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Camporee May 6-7 - Mandatory outing - everyone must register

Posted on Apr 28 2017 - 10:55pm

Sign Up Here!

Camporee will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 at the Casini Ranch, Duncan Mills, CA. Patrols will meet at the hut 7:00am Saturday, gear up, and carpool together.  Patrols will camp overnight and return to the Hut Sunday morning for pickup. On Saturday, Patrols will compete with other Troops in ten events: Fire Building, Lashings, Orienteering, First Aid, Knots, Obstacle Course, Log Lift, Model Camp, Nature, US Flag Etiquette. All Scouts are expected to attend. Please email Mr. Van Oss if you will not be there.

Get ready - on May 6-7 we have our annual Camporee! This is a fun & mandatory event for all scouts. Don’t miss it! This year it will be held at Casini Ranch in Duncan Hills in the North Bay near the Russian River. This is a two-hour drive, so we’ll need to plan accordingly.

We are expecting 35 Scouts and their gear that need transit to and from the Hut to the site. We’ll need 8 drivers both ways. The cars need to arrive and unload by 10 a.m. at the latest. There is no hike in this year. Scouts will need to get tents, stoves, and cooking utensils from the Hut - so the latest to leave would be 7am. In terms of pickup (Sunday May 7), we are planning that the scouts will be ready to go at 10 am.

In terms of what to pack, everything needs to come in a backpacking pack - either external or internal frame is okay. Sleeping bag, tent, water, food etc. Ask your Patrol Leader for specifics if you have questions. This is more of a car-camping situation, so it’s recommended that you bring and store your food in coolers. You need to have enough food to feed your entire patrol, and enough for a staff member to judge your meal preparation. Again, ask your Patrol Leader for the specifics.

Here’s a link to a spreadsheet where you can sign up to transport scouts:

Camporee Carpool Spreadsheet

YIS,

Niko Vo and Mr. Van Oss

Mom's Night Out! (at Mom's Camp) May 20-21 - Register Now

Posted on Apr 28 2017 - 10:54pm

Mom's Camp  Sign Up Here!

This is a wonderful opportunity for Scouts to impress their moms with their wonderful scouting skills.

Our fun starts out with a nice short drive up Mt Diablo on Saturday morning.  This scenic drive is followed by your Scout happily pitching your tent and setting up camp for you while you relax and take in the quiet beauty.  We will enjoy a short hike and return for delicious camp dinner.
Following dinner, we all sit around the campfire and be dazzled and amazed by troop 224's finest entertainment, while our boys perform many skits that will have us rolling on the ground with laughter..   One year they held a campfire food cooking contest where the Mothers were the judges... Who knows how they will surprise us this year? 

Sunday morning, the boys take down our tents and we pack up camp.  Then we all go on a short hike before heading home. It is a quick and fun getaway! 

In the past this has proven to be a pretty busy weekend for families. Kitchen Tour, Prom, games, theatre tickets and who knows what else. To try and accommodate as many people as possible, We reserved the site for Friday and Saturday Nights. It seems that the consensus for most is that a Saturday overnight will work best.   In past years the venue has been a couple hour drive away, making it difficult to just come for a little while, if that was all your schedule could allow - so no excuse this year - everyone should make an appearance!.  

This year, we are doing it close by, so that we can get as many Moms and their Scouts to joint us.  Hope you can make it!! 

Any questions - email Christine cesampson@yahoo.com

Summer Camp 2017 - Catalina Island -

Posted on Apr 28 2017 - 10:54pm

 Catalina Island at Camp Emerald Bay - Sunday July 16, 2017 thru Saturday July 22, 2017

Attendees

- Jet Blue Airlines round trip from Oakland to Long Beach Airport  

Super shuttle to and from Airport to Ferry harbor is covered by troop 224

- Depart to camp – meet at Oakland airport at 5:00AM- Sunday July 16, 2017.  Departure flight time 6:29 AM, arrive LBA 7:49AM.  Super shuttle, ferry, arrive on Island approx. 12 noon.

- Return from camp – Saturday July 22, 2017.  Return flight departure 5:00 PM, arrive Oakland Airport 6:14PM, pick scouts up at airport, end of trip.

Please find enclosed the sign -up form for Merit Badges at Camp Emerald Bay 2017.  Please send them back to Dave Robb, david.robb@sbcglobal.net with the forms attached below as soon as possible,  5/15/17 deadline.

