Cub Scout Pack 1776
7Dec/19

February 12, 2020: Pack Meeting

  • Date: February 12, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Coyote Creek Elementary School MPR

Come join us on February 12th for an informative session! Scouts will learn about symmetry in art from guest speaker, Artist Rita Paleja and symmetry in architecture from Steven Wynn of Barry & Wynn Architects, Danville! Those who attended the November Pack Meeting and completed their homework sheet may then be eligible to earn the Fearful Symmetry NOVA award!

Come learn from your friends how much fun Cub Scout Summer Camp was last year and how it will be even better this year since you are going!

Come learn about Friends of Scouting and be eligible to earn great raffle prizes for our generous local sponsors: Blackhawk Dental Care, BloomSports, ClubSport, Mariam Nassiry Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance, Patisserie Magalie - Handmade Organic Cakes and Bakery, Luv2play, Link Silicon Valley Business Brokerage and Sharkey's Cuts For Kids.

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7Dec/19

February 28, 2020: Blue & Gold Banquet

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Coyote Creek MPR
Cost: None
RSVP: Evite

Come celebrate the 110th birthday of scouting at the Blue and Gold Banquet where we will have a ceremony for Webelos IIs who will receive their Arrow of Light awards and bridge to their journey into Boy Scouts. A catered dinner and fun entertainment by Dan the Magician is provided at no cost to Pack 1776 members and their immediate family.

Please RSVP by February 16 with the number of people attending and any vegetarian preference.

Schedule:

  • 6:00 pm Welcome! Door Opens
  • 6:15 pm Opening Flag Ceremony by Webelos II
  • 6:20 pm Greeting & Dinner
  • 6:40 pm Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremonies
  • 7:20 pm Closing Flag Ceremony by Webelos I
  • 7:30 pm Entertainment
  • 8:15 pm Clean Up

See you at the party!

7Dec/19

Living Arroyos Native Grass & Wildflower Planting Conservation Project

February 29, 2020

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:45-11:30 am
Location: 11689 Bluebell Dr, Livermore, CA 94551
Attire: Class B
Space Limit: Space is limited to 25 scouts and a parent (50 people max) with priority to Webelos as they are working on their Into the Wood badge.
RSVP:  sign up here.

Join us in planting wildflowers and native grasses and mulch mats with the Living Arroyos conservation group.   Living Arroyos is a multi-agency partnership to enhance and maintain the urban streams and streamside habitats of the Livermore-Amador valley, while continuing to protect drinking water supplies and prevent flooding.

The address for the project is 1689 Bluebell Drive, where they be setting up in the grass just to the north of the house. The event is from 9 am-11:30 pm. They will have a greeter table set up with a canopy.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. The Living Arroyos will provide light snacks and water. The event will be postponed if there is heavy rain in the forecast.   

Space is limited to 25 scouts and a parent (50 people max) with priority to Webelos as they are working on their In to the Wood badge.

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12Feb/20

March Hike: Hoot Owl

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: DUSK - we estimate 5:45 pm, but will confirm the actual time close to the event.

Location: California Nursery Historic Park, 36501 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
Note: This hike is limited to the first 25 scouts and a parent (50 people maximum for this event).  Scout only, no siblings. One parent per family.

Register here.

Cost:  Free for scouts.  $8 per parent.  Pay by February 28th to hold your spots. Pay online (fee) or deposit your check in the Scout Box at the Coyote Creek Elementary School by February 28th.
Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles round trip

Time: Allow about 1.5 -2 hours for program and hike.

Suggested Age: Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos.

Attire: Class B uniform
Award: This is a Trail Trekker Patch Hike.  Participating scouts will receive a Hoot Owl patch.
Meeting Location: California Nursery Office
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan
Must read: Hike Detail

Come join us for the 2020 Hoot Owl Hike at the California Nursery Historic Park.

The California Nursery Historic Park has many old trees that are ideal for Owls and other Raptors to roost, nest and hunt from in search of food. Bring your flashlight and walk through the grounds at dusk, this is a good time to spot an owl in the trees or hunting for prey. Meet at the California Nursery Office for an introduction to owls and then walk at the sun goes down you will look and listen for the raptors that hunt at night. Discover owl pellets and the bones of what the owls ate at the Vallejo Adobe. Other night birds will also be seen in this forest in a park. Small flashlights are acceptable.

This hike is limited to the first 25 scouts and a parent who has submitted his or her payment by February 28th.   Free for scouts.  (50 people maximum for this event).  SIGN UP HERE TO ATTEND.

Scouts completing this hike will earn the Hoot Owl Trail Trekker rocker patch.

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30Dec/19

March Pack Meeting: It’s for the birds!

