Meridian Matters is a monthly newsletter published by the Meridian District of Mount Diablo Silverado Council. The September issue is now available.
Learn about leader training opportunities, Scouting for Food, and other district news !
Arrow of Light parents (no scouts please) should plan to attend the Meridian Roundtable meeting on October 13th. Learn more about the transition to Boy Scouts and meet representatives from Troops in your area.
While joining a particular Troop is generally a Scout's decision, this event will give parents an opportunity to meet briefly with many Troops and narrow down the search on behalf of the Scout. Each Troop has its own personality and areas of extra focus such as: Leadership, Reverence, Outdoor activities, Service to others, etc. and this event will allow parents to find Troops that meet the Scouts interests, family values, and favorable meeting location (i.e., close to home, at my son's future Middle School, or at our Church).
Most families narrow their search to 3 or 4 Troops before they start attending Troop recruiting events.
Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm (First game starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Coyote Creek Elementary MPR
Cost: $5 (includes bingo, pizza, drinks, cookies and raffle ticket)
Attire: Class A uniform
Once again, Pack 1776 scouts are invited to help call out the letters and numbers during the game.
If your cub would like to call out numbers, you must purchase a ticket. ($5/per person). Your scout must be in his Class A uniform.
Tickets will sell out fast due to a maximum capacity in the MPR.
Kids must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or adult chaperone.
Hope to see you there !
Attention Webelos I cubs ! Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our federal public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore !
Beginning September 1st, 2016, all fourth graders have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks across the country.
The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2016-2017 school year, until August 31, 2017.
Pack 1776 Families,
Pack 1776 will participate in the opening flag ceremony for Coyote Creek's 9/11 Memorial to be held at 8:45am on Monday, September 12th.
Scouts who want to participate must arrive at the Sundial area behind the office at 8:00am in your full Class A uniform.
Please RSVP to the Evite.
Grace and Jimmy
Our October Pack Meeting will be at the Arroyo Flats Campground in Garin Regional Park. Scouts can sign up to camp overnight there after the Pack meeting. The campground has a barbecue, drinking fountain, a fire ring, and chemical toilets (we are only staying one night).
The campsite has capacity for 75 campers. Signup is open now but please sign up only if you can absolutely commit to attend. Please wait if you're uncertain of your availability so everyone has a fair chance to participate.
We only have a limited number of evening parking passes so we highly recommend carpooling. There are only 2 parking spots at the campground which is 1/4 mile from the main parking lot. We will need volunteers to help with logistics to shuttle equipment and young scouts to the campsite. There are also other volunteering opportunities for the pack meeting, click here to sign up.
Campers need to bring your own mess kits (plates, utensils, cups), and prepare your own foil dinners at home to cook in our fire pits for dinner the evening of the 15th. The pack will provide a simple breakfast for the morning of the 16th.
For the entire Pack:
1:00-2:00pm Pack Meeting
2:00-3:30pm Group Hike
3:30-4:00pm Group Activities
4:00-5:30pm Camp set-up
5:30-7:00pm Meal Prep and Dinner
7:00-9:00pm Campfire activities/Den skits
8:00am Camp breakdown
9:00am Fishing (optional)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 9th
Location: Tilden Regional Park, Lake Anza parking lot (37.896618,-122.252316) (map) No parking fee, Please carpool if possible.
Deadline: Friday, September 16 at 3 p.m.
Cost: $7 per participant (shadowing adults do not need to pay).
Checks made to Pack 1776 dropped off at Pack Mailbox
Attire: Class B T-shirt, strong trail shoes, long pants (Tilden has stickers!)
Bring: A compass, a watch, a pen or pencil. Lunch and water. Sunscreen or rain gear.
Award: BAOC Orienteering patch, a progressive course patch
Details: Scout-O 2016
The Bay Area Orienteering Club is pleased to announce the 24th Annual Bay Area Scout Orienteering Championship, a cross country map and compass adventure designed to test the map reading ability, compass skills and woodsman savvy of any scout regardless of experience.
Cub Scouts of all ages are welcome. No prior experience needed. Instruction will be offered prior to the event so that all Scouts, regardless of prior experience, will be able to take part in the actual competition. There will be courses of four distinct levels of difficulty, so no scout should encounter a challenge beyond his capabilities.
There will not be extra compasses to borrow at the event. Please get a basic orienteering compass and avoid these: iPhone, wristwatch, engineering, surveying, Happy Meal, tritium.
- Most scouts will run in pairs with an adult trailing behind (Course 1). Those who are experienced and confident can choose Course 2 and run in pairs without an trailing adult.
- Instruction will begin at 9:00 AM. The pre-assigned start time of each individual team will be determined by the entry date of our pack. In general, start times will begin at soon after 10:00 AM and go until about noon.
- Every participating scout will earn a patch.
- We need to pre-register with names and how teams will be paired up.
Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the end of Bollinger Canyon Road
Attire: Class B or casual clothing
Awards: Highlander patch and/or the Las Trampas Rocker patch
Contact: Hiking Chair - Siddharth Bhatia
From Highway 680: Take the Crow Canyon Road exit. Drive west on Crow Canyon for about 1 mile, then turn right (north) onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Continue about 4.5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Alternatively, drive west on Bollinger till it ends at the park. About 10 miles from school on Bollinger Canyon Road.
Meet at the parking lot at the end of the road inside the park.
Bollinger Creek Loop trail. A very nice nearly flat 1.2 Mile trail. Should take less than 1 hr to complete. Easy hike for our younger scouts a nice hike to start off this scouting year. Since this is a short hike we can start later when it is slightly coiler.
What to bring:
- Binoculars, camera
- Plenty of water and snacks