On Saturday, July 10th, the pack completed a Tennessee Valley Hike to the Beach, in Mill Valley, California.
The hike began at the parking lot and the scouts and families hiked to the beach, staying there for about 30 minutes to eat lunch.
The total mileage was close to 5 miles round trip. It was an overcast day, but the hike was quite beautiful, and well attended by some of the newer pack members.
The Pack 104 Swim Day is coming up on July 25th. We’re planning on having the Scouts and their families come in age-specific 2-hour windows. The tentative schedule is as follows:
* 10:00–12:00…..Lions and Tigers
* 12:00–2:00…….Wolves and Bears
* 2:00–4:00………Webelos and AOLs
Michael Black is organizing and hosting this year’s event, in his backyard in Pinole as the El Cerrito Swim Center is still in the midst of a staged reopening.
Stay tuned for more details.
Right now what we need to hear from you is whether your Scout(s) will be attending. We will need the names of all people attending, including accompanying adults and siblings.
All Scouts will need to have an accompanying adult present at the event, and Lions and Tigers will need a dedicated adult to closely supervise them and accompany them in the water.
John Bowen will be conducting BSA swimming tests for the Scouts, and then we’ll be working on the swimming-related portions of Adventures (“Floats and Boats” for Tigers, “Spirit of the Water” for Wolves, “Salmon Run” for Bears, and “Aquanaut” for Webelos/AOLs). After this, there’ll be plenty of time for the Scouts to just have fun in the pool. Looking forward to seeing you all there!!
Other Upcoming Pack 104 Events:
Jul 10 – Tennessee Valley Hike to the Beach 10am@ 701 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Jul 12 – July Pack 104 Parents and Committee meeting 7:30pm @ Zoom
Pack 104 hike convened on Sunday, June 13th from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm for a gorgeous hike at Angel Island. Families took the 10am ferry and returned on the 3:20 pm ferry.
The hike itself, Perimeter Trail, covered the perimeter of the island and is approximately 5.5 miles. Various, short, off-trail shoots were explored, including the historic immigration station.
A special thank you to the families who attended and helped plan this event.
On Jun 6, 2021, Pack 104 met up with the Green Teams of El Cerrito and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers to remove litter from Baxter Creek. The organizers from the city remarked that they had never seen such a huge turnout for one of these events – 41 participants from Pack 104!
With a such a large group, the pack made short work of the trash along the creek/greenway and got quite a bit accomplished on the weeds as well.
Based on our discussions with the city, they would like to partner up with the pack on projects like this at least a few times a year, and for future events they will try to also include some sort of educational component as part of the event!!
This is yet another very successful collaborative event and we’re excited have the opportunity to contribute and make positive impacts on the environment and the local community.
If you and your family are not currently part of our pack, please consider joining us for the next community project!
For more info on this service project, please visit this event summary
Pack 104 had our first in-person Pack meeting in more than a year (!) on Thursday, June 3rd, in the play yard outside the Harding Clubhouse.
Kids had a fantastic time playing a roaring game of tug of war! What a competition!!
Pack 104 scouts and families did a campout at Pinnacles National Park from Friday, May 21 to Sunday May 23rd. This campground is located 130 miles south of El Cerrito. Spring and fall are the most pleasant weather for hiking and visiting the park.
A handful of the scouts completed the Condor Gulch to High Peaks Loop – a challenging and strenuous uphill hike, where scouts walked through the heart of the Pinnacles rock formations, particularly along the Steep and Narrow section of the High Peaks trail. Many added the Rim and Moses Spring trails, extending the loop to 6.1 miles.
The remainder of the scouts completed the Moses Spring to Rim Trail Loop a shorter loop, estimated at 2.5 miles with 500 ft of elevation gain. This loop was a good choice for rock formations, talus caves, and the reservoir on a short hike and also a good choice for children.
There was a pool at the campground, that Scouts could enjoy after hiking.
Please see gallery below of photos taken by some of the campout attendees.
This park is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption from approximately 23 million years ago. It is known for a rich diversity of spring wildflowers and wildlife throughout the year.
