Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chesebrough items.

Hi all,

Please remember to review the earlier post for items to bring to Chesebrough.

Also, if anyone has a propane tank that they could bring please email me to let me know that you will be bringing it, in addition extra ice is always needed.

Remembe to check the weather for this weekend and bring insect repelant.

My email is

See you soon.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Monday Night 22nd Big Ceremony

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that this Monday night the 22nd, is our last meeting of the school year for scouts.

It is our advancement ceremony. It will start at the normal time 6:00pm, so please do not be late.

See you then.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chesebrough and Ceremony

Hi all,
We have one (1) meeting left in the year. It is the graduation ceremony. Bring your cameras, we hope the scouts will enjoy this last meeting, when our scouts move on to the next step in the scouting level. The meeting is at the church, and is set for the 22nd.

The last item of the year is the Memorial Day camping trip. If you have signed up and have not yet paid, please do so. We have a couple of families that want to go and all the spots are full. If you do not pay within the next couple of days or cannot go let us know. We can and will give it to someone that will be able to go.

We are getting all the food for Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning and lunch. If you are NOT getting into camp before 8:00 pm on Friday, please make sure you eat before you get to camp.

We will have a cook and clean-up schedule out very soon. We will also be looking for four (4) full propane tanks. So, if you have one please let us know.

We do NOT have a camp site assigned yet. They will not have that for us until we arrive. Just let them know what pack you are and they will guide you in. The best way in is from Santa Cruz. There is construction on both direction of the camp. We think the shortest wait time is from Santa Cruz. The gate will not be opened until 4:30 pm on Friday. Below are a few photos of the road just before the camp. From the Santa Cruz route the camp exit is on the left side.
What to bring:
(last year was the first time some of our folks have been camping. I'm assuming the same for this year, so I'm going to be overly detailed here just in case)
-Filled out medical consent form.
-Tent (note: a 4 person tent really fits about 2.5 people.  Go bigger if you can.  Borrow or WalMart)
-Tarp for the ground under the tent (recommended, esp if it rains)
-Inflatable mattress, especially for the grownups, is highly recommended from personal experience.  Target/WalMart works.  I have a car powered inflator you can borrow if need be, or you can get one cheap.  The mattress is for comfort, but more importantly to keep you from losing heat into the ground.  In the past, some parents were uncomfortably cold at night because they didn't bring a mattress.
-Sleeping bags, pillows
-Flashlight, esp if you're arriving at night and need to set up a tent in the dark (tip: pack so you can find it easily)
-"Camp stuff" if you have it (lanterns, etc)  You could bring your stove, but it probably won't be used.  We'll have a Coleman stove for hot water + 2 big propane grills.
-Camp chairs if you have them (they get a LOT of use)
-Bug spray, sunblock, hat
-Warm clothes for night and mornings (tip: bring a comfortable warm cap)
-Rain clothes just in case (Bryan got caught out in the rain with no rain clothes on his first Pico trip.  Be Prepared!)
-Bathing suit
-Sandals/Water shoes for midnight bathroom runs and playing in the river
-Sturdy shoes for hiking and walking around camp
-Cub scout uniform or class B (optional) for Sat nite
-Towels for shower
-Reusable cups/mugs/water bottles (there is a spigot nearby with potable water that we use for drinking and dishes.)  Something with handles that could take coffee/hot chocolate would be great.
-Reusable silverware
-Resuable plates.  We will have some disposable just in case, but let's try to reduce our footprint.
-Snacks for your group
-1 roll paper towels
-Drinking water if you don't want to drink from the tap (water is tested safe to drink)
-Musical instrument (some of us bring guitars and play at night, please join us)
-Filled out Firearms permission form (only if you want to allow your kids to shoot BB guns on the range)
-Pocket knives for the kids:  We bring bars of soap that the boys can practice whittling safely with their own foldable knives.  According to the Boy Scout guidelines, Wolves are eligible to use a pocketknife.  That means all of our former Tigers as well.  Once they 'pass' with soap, they can whittle sticks near camp.  I know, kids with knives and sharp sticks. :) If you don't think your son can handle the responsibility (and that you can keep an eye on them and reprimand if they aren't being safe), don't bring.  I have some bars from last year I'm bringing, but not enough for all, so bring your own bar if you have one.  Note: don't just let the kids go wild with the soap.  We will instruct, and also give them a good space to do it.  Every year the soap chips make a mess, we need to figure out a spot to designate for that this year.
-There is no alcohol allowed
Extra Cooler full of ice (block ice lasts longer) (email your den leader if you can bring)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Meeting, Family Camp and Day Camp

Hi Everyone,
We are nearing the end of our Scouting year!

