Troop 224 News
Friends of Scouting 2019
Friends of Scouting
It is that time of year, and we are kicking off the 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 and daughters 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. Please note, the money donated from our troop stays in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.
The suggested contribution is $250 per Scout, however, any contribution is welcome and we recognize that families contribute in many different ways to our troop - financially and otherwise. If you are able to make a contribution, please make your check payable to Boy Scouts of America-Friends of Scouting. The council also takes Mastercard and Visa and offers an installment plan for your contribution ($250 over 8 months is only $31.25 per month!) and you can pay the full amount or installment plan online.
If your employer offers corporate matching on donations, then your contribution can be doubled!
Options to donate are online or sending a check directly to me at my address or bringing a check to the next 3/6 parents meeting. My address is 1199 Monticello Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549. I am required to report back to the council for each family who is a member of our troop, so even if you choose to not make a contribution, please let me know (otherwise eventually the council will contact you). All contributions are confidential and tax deductible. You will receive a letter from the council acknowledging your contribution to be used for tax purposes.
Troop 224 has a great reputation with the council for both generosity and quick response. Let's try to continue that trend!
Thank you for considering a contribution to this important program.
2019 Summer Camp
Payment for Catalina Island ( Camp Emerald Bay) is now due. The payment deadline is 3/1/2019. Registration closes on 3/1/19 except for incoming 5th graders.
All reservations have been made and payment covers, Summer Camp, Plane flights, Shuttles, Ferries and the battleship. Please make your check out to “Friends of Troop 224” and send to our treasurer, Karen Wang, 321 Beacon Ridge Lane Walnut Creek CA 94597. Please note, if you use PAYPAL please follow the instructions below exactly. It will cost each participant approx.. $40 more in paypal fees if the below instructions are not followed correctly. This year’s summer camp is the “big summer camp trip” and is more expensive than the local camps.
Every other year we do a less expensive local summer camp trip. This is the best summer camp location I have ever found! Preliminary head count shows 18 scouts and 8 adults interested thus far.
- There has been a change this year. Because there are no airlines who can get us to the Ferry terminal on time, we will be flying on Jet Blue into Long Beach on Saturday July 20, 2019 instead of Sunday July 21, 2019. Please note the change. We will stay on board the Battleship U.S.S. Iowa on Saturday night with dinner, breakfast and tour included. $75pp The battleship is right next to the departure dock for our 8:00A.M. departure to Catalina Island.
Dave Robb ASM
Summer Camp Leader 2019
Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island - Saturday July 20, 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 the Oakland airport at 9:00 AM on Saturday July 20, 2019. Departure flight # 147 at 11:40AM , Super shuttle to USS Iowa on Saturday and catch Ferry at 8:00AM on Sunday 7/21/19.
- - Return from camp – Saturday July 27, 2019. Return flight #348 arrives at Oakland Airport at 5:43PM, parents pick scouts up at airport at 5:43PM, end of trip.
See website for further details – www.campemeraldbay.org
USS Iowa website – www.pacificbattleship.com
Dave Robb, [email protected] or 925-321-4663
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