Troop 64

Portola Valley & Woodside, California

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Yosemite Camping at Wowona and Ostrander Lake Oct 7-9

Ostrander Lake

Ostrander Lake

This year we will be car camping at the Wowona Group Campsite near Yosemite’s south entrance near highway 41 from Fresno on Friday night, October 7. Saturday we will hike around 7 miles up toward Ostrander Lake and set up our camp near there. Sunday morning  we will hike out in a different direction from where we came, back to the Wawona Campsite. We will then drive back up to the Bridal Veil trail head to pick up our cars.

Some people claim Ostrander Lake was named for a sheepman (a demonic half sheep/half man creature from the abyss, others say it was named after a descendant of Alexander Ostrander (1783) of Smithfield NY. It is a very popular backpacking stop in the Park. Fishing is fair for 10-12″ rainbow trout.  For details go to the Calendar page for this event.




Welcome back to all Scouts and Parents – September 15

Welcome back to all Scouts and Parents!

ALL SCOUTS AND AT LEAST ONE PARENT PLEASE ATTEND OUR FIRST MEETING ON

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, at 7:15PM

FOR OUR DESSERT POTLUCK SIGN UP!

We are excited to kick off this scouting year with a new format that allows everyone to participate in activities, duties and outings.
We need all parents to support the pack!

All scouts and at least one parent are welcome, and expected to attend, our first meeting on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 7:15pm at the Portola Valley Town Center. Bring a dessert to share so we can have a small celebration to kick off our next year in scouting.

PRIOR TO THE MEETING: review the schedule below and determine what job/jobs most interest you

COME TO THE MEETING: ready to learn more about scouting, to sign up to do your part

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Eat well and support Troop 64 at the Portola Valley Town Picnic, Saturday June 4

picnic 2015Sure, you’ve had hamburgers before…but have you ever tasted a Boy Scout Troop 64 Draeger’s Market Tillamook Cheddar Burger?

Saturday, June 4, at the Portola Valley Town Picnic held at the Town Center from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Scouts can get more details on our calendar page.

The picnic will kick off with the Zots to Tots foot and bicycle race at 10am, then the fun begins (see below for schedule of events! Our troop is the only concession booth to provide lunch for the picnic.  It is a lot of fun to participate and for the new families, a great way to get to know the other scouts and their families.

There will be activities such as Jumpies, Carnival, Balloon Man and Games for the kids, a Music Band, Girl Scout Cake Walk, Sno Cones, Popcorn and Cotton Candy. The weather will be perfect…it’s your chance to lose yourself in Scout cuisine. We’ll have something for every palate: Draeger’s Burgers, Cheeseburgers, Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers and Schwarz Hot Dogs. This is our annual fundraiser, so please come out and support our scouts.

Volunteers and scouts: sign up here to help.

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Join us at Trail to 1st Class at Boulder Creek, April 22-24

BoulderLogoBoulder creek offers a close by camp, a great trail to hike, nature, camping nights, cooking merit Badge items, animals and plants to id. Please sign up and offer to teach:  Totin Chip, Fire man chip, Cooking supervision, Camp set up, Navigation, knots, Flag protocol.

Scouts we need your help, knowledge and energy to teach our younger Scouts and new Scouts. Please sign up here!  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nPS-wW3rRctnhDpq3QYZn3t0rrr9lFW5LtbkhyN2odI/edit#gid=0   Boulder Creek is close by and you can join us for Friday, Saturday or both nights.

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Service Project: Annual Broom Pull, Sunday, March 20

french_broomCome spend a morning pulling invasive French broom along Portola Valley Roads. Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 20 at the Historic Schoolhouse, Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. Wear long sleeves and gloves. Tools and refreshments will be provided.  Scouts can earn 3 service hours for their efforts helping keep this invasive plants out of their community.




Point Reyes – Overnight Backpacking Trip, December 19 -20

prnsa-home-bgOvernight backpacking trip in Point Reyes National Seashore. The troop has reserved group site 001AB Wildcat Loop  for Saturday noon to Sunday at noon. More information will be posted later on the Calendar and sent through Teamsnap.

DSC03020The site holds up to 25 people.  So please go to the sign-up sheet to hold a spot.

Advancement Opportunities: Second Class, First Class, and Cooking MB and Camping MB meal planning and cooking; camping nights; backpacking requirement for Camping MB.  Encouraging older scouts to help our new scouts with their achievements.




Tuolumne Meadows Camping and Hiking, 9/18 – 9/20

meadow-tuolumne-cl-415-web_1Troop 64 will visit Yosemite National Park, and camp in Tuolumne Meadows Campground Fri-Sat 9/18/2015 to 9/20/2015.    There will be opportunities for hiking one of the many scenic alpine trails.  For a description of last years trip go to Tuolumne Meadows 2014.  For up to date information or to sign up check the Calendar page for this event.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California’s rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 8,600 feet. The site is situated along the scenic Tioga Road just five miles from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station. Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas, and so much more.

Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite domes and peaks. The gentle Tuolumne River, Lyell For, and Dana Fork flow through the vast, colorful meadows bursting with seasonal wildflowers. The meadows are surrounded by stands of Western White pine, Mountain hemlock, and Lodgepole pine

 




Camp Kern Summer Camp, July 19-25, 2015

ck_2014_headerHello Troop 64, This summer we are going to beautiful Camp Kern located at Huntington Lake, one of the most famous sailing lakes in North America. Located 7,000 feet above the San Joaquin Valley in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

About a 5-hour drive from Portola Valley, Camp Kern offers more than a traditional Scout camp experience. Under the guidance of an experienced staff you will enjoy an outstanding program.

Camping in the outdoors is the highlight of the troop’s annual program as Scouts apply the skills they have learned and practiced all year long.  One week at Camp Kern can provide a years’ worth of skill practice and adventure in seven days!  Click here for more information guides, forms, directions.   To watch the video continue reading ->

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Rafting the American River, South Fork, Chili Bar – June 14

american-river-north-middle-south-forksThis year, we are rafting the upper section of the South Fork called the Chili Bar with Mariah Wilderness Expeditions.  Water is released so the rapids are fully intact.  Class II-III rapids; open to families with kids ages 7 and up. Rafting starts at 8:30 am Sunday morning and ends at 2:30 with a BBQ lunch.

Traditionally, we have a campout on Saturday night and go rafting on Sunday. You can camp, and get in a camping night, and raft or just raft, just be sure to be there by 8:00 am on Sunday if you are planning on rafting only. 

If you wish to raft and have not responded, SATURDAY, MAY 23RD IS YOUR LAST DAY TO BE INCLUDED.  More details at http://www.troop64pv.org/event/whitewater-rafting/

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