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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

Gold Rush 2019

The Troop and the Webelos from Pack 301 had a great time at Gold Rush Camporee! The Scouts helped lead the younger, less experienced Webelos as they spent the day doing all sorts of Gold Rush themed activities, including gold panning, archery, muzzle loading, pudgy pie, blacksmithing, and more. They also got to explore the trading post which offered T-shirts that could later get silk-screened, and the Saloon where popcorn and root beer was in high demand. Afterwards, they participated in competitions for some of the activities, with our troop placing first and second in the dutch oven cooking competition, and first in muzzle loading. Many other Scouts participated, as well as the Webeloses who placed in their separate competitions. When that was over, the troop cooked and ate their dinner, then headed up to campfire (after a wonderful flag ceremony by our own troop) where everyone performed their skits and songs. Before heading to bed, we enjoyed some ice cream with some nice gold nugget (chocolate) toppings. The next morning, the troop stayed behind to help sweep and take down the camp, then ate lunch and went home. I think this was a great trip, seeing as it was a great learning/teaching process with the Webelos, and it was cool to see how other troops worked. Can’t wait to come back again!

a great time at Gold Rush Camporee! The Scouts helped lead the younger, less experienced Webelos as they spent the day doing all sorts of Gold Rush themed activities, including gold panning, archery, muzzle loading, pudgy pie, blacksmithing, and more. They also got to explore the trading post which offered T-shirts that could later get silk-screened, and the Saloon where popcorn and root beer was in high demand. Afterwards, they participated in competitions for some of the activities, with our troop placing first and second in the dutch oven cooking competition, and first in muzzle loading. Many other Scouts participated, as well as the Webeloses who placed in their separate competitions. When that was over, the troop cooked and ate their dinner, then headed up to campfire (after a wonderful flag ceremony by our own troop) where everyone performed their skits and songs. Before heading to bed, we enjoyed some ice cream with some nice gold nugget (chocolate) toppings. The next morning, the troop stayed behind to help sweep and take down the camp, then ate lunch and went home. I think this was a great trip, seeing as it was a great learning/teaching process with the Webelos, and it was cool to see how other troops worked. Can’t wait to come back again!

Katie Yue
G27 Scribe

Yosemite Camping Trip

The troop arrived at our campsite just outside of Yosemite at about 11 PM, after loading troubles back at the church. We went to sleep, and the next morning was the first dutch oven meal for the troop. The troop then left a little late to Tenaya lake. The troop admired the beautiful view from the lake, many scouts (me included) think it’s the best view we’ve had on the canoes. After canoeing until about 1 PM, we started to hike towards clouds rest. A few hours later, the troop made it there and found it’s breathtaking view. The troop rested there as the drivers drove back to get their cars, and we then drove back to our campsite. For the rest of the evening, the troop cooked their second dutch oven meal, with good results overall. The next morning, the troop left for a second hike into Yosemite national park (the troop was mostly in the national forest up to this point), and at the end of our hike, came upon a beautiful waterfall. After resting there, the troop headed back to the cars, ate lunch, and left-back for the church.

Kheo Kober
B27 Scribe

Scouting for Food 2019


The Troop arrived in Marlin park at about 8:00 AM in order to organize the scouts, as well as the Cub guests into groups. The size of donations just from the Troop was already impressive. After re-organizing, the groups were assigned areas to pick up and ask for donations from. The rest of the day consisted of going from door-to-door, and politely asking for donations. Many hours later, the scouts had amassed an impressive collection of donations at the food bank.

Kheo Kober
B27 Scribe

Spencer Graham Eagle Court of Honor

Spencer’s Eagle Court of Honor was simular to most troop Court of Honors. With good food, good company, and an overall smooth ceremony. It was a great opportunity to commemorate Spencer’s achievements and have a good time.

Kheo Kober
B27 Scribe

Summer Camp 2019

Again this summer Troop continued its unique, 50-plus-year tradition of building its own week long summer camp at a lake in the High Sierras.

Starting with 4 days of Advance Camp with senior scouts in the Tahoe National Forest, and then joined by the entire troop for a week, T27’s tradition is the experience of a lifetime.

We are a water focused troop. The troop maintains 18 canoes and several other boats. Summer camp skills start with swimming and canoeing.

One of the many long time favorite activities at Summer Camp is Kajabe Can Can. Check out this gorgeous video by Content Canning Company with lots of help from energetic Troop 27 Scouts. The second half is a focus on Kajabe Can Can:

T27 Summer camp Vid 1 – Kajabi from Content Canning Company on Vimeo.

T27 Honors Fallen on Memorial Day

Our annual Memorial Day tradition of decorating graves at Skylawn Cemetery was a success again this year. Always a great turnout with generations of Troop 27 Scouters, every headstone was decorated with an American Flag by just a little after 11AM.

From there many scouts and families drove to Clearlake for the rest of the weekend and Family Camp. Three gorgeous days of canoeing, swimming, and camping, with some cool sprinkles on Sunday morning. No dampening of spirits though for Troop 27!

Around the Bay Area and across the country veterans, scouts, and others place American Flags on every grave to honor those who fought for our freedom.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Fallen-veterans-honored-on-Memorial-Day-at-San-13899463.php

Elkhorn Slough Canoe Trip

This year we headed to Elkhorn Slough with a group of about 40 Scouts for our Spring canoeing trip.

The Elkhorn Slough is one of 27 National Estuarine Research Reserves established nationwide as field laboratories for scientific research and estuarine education. It is the largest tidal wetland marsh in California after San Francisco Bay.

The Troop took our canoe fleet on a tour of the Slough, giving the Scouts an opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife, while continuing to build on canoe skills.

The weather is was excellent with clear skies so we were able to see some stars and planets in the night as well.