Comprehensive List of Recent Events from Current & Last Season

Napa River Run

Scouts canoeing down the Napa River.

On September 20th 2019, the troop went up to Napa to canoe down the Napa River. This outing was mainly a canoe skills development outing for our younger/new scouts. We started off at John F. Kennedy park and traveled down the slow moving river for a few hours. Scouts were able to practice steering and using different paddling methods. Older scouts were there as well to help teach and for safety. Overall we had a lot of fun and the troop learned a lot.

– Allie Rees
G27 Scribe

2020 Canoeolympics

Scouts practicing knots at one of the stations they canoed to.

The troop arrived at Parkside Aquadic Park at 9am. The Woodies went out and set up various stations along the river for various activities like catapult building, knots, and canoe gates. Scouts hen hopped on their own canoes and canoed the river going from station to station competing with each other, after the scores were tallied, the Wolf patrol claimed victory.

– Kheo Kober
B27 Scribe

Memorial Day Flag Planting 2020 & Virtual Outing #2

During Memorial Day weekend BSA stopped scouts from going and planting flags on the graves of veterans. We as a troop wanted to continue on the tradition and to honor those who fought for us in our own way. So we went up to Skylawn cemetery and we planted flags and friends and family of Troop 27 not as Troop 27. We followed guidelines and we were safe while still honoring those before us. 

Later that day and onto the next day we had a virtual outing. This consisted of a Minecraft session, some online games, and a Disney escape room. We communicated and worked together in our patrols and then had a campfire all together later that night. We all came up with creative skits and songs. The next morning we had scouts own. This is how we have been staying connected during this difficult time.

-Allie Rees
G27 Scribe

T27 Virtual Outing #1

The first virtual outing of Troop 27 was very successful. At 1:30 the zoom meeting started in which the outing started off in a scenic background of a minecraft server. Older scouts were able to design not only a realistic flag, accompanied by a coded bugle sound track, but the server also included well made structures which resembled that of ones made by scouts in the famous summer camp hosted every year in the sierras. The meeting soon drifted into an assortment of online games including a troop wide Minecraft server, Bingo, and skribbl.io around 2. This lasted till around 4.Personally Being on the minecraft server, I was able to experience first hand the collaboration of the scouts, as they helped each other survive through difficult situations. At 4, there became a free time break, where scouts were able to do whatever they want, up until 6. At 6, patrols met in little groups to chat about their dinner. They played little games such as two truths and a lie, which personally was very successful in my patrol, especially as younger scouts got to know the other ones. At 6:45 patrols competed in a knot race, in which the patrols had to show a picture of all the members with a completed basic knot. After this ended, around 7:30. The patrols again conversed till 8:30. At 8:30 everyone joined in for a virtual campfire, in which the various patrols presented skits and songs, till 9, at which point everyone went to bed after the nightly vespers. The next day at 9am the scouts joined in for an important scouts own, which finished of the unique outing.

– Lukas Wiggers
B27 Scribe

Service and Camping at Coyote Park

Members of G27 work on planting a tree for the Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

This weekend, the troop headed out to Coyote Lake for a service project camping outing. We started off the day with a relaxing hike with a view of the lake, then breaked for lunch. The Scouts got to enjoy the beautiful green hills, and observe the many plants and animals around. We headed back after a while, seeing some amazing sights, including a cow with her calf. Once we reached the campsite again, the Scouts split up into groups, each assigned to building a shade structure over the picnic tables. They were able to practice using knots and lashings, as well as teamwork to build a good structure that blocked out the sun. Afterwards, the Scouts were able to have some fun playing Capture the Flag while also being able to see wild pigs and turkey vultures. Before we knew it, it was time to make dinner, and the Scouts each made dutch oven meals with their patrols. After cleaning up, we had campfire with fun skits and songs as usual. Campfire didn’t last too long, so the Scouts were able to go to bed early. 

The next morning after breakfast, the Scouts packed up their stuff and after Scouts’ Own, got ready for the service project. The project was planting trees all around the park to replace some old ones, which required everyone to help. The Scouts took turns shoveling and digging, while others wrapped the metal fence around the tree. This took up a good portion of time, and soon, it was lunchtime. There wasn’t much left to do afterwards, so the Scouts separated into groups to refresh and review any knots and lashings they may have forgotten. The older Scouts built a fun wooden structure using spars and rope, while the younger Scouts practiced them off to the side. Soon however, all that was left to do was a sweep of the campground. Everyone made sure that they left nothing behind, and we soon loaded back into the cars. Though this outing didn’t have a very packed schedule, I think it was a nice little break for the Scouts. A nice little hike and gardening once in a while can be surprisingly fun!

