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Merit Badge Pow Wow

The 2015 Merit Badge Pow Wow sign up process is officially started.  Pow Wow is March 7, 14, and 21.

Take a look at the website and download the 2015 registration materials. Get started as space is limited for each badge.

Here is some additional information supplied by our Scout Master Bobby.

Each Saturday a Scout will attend four classes.  The Scout will need to attend class for three weeks and then he will be assigned homework that needs to be completed before the next class.  He will get homework after each week.  If he completes all the homework, attends all the classes and scores well on the test (if there is one) he will get the merit badge.

This goes for merit badges that have per-requisites or merit badges that don’t have per-requisites.

A merit badge such as Cycling (which is offered at Pow Wow) would be extremely difficult to finish and complete at Pow Wow because of all the riding and back end work that needs to be done to complete the merit badge.

Some merit badges (the tougher ones) are almost certainly going to come back as a partial.  That means the Scout will not complete them at Pow Wow and that is to be expected.  It can be discouraging for a younger Scout to not finish all four of his merit badges but you have to realize these are tough and some take longer than three weeks.  Its just the nature of the program.

I personally encourage the younger Scouts to take easier merit badges at Pow Wow so they feel a sense of accomplishment rather than face a partial completion.

That does not mean a younger Scout should be steered away from Eagle Scout merit badges at Pow Wow because some are easily ascertained while at Pow Wow.  Those could be Cooking, First Aid, Family Life to name a few.

Hope that helps…
If you have any questions please contact Bobby.  The next Troop meeting is January 8.



Training News From The Los Padres Council

Training News From The Los Padres Council

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

will continued to be offered on the first Monday of each month from 5:45 to 7 pm at the Council Office

Scout Leader Specific

will be offered at least 3 times. The first opportunity will be Saturday, January 31st from 8am to 5 pm. Council Office

Charter Representative Orientation:

What are your rights & responsibilities? Tuesday January 13th – 6- 7:30 pm Council Office

Chaplain Aide Orientation:

for Boy Scouts, leaders may come too- Tuesday February 3 ( what does this position involve and how to get ready for Scout Sunday!) 6 -7:30 pm Council Office

Advancement Chair Orientation:

for both Pack & Troop advancement chairs to better understand the tools available to help them keep records accurately and more. Tuesday February 17th 6-7:30 pm Council Office

Historical City Walk January 3

Historical City Walk


Troop 1 will be having its yearly Historical City Walk on January 3, 2015. The City Hike is divided up into 12 historical landmarks around Santa Barbara. Most of them are concentrated in the downtown area. Each historical landmark has one or more questions the Scouts need to answer. The Scouts will need to learn these on the walk in order to earn the Santa Barbara Historical Trail Award.

On the tour the troop usually makes it to 11 of the 12 locations with the exception being the Old Mission. The Scouts will need to go to the Mission on on their own time to complete their 12 landmarks requirement. When they have finished visiting all locations they get the requirement signed off for Second Class and they are awarded a special patch from The Los Padres Council.


Here is the details on the Santa Barbara Historical Trail Award.   Here is a PDF of the map of the locations.

Where and When

The Troop will meet at the Church parking lot January 3 at 10 AM sharp.  The event usually finishes up around 3 or 4 PM depending on how fast the Troop moves through the hike.

Who Should Attend

All Scouts should attend and in addition we need adult chaperones.

What to Bring

All scouts should come prepared in good clothing for a hike. You should have good walking shoes, shorts or pants depending on weather. Wear your Class B Troop 1 T-shirt and a jacket depending on weather. A hat is also recommended.

The Scout should also carry a small day pack ( a school type backpack) that has these things in it.

  1. Scout Handbook
  2. Pen, Pencil, Paper
  3. Scout Compass
  4. Personal First Aid Kit
  5. Map of the Area
  6. Flashlight
  7. Water
  8. Trail Food
  9. Sun Protection (Sun Screen and Hat)
  10. Rain Gear

The Historical City Hike is a preparatory hike for Scouts to get used to what is needed when they go on extensive hikes. These 10 things are usually called the “10 Essentials of Scouting” and there are variations to this list but this is what our Scout Master recommends to carry. (Some 10 essentials lists have pocketknives and matches but we don’t need those for the City Hike.)


We usually stop for lunch somewhere in downtown Santa Barbara so each Scout will need $10 spending money for lunch.  Make sure to carry water and snacks.


Holiday Party

Troop 1’s Holiday party will be happening

Sunday December 14th


5 pm until 7 pm.

Jen Jones and her family have graciously invited us to their home again for a wonderful pot luck dinner.

Please use the Sign Up Genius link below to register and sign up to attend. Everyone should register and help bring something to make it a special night of fun and good eating.

Scouts and their Families are encouraged to attend.

For more details about where and what to bring and to sign up click here on Holiday Party Signup.

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