Troop 224 News

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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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.