Our last two meetings are Monday May 8th 6pm at the Church, then May 22nd. We bridge the boys over to their next dens in a special ceremony on May 22nd. so please try to attend this fun event.

Our family camp-out in Chesebrough is on May 26th-28th. We will post a detailed list of camping equipment, information and driving directions at a later date. We will bring all the food and cooking equipment, but as a heads-up you will need re-usable plates and eating utensils and volunteers to bring a full propane tank (4 total required).

Day camp runs for one week June  19th-23rd from 9am-3pm and is held at Toro Regional Park. This camp requires some parent participation, in the past the parents have grouped together so they can share the responsibilities. Let me know if you are planning to go, and I will get the boys grouped together at the camp.

See you Monday,


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

point Lobos Hike. Sat 22nd

We have a hike set for Saturday the 22nd at "Point Lobos, set for a 1:00 pm start time.

Bring sun screen, and snacks, water. There is a lot of poison oak, so be aware.

It is a beautiful hike, if you have not done this one you will enjoy it a lot.

We are meeting at the first parking lot on the right after you enter the park. It is the area where the divers go so parking will be limited. You may need to park outside the park and hike in.

Walk along the road until you see the road fork, take the right fork down to the water, and that is where we start.

see you then.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Church paving project

Hello everyone,

We received the email below from the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, the sponsor of our troop.  

Please read the message carefully and consider making a donation to help repave the lower parking lot where many of us park for scout meetings.  The church provides our troop with a great deal of services and they ask very little in return.  This is an excellent opportunity for our Pack to show our appreciation.

The lower parking lot by the BBQ area is in serious need of repair. We are asking that everyone who uses the parking lot help out with raising the funds to put on a new chip seal surface (that should extend the life of the lot another decade or more.) I'm writing to ask that you invite scout families to participate. If we all help out, we can do this!

Here's some suggested text for your email: 

As Scout families, we use the church parking lot where our meetings are held - and that lot needs our help. Please donate to this project! Let's do our part. Here's where you can get more information and donate:   The total cost of the new chip seal surface is $14,500. The whole community that uses these facilities is raising $8,000 of that total. Please help out - and share to your FB page.  The church thanks you. We, as Scout leaders, thank you. 

Thank you for sharing. We can do this! 


Friday, April 7, 2017

NO meeting Monday April 10, calendar updates, and church policies

Hello everyone,
Because the Washington Union School district will be on spring  break next week there will be NO Scout meeting Monday April 10.

Our next event will be a hike at Pt Lobos on Saturday April 22nd, tentatively scheduled for 1pm.  We will provide more details soon, such as meeting location, etc.

Our next Scout meeting will be Monday April 24.

We have several new families in the Pack, so I wanted to remind everyone about some church procedures.

We are NOT ALLOWED in the preschool area.  This area is near the bathrooms, and has a gate in front of it.  Please do not go in there.

We are NOT ALLOWED in the outside preschool play ground area. 

The chairs that are in the main area where we meet have been damaged some.  There are special procedures that need to be followed when we set them up and put them back.  Please talk to one of the Pack leaders for guidance with the chairs. We don't want to break them.

See everyone at Pt Lobos!

Steve T

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Memorial Day Family Camp “Chesebrough”

Memorial Day Family Camp “Chesebrough”

Hi All,
First, I apologize for not getting information out sooner, and for not being clear about camping this year.

Camping for 2017 is on. We have our reservations, and are good to go for camping at Chesebrough.

If you received an invoice from the pack it is because you said you wanted to go camping, and gave us the names of the persons you planned on bringing.

If you have not signed up and would like too, we still have a few spots left, but we need you to sign up now. Please email me with your names and count of persons you want to go.

We are doing group cooking and food planning again this year. The invoice for camping includes your food for Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Please remember that if you want snack or special drinks that is up to you provide.
Here is a little information about the camp.

Chesebrough Scout Reservation is a 544 acre nature retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 30 minutes south of San Jose.  The camp includes a brand new lodge with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, a commercial kitchen, restrooms and showers, campgrounds, bb gun range, climbing tower, archery, and volleyball.

Camp Chesebrough is located off Highway 9 and is adjacent to Castle Rock State Park and Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.

Castle Rock State Park, 26005 CA-9, Los Gatos, CA 95033
I have provided a link below if you wish to find out more information.

More info on what to bring will come as we get closer.