIAL MAHALOS to the Sunday Breakfast Crew! Thank You so much for getting up very early, and working so hard to prepare Sunday breakfast! Everything was so delicious! You guys Da Bes! Mahalos to our Towmaster, Todd Kaetsu. Our Iron Chefs. To our Grill Masters, Vernon Verzon, Dan Kiyohiro, Ken Nagamine and Todd Kaetsu. Special Mahalos to Gilbert Batangan and Damien Boncales for entertaining the Adults on Friday night with their Guitar artistry and beautiful voices! We all kind of joined in. It was like a night at the Karaoke Club.

It was very hot in Nanakuli, as it usually is! But we all had an awesome time! We had fun, we learned something new, made new friendships and we ate well! Another memorable Troop 75 experience! Thank You all!

There will be NO Troop Meeting next week Friday. The next Troop Meeting will be on Friday, July 7th. Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Al

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Court of Honor June 2017

Court of Honor
June 10, 2017

Hi Troop 75 Ohana,

I hope you're all enjoying this 3 day Kamehameha Day weekend! We had our second Court Of Honor of 2017. It was a hot and humid evening! We had a smaller than usual turn out. But that's OK, we had a great time of fellowship and great food.  A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Scout's. We're so proud of all of your accomplishments!

It was a short evening. We introduced some of our new Scout's and their Parents. The Troop has grown by 11 new Scout's. With the possibility of two more joining. We acknowledged our newest Eagle Scout, Justin Basuil. And Eagle Palm Recipients, Devin Kiyohiro and Brant Yamamoto. Then enjoyed a fabulous pot luck dinner and ono desserts. We had a lot of awards to give out. But we zipped through program in 35 minutes.

For the first time we awarded the National Outdoor Award. There we're 12 recipients. This award is earned by a Scout who demonstrates exemplary knowledge and experience in performing high level outdoor activities. The award consists of up to six emblem segments positioned around the perimeter of a beautiful center emblem. The segments represent six areas of emphasis, Camping, Aquatics, Conservation, Hiking, Riding and Adventure, with vigorous requirements to earn each segment. Our Scout's earned the Camping, Hiking and Aquatics segments, 

To earn this award you must be First Class, earn certain Merit Badges and put in so many hours of other vigorous outdoor activities. It's a very honorable achievement. With a little more effort, you can earn Gold and Silver Devices(pins). We awarded 11 Gold Devices tonight. And there's the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement. It's the highest recognition a Boy Scout can earn for exemplary achievement, expertise and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavors.

It was a very enjoyable evening of recognition, fellowship and good food. A HUGE MAHALOS to Roxanne Sivalop and the Ladies of the Activities Committee. Thank You for another great Troop 75 event! MAHALOS to all the Adult Leaders and Volunteers for your time, dedication and support of the Troop! Mahalos to everyone for all the delicious food and desserts. I really appreciate it! I can't Thank You enough! And to our wonderful Scout's! Thank You for being such great Scout's! You make us so proud!

Enjoy your Sunday and Kamehameha Day! Drive safely! Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Al

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Good Turn 2017

Good Turn 2017

Photo Gallery - courtesy of A. Eshelman

HI Troop 75 Ohana,

I hope your all enjoying your 3 day weekend! It was a beautiful day, a little overcast but at least there was a breeze. But it was hot in the Cemetery. We  got a very light drizzle while we we're eating lunch. Thank goodness it was only in passing.  A HUGE MAHALOS to all the Scout's and Parents who came out this morning to do our duty.

We had a nice Bus ride to Punchbowl. What a beautiful sight to behold as the Scout's and Cub Scout's put the Flags and Leis on the more than 38,000 graves. It's like a huge wave moving across the Cemetery grounds. As hundreds of Scout's and Cub Scout's come together to honor our fallen hero's. Who fought for the freedom which we live under. A very touching display of appreciation and gratitude.

This year seemed like there we're more Scout's and Cub Scout's. The Ceremony started at 1:00 p.m. and was done by 1:30. It took the Kaala District a little over 30 minutes to cover our section. And we had one of the biggest sections too. We all enjoyed ice cream and juice sponsored by Meadow Gold when we we're done. And we walked down to Stevenson where our Bus was waiting. It was a great day!

Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Al

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pupukea Camp Cleanup 2017

Pupukea Cleanup
May, 20, 2017
Hi Troop 75 Ohana,

I hope your all enjoying this gorgeous day in the 808! Love that cool breeze! The weather at Pupukea was OK. It rained on Friday night, but not before we had everything set up. It was hot and sunny on Saturday. Perfect for our Service Project. A short, but very productive and fun overnighter. A HUGE MAHALOS to all the Scout's and Parents who came out to help Ranger Matt cleanup in preparation for Summer Camp.

We we're grateful that the rain stopped for a little bit until we had our main tent and personal tents up. We had a nice Friday night dinner. It was a cozy evening, we all huddled under the main tent as the rain resumed. No Campfire. A typical Pupukea welcome! We did something different with the main tent. Rather than put up the EZ corner tents. We used 4 adjustable poles, a long branch for the center, and the big tarp. Only had to dry one tarp. Great idea Jeffrey Eshelman!

It was an early start for the Boy's on Saturday morning. We had breakfast and then cleaned up. We broke camp and packed everything back into the Trailer before the 9:00 a.m. Service Project. The Troop 75 Lumber and Demolition Co. we're open for business! Our job was to break down old Platforms. Pound down all the nails on the truck loads of scrap lumber. Then stack them neatly into a dumpster. We cleaned up debris. Everyone worked VERY hard! We broke for lunch at 11:30.  And most of us had to leave because of the PC Graduation and prior Family obligations.

