Camping & Hiking
We are planning a campout and hike to Pinnacles National Park south of Hollister for Saturday to Sunday, November 10 to 11. This is a good opportunity to complete Camping MB requirements for nights, hiking, and cooking; for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class cooking; for Troop events and campouts; Second Class map and compass; and more. For more information and to sign up see the calendar page for this event at Pinnacles Camping.
The park was an active volcano region millions of years ago split by the San Andreas fault and contains talus caves, lava tubes, and majestic rock spires. Pinnacles is one of four sites where captive-bred condors are released to live in the wild, and many of these birds live out their lives flying between Pinnacles and the Big Sur coast. Pinnacles was set aside as a monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and became a national park in 2013.
River rafting on the American river is one of the most popular events of the year for Troop 64. This year we are planning to go up in mid-July with the same outfitter we used in the past.
We can do an all-day raft on the South Fork of the American River. The rapids are class I-III. Minimum age is 7.
The all-in cost is $125 per person. The fee covers rafting equipment, guide, lunch on Sunday and camping Saturday night. This is a good deal as Nate is an Eagle scout and gave us a discount.
Saturday night we will cook at the camp. This is time for scouts to work on cooking skills for rank advancement—2ndor 1stclass or camping merit badge. Scout Master conference if a scout is ready.
RSVP by June 10th if you are planning to go so I can get a final head count. Go to the Calendar page for this event for more information and to RSVP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We 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
Troop 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 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.
Troop 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.
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.