March 18, 2020

  • DATE: March 18, 2020
  • TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Coyote Creek Elementary MPR
  • UNIFORM:  Class A

Join us for a presentation and break out stations hosted by the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, a group committed to protecting birds and preserving their habitat, and to connecting people of all ages to the fascinating world of birds. During our March meeting, they will talk to us topics such as birds native to our area and avian flyovers.  Discussions during this Meeting will fulfill requirements for Tiger (Backyard Jungle #3) and Webelos Into the Wild.

30Dec/19

April 15, 2020: Pack Meeting

  • DATE: April 15, 2020
  • TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Coyote Creek Elementary MPR
  • UNIFORM:  Class A
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30Dec/19

April Hike: Little Yosemite, Sunol Regional Wilderness

April 19, 2020

Pack 1776 will take advantage of the milder weather to hike Little Yosemite in Sunol Regional Wilderness. The scenic trail runs parallel to a creek and offers some of the most impressive views in bay area. Frequent rain in winter may provide opportunity to view beautiful waterfall in Sunol.

Direction from I-680S (Bollinger Canyon Exit):

Follow I-680 S to CA-84 E in Sunol. Take exit 21A from I-680 S. 12 min (13.0 mi). Take Calaveras Rd and Geary Rd to Ohlone Rd, 19 min (7.8 mi). Merge onto CA-84 E, (0.1 mi). Turn left onto Calaveras Rd (signs for I-680 S) (4.3 mi). Turn left onto Geary Rd (2.3 mi), Geary Rd turns slightly right and becomes Ohlone Rd. Destination will be on the left.

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30Dec/19

Spring Campout: Old Borges Ranch

May 2nd - May 3rd

  • Dates: Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Time:  May 2nd at 2 pm to May 3rd at 10 am
  • Location: Old Borges Ranch1035 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Bring a wagon to transport gear.
  • Cost: TBD.
  • Attire: Class B under Class A uniform
  • Gear: See below
  • RSVP: to come.
  • Volunteer: to come.

Come join us for outdoor camping fun at the Old Borges Ranch - a 1,035 acres Historic District containing four contributing buildings, in the Diablo Foothills of the northern Diablo Range, within the 2,600-acre Walnut Creek Open Space in Contra Costa County, California. The former ranch of early Walnut Creek pioneer Frank Borges is the home base for the surrounding Shell Ridge Open Space park's activities.

A pack hike and fun activities are scheduled! You do not need to sleep over.  Come join us for the day and campfire activities if you do not wish to spend the night.

Overnight camping will be open up to 75 persons, with priority to Bears and Webelos scouts who need to fulfill an overnight camp out requirement.

Everyone should bring a foil wrapped dinner, a refillable water bottle, flashlight, folding chair, and sun protection. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking. Bring warm clothes as it may get cold after dark. For those staying overnight, you must also bring your own tent and sleeping bag. The pack will supply snacks such as s’mores and drinks on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning

Further information and a sign up form will be circulated closer to the date!

For further information contact the Camping Chair, Sameer Shah.

30Dec/19

May Hike: Windemere Ridge Trail

  • Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Windemere Ridge Trail
  • Distance: 2.1 miles
  • Meeting Point: Dougherty Station Parking Lot, 17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94582
  • Attire: Class B
  • RSVP: Evite to come

Directions: The Windemere Ridge Trail begins at the intersection of Bollinger Canyon Rd and E. Branch Parkway. There is ample parking in Dougherty Station Library. Walk across intersection to access trail.

Trail: The Windemere Ridge Trail is a 2.1 up and back course that begins across the street from the Windemere Ranch Middle School on East Branch Parkway near Bollinger Canyon Road. The trail is concrete and is a cattle grazing area. After an initial steep incline, the trail follows along the rolling hills of the Dougherty area with beautiful views of the valley. The Windemere Ridge Trail is great for walking, and running. The trail is great for young kids to acclimatize to hiking. Trail info on San Ramon

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30Dec/19

Meridian District Cub Scout Day Camp

Little Hills Ranch Park, San Ramon

June 8-12, 2020

Cub Scout Day Camp is an exciting summer adventure where a Scout can spend five days in an outdoor setting and enjoy a wide range of activities with a group of friends. Day Camp provides boys and girls fun challenges and new experiences with activities based on the Cub Scout and Webelos Scout advancement plan. Swimming! Hiking! Archery! Cooking, songs, skits and so much fun for kid and parent alike. Last year we had visits from the fire department, CHP Canine unit and East Bay Regional Parks Rescue Helicopter!

Cub Scout Day Camp is open to all registered cub scouts, both boys and girls, of ranks Tiger (1st grader) up to Webelos (5th grader), as of fall of 2020 (i.e. next school year).