Our Scout's did an outstanding job! They worked their tails off! Without a single complaint. Thank You to all the Adults for your dedication and support! MAHALOS to our amazing Iron Chef Vernon Verzon. The food was so ono!! THANK YOU to our Tow Master Jeffrey Eshelman who towed the Trailer to and from. THANK YOU to the Masaki Ohana for bringing ice for the water cooler. Job well done to SPL Ian Eshelman! A special MAHALOS from Staff Member Lizzy, to Ian Eshelman, Rustin Kaestu and Alex Nagamine who stayed until the end. But all of our Boy's deserve kudos for their hard work! And I'm certain that Ranger Matt and his Staff are very appreciative, and very grateful for the Troop's hard work. The Troop was represented well! Good Job on your awesome team work Troop 75!

Mr. Al

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Makahiki 2017

Makahiki 2017

Hi Troop 75 Ohana,

I hope your all enjoying your weekend. The weather was unpredictable today. It was gloomy and humid for most of the day. Then rainy, now it's chilly. I think we should have Makahiki in the Blaisdell Exhibiton Hall every year. It doesn't matter what's happening outside. It's nice to have power. AND it's air conditioned!  I just wish they had a better variety of food concessions. A HUGE MAHALOS to all the Scout's and Parents who came out today to support the Troop!

A HUGE MAHALOS to the Friday set up crew. They had the place ready to go for Saturday. Mahalos to the early Saturday morning crew who came in to insure our Activity was in top shape and good to go by the start of Makahiki. The opening ceremony was beautiful. The Onizuka Family, Ellison's old Scoutmaster and Mayor Caldwell we're in attendance. Then it was non stop action in our Booth until the end. The Robot Activity was a tremendous success!

The Boy's did an outstanding job from the beginning of this Makahiki Project to the execution of the activity today. Awesome teamwork! They worked so hard and is showed in the popularity of our booth. Great job! We're so proud of all of you! You represented Troop 75 with pride! Our Scout Brothers of Pack 75 we're along side our Booth. They had a Nerf Gun Shooting Activity. They we're pretty busy too! It was a great time of fellowship and fun!

MAHALOS to all the Parents for all of your hard work, your knowledge, expertise and your dedication to making Troop 75 the best that it can be! The Troop is blessed! We have awesome Parent participation! That's what makes the difference between an average Troop and a superb Troop! Thank You for all your hard work today and at every Troop 75 event.

There we're so many people who helped out today, who helped to prepare for today. Rather than Thank people individually. And risk missing some one. Besides I can't remember! LoL!  I just want to say A HUGE THANK YOU! You guys "Da Bes." Thank You for your selfless sacrifice of time and energy! All the things you do, even the little things here and there. They add up. It's very much appreciated!

Mr. Al

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hoomaluhia Camp

Hoomaluhia Camp April 2017

Hi Troop 75 Ohana,

What a beautiful day in Pearl City! I hope your all having an awesome weekend! I wish I could say that for the weather conditions for our annual Hoomaluhia Camp/Weeblos Overnighter. It was pretty much on-off rain and no sun for the whole weekend. The showers we're heavy at times. The ground was all gushy and muddy. The ground was so saturated! But our Boy's never complained. Memories of Pupukea!

A HUGE MAHALOS to the Scout's and Parents who braved the rain and the cold wind! In spite of our weather woes, we had a wonderful time. Our Boy's came well prepared and we're ready for whatever Mother Nature had in store for us. It was a challenge to put up the Dining Tent in the rain. But the Boy's never missed a step. They worked as a team and they worked quickly. Outstanding Job! By the time the Dining Tent was up. The Boy's were all wet, shoes and socks included. The rain didn't even let up while they we're putting up their personal tents. Made for a wet and uncomfortable Friday night.

On Saturday we got a break from the rain for a little while, and the sun peeked through the clouds a few times. Our Cub Scout Brothers from Pack 75 joined us on Saturday morning. Our Scout's taught them the Tottin and Fireman Chit requirements. They showed them knot tying and fire making skills. And what they could expect when they take the next step on the path to Eagle. It was a day of teaching. Great job Troop 75 Scout's! We're proud of you! We cancelled any hiking or fishing activities because of the unpredictable weather.

We had a nice dinner and campfire. The Scout's and Cub Scout's performed skits and told jokes at Campfire. The Cub Scout's made these delicious apple turnovers by frying them in a pan like grilled cheese. They cancelled their Dutch Oven Cobbler activity due to weather.  A HUGE MAHALOS to Karen Batangan and Cubmaster David Heard for joining us and allowing us to host their Weeblo Scout's. And for sharing their short ribs, teri beef and hamburger stew with the Troop. We ate well! And had so much fun!

A HUGE MAHALOS to our Iron Chef Damien Boncales and his trusty assistant Vernon Verzon. They prepared all the broke da mouth ono meals for the Adults. Including the cinnamon roles that we're baked in the Dutch Oven. The Boys inhaled those in a heartbeat! MAHALOS to our Towmasters, Todd Kaetsu and Vernon Verzon. Thank You to all the Adults for your help and support. We welcomed first time campers, Christan, Solomon and Tony who recently joined the Troop. They had a blast! And their Dads too! Just wished the weather was better..

We spent most of our time in the Dining Tent. And in between the rain we did Scoutmaster Conferences outside. The Boy's entertained themselves. Not much they could do. Thank You to our SPL Gavin Verzon and ASPL Cody Tamaye for your awesome leadership. Looks like we will be getting 4 Cub Scout's crossing over to Troop 75 on May 7th. And older Brother(13) of one of the Weeblo II's. The Ohana is growing. We even had entertainment from the Blue Grass Musicians through out the day and in the evening. We shared the Park with them for their annual get together. it was nice.

Mr. Al