Outdoor Activities


Campouts and Other Activities

July 2013 Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit.  Twelve members of Troop 139 traveled to northern British Columbia to paddle the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit.  The canoe circuit consists of 12 lakes interconnected by waterways and portages for a total length of 116 km.  During the 8 day trip, scouts saw a variety of wildlife including moose, bears, bald eagles and pine martens.  It was an experience of a lifetime!

Scouts navigate the waterway to Bowron Lake

Another spectacular day on the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit!


December 2012 Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.  What a great weekend!  Saturday consisted of completing the Aviation Merit Badge, followed by a tour of the Evergreen Aviation Museum.  The scouts then went to the Wings and Waves indoor water park for a few hours, before returning for a private tour of the Space Museum.

Scouts with the SR-71 Blackbird

October 2012 Webelos Woods.  Troop 139 participated in Webelos Woods near La Pine.  This outing consisted of many of the Central Oregon Boy Scout Troops as well as many of the Webelos.  Troop 139 set up an orienteering course and taught Webelos, Scouts and Adults orienteering basics.

September 7-9 Broken Top. This months outing consisted of backpacking into Rim and Tam Lakes on Friday after school, then climbing Broken Top Mountain on Saturday.  Weather was great and climbing good.

August 17-19 Float Trip.  Troop 139 ended the summer with a campout and river float trip near Stayton, Oregon!

July 7-24, 2012 Philmont Scout Ranch.  Troop 139 had 8 scouts and 4 adults attend a 12-day, 100-mile backpacking trip at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico.  This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of us.  We enjoyed climbing the Tooth of Time and Mt. Baldy (12,441 ft), as well as partaking in many of the activities throughout the ranch. 

Atop Mt Baldy (12,441 ft) at Philmont Scout Ranch

On Urraca Mesa with Tooth of Time in Background

July 8-14, 2012 Camp Makualla.  Scouts from Troop 139 attended Camp Makualla Boy Scout Camp to work on advancement and partake in the outdoor activities.  Fun was had by all that attended! 

June 15-17, 2012 Lava Beds National Monument.  Our troops second annual caving trip!  All of those in attendance managed to wiggle through a really tight squeeze in the Catacomb Cave.  We were underground for over 4 hours in ONE cave!

May 11-13, 2012 Spring Camp-o-ree.  Troop 139 attended the Fremont District Spring Camp-o-ree at LaPine State Park.  Our troop provided an orienteering course for scouts as our activity.

April 27-29, 2012 Whychus Creek Restoration.  This months campout was used to perform a restoration project in the Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic Area.  See Community Service projects for more info.

March 9-11, 2012 Whychus Creek Campout.  This months campout was close to home as it was the weekend after finals and at the beginning of spring sports season.  We had beautiful weather on Friday and Saturday.  Saturday morning we planned on hiking an 8 mile loop through the Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic area with a log crossing of the creek at each end.  When we got to the upper end, the only one able to negotiate the log crossing was a local Bobcat.  We retraced our path and had a great day.

February 21, 2012 Bend Rock Gym.  Troop 139 met for their regular Tuesday meeting and headed to Bend for some indoor rock climbing!  It was fun to boulder and get some of the new scouts up on the big wall.

January 29-31,2012 Freeze-o-ree.  Troop 139 hosted the annual Fremont District Freeze-o-ree (Winter Camp) at Three Creeks Sno Park.  It was attended by over 200 scouts and adult leaders.  The theme for the event was the 2012 Winter Games.  We provided a decathlon of games consisting of snowshoe races, fire building contest, trivia relay, 5-legged relay, XC ski race, orienteering, geocaching, chili contest, best camp award and the final sled race.  Troop 139 constructed a sled from sticks and lashings and finished a respectable 4th place.  The event finished off Saturday night with medals given on a podium in front of a bon-fire that anyone would be proud of! 

December 2-4, 2011 – Coast Campout.  Spent the weekend at Beverly Beach State Park, just north of Newport,Oregon.  After a cold first night of camping, we played on the beach, then went geocaching at the State Park.  In the afternoon, we visited the Hatfield Marine Science Center, then returned to camp for some burgers and hot dogs! 


October 2011 – Webelos Woods.  Troop 139 taught Webelos flag etiquette including how to raise and lower a flag, and proper folding techniques.  We then provided a flag retirement ceremony for all the Boy Scouts and Webelos at the closing of the Saturday night campfire.

