The BSA Girl Troop 126 was formed in February 2019 in San Ramon by Mr. Shane Duan as the founder Scoutmaster, Mr. James Mar as Recruiting Chair, and Mr. David Hetherington as Committee Chair.
We did our first summer camp in June 2019 at Camp Oljato. It was one of the most interesting experiences with access to the campground by boat!
Although the food wasn’t very good, it was a very fun first summer camp for the troop. Along with all of the songs and skits we learned, the counselors made every merit badge and activity enjoyable and memorable. One of the troop’s favorite activities while at camp was the polar bear plunge. Those who participated in jumping into the icy waters of the lake at 6:00 AM seemed to love it. Others who passed on the opportunity definitely regretted afterward. Being on a mountain, there were lots of places to get hurt but it didn’t take the joy out of it.
Our camping trip to Del Valle was probably the worst campout out of every single one we have done. We had planned to do a five-mile hike but after taking a wrong turn, it turned into an 8.5-mile hike in the heat. Everyone had countless bug bites. There were so many bugs that five people had to go home either the night we got there or the next morning after getting bit too many times. There were always spiders and ants that found their way into the tents that made people have to move to different tents. Although, the food and desserts we made were pretty good.
At the Mount Diablo campout, not only did scouts get to compete in a competition for the best meal every single mealtime, but we got close to the wildlife. During our campfire, a cuple of scouts were getting some of their things from their tent and met some glowing eyes in the bushes. There were raccoons that got attracted to some food in a a tent and managed to rip a hole in the tent to get to it. We only noticed this after dark and had to spend time moving the scout's things to a seperate tent. The next morning we found prints around our campsite showing that raccoons had come there that night look for food. It was definitely a night to remember and since then the whole troop has never been more careful about storing their food at night
When COVID 19 struck our county and we were put in a shelter-in-place, our troop didn’t stop our activities. Of course, we can’t physically go on campouts, but we can have camp-ins. Specifically, there is a council-wide camp-in, camping inside of our house, so that scouts can do everything that they would do on a campout at home. This is over a zoom meeting. We have continued to do our meetings virtually and going over verbal requirements and figuring out how to do physical requirements at home. Troop meetings and PLC meetings are held over zoom. The council has also set up merit badges over zoom so that scouts can continue doing activities.