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Summer Camp 2017 - Catalina Island - Urgent Late Registration After March 18th - Sign Up Now!

Posted on Mar 6 2017 - 12:38pm

After March 18th the cost for Summer Camp will increase.  Please sign Up Now...

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

Sign Up Here

-Camp cost - $699 for Scouts, $549 for adults.  Includes all food and accommodations and round trip ferry to and from Island.

- Jet Blue Airlines round trip from Oakland to Long Beach Airport is $152.40 additionally.  

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.

- Make check payable to “Friends of troop 224” for $851.40 scout/$701.40 adult and mail to treasurer: Karen Wang, 3764 Mosswood Drive, Lafayette CA 94549 or use the troop 224 website Paypal account.

 Payment deadline to book camp and Airlines is 3/1/17 so please confirm and pay ASAP.  Please email Dave Robb and confirm your son will attend summer camp and is paid.  Camp Emerald Bay policy (and airlines) is a No refund policy.

See website for further details – 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. 

Camporee - dates are set...Mark your Calendars!

Posted on Feb 6 2017 - 12:45pm

Camporee - May 6,7

Camporee will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 at the Homestead Valley group campsite in Briones Park. Patrols will meet at the hut at 7:00am, gear up, and carpool together to Bear Creek Staging Area. Patrols will camp overnight and return to the Bear Creek Staging Area about 9:00am 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.

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

Arizona Trip - Sign Up Now!

Posted on Dec 9 2016 - 9:43am

Sign Up Now.  The tour departs Saturday April 1 at 9am and returns Friday April 7 at 5pm. The cost is subsidized by the tree lot profits, and the cost per person depends on how many people actually go. Once you register, please send $200 per Scout to our treasurer Karen Wang. We may collect up to $100 more prior to the trip (if necessary), but the cost will not exceed $300 plus food. This is an all-inclusive (7 day, 6 night) tour of the Southwest with Mr. Van Oss & Co. as your tour guides (see attached itinerary). Your payment to the troop includes chauffeured transportation in 11 passenger vans across 4 state lines, first class accommodations (tents), park entrance fees, and all activities. Plan on bringing about $150 per person for food at roadside bistros and convenience stores.

 One of the highlights of the trip will be canyoneering in Hog Canyon near Theodore Roosevelt Lake in Arizona. Testing team work from the descend to the accent, Hog Canyon is a high bread canyoneering trip involving rappelling, navigating and rock climbing. This one works for all experience levels. It offers four rappels, tallest being 100ft and smallest being 25ft, as well as some technical canyon travel where we would employ team work and use spotting techniques and decision making to navigate our way through the obstacles of the canyon. It is followed by three outstanding technical rock climbs that are top roped.

 If you go on this trip, you will see several of the nation’s crown jewels including:

·        Joshua Tree National Park, CA

·        Tonto National Forest, AZ

·        Sedona, AZ

·        Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

·        Tuba City Navajo Nation, AZ

·        Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

·        Zion National Park, Utah

·        Las Vegas, NV and my personal favorite Barstow, CA.

 Last but not least, we will be visiting with and making a donation to the Navajo boys and girls at the Tuba City Boarding School. This is a unique opportunity to learn about native Americans. If you can’t go on the trip, but would like to make a donation, please send a check to our treasurer Karen Wang.

 What to pack will be provided closer to the departure date. If you don’t already own a warm (<20 degree) sleeping bag, insulated air mattress, thermal underwear, and good rain gear, ask Santa.

 For more information, please contact Bill Van Oss at bvanoss@curciowebb.com

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