Annual Popcorn Fundraiser!!

WHO DOESN’T LOVE POPCORN??

We hope all Pack 104 Scouts will participate in popcorn sales this year to earn funds for pack activities and outings, as well as support other pack program-related expenses. This fundraiser also teaches Scouts about salesmanship and contributing to their pack and the Council.

Please contact RJ for more info on how to get involved!!

Curious about the history of popcorn? Check out this article: https://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/popcorn-history/

Scouting For Food 2021 | November 13

Scouting for Food is an annual food-collection drive, and one of the many service projects the BSA has conducted since 1910.

870,000 Bay Area residents and a quarter million residents in our council geography lack adequate access to food. Scouts can help make an impact by participating in the annual Scouting for food drive

The annual effort for Scouting in the Bay Area is coordinated in November.

Help us collect canned goods and other non-perishable food for the needy! We’ll be passing out flyers on Saturday, November 6 and picking up donations the following Saturday, November 13.

Details on when/where to bring the donations that have been collected will be sent out via email to the Pack 104 mailing list as the collection date approaches.

Sycamore Grove Hike | October 17th

Pack 104 Webelos den 2 invites the rest of the pack families to hike the Sycamore Grove Trail on Sunday, October 17th starting at 1 pm.

This moderately trafficked loop trail is located near Livermore, California, is 4.8 miles long, and offers the chance for hikers to see wildlife. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

This is an excellent alternate to the Flag Hill hike for the youngest Scouts or novice hikers. Hikers can anticipate approximately 200 feet of elevation gain.

Hike Statistics
Starting point: parking lot
Distance: 4.8
Time: Allow about 3-4 hours
Grade: Easy
Suggested age: Tigers through Webelos Suggested Season: Year round

Hike Description
Every inch of this park is alive with life – in the air, in the grass, and even in puddles. Begin your search for signs of wildlife at the Wetmore Road entrance. Follow the paved path until you come to the first sign designating the Nature Area. Turn left onto the broad trail that crosses the usually dry Arroyo. Follow this nature trail through the sycamore grove until you reach the park boundary. While you are here, be sure to pause often and listen for the sounds of reptiles and rodents in the grass. If you are lucky and very patient you might even see an animal. Near the wet areas be sure to look for great blue herons. Don’t forget to look up.
Cross the bridge and return to the park entrance via the paved path. Insects are very visible as they cross the road. Be sure to take your time and appreciate beetles, grasshoppers and ants up close. Don’t forget: no collecting.

Logistics & Details 

We’ll meet in the main parking lot on Wetmore Road and begin the hike promptly at 1:00 pm. Please eat lunch beforehand, but bring snacks and plenty of water for the trail. Scouts should all have their “6 Essentials” with them.

Our hike will follow an almost entirely flat 4.8-mile route. After the hike, we should have at least an hour and a half to grab dinner before the Hoot Owl hike begins.

More Info: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WOB-C16f-h3mBFApjzA72md2esYM6bTm

Trail Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dfHNSGwONPgaPQFhIC67VPp-khE7wiBN

Pack 104 Hike up Flag Hill | October 9

Pack 104 Webelo den is organizing a moderately strenuous pack hike in the Sunol Regional Wilderness in California. The hike consists of a 3.9 mile loop trail and boasts a short, steep climb up Flag Hill with 994 feet of elevation gain and promises grand scenery, and features wildflowers.

Hike Statistics
Starting point: Visitor center / parking lot Distance: 3.5
Time: Allow about 3 hours
Grade: Moderate
Suggested age: Bears, Webelos

Suggested Season: Fall, spring, summer.

Hike Description
Begin this hike by crossing Alameda Creek on the footbridge near park headquarters. Turn left (downstream). After a short distance, Flag Hill Trial will take off uphill, to the right. The trail zigzags up the face of the hill (make sure your hikers understand why it’s important not to shortcut switchbacks). After about a mile of rather steep uphill hiking, you’ll reach the top where you’ll probably want to take a good snack or lunch break. While on top, watch for red-tailed hawks (the red upper surface of the tail is visible when the hawk turns), turkey vultures (which hold their wings in a slight “V” and teeter in flight), and maybe even a golden eagle or falcon.
Continue your hike by dropping down the back side of Flag Hill, turning right when you reach High Valley Road. Return to the cars by way of Hayfield Road.

Hike Details

9:00 am–12:00 pm. We’ll hike clockwise along the Flag Hill Loop Trail in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. Bring lots of water and sun protection. Parking is $5.

If your Scout is a new hiker or might struggle with uphill portions, you might consider sitting this hike out, as this hike is rated “moderate” and there are a couple of uphill sections.

Trail map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/flag-hill-loop-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map

If you and your scout/family are interested in attending, please RSVP via Scoutbook.

Important Reminders:

  • Uniform for the hike is the Pack’s Blue Activity T-shirt.
  • Please check the weather forecast the day of the hike and dress accordingly.
  • You may wish to bring a change of clothing, especially socks and pants. It’s not uncommon that kids end up playing in the water a bit and get a bit sandy and wet.
  • You may considering bringing a towel/blanket so you have a place to sit when you arrive on the sand.
  • LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. Some families may want to pack lunch or snacks to eat along the way.
  • Wear comfortable, well-worn-in shoes to avoid your Cub coming home with blisters. We want this to be a good experience and memory.
  • An adult must accompany your Scout. If you are watching your own Scout, you may watch 4 Cub Scouts or other children. The golden rule is no more than 5 kids per adult on any outing. Please make sure that your Scout has an adult to supervise them on the hike if you are not able to go with them. DO NOT ASSUME YOUR DEN LEADER WILL BE THERE TO DO IT!
  • At least one adult leader should take the lead ahead of and tail behind the Scouts. It is suggested that the slower Cub Scouts go first so that everyone stays together and no one is left behind.
  • Leave No Trace. Prepare to carry out any garbage or recyclables, as there may not be receptacles along the trail.

