Cub Scout Pack 1776

Elephant Seal Walk

Date/Time: Saturday, February 11th, 10:00am or 2:15pm
Location: Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Pescadero, CA 94060
Cost: $7 per person, $10 parking
Attire: Class B, layered clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear
Capacity: 20 persons per session, including chaperons
Signup: Signup genius

Pack 1776,

Our February hike will be a naturalist-guided walk at Año Nuevo State Reserve which features elephant seals in their natural habitat. This popular 3 mile walk, over rolling sand dunes, last about 2.5 hours and are considered moderately strenuous.  This walk takes place rain or shine.

Choose from AM (led by Bernard Kiriakos) or PM (led by Susan Kim) sessions. Each session has a capacity of 20 persons, including chaperons. Due to limited availability, sign up is open to scouts and 1 parent per family now. Remaining spots will be open to extra family members in a week on Jan 24th.

The walk is $7 per person Pay to Stella Lei by Jan 30th to hold your spots. There is no refund for last-minute cancellations, no-shows, or late arrivals. Refunds are issued only when the Park cancels a walk.


Ano Nuevo State Reserve is located on State Hwy. 1 between the cities of Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, about 1.5 hours south of San Francisco. Directional signs are located on the highway.  (Google map)

Tour Notes:

  • Cost: $7 per person.
  • Parking: $10 per vehicle
  • Be prepared for sunny, windy, rainy conditions, as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes.  Use sun screen, hat, hooded rain gear as appropriate.
  • Bring bottled water for drinking as there is none available during the walk.
  • No smoking or eating is allowed on the walks.
  • Bring cameras and binoculars.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Reserve and cannot be left inside parked vehicles in the parking lot. No kennels are available. Please make provisions for your pets.
  • Important info here

Stella Lei
Pack 1776 Webmaster

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Bay Bridge Center Tour – Save the Dates!

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 21, 2:30-4:30pm
Location: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects, Public Information Office, 311 Burma Road, Oakland (map)
Cost: Free
Attire: Class A
Award: Webelos can use this event to help achieve the Engineer activity pin.
Capacity: 20 youths

- 11/10 (Thu) - Signup begins for Scouts
- 11/17 (Thu) - Signup opens to siblings

Pack 1776,

The Bay Bridge is currently being rebuilt and we have been offered an awesome touring opportunity of this monumental part of history.  Steve Padilla from Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects will give us a tour at the Public Information Office (PIO) in Oakland during the winter school break on December 21st at 2:30pm.

Here’s the agenda:

  • Welcome / introductions
  • Bay Bridge engineer presentation
  • Discuss why the new Bay Bridge is built
  • Review a booklet on the Self Anchored Suspension
  • Build marshmallow/toothpick bridges
  • Climb inside life-size models of the tower
  • Closure

This 2-hour event will all be conducted at the PIO.  We WILL NOT be walking on the Bay Bridge or taking a boat tour.

Due to limited capacity (20 youths), priority will be given to scouts first.  Look for an invitation email from me on November 10th.  Reply to the email with your scout's name and the number of adults to sign up.  No other evite will be sent.  First reply first serve.  Any spots not taken by November 17th will be open to siblings. Feel free to contact me with questions.

Stella Lei

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ReadyPerson Training Wrapup

Pack 1776 families,

Everyone enjoyed the ReadyPerson Training held at the San Ramon Fire Department. The Safety Officers presented the scouts with emergency situations and was able to review the proper procedure and response to the situations. It was a very enlightening and well taught session. Thanks to our wonderful Safety Officers, they made it fun and practical for the scouts.

The scouts presented the Safety Officers their "Home Escape Plans" and in return was given an awareness kit courtesy of the Fire Department. By participating in this training and earning a "First Aid" patch, we hope our scouts gained confidence and awareness and will feel better equipped to deal with emergencies, although we hope that no one will have to.

“A well-trained scout is a ready scout."

Ammy Pluth

P.S. Enjoy pictures on SmugMug.