Camp takes place June 8th - 12th at Little Hills Regional Recreation Area located at 18013 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583.

Expected times

  • Mon - Thu : 8:50 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Drop off at 8:30 AM
  • Pickup : 3:50 PM onwards
  • Friday : 9:00 AM - 2:30PM
  • Drop off at 8:40 PM
  • Pickup: 2:20 PM onwards

The cost is expected to be around $295 with deep discounts given to those that volunteer. See below for details.

You can learn more about the camp here. This website currently has information from last year's camp and shall be updated shortly with registration and cost information is expected to be posted by the start of February 2020.

The Pack needs to know how many scouts are interested and will circulate a Sign Up soon.

Age

Open to boys and girls that will be in the 1st through 5th grade in the Fall of 2020. Those who have scouts who will be Tigers in June (i.e. Lions now who will be 1st graders as of Fall 2020) must have a parent registered to be with them at camp for the entire week.  

Girls

Girls are welcome!  For those girls who are not already a registered Cub Scout with Pack 1776, Cub Scout Day Camp is open to girls of parents volunteering at least 3 days, and who are in 1st through 5th grade in the Fall of 2020. These who wish to attend, will be registered as Cub Scouts with Pack 1776 at a reduced rate just so that they can attend camp. This fee can be applied to the 2020-2021 Pack 1776 registration fee should they later decide to remain in Cub Scouting with Pack 1776. The Girl's unit will participate in the same activities as the Cub Scouts.  While the requirement is that a parent volunteer for at least 3 days, the girl can attend all 5 days.

We need you to volunteer at least 2 Days

Given this is a volunteer driven camp, those families who wish to attend are asked to volunteer at least two days.  It does not have to be the same parent.  You can alternate days. There are many things to do. You can help do admin tasks days or weeks before camp starts (Pack Coordinator who collects the forms; helping the District organize forms; set up, etc.) You can also help in the morning by directing traffic before work or helping strike camp after camp is done. There is much that can be done behind the scenes if you cannot actually help out during the day camp day. Volunteering during the day during Day Camp is fun and rewarding as you accompany your child's group from station to station, joining in on some of the activities as well. Like to try archery? Shoot a sling shot? Now's your chance. Sing camp songs and spend time with your child before they become a teenager!

Pack 1776 will sign up to oversee an activity. Last year we ran the aquatics activity which means we will be checking in various scout groups into the pool and recording swim tests.  the District hired lifeguards, so we did not have anything to do with the actual supervision/life guarding of the kids in the pool.

Tag-Alongs (Tags)

TAGs are children of adult volunteers who are too young to be registered as Cub Scouts.  The TAG station essentially provides child care to Tags while their parents are assisting in the Camp operation. A child can be registered as a Tag only if one of the parents is assisting at the Camp for the at least three days. 

Junior Helper

Are you a Scouts BSA scout or Girl Scout? Teenager in middle or high school? Come join us. Help lead activities by acting as a Junior Helper.

Projected Cost - not finalized as of this writing

For those who volunteer two days, the cost will likely be $255 for one scout.  The normal cost of the camp is expected to be $295, but a code will be given to those that commit to attending camp and volunteering at least two days that will enable you to register at the $255 price.  This is only good for one scout.  If you have more than one scout who is attending, then both parents must volunteer two days each.  For those that volunteer the whole week, the registration is expected to be discounted to $120 (The initial $40 off code and then a $135 refund returned after camp).  

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30Dec/19

June Hike: Angel Island

Sunday, June 14, 2020

SUBJECT TO UPDATE IN THE SUMMER TIME: Blue & Gold Ferry Service. “www.blueandgoldfleet.com” Oakland Jack London Square to Angel Island. See the Blue and Gold website for depart times and current costs. Parking in Oakland riders are eligible for up to 12 hours of free validated parking in the 7-story garage at 101 Washington St. be sure to bring your garage parking ticket to the Ferry Terminal for validation. Garage hours are Saturday 8 AM to 2 AM. Oakland Terminal is located at the Oakland Terminal is located at the west end of Jack London Square near 10 Clay St, Oakland CA, 94607.

When you disembark from the Ferry, pick up a park map and walk uphill on the road to the left of the visitor center. You’ll intersect Perimeter Road and the Sunset trailhead at the top of the hill. From here we will hike the paved Perimeter Road hike, an easy 5.4 mile hike around the island. The Perimeter road is full of historical sights worth seeing.

Island History

Angel Island has an extremely diverse history. Over the last two centuries, the island has seen use as a Mexican land grant, an Army artillery post, and an immigration station. Now it’s a state park. A hundred years of U.S. military occupation began in 1863 when the first gun batteries were installed. The military used the island until 1962, when its Nike Missile Station was deactivated. During wartime periods, particularly during the Spanish-American War, Angel Island was one of the busiest outposts in America. The island served as a processing center for men about to be dispatched to the Philippines, and as a reception/quarantine center for soldiers who returned with tropical diseases. Go west on Perimeter Road, you’ll soon overlook Camp Reynolds (West Garrison). A side road leads down to the island’s first military fortifications.

