Yearly Big Trip
Troop 224 is committed to providing an exciting and varied outdoor experience. So, in addition to backpacking, snow camping, and car camping, we like to get on the water at least once a year. We’ve gone kayaking, white water rafting, and canoeing. Last year we went canoeing on the Russian River. This year, the scouts opted for sea kayaking in Tomales Bay this Fall, plus a white water rafting trip in June!
The 50-miler is a week-long 50 mile backpacking trip. Last year, 5 scouts and 2 adults hiked through Desolation Wilderness near South Lake Tahoe. The 50-miler is a great experience, sleeping by small lakes, backpacking on sparsely populated trails, and experiencing vistas not seen by many people. Because of the ruggedness of the trip, we restrict participation to scouts aged 14 and older.
This is our “marquee” event! Each year, we head up to Tahoe for a weekend of skiing/snowboarding fun! This year, once again we are staying at Granlibakken Lodge and skiing at Alpine on Saturday and Sugarbowl on Sunday. Even inexperienced scouts can participate and take lessons. This is a trip parents really love to “help out” on!
Every two years, we head up to the Sierras and camp in the snow — and we mean in the snow, as we dig snow caves and spend the night in them! We usually go up in late February, snowshoe about 1/2 mile with our gear and set up camp. It is an experience every scout should try at least once, it’s really cool!!
Philmont / Northern Tier / Sea Base
As often as we are granted space, we head off to New Mexico and participate in Philmont Scout Ranch, one of BSA’s premier High Adventure camps. Scouts and adults backpack 50+ miles through rugged, beautiful, wild country, where participants get to do different activities each day, ranging from mountain climbing to black powder rifle shooting. When we cannot get into Philmont, we look into one of the two other BSA High Adventure camps, Northern Tier (canoeing in Minnesota and Canada) and Sea Base (sailing and SCUBA in the Florida keys). Because of the ruggedness of these trips, the BSA has minimum age and health requirements.