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New Eagle

We are pleased to announce our newest Eagle scout Cullen Drenkhahn. Cullen completed his Eagle Board in December and appears in this picture with his mother, father, and brother (all three are men are now Eagles!). With Cullen’s Eagle board completed, he can now focus on finalizing his applications for our nation’s military academies, good luck!


Lock-In and Service

The Scout Hut was hoping on Saturday night as we enjoyed our annual lock-in. Our troop enjoyed a campfire, smores, pizza, games, a movie, and more.

In the morning we hustled up and made quick work of weeds, tree trimming, and taking to keep the Tanque Verde Youth Community Center looking sharp and tidy. img_4032

Mountain Biking


Seven of our scouts enjoyed a vigorous ride Sunday morning as we completed one of the first legs of the Bucky king merit badge. While the requirement was initially only 2 miles we had such fun that it turned in to nearly 5.


Troop 186 was established in 1955 and for just over 60 years has provided a solid and reliable scouting program that reinforces Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s belief that “Scouting is a game with a purpose!”

Our troop is a scout led troop that follows the patrol method where scouts lead other scouts under the guidance of the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters. Troop 186 is fortunate to have many adults who volunteer with diverse backgrounds in engineering, technology, leadership, ethics, law enforcement, aviation, economics, bush craft, construction, hunting, and communications. Many of these adults continue on as mentors and merit badge counselors long after their own scout has moved on because of their passion for the program. We are a very active troop, and enjoy weekly meetings that focus on scout craft, and weekend activities like hiking, backpacking, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, snowboarding, climbing, orienteering, car camping, and shooting sports.

We meet nearly every Tuesday at 7:00 PM, if you’re ready for fun, we look forward to meeting you.

Colossal Cave Campout

Had a great time at the Colossal Cave campout. Scouts participated in games that included frisbee, tug-of-war, cooking competitions, knife-throwing, and rope work.

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Hutch’s Pool Backpack

Excellent hike to Hutch’s Pool just north of Sabino Canyon. We enjoyed the rare treat of cooling off and relaxing underneath the stars after a brisk 6 mile hike with full kit.

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Annual Ski Trip

Conditions for the annual ski trip to Arizona Snowbowl were challenging. We were presented with icy conditions which turned to slush, ASL Chris M., explained our hazards and reviewed our safety procedures.








Despite the slush, many scouts in our troop completed their snow sports merit badges.

Empire Ranch Campout

Great time at Empire Ranch in southeast Arizona. ASL Steve Hensel helped arrange a service project where scouts and adult leaders participated in recycling wood from old barns. As a treat we were provided sleeping accommodations and a tour of this ranch that served up as a film location for many famous westerns.

Scouts both young and old enjoyed cooking competitions, knife-throwing, and archery.


Curtis S., helping out.


EM, TH, and LJ utilizing their pioneering skills.



Did we forget to mention the hatchet throwing?

Facebook Group Created

We have created a facebook group called “BSA Troop 186 Tanque Verde” for scouting adults. That’s right, this is for the adults to share according to BSA social media guidelines. If you are interested, please request membership to the group through


Douglas Springs Hike

Beautiful day for a hike in the mountains east of Tucson. We embarked bright and early with full packs and enjoyed lunch and rain.





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