You can walk the parade ground and see the brick hospital built in 1908. Still standing are the chapel, mule barn, officers quarters, and several more structures. Perimeter Road turns eastward, contouring around chaparral-covered slopes and offering a view down to Point Blunt. You may hear and see the harbor seals gathered around the point.

The road curves north and soon arrives at East Garrison, where a collection of utilitarian looking buildings are a reminder of the many thousands of men who were processed here. East Garrison trained about 30,000 men a year for overseas duty. The hospital, barracks, mess hall, and officers’ homes still stand.

Continue north. You’ll soon come to the Immigration Station, the so called “Ellis Island of the West.” From 1910 to 1940, 175,000 immigrants, mostly Asians, were detained and processed.

During World War II, German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were confined here. Not all of the island’s attractions are historical. Rocky coves and sandy beaches, grassy slopes and forested ridges, plus a fine trail network, add up to a walker’s delight. Perimeter Road takes the walker on a five mile tour of the island and offers a different bay view from every turn.

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30Dec/19

July Hike: Wildcat Peak, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Details:
A view of Mount Tamalpais rising from San Francisco Bay will be the reward for hiking to the top of Wildcat Peak in Tilden Park. This trail loops through eucalyptus and oak forests, up moderately steep hills, then back to one of the best nature study areas in the Bay Area. The hike should take about 2 hours.

This trail affords an excellent opportunity to compare different biomes. The first part of the hike is a gentle climb through pungent eucalyptus, abruptly yielding to oak woodland as you near Peak Trail. Then hikers climb moderately steep switchbacks through grassy hills (covered with wildflowers in spring) and chaparral slopes to Wildcat Peak at the top of the loop.

Here there is a spur (.10 mile) which leads to the top of Wildcat Peak high above the tops of the eucalyptus trees. You will find a circular stone observation plaza at the top. On a clear day hikers can view San Francisco Bay with Mt..Tamalpais rising above the bridges in the west, and Mt.. Diablo looming above rural Contra Costa County to the east.

To descend and complete the loop, retrace your steps on the spur back to Peak Trail. At this point continue on towards Nimitz Way. About 30 yards before the paved road the trail makes a right turn and begins to weave through a lush canyon.

When you come to the fire road (Laurel Canyon Road) follow it to the right until you come to the marker for Laurel Canyon Trail. Going left, you'll follow switch backs and cross tiny streams in the shade of large oaks and laurels. The trail continues on the other side of the next fire road, but about 10 yards to the left.

The last leg of your trek takes you out of the oaks, back into the eucalyptus grove, across one more fire road and finally deposits you back in the meadow behind the Environmental Education Center.

Getting there:
From Highway 24 take the Fish Ranch Road Exit (just east of the Caldecott Tunnel); go north about 1 mile to Grizzly Peak Blvd., turn right; stay on Grizzly Peak about 12.5 miles; turn right on Canon Drive, go about .10 mile and veer left on Central Drive, following signs to the Little Farm and Nature Study Area

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8Dec/19

Monterey Bay Adventure Weekend

February 1-2, 2020

Come join Pack 1776 for a weekend of fun in the Monterey Bay Area. Choose from these fun activities:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight - Saturday, February 1st - Sunday February 2nd (Registration is closed)
  • Pt. Lobos State Park Monterey Bay Trekkers Patch Hike - Saturday, February 1st
  • The Forest of the Nisene Marks  Monterey Bay Trekkers Patch Hike - Sunday, February 2nd


Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight

Click here for more information on the overnight; where to park and what to bring.

Pt. Lobos State Park Monterey Bay Trekkers Hike - Saturday, February 1st

  • Date: February 1st (Saturday)
  • Meet: 1:00 p.m. or do on your own.
  • Location: Point Lobos State Reserve
  • Hike Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
  • Time: Allow 2.5 - 3 hours for the hike

Click here for more information on the Point Lobos hike.

The Forest of the Nisene Marks Monterey Bay Trekkers Hike - Sunday, February 2nd

  • Date: February 2nd (Sunday)
  • Meet: Do this hike on the way back from the Aquarium - on your own timetable
  • Location: The Forest of Nisene Marks, Aptos, CA.
  • Hike Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
  • Time: Allow 2.5 - 3 hours for the hike

Click here for more information on The Forest of the Nisene Marks hike.

Scouts that complete both Monterey hikes also earn the Monterey Bay Trekker Center Patch