-Katie Yue
G27 Scribe

Scout Sunday & Venture Crew Pancake Breakfast

On Scout Sunday, the Venture Crew hosted the annual V27 Pancake Breakfast to raise money for Super Trip 2020 Oregon. Friendly and cheerful crew members welcomed people and served delicious food made by amazing chefs. Many people, from the church community and troop community, came and kindly donated in support of the crew, helping raise about 3000 dollars! The pancake breakfast was a great time where the troop families and churchgoers could talk and enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and eggs together.

Following the pancake breakfast was the Scout Sunday service. Members of the Troops and Crew participated in the Hillsdale United Methodist Church’s Sunday service, both attending the service and speaking before the congregation.

Scout Sunday was a very nice event to reflect on our experiences in the Crew and show our appreciation for the support of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church community. 

-Katie Lau
G27 ASPL



Mayuel Carrot’s Eagle Court of Honor

After the scouts finished setting up the ceremony, the dinner started, with good food and good company. Later, the scouts put away the chairs to begin the part of the court of honor where we officially recognized Mayuel’s achievements, such as his Eagle project, which made it into the local newspaper. The Eagle roast was particularly lively, with a long line of Mayuel’s friends stepping onto the stage to talk about him. Many roasts, laughs and achievements later, Mayuel officially became an Eagle scout. 

Klondike Derby – 2020

Klondike Derby is our annual snow camping trip! We head into the snowcapped mountains to spend the weekend building shelters and competing in events. We spend the first day building our own igloo-like shelter to help insulate ourselves from the cold (which is a blast!), then compete with other troops in a series of snow-based events the next day.

Camping in the snow? Check! Having snowball fights? Check! At Klondike Derby, the Scouts did all these events and more! 

Usually, we would start by building snow shelters, but unfortunately, there wasn’t enough snow. So instead, we set up tents and started to have fun! Some Scouts from other troops had built a wall, and we ended up having a snowball fight with them. Some Scouts also had fun sledding down a hill, as well as playing Capture the Flag.

Before long, it had gotten dark, and everyone gathered to have dinner. Eating hot meals in the cold felt really good!

The next morning, after breakfast, we had Scouts Own, where Mr. Frydenlund told us the history of how Klondike Derby came to be. Then, we headed off to the activities. The festivities of the morning featured activities such as sled racing, spear throwing, and snow shoe tying. Scouts were competing against each other to get the highest score. 

By lunchtime, most people had left, or were in the process of leaving. We stayed behind for the grand sled race. One person would sit in the sled while three or more others pushed or pulled. Though there wasn’t many people competing, it was still very fun.

Though there were some difficulties concerning our snow shelters, everyone had a blast. I know that next year, it’ll be even better!

-Katie Yue
G27 Scribe

New Year’s Eve Celebration

This was Troop 27’s big celebration to end the decade with a bang! The scouts got together at the Saint Bart’s church in San Mateo for a fun and exciting night filled with food, laughter, games, and bad cooking! The highlight of the night was a fun and crazy Iron Chef Challenge between groups in which they had 45 minutes to cook, clean up, and of course, scream at each other. The results were wild and tasty which gave the adults… an experience. As midnight approached, everyone armed themselves with noisemakers and hats to usher in the new year. The scouts spent the rest of the night playing games together, and definitely not sleeping. It was an extremely exciting and tiring experience to end the decade and start the new year!

Jared Chou
B27 Webmaster

Skills Weekend

This year’s skills weekend was great! The Scouts got to learn and practice important skills, while older Scouts helped teach. Due to fire restrictions at Mt. Madonna, the Scouts practiced fire related skills at Beresford Park, including making fuzzy sticks, building and putting out a fire, and setting up a propane stove. We had lunch there, then headed up to the campsite. The first skill the Scouts would learn about was Navigation, taught by Mr. Frydenlund and Ms. Terman. We learned how to tell true north from magnetic north, as well as how to use a compass and read a map. Because we got a late start, we didn’t get to finish going through knots, but the Woodys were able to finish their own project of making a flag pole. After dinner and brillo, we all headed down to campfire where each patrol presented their skits and songs. Though our “campfire” ended up being a lantern with a neckerchief tied around it (once again, this was due to the fire restrictions), everyone had a good time. The next morning after breakfast, we all gathered for flags, then Mr. Frydenlund sat us down for Scouts’ Own. Afterwards, we all learned about First Aid, once again taught by Mr. Frydenlund and Ms. Terman. We took a quick lunch break, then went back to practice using gauze and bandages. We started wrapping up soon, and had to take down the flag pole! Not long after that, we were on our way back. This was a great outing, because everyone got to either learn, teach, or review some important skills, and it helped newer Scouts get a jump start on advancements.

Katie Yue
G27 Scribe