Troop 224 News

Leader Education and Discover (L.E.A.D) 2019

To All Scouters, Parents and Volunteers!

Leader Education and Discover (L.E.A.D) 2019 is ready to go! Registration has officially OPENED.

L.E.A.D. is Mount Diablo Silverado Councils' ultimate training event for Scout Leaders,

Parents, Venturers and Senior Scouts.

  • What is STEM and how does it work for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA
  • and Venturers?
  • Where can I go Camping, Hiking or Backpacking in Northern California?
  • Where can I get in person training for my position as a Cub Scout, Scouts or
  • Venture Leader?
  • How can I run fun and exciting Pack Meetings?
  • I want to be a Den Chief?

L.E.A.D. has you covered. L.E.A.D. offers over 130 classes across five colleges: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Outdoors and Continuing Education. The day is broken up into 6 sessions. Some classes are 1 session, others, such as CPR certification, are 3 sessions, while even others, like Venturing Leader Training, last all day.   Use the link below to view College Schedules and then select your classes and register. . .and don't forget to bring your friends.

The Staff have spent the last two months putting the schedule together and finalizing all the classes.  It is now TIME FOR YOU to sign up and reserve your spot!

DATE:  Saturday, January 26th, 2019

TIME:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Diablo Valley College (DVC) - 321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

UNIFORMS:  Class A encourage

Camp Tamarancho—Mountain Bike and Rifle Shoot

The Marin Council, Boy Scouts of America, operates Camp Tamarancho in the hills above Fairfax. They provide access to several excellent mountain biking trails on camp property in partnership with the Friends of Tamarancho. These mountain biking trails are some of the best in the Bay Area. Troop 224 attended two years ago and every scout had the time of their life mountain biking!

We have reserved the Twin Cities group campsite for car camping. Meet at the hut at 9:00am on Saturday 1/26. Pack troop gear and depart at 9:30. Drive about 1 hour and mountain bike all afternoon in groups. That evening we’ll practice Camporee skills and tent camp overnight. On Sunday we’ll pack up, then go to the camp rifle range to practice shooting 22 rifles. We’ll return to hut at about 2:00.

When you RSVP through the troop website, please indicate how many people and bikes you can transport. Cost is $20 per person.

For more information, please visit:

2019 Ski Trip

Are you ready for the mountains with your skis and snowboards? It’s time to sign up for the Troop 224 annual ski trip! 
The dates of the ski trip are March 23-24, 2019. Hopefully we will get a repeat of the March Madness snow that came to Tahoe last season! Each year we head up to Tahoe for a weekend of skiing/snowboarding fun – it is one of our most fun trips on the Troop 224 calendar so sign up now! This year, once again, we are staying at Granlibakken Lodge in Tahoe City and skiing at Alpine Meadows on Saturday and Sugar Bowl on Sunday. Please find below some important logistics:
Snow Sports Merit Badge
This year, you can complete your Snow Sports merit badge on the Ski Trip! 
In order to complete your Snow Sports merit badge on the Ski Trip, you should finish pre-requisites #1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 before the ski trip – see attached Snow Sports MB workbook for your reference. One of the Alpine Meadows Ski Patrollers will be joining us after skiing on Saturday March 23rd to help us through the merit badge requirements. Requirements #5 and 7 - which are the practical ski/snowboarding parts of the Merit Badge - will be completed on Saturday morning at Alpine Meadows.
If you are interested in completing your Snow Sports Merit Badge on the Ski Trip, be sure to sign up on the Ski Trip Google Doc below.
We are staying at Granlibakken Lodge, arriving Friday night and departing Sunday morning. The cost for lodging based on dorm style bunk bed sleeping arrangements is $106 per person per night. The price includes two nights stay and two morning breakfast buffets. Adults may elect to make their own arrangements with Granlibakken or other hotels should dorm style sleeping arrangements not work.
Dinner Friday night is decided by individual carpool. There are fast food options in Auburn and Colfax.
Lunches - participants can bring brown bag lunches for both days, however fast food options are also available at both ski resorts.
Saturday night - we will have use of the Granlibakken ski hut. As we did last year, we are excited to welcome back Local Chef Productions who will be cooking a delicious buffet dinner for us at the ski hut. Cost will be approximately $20 per person.
Ski Lift Pricing
Adult (19-64 years) - $88 per day
Youth Adult (13-19 years) - $72 per day
Child (5-12 years) - $54 per day
Senior (64+) - $74 per day
Above pricing is for lift tickets only. Does not include ski equipment or lessons. If renting equipment, rental gear should be obtained prior to the trip (try Sports Basement for an affordable option). Scouts are required to wear helmets. There will be no lessons arranged through the Troop 224 Group Booking - all lessons should be arranged by yourself directly with Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl
Please make your own travel plans to/from Tahoe. If you are a scout, please bring $20 for your driver to offset gas/vehicle expenses.
In order to reserve your spot, please sign up on the attached Google docs no later than Thursday, January 31st and make payment to PayPal by carefully following the directions on the Troop 224 website. Be sure to include on the Google doc the age category of the participants so we can purchase the appropriate tickets as well as lodging requirements and if you intend to complete the Snow Sports Merit Badge. Payment must be received no later than by Friday, February 15th.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at

Mr Hird

925 588 3072

Arizona Trip - Spring Break

Are you ready….for the Arizona Trip!

