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Bike Trip - time to sign up!

Posted on Feb 11 2016 - 10:16pm

2016 BIKE TRIP, CHINA CAMP STATE PARK, SAN RAFAEL, CA

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If you like mountain biking and car camping, then don’t miss the Troop 224 Bike Trip on March 19-20. We’ll depart from the hut at 10:30 on Saturday morning and return to the hut by 10:30 on Sunday morning. Registration is now open. Parents with bike racks are needed to drive 35 miles each way to drop off and pick up (even if not staying overnight). When you register online, please indicate how many bikes you can transport. Scouts must spend the night and return with the Troop on Sunday in order to receive participation credit towards rank advancement.

Mountain Biking

According to http://bayarearides.com/rides/chinacamp/, China Camp is the best beginner single-track ride in the Bay Area. Any other beginner options are either more fire road than single-track or have at least a few punishingly steep sections in the mix. This route in China Camp is almost completely single-track and requires almost no advanced climbing stamina or technical skills. While there are a number of technical spots along this ride that would pose difficulty to beginners (and be welcome fun for experienced riders), almost all of them are constrained to the first quarter of the ride.

China Camp State Park

Once the site of a thriving fishing village on San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park is not only the historic remains of the village, but also 1,640 acres of natural watershed along the shores of San Francisco Bay. The park features extensive inter-tidal, salt marsh, meadow and oak habitats that are home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels and numerous birds. Visitors not only enjoy wildlife-watching, but also hiking, swimming, boating and windsurfing. The park has some of the best weather in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an average of more than 200 fog-free days per year. The address for China Camp State Park is 730 N. San Pedro Rd San Rafael CA 94901. The Park is located four miles east of San Rafael on the shore of San Pablo Bay. From Highway 101, go east on North San Pedro Road for five miles until it enters the park.

 Here is a preliminary itinerary:

SATURDAY

10:00 Meet at the hut, pack cars

10:30 Depart the hut

12:00 Mountain bike (bring your own lunch/snack)

15:00 Setup camp (how to set up a tent demo)

16:00 Explore marsh

17:00 Dinner by patrol (stove demonstration)

20:00 Campfire program

22:00 Star Gazing

23:00 Lights out

SUNDAY

07:00 Breakfast by patrol

08:00 Break camp

09:00 Scouts Own / Roses & Thorns

09:30 Depart camp

10:00 Arrive back at hut

 

Friends of Scouting 2016 Fundraiser - let's meet our goal!

Posted on Feb 1 2016 - 10:34pm

Dear Troop 224 Families,

 This week we are kicking off our annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign for the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. I'm sure you'll agree that Scouting makes a difference in our community and in the lives of our sons who participate in the program.  The council needs our financial support to provide for over 14,000 youth who participate in Scouting in this area.  The council supports us by providing leader training, maintenance for camps and facilities, liability and accident insurance coverage, and administrative and staffing services.

Summer Camp 2016

Posted on Jan 11 2016 - 10:18pm

Troop 224 will be going to Wente July 17-23, 2016 for Summer Camp!

Wente Scout Reservation is a Nationally Accredited Boy Scout camp located near Willits in Mendocino County.  Click here to go to their website.

This outing will be limited to 25 scouts. The deadline to sign up was 1/10/16 (Contact David Browne or David Douglas with quesions regarding late registration).  Sign Up here:

We will need at least 3 adults (1 who is a Uniformed Leader) to camp all week with the boys.

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50 Miler -

Posted on Jan 4 2016 - 6:09pm

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The 2016 backpack trek will explore Lassen Volcanic National Park. This trek is designed for all Scouts going into 7th grade and above who complete at least 5 of the practice hikes and want to test their mettle, fortitude, strength of character, moral fiber, determination, true grit, courage, and bravery. A deposit of $100 is required by 12/31/15 so we can make reservations and finalize plans. The total cost should be minimal other than the cost of personal gear. Lassen Peak is situated at the southern most end of the Cascade Range, which includes Mount Shasta and stretches through Oregon and Washington and into British Columbia. Lassen is part of a vast, active volcanic lava plateau stretching north to Lava Beds National Monument and Crater Lake in Oregon. In 1915 Lassen Peak exploded, blowing a giant mushroom cloud more than 7 miles into the atmosphere. This eruption profoundly altered the surrounding landscape for many miles. The area possesses a plethora of volcanic phenomena and associated thermal features such as lava pinnacles, lava flows, cinder cones, jagged craters, steaming sulfur vents, hot creeks, boiling springs, percolating mud pots, and steaming fumaroles. This trek wanders through the forested, mile-high plateau (6,000 – 8,000 feet) east of Lassen Peak, passing many placid lakes, beautiful meadows, and cinder cones. The forest is largely lodgepole pine with a mixture of Jeffrey pine, western white pine, shire fir, red fir, and hemlock. Reminders of volcanic and glacial origin can be seen throughout the area including the Fantastic Lava Beds and the Painted Dunes. Many small and large depressions scattered over this plateau have become lovely lakes or meadows. On our way home, we will also attempt to summit the 10,500 foot Lassen Peak.

 Itinerary:

 Sat 7/2 – Drive about 4 hours from Lafayette to Summit Lake in Shasta County

Sun 7/3 – Hike from Summit Lake to Snag Lake

Mon 7/4 – Hike from Snag Lake to Butte Lake, Climb Cinder Cone (about 2 miles round trip)

Tue 7/5 – Climb Prospect Peak (about 7 miles round trip), Hike from Butte Lake to Widow Lake

Wed 7/6 – Hike from Widow Lake to Horseshoe Lake

Thu 7/7 – Hike from Horseshoe Lake to Summit Lake

Fri 7/8 – Climb Mt. Lassen (about 5 miles round trip), Drive about 4 hours to Lafayette

 For more information, please call assistant Scoutmaster Bill Van Oss at 925-944-9026.

Volunteers Needed

Posted on Jan 27 2015 - 6:13am

Dear Troop 224 Parents - We are a volunteer organization and have many new scouts who have joined the troop this year.  We need your help to keep the troop functioning well.  The following positions are open and need filling. Please let Alex Coate know if you can help out. Thank you. 

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