Portola Valley & Woodside, California

Camping & Hiking

Trail to 1st Class – Portola Redwoods State Park, April 20-22

The Trail to 1st Class camping trip will be in near by Portola Redwood State park in the Santa Cruz Mountains this weekend April 20-22.  The campground is only 40 minutes from Corte Madera school so is very convenient to set up Friday evening. A sign up sheet will be sent through Teamsnap or you can go to the signup link on the Calendar page. We will spend time on planning for the camp out at this weeks Troop meeting on Wednesday so please attend. 

The campground has upgrade facilities since last year with great  opportunities for hiking. It will be an ideal and fun place to complete achievements towards your next rank. Please plan on attending. It is chance for older and higher ranking scouts to help give back to the Troop by helping their newer Troop members gain achievements. Updated information on the trip will be posted soon so please check back for updates. 

The 2,800-acre park is situated in the craggy, rough terrain of a deep canyon. Located within the populous San Francisco Bay area, Portola Redwoods offers a hushed getaway from suburban bustle. First- and second-growth coast redwoods stand tall among thick ferns and redwood sorrel in gullies and on north slopes. The park’s high ridges and southfacing slopes are covered by Douglas-fir and live oaks.




Pacific Skyline Council Camporee, April 6-8

This is a Council-wide event where your troop/patrol will compete against other troops/patrols in knot tying, shooting, canoeing, and a host of other fun events.  Prizes to the top 3 patrols.  Great opportunity for the older scouts to show off their skills!  It’s also a chance to get a couple nights of camping and cooking in and other skills signed off.

Dates: 6 – 8 April 2018 (the weekend before Spring break!)

Location: Cutter Scout Reservation

To sign up go contact Andrew Inenaga – information on the calendar page for this event.




Sea Base St. Thomas, Virgin Islands this Summer

Scouts from Troop 64 will be going to High Adventure Sea Base in the U.S. Virgin Islands as Crew on a Sea Scout sailing vessel,  June 11 – 17.  Crews will fly into STT Airport and then take a pre-arranged taxi to Sapphire Bay Resort and Marina. Upon arrival at Sapphire Bay Resort the Crew meets with Sea Base staff and captains, completes a gear shakedown and reviews paperwork. After paperwork and shakedown is complete, the Crew boards their vessel and sets sail. Throughout the adventure, the Crew will go ashore to explore settlements, beaches and snorkel. 

United States Virgin Islands (USVI) became a US Territory in 1917. Located in the Lesser Antilles; USVI is comprised of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and 50 smaller islets and cays encompassing 133 square miles. The USVI boasts amazing hilltop summits, coral reefs and sailing waters propelled by constant trade winds. Natural beauty abounds on both land and sea.

Troop 64 still has availability for a couple more scouts or a scout and an adult for this incredible adventure. The trip is open to all Scouts who will be 13 years old by June 10 including scouts who have been to Sea Base in prior years who would like to go again.  If you are interested contact Susan K. For more information and contact information go to the Sea Base Calendar page.




Summer Camp at Cherry Valley, Catalina, July 22-28, 2018

We are going to Camp Cherry Valley during the week of July 22-28.  This is a beautiful camp, located on Catalina Island.  Travel will likely require departure on Saturday July 21st.  If you or your Scout is interested to attend, please contact Rich Zamboldi, (go to the Calendar page for this event for details and to sign up).  We have a limted number of reserved spots, but can expand that, if needed.  This is a very popular camp, so we are trying to get organized early this year.

Camp Cherry Valley offers opportunities for many water sports including world-class snorkeling, SCUBA diving, canoeing, rowing, sailing and swimming. Because it is located on the leeward side of the island, the cove is calm making it a perfect place for lots of fun in the water. Hikes over mountainous terrain, war canoe races, touring an old silver mine, a sea lab with a touch tank so you can learn about local marine life is available.




Point Reyes Backpacking Trip, Dec 16-17

Troop 64 at Alamere Falls, December 2016

Our next trip is our annual backpacking trip at Point Reyes on Saturday to Sunday, December 16-17. This weekend is selected to be after finals for most of our Scouts. We’ll leave Portola Valley at 8:30 am on Saturday and return home around 4 pm on Sunday. The hike in to Wildcat Camp is 5.5 miles with a few hundred feet of elevation gain; the hike back, partly on the beach, is a little shorter, and will go up Alamere Falls.

There are many opportunities to complete requirements for ranks and merit badges, including a 5-mile hike with map and compass, selecting a campsite and setting up a tent, and cooking for ranks and MBs. This is a great backpacking trip for first-timers as well as veterans. I really like getting away from the chaos in the Bay Area to the quiet and beauty of the Point Reyes backcountry.

