This June, Carpinteria Boy Scout troops 50 and 147 embarked on a joint summer camp to Camp Whitsett in Tulare County, near Kernville, California.

Campers had a merit badge lineup with old staples like chess, archeology, basketry, leatherwork, woodwork, several water merit badges, and for the older scouts, a high adventure merit badge: white water rafting.

“The Boy Scout summer camp is about taking the boys out of their daily bubble and challenging them to do something they never thought they could do,” said Scoutmaster John Thomas. “Like white water rafting—for most of the boys, this was the first-time rafting. Arriving at the river, they were apprehensive. After the first run, the smiles and excitement were everywhere!”

At camp, Troop 50 welcomed a new wave of younger scouts coming up through Carpinteria’s Pack 50 Cub Scouts. “It is great to see good kids coming up in the ranks to eventually take over from the older scouts,” said Thomas.

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