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Work Party -All hands needed ! Sunday Sept 24th - 8am - 2pm

Posted on Sep 20 2017 - 9:22pm

Hello Troop 224

Our first Troop meeting is next Monday at the Hut. You will be surprised of the hut transformation over this past summer! However, we need your help SUNDAY to finalize the Hut makeover! Please come out to help us wax floors, clean and organize the hut from 8 AM -1 PM.  Please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ea8a822aa8-final

Advance Camp - Important Details

Posted on Sep 18 2017 - 7:53pm

Hi Scouts and Adults,  Advance Camp is this Saturday, 9/23!  

We will meet at the Acalanes High School parking lot near the Basketball Gym at 6:15 AM sharp and will leave at 6:25 am. Although it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the Antioch Fairgrounds, there will be a lot of traffic.  More than 2,100 scouts are attending this year and entering the Fairgrounds parking lot takes another 30 minutes.

Scouts, remember to wear your Class A Uniforms and bring snacks and your Lunch!  Troop 224 will bring drinks. We will assemble our tent behind the main registration building and this location will be where everyone will meet to eat lunch and, at the end of the day, before going home.  All drivers will assemble at this location to pick up their Scouts.

Attached are the following:

1.  Advance Camp PDF showing classes Scouts and Adult are signed up to attend.  

Look for your name to see what merit badges or trailhead activities you are signed up to attend. After we register, everyone will receive information on where to go for your sessions.

Many merit badges have prerequisites to be completed BEFORE you attend the session. Remember to review the merit badge worksheets so you know what is expected to be completed before your session. Doing the prerequisites BEFORE your Advance Camp sessions will allow you to leave with the completed Bluecard!

BSA Advance Camp 2017

Event Date:               September 22nd (Friday) and 23rd (Saturday)

Location:                    Antioch Fair Grounds, Antioch, CA

Event Details:  

This is a great opportunity for Troop 224 Scouts to work on and complete various merit badges. The event begins on Friday afternoon and continues all day on Saturday.  Troop 224 Scouts typically attend only the Saturday sessions and we begin by meeting at Acalanes High School early Saturday morning, then carpool over to the Antioch Fairgrounds. 

 Advance Camp will be offering the following merit badges:





Eagle Required Merit Badges



Lifesaving 13+ ALL DAY

Citizen in the Community

Emergency Preparedness

Personal Fitness

Citizen in the Nation

Environmental Science

Personal Management

Citizen in the World

Family Life



First Aid

Swimming ALL DAY




Other Merit Badges

Archery 13+ $25 ALL DAY

Fire Safety

Radio PM only


Fly Fishing

Reptile & Amphibian Study

Astronomy & Fri night

Game Design

Robotics $25

Auto Maintenance

Graphic Arts



Indian Lore

Search & Rescue 13+$25 ALL DAY






Public Health



Traffic Safety

Climbing 13+ ALL DAY

Mammal Study


Coin Collecting

Moviemaking ALL DAY

Trailhead 5 Mile Hike

Composite Materials


Trailhead Swim

Crime Prevention

Nuclear Science 13+ ALL DAY

Truck Transportation

Digital Technology



Drafting 13+ 1st Class


Welding 13+ $25 ALL DAY

Electricity      Energy

Programming $25



Public Speaking

Wilderness Survival & Fri night


Pulp and Paper

Wood Carving

















In addition to the extensive list of merit badges available on Sept 23rd, the following list shows all of the rank advancement stations available for Tenderfoot and 1st and 2nd class.   I strongly recommend you send your sons to this one day event.   Summer camp and advancement camp are the 2 events in a year where scouts can get a lot done on rank advancement “ trail to first class”.  As I understand it,  Scouts can bounce from station to station picking off whatever they don’t have signed off in their books.  Zach, Parker, Ben, Harper and our other new scouts should definitely do rank advancement work and skip merit badges, (in my opinion).  

  • Also – summer camp did not cover these requirements offered at Rank A. this yr.  - Scout:   1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 4a, 4b, 5,  Tenderfoot: 3b, 3c, 4d, 8, Second class: 2a,2b,2c,2d,2f, 3b, First class: 4a, 4b, and 9a.  So-  Sam P., Ariston, William and Benji, you guys can do all 22 of these that were not offered at summer camp.

Rank advancement stations:

NEW REQUIREMENTS (2016+): ( also offering old book requirements ( see website under trailhead)

  • Scout:               1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 4a, 4b, 5
  • Tenderfoot:       3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 7a, 8
  • Second Class:  1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2f, 2g, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6c,6d,6e,8b,9a,9b
  • First Class:       3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6e, 7a, 7b, 7c, 9a

If you have specific questions, you can email mkraszulyak@mac.com or call me at 510-717-6850.

Tamales Bay - Bioluminescence Tour - FULL!

Posted on Sep 7 2017 - 11:27pm

Start: Oct 14 2017 - 8:00am

End: Oct 15 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: Marshal Beach on Tomales Bay

See list of attendees Here

Limited to 25 attendees. Preference will be given to scouts so we ca accommodate as many as possible. For this trip we'll need min  four leaders. The rest of the leaders/parents will be determined if spaces are available. We still need sufficient number of drivers back and forth. 


Registered Scouts and Adults (not on the wait list),




Please retain your spot on the Tomales Bay Trip, October 14-15, by paying $140 per person to treasurer Karen Wang by September 15th. If payment is not received by September 15th, then your spot will be offered to people on the wait list. You may be added to the wait list by emailing me by September 15th. Scouts who email me by September 15th will be given priority. However, Scouts who don’t email me by September 15th will not be added to the wait list.




Mr. Van Oss




P.S. Some of you may not understand how troop funds are used to subsidize the trips. In this case, troop funds from the tree lot are used to reduce the total cost of the trip from $220 per person to $140 per person. Thus, you are saving about $80 on this trip because you worked the tree lot. Remember this and be Cheerful when helping customers this year.




Kayaks $195/person x 25


Camping Fees






Troop Budget


Net Cost


Per Person = Net Cost / 25




Itinerary - PVT Guided Camping Trip


We set up a waterside camp which can be reached by a short scenic paddle, equipped with tables, camp chairs, camp stove, firewood for one fire, fresh water, and staffed by our capable and friendly kayak guides.  All that you need to bring is your tent, sleeping bag/ pad, your food for the trip, and anything else you would like to have on your adventure.  You simply arrive at 10am, load your gear on to our motorboat, and then enjoy the beautiful paddle to your campsite with your knowledgeable guides.

On all our group camps, your guide and camp host will lead guided tours from camp for anyone who wants to explore Tomales Bay after the sun goes down. On moonlit nights we’ll paddle in the glow of glorious moonlight, and on dark nights, we’ll explore the shoreline and be thrilled by the natural light show in the water that is bioluminescence. Both are wonderful and exciting experiences! In both cases, your night will end with you sleeping peacefully at the waters edge. 

Northern Tier Photos - check them out!

Posted on Aug 27 2017 - 10:37pm

go here to see Troop 224's Northern Tier Triip


Recruit a New Scout - win a Prize

Posted on Aug 15 2017 - 1:27pm

Click here to indicate if you are inviting a potential new scout to one of our troop functions (troop meeting, etc) 

Recruit a New Scout

Youth Protection Training - Is it time for you to renew ? (every 2 years)

Posted on Feb 9 2017 - 9:22pm

To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.



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