September 23-24, 2011 – Camp Lake & Middle Sister.  Friday after school we backpacked into the Three Sisters Wilderness area towards Camp Lake, situated between South and Middle Sister.  Saturday morning, we rose, ate and climbed Middle Sister under beautiful skies.  The scouts descended through scree slopes and snowfields back to the Chambers Lake area, and hiked back to camp near Whychus Creek where we backpacked out to the trailhead.



August 23, 2011 – Smith Rocks.  Our weekly “meeting” consisted of heading out to Smith Rocks to work on climbing skills.  We met climbing guru Rick Krause who had set up several top rope climbs for everyone to try out.   The fun continued until the sun went down!



August 12, 2011 – Sherpa Trek #1.  Several scouts packed food and gear into the Three Sisters Wilderness Area for an older couple who was backpacking for the weekend.  The hike was about 10 miles round trip in 4 hours, and included some off trail route finding.

August 9, 2011 – Sisters Boulder Day.  Our weekly “meeting” consisted of heading out to the Sisters Boulder Climbing Area.  Scouts took turns on a technical climb while others bouldered, played amongst the rocks and had a BBQ.   The fun continued until the sun went down! 

 July 22-24, 2011 – Golden Lakes Backpacking Trip.  For the troops’ first official backpacking trip we headed into the mountains between South Sister and Broken Top.  The last mile of trail was buried in snow, but the camping was awesome.


July 15-16, 2011 – Smith Rocks.  This climbing weekend found us at Smith Rocks.  Our climbing “guide” was Rick Krause fromMadras, who is the climbing instructor/guru for the Boy Scouts in thePacific Northwest.  Weather was the key for the day, as it rained off and on, but in between we had some excellent climbing!


July 7, 2011 – Black Butte Hike.  This wasn’t your ordinary hike up Black Butte!  The scouts started on Road 14 near Camp Sherman and backpacked up the historic Black Butte trail.  The total climb is about 3,300 ft in just over 5 miles.  In addition, scouts planning on going to Philmont in 2012 were required to carry a 25 lb pack! 

June 24-July 5, 2011 – Catalina Island Summer Camp.  Ten Scouts and five adults traveled to Catalina Island in Southern California for a summer adventure at Camp Emerald Bay.  Each Scout earned various merit badges including sailing, boating, or scuba diving.  The weather was perfect with temperatures in the mid-70’s all week.  Part of the adventure included a fun day at Magic Mountain to ride all the best roller coasters in the world! On the drive home, the Scouts stayed in San Francisco over the 4th of July.  They camped at the Presidio and went to Pier 39 for an awesome fireworks display.  It was a great adventure!!

June 20-25, 2011 – NYLT.  Ethan and Andrew attended the National Youth Leadership Training camp atCampMcLoughlin in southernOregon.  This week is intended to educate scouts on different leadership techniques.

June 10-12, 2011 – Caving Campout.  This campout was held at the Lava Beds National Monument in northern California, just south of Klamath Falls.  There are over 700 lava tube caves in the area.  The scouts stuck to the common developed caves, including the Catacombs which travels nearly 1 mile underground with clearance down to 1 foot!  On Saturday morning, the scouts also did a 10-mile backpacking hike to prepare for Philmont in 2012.

May 20-22, 2011 – BSA District Spring Camporee.  District Camporee is a great time for scouts to interact with other troops.  More than 20 troops participated in the Camporee and it was our first as a new troop!  This years event was held atLaPineState Park.  As a new troop, we made our presence known.  Troop 139 received a second place award in the gateway competition!  We also placed first, second and third in troop competitions which included a first aid relay, knot tying competition and other scout skills.  The “Old Goat” patrol took third place in the dutch oven cook-off with a Turkish stew!  We even had scouts from other troops that wanted to join ours! What a testament to all of the hard work and effort the boys from Troop 139 put into the Camporee!  Great job guys!

April 19 & 26, 2011 – Orienteering Skills.  The troop theme for the month of April was Orienteering.  After learning (and relearning) many of the map and compass skills, the scouts participated in an actual Orienteering meet style event which was set in the Peterson Ridge area.  Several of the scouts completed the 4 controls and nearly 2 mile course in under 20 minutes!

April 15-17, 2011 – Whychus Creek Wild & Scenic Area.  Activities included camping, a 5-mile hike, education in and about the newly formed Wild & Scenic area, and assistance with teaching the younger scouts many of the skills for the road to first class.  Several of the older scouts also conducted a flag retirement ceremony.  It was a great weekend to escape into the wilderness area.