I have also included the Program Planner so your scout can see the entire week broken down day by day.

Pretty strait forward, all merit badges are listed, ( great choices like sailing, paddleboard, snorkeling, oceanography) chose what your scout wants to do and I will confirm they are in the class.   If you choose a merit badge with a fee for materials you will need to pay the fees to the 224 treasurer, Karen Wang once you receive confirmation your scout is in the class.

Couple points:

“1st year Rank advancement” –If your scout wants to work on Rank Advancement, scout to tenderfoot, tenderfoot to second class, second class to first class, sign up for this class.  I am trying to get clarification now on what is covered, might only be scout to tenderfoot.

On Scuba- I spoke to Malibu divers, there are 3 categories for scouts and adults 12 and older on the island, 6 instructors and 4 dive masters on island all summer: 

  1.  “BSA scuba”: If your scout wants to do a half day class, try scuba diving without being PADI certified,  be tested in 6 feet and then do a dive to a maximum depth of 30 feet.  Test and first dive $125 ( all gear provided) additional day dives $50
  2. “Scuba MB”: - If your scout only wants to scuba dive all week and end up PADI certified with diving merit badge – approx. $500 for week, (includes renting most gear and purchasing a mask/snorkel, booties, gloves and fins scout takes home).  Personally, I think 12/13 is too young.  Have your scout enjoy everything summer camp offers and get PADI certified before camp or some other time.
  3. “ Discover local diving” – Anyone PADI certified can go scuba diving at camp - $100 for eval and first dive, additional day dives $50, additional night dives $65 ( all gear included). You can bring your own gear if you prefer.

 Please make sure to send your scout with enough money to do everything he wants to do/buy.  He can buy a camp T shirt at Camp for approx.. $20. Etc.

 My name is Dave Robb and I am the Adult Leader for summer camp 2017 on Catalina Island.  My fellow leaders, Christine Sampson and Tim Hird, are looking forward to making this a successful summer camp for your scouts.  I will be doing all my communicating using this email group and have included both parents and scouts.  Some scouts don’t have email addresses so please communicate all relevant information to your scout.

 Please fill out the camp permission form, and have your scout sign the behavior contract, on the attached PDF and email them back to me:

  1. Parental Firearms Permission and Release and Consent to Full Program
  2. Troop 224 behavior contract

Also, please make sure your scouts medical forms A,B and C are current for the July 16 thru July 22, 2017 trip.  If these 12 month forms expire before July 22, 2017, please get the new A,B,C forms to Christine Pecci well in advance of the trip.

Feel free to contact me with any Summer Camp questions you have.  Most Summer Camp information can be found at www.campemeraldbay.org

Summer Camp leader: Dave Robb, david.robb@sbcglobal.net or 925-321-4663

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.

Volunteers Needed

Posted on Feb 6 2017 - 7:09pm

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 Andrew Karsh know if you can help out. Thank you. 

Philmont 2018

Posted on Jan 28 2017 - 9:44am

We won the Philmont lottery for summer 2018! We are guaranteed 2 treks (up to 24 people) departing 8/5/2018, so long as we make a $1,400 deposit by 1/31/2017. We are expecting to be allowed to move up one of the treks (up to 12 people) to depart on 7/15/2018 and will confirm the earlier departure date before making the first payment. Please note, 2018 Philmont youth participants must be 14 years of age on date of arrival OR have completed the eighth grade and be at least 13 prior to participation. Also, each crew (7-12 participants) must have a majority of youth and is limited to a maximum of four (4) adults over 21 years of age

Each trek will take about 2 weeks including 12-days at Philmont plus 2 days travel. The cost per Scout is $940 plus travel, so the total cost could be as high as $1,500, prior to any Troop subsidies from the tree lot. The Philmont experience is a one-of-a-kind backpacking trip through the New Mexico Rocky Mountain Range with awesome activities at each campsite along the way such as rifle shooting, rock climbing, horse riding, etc. When your team completes the difficult journey together, you will attain a confidence and sense of accomplishment like never before. For more information, please read below, follow the links, or talk with one of the few who has completed the journey (e.g., Mr. Blocker, Peter C., Carson, Ivan, etc.)

 Mr. Van Oss

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