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Police Station Visit and K9 Demonstration

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: San Ramon Police Department, 2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon (map)
Attire: Class B Uniform
RSVP via evite by 2/19/2011

Scout families,

Den 11 is visiting the San Ramon Police Department and is opening up to the Pack. Scouts will learn about the responsibilities of the station, its personnel, and police equipment through activities that are both fun and educational. Most areas of the police station will be toured. Police patrol cars and K9 demonstration are available as well.

Dress in Class B tee shirt.  Reply by 2/19/2011.  As always, parent participation is required. Contact Scott Spears if you have questions.

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ReadyPerson Training for Scouts

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: San Ramon Valley Fire Department, 1500 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon (near Crow Canyon Blvd intersection)
RSVP via evite by this Wednesday noon January 19, 2011

Scout families,

Our Bear den 8 would like to invite all Pack 1776 Scouts to the ReadyPerson training for Scouts at the San Ramon Valley Fire Department on Thursday 1/27.  If you are interested, let us know by this Wednesday noon.  That is, you have slightly more than 2 days to reply.  This is how much time the Fire Department will need to prepare material for everyone.

The curriculum meets all requirements for the Webelos ReadyMan badge. It is also a great opportunity to fulfill a go-see-it requirement for the Tiger (2G) and Wolf (4F) ranks.  As always, this is not a drop off event.  Parent participation is required.  More information of the program below.  Send questions to John & Ammy Pluth.

The Scout "ReadyPeople" program lasts approximately 1 hour. Scouts will be given a packet with useful safety information and have a chance to engage in hands-on training exercises. The class covers the following topics:

* Fire District overview
* Recognizing an emergency
* Breathing emergencies
* Controlling bleeding
* Helping a poison victim & a choking victim
* Helping a heart-attack victim
* Fire safety

Fire Safety Assignment

As part of the training program, all attending scouts are asked to complete a fire safety assignment BEFORE attending the class. Please have each scout draw a fire escape plan for their home. The plan should include arrows showing the ways out of each room, their meeting stop outside the home, and for multiple story homes each floor should be mapped out separately. Graph paper is recommended, however, white paper is also acceptable. (See example here) Please turn these assignments in the day of the course.

On the day of our class, we are going to gather our den in the parking lot and the den leader will let the staff know we arrived. The instructor will meet our group outside and guide the group to our classroom. Please remember there is no eating or drinking allowed during the training.

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October Field Trip – Hawk Hill

Updated 2 (10/29/2009): Videos of this event posted HERE and HERE.
Updated 1 (10/26/2009): Pictures of this event can be found HERE.

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 11:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Hawk Hill (Golden Gate Raptor Observatory 415-331-0730)

11:45am - 1:30pm: Hawk Talks and Banding Demonstration on Hawk Hill

A Golden Gate Raptor Observatory volunteer gives an hour-long talk about hawk migration, identification, and monitoring, complete with bird photos and examples of wings, tails, and talons. Then at 1pm, a newly banded hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd. A banding volunteer talks about GGRO’s banding program, and the hawk is released in front of the crowd.

1:30pm - 3:00pm Fort Cronkhite at Rodeo beach

After the Hawk release, about 1:30, we'll take a very short drive to the Fort Cronkhite.

We are going to meet at the parking lot at the end of Mitchell road. We will do about 1.5 mile hike around the Rodeo Lagoon. The hiking trail is rocky dirt, so it is NOT stroller accessible.

On your own after the hike, you may visit Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Open House event at Fort Cronkhite until 4:00pm. There will be Scientific Displays, Radio-telemetry Demonstrations, Kid Crafts and Activities, GGRO 25th Anniversary Product Sales.

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From 101 south - Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the second exit Alexander Avenue. Get in the left lane following signs that read "101 San Francisco". Turn left at the stop sign and cross under the freeway. Turn right onto Conzelman Road and drive 1.8 miles to Hawk Hill. Park alongside the road before it becomes one way and then walk up the west side of Hawk Hill past the locked gate. It's just a few hundred feet to the summit.

From 101 north - After going through the Waldo Tunnel, take the last Sausalito exit to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (the signs read Golden Gate National Recreation Area/Sausalito). Stay to the left. Turn left at the stop sign then right up the hill onto Conzelman Road. Stay on Conzelman Road for 1.8 miles. You will see a sign for Hawk Hill.[/stextbox]

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