Portola Valley & Woodside, California

Camping & Hiking

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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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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Boating at Lake Berryessa, May 23-24

image002 The Troop 64 annual boating campout will be May 23-34.  We will be going to Lake Berryessa and have a campground reserved from May 22-25, Memorial weekend. There is fishing, inner tubing, and wake boarding.    We will have a large pontoon party boat Saturday and Sunday with a grill and water slide for the boys to hang out on.

The plan is to let them sleep on the boat Saturday night. This is a fun opportunity for scouts to camp and cook.

Please e-mail me if you can go, which days you would be there, and if you will be bringing or renting a boat. Ski boats, jet skis and fishing boats are available and can be reserved.  You can come up Friday evening to camp, or early Saturday or Sunday for boating and fun.


Trail to First Class at Big Basin, April 24-26

Blooms1This year we will have our Trail to First Class campout at Big Basin Redwoods State Park (21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006).  Trail to First Class will help Scouts earn achievements from Tenderfoot through First Class with the help of older Scouts and those of higher ranks. It is great introduction to camping for new Scouts, and an opportunity for older Scouts to pay back and and show appreciation for all that scouting has given them. Continue reading

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