Born of Fire
“Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers see towering rock spires teeming with life: prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor.”
While the scouts of Pack 104 take a break from official pack meetings during the summer, we will continue to offer a variety of hikes, outings, and other outdoor activities this summer. The regular schedule will resume in the fall.
Check out a summary of our summary programming below:
- Sunday, June 6: Trail Trekkers project Baxter Creek clean up
- 10:00 am–1:00 pm. Meet at Baxter Creek Park (Key Boulevard at Conlon Avenue) to help the Green Team of El Cerrito and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers remove trash from Baxter Creek. Bring your own gloves, along with water, sun protection, and snacks.
- Sunday, June 13: Angel Island Trail Trekkers Hike
- 9:30 am–3:30 pm. We’ll hike along the Perimeter Loop, a kid-friendly trail that is about 5.9 miles long. Bring a picnic lunch and wear comfortable shoes. Meet at 9:30 am at the Tiburon–Angel Island Ferry Terminal. The ferry departs Tiburon at 10:00 am, so be sure to arrive no later than 9:45 am. Note: families will need to purchase ferry tickets online from Tiburon to Angel Island in advance of the hike.
- Saturday, July 10: Tennessee Valley Hike
- 10:00 am–1:00 pm. We’ll hike from the trailhead to the beach and back, with a 30–45 minute stay at the beach. The round trip will be 3.4 miles of mostly flat terrain. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water, snacks, lunch, sun protection, a change of clothes for the kids, and a towel for the beach. We’ll be going over beach safety with the Twelve Seaside Tips for Safety guide. Meet in the Tennessee Valley parking lot (701 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley).
- Sunday, July 25: Pack 104 Swim Day (Swim Badge advancement/testing @ Arwen’s house)
- 10:00 am–3:00 pm. We’ll gather in small groups at a private pool to talk about water safety, work on aquatics-related requirements, and have fun swimming. Scouts will also have an opportunity to take the BSA Swim Test.
- Saturday, August 7: Crab Fishing on Sausalito Pier
- 10:00 am–1:00 pm. Meet at the Sausalito Fishing Pier in Sausalito. No need for a fishing license or gear. Bring a lunch and wear layers. If you want to take some crabs home, bring a bucket!
- Sunday, August 15: Camp Herms Service Project
- 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Every year Pack 104 does a service project to improve Camp Herms. Please bring work gloves, sun protection, and water. A breakfast snack and tools will be provided.
- Saturday, August 28: Nerf Games VI—Knot Another One!
- 10:00 am–12:00 pm. Location to be determined. Please bring an N-Strike Elite (or compatible) Nerf toy, but no darts please! We will have some available. Kids will have the opportunity to learn knots and test their Nerf skills.
Baxter Creek clean up, on June 6p
Angel Island hike, on June 13
Tennessee Valley Hike, on July 10th
Swim Badge advancement/testing, on July 25
Pack 104 families, please visit Scoutbook for more information on each of these events. Stay tuned for more info on the fall camp out mid-September!!
Contact Pack104info@gmail.com for complete details or to let us know if you plan to attend!
On May 16, 2021 2:30pm-6pm, Pack 104 scouts parents and den leaders met in the Quarry at Camp Herms for Pack BB, Archery, and Slingshot training activity and educational event. Scouts who attended and completed the trainings earned the Shooting Sports Award with the Archery, BB and Slingshot pins.
Thank you to RJ, John, Starla, Michael, Nikki, and Mira for coordinating the event, for running Classes on history, safety, and mechanics for each shooting sport, and for supplying healthy snacks and dinner. Please see below for a gallery of images taken during this well-attended event.
On Apr 30, 2021, the Bear Den planted trees at King Park, in partnership with the City of Berkeley.
Check out our photo gallery from this event below
Pack 104 met together to complete the annual Earth Day service project at Cerrito Vista Park this past Saturday April 24 at 10 am. The city of El Cerrito supplied us with grabbers and garbage bags. Please see gallery below for some photos taken that day! Thank you to all the families who came out.
Photo Credit: John Bowen, Thuy Nguyen, Natalie Tse