Kirt Williams will give a talk on what to bring and how to pack a backpack at the December 6 troop meeting. We are limited to 25 people in the campsite. First come, first served. Scouts’ parents are welcome.

Go to calendar page for this event for more information, the trip plan, and to contact Kirt.

 




Trail to First Class at Camp Cutter, Nov 3-5

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:00pm to Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 12:30pm

Here is an opportunity for them to complete many of the requirements for the ranks of Scout through First Class! Knots, Cooking, Fire Starting, Map and Compass, Plant and Animal Identification, First Aid, Food Safety, Knife and Axe Safety, Water-swim requirements- and much more! This is a district event. You can register now through October 31 2017 at 5:00PM- Late period rates apply beginning October 15 2017 at 12:00AM. 

Go to http://www.pacsky.org/Event.aspx?id=3598 for more details and to register. 

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Shooting Camp at Rancho Los Mochas, Sep 29-Oct 1

Join your fellow Troop 64 scouts at the ever-popular shooting sports camp with a  chance to learn the theory, handling and cleaning of weapons like .22 rifle, shotgun (12 and 20 gauge), archery and tomahawks in a safe environment.  Trained range masters will run each station and provide close (and strict) supervision.  Eye and hearing protection is provided.  All weapons and ammo are provided- don’t BYO weapons.  There will be several other Troops from around the Bay Area attending.  This event has been a lot of fun the past few years.  Adults were also able to shoot.  Turns out T64 has some very good clay pigeon shooters! Continue reading




Trail to 1st Class – May 12-14 at Boulder Creek

The Trail to 1st Class camping trip has been moved to Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the weekend of May 12-14.   May 14 is Mother’s Day and Boulder Creek is close by and you will be back in plenty of time to celebrate with your Mom after giving her the morning off.

A sign up sheet will be sent through Teamsnap or you can go to the signup link on the Calendar page.

The original campsites at Portola Redwood State Park are closed until after June because of high water issues with the septic systems.    Boulder Creek is a private campground for Scouts with great facilities and opportunities for hiking. It will be an ideal and fun place to complete achievements towards your next rank. Please plan on attending. It is chance for older and higher ranking scouts to help give back to the Troop by helping their newer Troop members gain achievements. Updated information on the trip will be posted soon so please check back for updates. 




Camping at Big Basin Redwoods, March 31-April 2

IMG_4038 (1).jpgWe are planning a campout at Big Basin Redwoods State Park (21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006).  There will be opportunities for Scouts to earn achievements and it is great introduction to camping for new Scouts in a wonderful setting. We will plan a hike, cooking and fun. 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is beautiful in April. We will be staying at the Blooms Creek Campground, situated among the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees, some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. Big Basin Redwoods State Park covers more than 18,000 acres, and has more than 80 miles of hiking trails. Continue reading




Overnight Backpacking in Pt. Reyes national Seashore, Dec 17-18.

 

bprtt3Troop 64 is  planning an overnight backpacking trip in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. The troop has reserved group site 002AB Wildcat Loop  for Saturday noon to Sunday at noon. More information will be posted later on the Calendar and sent through Teamsnap.

The 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.




Troop 64 / Webelos Hike

toyon-trail-portola-valley-016Troop 64 will have a hike with the Webelos this Sunday, Nov 6 at 9:15am. (Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night). 

We will hike the Toyon Trail, which is part of the PV Town Trail system. The trailhead is located at the corner of Alpine and Willowbrook Road. Parking is available but limited. We will plan on returning to trailhead by 11:45am. 

It should be a nice cool day and bring a water bottle if you like.  More information about the hike can be found at Toyon Hike  and our Calendar page. 




Shooting Sports Camp, October 21-22

img_6161Troop 64 is going to shooting camp near the Russian River in Guerneville at BSA Camp Royaneh.

Activity and Scout skills available: Camping night, camp set up, Cooking meals (meals are provided, but we can cook as Scouts if needed for rank advancement), Those camping need to cook Friday Dinner, and Sat Breakfast.    Lunch provided by BSA Camp.

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to shoot Archery, Rifle and Shotgun throughout the day on their own schedule. See the Calendar on this site for more details and to sign up. Space is limited.




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.




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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Apr
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5:00 PM Camping at Portola Redwoods Stat... @ Portola Redwoods State Park
Camping at Portola Redwoods Stat... @ Portola Redwoods State Park
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all-day Boating Trip @ Lake Berryessa
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May 26 – May 28 all-day
 
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all-day Sea Base @ U.S. Virgin Islands
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Jun 11 – Jun 17 all-day
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all-day Rafting Trip @ TBD
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all-day Camp Cherry Valley @ Camp Cherry Valley
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