Pack 104 Fall Campout | September 17-19 Post-event Recap

From Friday September 17th through Sunday September 19th, about a dozen pack 104 families gathered at Camp Tamarancho located west of Fairfax, California for a fall campout. Activities were coordinated by the Marin Cub Scout Council.

Featured Saturday daytime activities included archery, BB gun range, handicrafts, Scout Skills, hiking, First Aid, knots, rock climbing, good/bad camping skills, tug of war, and a campfire with skits and storytelling. The theme for this year’s Family Fiesta was “Superheroes.”

There were over 300 people in attendance at this event!! We all had a fantastic time. Several of the adult volunteers completed their Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training this weekend. Thank you to Camp Director Dine DeMartin and Program Director Ron Poggi for coordinating this very fun outing and for bringing together so many council members and families on this fall weekend.

 

Webelos Woods Campout | Sept 3-5 2021

The Webelos enjoyed lots of fun activities, including boating and fishing over Labor Day Weekend (Friday-Sunday).

This was a great opportunity for incoming or current Webelos I and II Scouts to work on Webelos-specific advancement activities in the beautiful setting of Camp Tamarancho. The scouts were lead and mentored by Scouts BSA and crew members from the Marin Council Boy Scouts of America.

Nerf Games VI | August 29th 2021 Post-event Recap!

On Sunday, August 29th, Pack 104 hosted our annual recruiting event. There were many Pack 104 scouts and a fair number of new families who attended.

The more senior scouts were actively helping the younger scouts and potential scouts learn how to tie different knots. Each time a participant learned a new knot, he/she/they would earn nerf darts!

Examples of knots that were part of the day’s activities include bowline, taut line hitch, sheet bend, square knot, and two half hitch.

It was great to see so many people in attendance, and following good COVID practices and etiquette for control and prevention of the virus.

 

 

Nerf Games VI | Knot Another One!! Sunday August 29th @10 am!

Nerf Games | Knot Another One!!
Cub Scouts Pack 104, El Cerrito

Interested in learning about Cub Scouting? Boys and girls aged 5–10 years old and their families are invited to join El Cerrito Cub Scout Pack 104 at our annual Nerf Games event!

This year’s Nerf Games will be held on Sunday, August 29th, 10:00 am–12:00 pm at the upper picnic area in Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito.

Please bring an N-Strike Elite (or compatible) Nerf toy (but no darts please—we’ll supply those). Kids will have the opportunity to learn knots, test their Nerf skills, and play with current Pack 104 Cub Scouts. Pack 104 families and adult leaders will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, contact pack104info@gmail.com.

¡Ven y descubre lo que Cub Scouting tiene que ofrecerle a su familia!

Nerf Games VI–Anuda a otro!
Cub Scouts Pack 104, El Cerrito

¿lnteresado en aprender sobre Cub Scouting? Los niños y niñas de 5 a 10 años y sus familias están invitados a unirse a El Cerrito Cub Scout Pack 104 en nuestro evento anual de Nerf Games.
Los Nerf Games de este año se llevarán a cabo el domingo 29 de agosto de 10:00 am a 12:00 pm en el área de picnic superior en Cerrito Vista Park en El Cerrito.
Trae un juguete Nerf N-Strike Elite (o compatible) (pero no dardos, te los proporcionaremos). Los niños tendrán la oportunidad de aprender nudos, probar sus habilidades de Nerf y jugar con los Cub Scouts actuales del Pack 104. Pack 104 familias y líderes adultos estarán disponibles para responder cualquier pregunta que pueda tener.
Para obtener más información, comuníquese con pack104info@gmail.com.

Pack 104 Fall Campout Info | September 17-19

For this year’s Fall Campout on September 17-19, we’re going to try something a little different – Camp Tamarancho’s Family Fiesta!

Family Fiesta is a weekend overnight campout for Cub Scouts and their family members. This event offers an opportunity to experience many of the exciting activities that Scouting has to offer, all in one weekend. Archery, BB, handicrafts, Scout Skills, First Aid, and a campfire program are just some of activities you and your Cubs will get to enjoy. The theme for this year’s Family Fiesta is “Superheroes.”

While everyone from our Pack will be assigned to the same campsite, families need to register and pay on their own via the following link. (note: you must use this link to register, not the one on the Marin BSA Council’s website):

You have the option of arriving Friday night or Saturday morning, providing you the choice of camping under the stars for one or two nights. Delicious chef-prepared food is included! The total cost is only $25 per person, regardless of whether you’ll be there for both nights or just one night.

Where: Camp Tamarancho
When: Sep 17, 2021 5pm to Sep 19, 2021 12pm Pacific Time

 

Pack 104 Camp Herms Conservation Service Project | August 15, 2021

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Pack 104 scouts and families convened at 9 am at Camp Herms for our annual Camp Herms Clean Up service project.

Coffee and breakfast snacks were provided. Friends, family, neighbors and other volunteers from the community were invited to join in this service project. 29 volunteers attended this event, for a total of 83 hours of service. Big thanks to all the people who came out and to RJ, Ranger Sean, and Starla for coordinating the event details, volunteers and staff, food, tools, and other logistics.

For more info on Camp Herms site and history, visit: https://campherms.ggacbsa.org/