We leave Saturday March 30 and return Saturday April 6th! ( Spring Break)

We have booked the most amazing camp sites in astounding National Parks!

First two nights at Red Rock Canyon. We have cool hikes and the opportunity to do some work for the archaeology merit Badge!

Nights 3 & 4 nights at Zion National park in the exact same campground we stayed in 2 years ago….simply perfect with covered picnic tables and a sunken fire pit!

We can visit our sister Navaho Nation school an go for all sorts of great hikes.

Nights 5 & 6 at Grand Canyon National Park in a new cool campground

Last night in Barstow and a hotel with hot showers!

Home Saturday afternoon!

We will need drivers and we use large passenger vans from Walnut Creek Enterprise Rent a Car.

The trip is partially sponsored by the troop but you  should expect to pay approximately $200 for gas, hotel and food per Scout. Final details will be posted early next year!


Mr. Ariker

PS. Please do not sign up if you don’t want to see amazing things, camp out in amazing places, eat amazing food you cook and visit some of the best national parks in the country

2019 Summer Camp

Camp Emerald Bay for Summer camp 2019.   18 of us went in 2017 and everyone had a great time.  Exact cost will come out in future updates but for now, Camp cost is $699 for scouts and $549 for adults with the early reservation discounting applied.  You will need to add the cost of round trip airfare and shuttle for your scout ( approximately $200 more).  Everything else is all inclusive.  

See below for details -

I would like to get a rough head count for this trip so please send me an email over the holidays and let me know your male and/or female scouts  are interested in going.  ( parents can also go).  We will  need one female adult to volunteer, if female scouts sign up.  Please contact me with any questions.
Catalina Island at Camp Emerald Bay - Sunday July 21, 2019 thru Saturday July 27, 2019

Summer camp on Catalina Island sailing, boating, Kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, lots of hiking and biking and a fast track program to becoming a First Class Scout.  An event not to miss!

  • Jet Blue Airlines round trip from Oakland to Long Beach Airport.
  • Depart to camp – parents meet at Oakland airport  Sunday July 21, 2019.  Departure flight time TBD,   Super shuttle, ferry, arrive on Island approx. 12 noon.
  • Return from camp – Saturday July 27, 2019.  Return flight departure TBD, arrive Oakland Airport TBD , parents pick scouts up at airport, end of trip.

See website for further details –

Alaska Trip - Important Information

Trip Proposed Date; 6/9/2019-6/19/2019

I have attached proposed itinerary as well as trip guideline from Midnight sun council. 

Proposed itinerary plan: 

Depart: SFO/OAK to Fairbanks 6/9/2019 (Depend on time and flight fee)

Return : Anchorage to OAK/SFO  6/19/2019

Flight will likely layover in Seattle.   However, if we have layover in Canada,  You all will need to have a passport ready.

 Who qualifies for this trip;

  Troop 224 handbook Pg 48:  junior in high school with life scout rank at the time of trip. 

Participation Fees; Full payment due at the sign up for scouts with no refund if anyone drop out(unless you find replacement). First 18 people (first come first serve basis), after first 18, you will be on standby. If we have too many interested party, priority will be given to scouts. 4 ULs are required to go to make this trip possible.

Adult interested in the party; Please send me email and let me know. I will ask upfront payment as soon as I sort out the numbers of scouts who is interested in going. 

Northern lights council will charge by block of participant instead of per person so we would like to take advantage of the best deal by making full crew instead of missing one or two spots which participants end up paying more.

Sign up dealine; 5/31/2018

Below fee include full excursion and flight.

Adult: $3500

Scout: $1500

Leading ULs; This will cover 4ULs and 1 Backup UL basic fees for the trip. This means if excursion fee comes out more than planned, each UL will pay for that price to give the most benefits to participating senior scouts. Excursion may change depend on accessibility and availability. The excursion fee is not final until April 2019 per Alaskan Council. ULs' non refundable deposit at the time sign up: $200

Please send me the copy of payment receipts to save my communication with treasurer. 

### Midnight council trip is based on 7days. Our troop trip is 10 days!

Any questions or missing information: Please send me email!

YIS, Sue

Philmont 2020

 Exact summer 2020 dates to be determined

Philmont Scout Ranch is the ultimate playground for Scouts with over 180,000 square miles of remote back country in New Mexico. Those who complete their trek through the southern Rocky Mountains with their crew will gain new confidence by following in the footsteps of over 1,000,000 Scouts since the 1930’s. You will learn the Philmont-way of backpacking, summit 11,000 foot peaks, and visit beautiful camps with activities like horseback riding, rock climbing, and shooting. I know summer 2020 is a long time from now, but we must register at the end of this month. If you are interested, click on the link below, talk to your friends, and register on our website. Scouts must be age 14 by the time their trek begins, so students currently in the 7th grade or above are eligible. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Mr. Van Oss


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