Sycamore Bazaar | Sunday, September 18

Sycamore Church’s annual bazaar is on September 18th, 2022. This is a community outreach where people can place orders in advance for delicious Japanese food and also have a rummage sale. (If you would like to order some you can do so here: https://www.sycamoreucc.org/2022-bazaar 

Our scouts will be helping with setting up and distributing food – carrying it to people, cleaning up, etc. There are two volunteer shifts, 12-2 and 2-4. Volunteers are asked to register in advance for their shifts with this form: https://docs.google.com/s…sp=sharing

Pack 104 Fall Campout | September 23-25

For this year’s Pack 104 Fall Campout, on September 23-25, we are going to Mount Madonna in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Mt. Madonna is a gorgeous county-run park in Santa Clara County. We have reserved the Huckleberry group camp for the pack. Your whole family (and friends!) are welcome to come join us for three days and two nights of camping, hiking, and of course S’mores.

The park has several lovely eco-zones, including redwoods, oak woodland, and grassy meadows. This gem is a well maintained, 4,605 acre park dominated by the redwood forest characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. To the east, the park overlooks the Santa Clara Valley, to the west, Monterey Bay.

We are planning two hikes, including one in Mt. Madonna park that will earn your scout a prize through the Agents of Discovery program (more info on this Bay Area program can be seen here: https://agentsofdiscovery.com/bay-area-explorer/ ). 

One option is a gentle 3.5 mile hike in Elkhorn Slough, which will earn the scouts a Monterey Trekkers patch. It is an easy walk chock full of birds, otters, and other wildlife!
The second hike will be located within Mt. Madonna park, an easy 2.4 mile walk that includes viewing the parks small herd of white fallow deer.

There will bee plenty of free time on Saturday afternoon and some of the scouts will be going horseback riding! We look forward to seeing you there.

Annual Camp Herms Service Project | August 14th, 2022

Each year Pack 104 does a service project to improve Camp Herms

Scouts and their families gathered early morning at 9 am on Sunday August 14ths to help plant and spread mulch on the hillside south of the Dogpatch cabins.

Below are some photos taken during the morning. Thank you to all the people who came and contributed to the success of this important project. 

Pack 104 Swim Day | Jul 10

Pack 104 scouts met at the El Cerrito Swim Center for the annual pack swim day. 

During this event, scouts discussed water safety, worked on aquatics-related Adventures for their ranks and had an opportunity to try the BSA swim test. Scouting  activities were wrapped up by 2 pm and some families stayed at the pool for some additional play time. Thanks for all who joined us, particularly those who helped coordinate this event day.

Nerf Games VII—Yes, We Can Knot! | Jun 5, 2022 10am-12pm

Nerf Games is Pack 104’s primary outreach and recruitment event of year, where families with Cub Scout-age children are invited to join us for a morning of knot tying and Nerf shooting. Prospective Cubs have fun interacting with the current Cubs and older Scouts from local Troops, and parents have an opportunity to talk to adults from Pack 104 and learn more about our program.

Please see flier for the event below and encourage other parents and children within your network to consider attending this free event.

 

USS Hornet SEA, Air & Space Museum Live Aboard Overnight Adventure | Saturday, May 28

The Webelos Den participated in the overnight program at the USS Hornet located in Alameda California on Saturday May 28th. The scouts arrived at the pier at 4:30 pm to board the ship at 5:00 pm. The crew started with some introductions and moved on to orientation, and an overview of some ship rules.

Participants spent the night “living with history” on the ultimate overnight adventure, learning about how the USS Hornet’s sailors lived and worked on this city at sea. They toured key areas of the ship to see various spaces and systems and discussed the history, science, and engineering behind them. There were opportunities to participate in several hands-on science stations and demonstrations interspersed with seeing  sailors’ living quarters. The groups were assigned bunks within the ship’s berthing compartments. 

The experience included dinner and breakfast in the original enlisted “Crew’s Mess”, learning about the famous carrier’s daring exploits, touring key areas of the ship and the historic naval aircraft on display, and learning about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions that put the first men on the moon.

It was an exciting overnight excursion!!

 

 

Spring Pack Campout at Russian Gulch State Park | May 13-May 15

Pack 104 will be camping at Russian Gulch State Park in Mendocino County, two miles north of the town of Mendocino

Just two miles north of Mendocino, Russian Gulch State Park combines a three-mile leafy canyon with windswept headlands and pristine beaches along the park’s rocky coastline. Inland, a 36-foot waterfall plunges down into a bower of redwoods, mosses, and ferns. Along the coast, waves crash into a collapsed sea cave called Devil’s Punchbowl, and the photogenic Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge rises gracefully 100 feet from the bottom of the gulch.

In the spring, the park’s foggy headlands bloom with acres of wildflowers. With nearly a mile and a half of ocean frontage, the park is often compared to Point Lobos on the Big Sur Coast. Russian Gulch State Park has 15 miles of trails, with a satisfying mix of shady forest and open coastal hikes. The park’s beaches, coves, and tide pools are great for a variety of water activities.