T27 at Webelos Extreme

T27 September 2013 X-treme Page PhotoTroop 27 will be at Coyote Point on September 23rd for Webelos Extreme. We’ll be hosting canoeing on the waterfront and our signature Tripod Climb up the hill. Please come by, say hello, and check out Troop 27. More information on Webelos Extreme at packsky.org

Summer Camp 2016 Rocked!

IMG_0794Again this summer our troop continued its unique, 50-plus-year tradition of building its own week long summer camp at a lake in the high Sierra. This year it was Loon Lake in the El Dorado National Forest.

13 scouts started off camp working on and achieving their Canoeing and Swimming Merit Badges.

On Wednesday the scouts got to do the troop’s traditional 5-mile troop hike including a great foil pouch dinner cooked on coals.

Many more skills were offered from the troop’s dedicated ASM and core and scout leadership core including Camping, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Lifesaving, Nature, Orienteering, and – of course – Swimming and Canoeing.

Again this year there were patrol contests, wood chopping and the two-man saw, Kajabe Can-Can, Two Ball and the very popular White Bomb!

All in, an incredible time for the troop!

June Canoe Trip

IMG_7640The annual June canoe trip outing was fantastic success. Fifteen scouts went on the outing together at Coyote Lake Reservoir in Gilroy. We also had five parent ASMs join the fun on the trip in addition to driving and towing 12 of the troops 18 canoes. The trip gave many of our newer scouts a chance to get a head start on their canoeing skills for summer camp.

 

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.

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.

Family Camp 2013

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May 25 – 27

Spring Lake, near Santa Rosa

Join us for our Marvelous May outing; our annual lively introduction for new scouts and their families to Boy Scouts with Troop 27, and also a great opportunity to get better acquainted with our program and some of our leaders. [Read more…]