Comprehensive List of Recent Events from Current & Last Season

Henry Coe Backpacking Outing

It started with about an hour-long drive to the Henry Coe State Park Information Center from the Coyote Point Shooting Range (an event that was right before the outing). Since it was a backpacking outing, the troop hiked in with all of their gear except for the water and some other materials (such as spars, tents, axes, and hatchets). Some set up tents, and some just tarped out. Then there was dinner—hot water was distributed for meals and a campfire. Next was glow-in-the-dark capture the flag. Afterward, scouts went back and did astronomy, led by Mr. Frydenlund. Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were visible throughout the night. Afterward, some scouts swung around glow sticks from the game of Capturing the flag. Then everyone went to bed.
In the morning, we packed up and had breakfast. After breakfast were two fire stations and one knots and lashings station, where fire stations led by older scouts taught scouts how to prepare wood for fires and build fires. At the third station, scouts build a shade structure to provide a place to eat lunch. After lunch, the troop packed up and got ready to leave. Then, after an FRS radio briefing from Mr. Frydenlund, the troop hiked back to where the cars were parked, along the nature trail where scouts could identify plants at certain marked spots along the way. Then the troop drove to the Park n’ Ride, where troop gear was distributed and scouts went home.

-Aaren Gurskus
T27B Scribe

Summer Camp 2021

Every year, the troop holds Summer Camp at an undisclosed lake in the Sierras. It is a week-long camp from July 17th to July 24th. Make sure to start packing as early as possible. The first pack check is on July 6th. Here is the packing list,

Stanislaus River Run Outing

On June 26th, the troop will take the canoes out to Stanislaus River and camp overnight at Horseshoe Road Recreation Area.

Memorial Day Flag Planting 2021 & Family Camp

Every year, to honor the military personnel who have passed away, our troop goes to Skylawn Memorial Park to plant flags. Afterward, we go camping at Clear Lake with our families.

Treasure Hunt 2021

The annual event put on by the Venture Crew in which scouts will go on a themed adventure traveling all over the Bay Area competing in various scout skill based events in order to receive a treasure! The theme has not been revealed this year yet.

Durham Camping

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Scouts relaxing and cooking dinner

On February 20-21st, we had the first campout in the troop we had in a while. The last one was Summer Camp in mid 2020. It had been a long time, so this outing was very enjoyable. First, we were very grateful for Mr. Wacker and his willingness to let us use his farm. So the farm was fairly well sized, and near Chico, in the Central Valley. The schedule was very well structured by PLC, and made for a really good outing. So we arrived at camp around 11:00, then had lunch, and set up camp. Thereafter, we were given a tour of the farm, and learned some interesting things like how to say almonds authentically, what the farm specialized in, and just an overall tour of the area. Certainly very informative. Some stations were then available to go through as well. There were things like fire starting, tomahawks, archery (by Mr. Reese), shade structures, work on totin chips, and one or two others. Event runners did a very good job. Then scouts prepared dinner, with many using dutch ovens, for solid meals. Scouts then did their troop and personal brillo, cleaning all of their plates and such. There was some free time, then campfire. The MC did a very good job, and there were some enjoyable skits, and songs. S’mores were also prepared and enjoyed by scouts. Then it was a quiet hour, and sleep. The morning was a little chilly, but otherwise fine. Scouts were tasked with cooking their breakfasts, then going through brillo. Afterwards there was a flag ceremony by the woodies, then Scout’s own by Ms. Cabuslay. She talked about the importance of receiving help, but also being grateful and saying please and thank you. Certainly some good lessons to take to heart. After that, there was striking camp, and packing everything up for leaving. Then there was a short ~25 minute hike that allowed us to see some other farms, and socialize a bit. From there scouts who didn’t finish packing up continued to, while others worked on advancement, and got good work done. After there were cold lunches and some more free time. Then all that was left to do was pack everything away, while abiding by leave no trace. Everything was packed away, troop materials were delegated to be cleaned, and there was a formal sweep of the area used as a campsite. Cars left, and the outing was done. It’s very important though to point out Mr. Wackers role in this outing. Without his offering to use his farm for camping, this outing just wouldn’t have happened. So the entire troop thanks him for his role. 

– Alexander Kaiser
B27 Scribe

Treasure Hunt 2020

Treasure Hunt 2020 was a great outing. So this year was themed all around the Oregon Trail. This outing featured scouts moving to different stations, and collecting letters. I, and the entire troop who participated would like to thank the entirety of the Venture crew, and the woodies who helped run the event (also the Rover). Also I would like to thank all of the Adult drivers who allowed this outing to function smoothly. The first station was at Beresford Park, which featured scouts starting off with multiple puzzles, and an exquisite morse code message transmitted over a Ham Radio. Once Scouts had gathered the necessary information, then they moved on to Mariners Island. This part focused solely on compass skills with a small puzzle at the end. Then patrols moved onto Erkenbrack park, which featured three skills: First Aid, Lashings, and Canoe. Scouts first moved in and built a “wagon” by lashing spars together, and placing a tarp on it. Then this was hoisted up and placed on a catamaran made of two canoes. This was then maneuvered around a course and put ashore, then derigged. Then scouts had a break to enjoy lunch, then moved on to a first aid part based off a broken ankle and substituted crutches. Next scouts moved on to Alberta Glen for quick “animal hunting” and tomahawks. Shortly thereafter patrols moved on to Arguello park, which involved a heaving line, a tool called a Zrig, and knot practice. Laurelwood park was next and featured scouts crossing a river (blue tarp) with the use of wood blocks. The final event was at Boothbay Park. Scouts practiced cooking skills such as setting up a tripod and hanging can. Also they practiced flipping pancakes. In the end, I’d like to congratulate the Hawk Patrol for winning the event. Scouts were then presented with a frightening amount of candy, and then left the day outing for home. Once more the entire troop would like to thank everyone who helped make this outing a possibility.

Scouts needed to hunt “animals” to get food for their journey on the Organ Trail.

– Alex Kaiser
B27 Scribe

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