Comprehensive List of Recent Events from Current & Last Season

Yosemite – September 2014

dsc03589Our annual Fall trip to Yosemite, one of the crown jewels of the National Park System, took place in September.  We departed on Friday evening so we could have a full-day in the park on Saturday.  We found our campsite in the dark and  set up our tents using flashlights.   Scouts drove into the park and hiked to Lake Elizabeth.  The scenery was breathtaking and the company doesn’t get any better.  We enjoyed a great campfire dinner and scouts entertained all with skits and songs at campfire.   Sunday morning started with another great campfire meal, then Scouts Own. On the way back, we stopped at The Bass Pro Shop in Manteca.

 

 

 

Elkhorn Slough – August 2014

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Elkhorn Slough is one of our troop’s most popular canoeing destinations.  Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marshes in California outside of the San Francisco Bay and provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.  This location provides great opportunities to view all types of sea life including birds, otters, and seals.  Scouts loaded up the troop’s canoes mid morning and were off on their wildlife viewing adventure.   Many types of birds were spotted along with sea otters and jelly fish.  Scouts had lunch in the canoes on the water during the 5 mile trip.  We camped overnight at Fremont Peak State Park and visited the astronomical observatory at night.  Happily scouts slept through the earthquake.

Summer Camp 2014

IMG_0269_The troop’s highlight event of the year did not disappoint.  We benefited from our ability to build our camp where conditions were best.  Even though many reservoirs had very little water we found a great lake to continue our tradition of water oriented activities.  Summit Lake, elevation 7100′ in the Stanislaus National Forest.  From July 16-18, older scouts and adults built our camp: a kitchen that can feed up to 75 people at each meal, a safe waterfront area for swimming and canoeing, latrines, dishwashing lines, assembly/flag areas, camping sites – all using pioneering skills – no nails necessary.

From the 19th – 26th it was the quintessential summer camp, canoeing, swimming, hiking, outdoor skills, games, merit badges, campfires, skits, astronomy talks and our signature Mountain Man event – jumping into the lake at 7:00 in the morning!  When all was cleaned up and put away on the last day we restored the area to the way we found it – or even a little better.

Canoe Outing – June 2014

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The destination of our second canoe outing of the year was Lake Del Valle in Livermore.  The relatively close location gave us plenty of time in the water.  We arrived at the lake mid-morning and setup camp while the canoes were towed to the marina for inspection.  After swim check and lunch we headed out for a tour of the lake.  There was plenty of wildlife to see including herons, vultures, and geese.  Saturday evening we had a great dinner and campfire.  Sunday began with breakfast, Scout’s Own, and more canoeing including lunch out on the lake.  It was a great outing.

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Redwood Shores Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Easter Egg Hunt 2014On April 19th Troop 27 helped support the Redwood Shores Community Association’s annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Marlin Park.  Nine scouts came to help hide eggs (including a limited number of special “golden eggs”) , communicate instructions, help with crowd control and distribute prizes.

There were four separate egg hunt areas for different aged children.  While it took almost an hour to setup for the event it was over in a flash when the whistle blew.  Hundreds of children and their parents came for the event on a beautiful sunny day.  Troop 27 has been connected to the Redwood Shores community for many years and many of our scouts past and present come from Redwood Shores.

Backpack & Hike Outing

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Boulder Creek

In place of a ski trip this year the troop is going backpacking in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic T27 outing.  For more details, proceed to the Member Area.

Webelos X-treme

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Troop 27 and Crew 27 participated in the BSA Pacific Skyline Council’s annual Webelos X-treme Event.  Our scouts and associated Venturing Crew setup and operated 2 fun activities: a climbing tripod and canoe catamarans.   The event allows Webelos to experience some Boy Scout activities, lets Webelos families become familiar with some Boy Scout troops and facilitates bridging from Cub Scouts.

Elkhorn Slough 2013

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Canoeing & Sunset Beach Camping

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.

On Saturday the troop paddled our fleet of canoes into Elkhorn Slough, finishing just before the tide would have been against us.  During the tour of the slough we had an opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife, while continuing to build on canoe skills.  We camped at Sunset Beach where scouts had an opportunity to work on skills, enjoy a beach campfire, and learned about astronomy while gazing into the nighttime sky.  After a hot breakfast and a discussion on a bluff overlooking the ocean on Sunday morning, we cleaned up one mile of the beach, packed our lunches and explored the museum at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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San Francisco Bay Sailing

T27 August 2013 Sailing Page PhotoAugust 17, 2013

The San Francisco Bay is considered one of the most fun and windiest places to sail in the world and it is right in our backyard. Some days it can be foggy and some days sunny. Sailing in the bay can be very rough and wet so wear layers. On the other hand, sailing can be beautiful with the view of the Golden Gate and San Francisco.

This year, the 34th America’s Cup races were held in San Francisco. It is a sailing race dating back to 1851 and has boats that go up to more than 45 knots. Safety is a priority, and all scouts wore PFDs at all times. We sailed most of the day and had own sack lunch on board. The America’s Cup races took place that day. This was a good opportunity for scouts to experience sailing activity and practice their scout skills. Sailing involves the use of lots of knots.

Klondike Derby

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Cisco Grove Campground

A fun winter challenge involving snow camping and competition: sled race, jumbo ski, showshoe relay, spear throw, fire building, snowball toss, “tobacco” spit, ice rescue, moon ball, hasty shelter building and snow snake. Troops are encouraged to bring patrol sleds, built by Scouts, for the sled race.

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Map & Directions

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