While scouts take a break from official pack meetings during the summer, we continue to offer a variety of hikes, outings, and other outdoor activities—and you’re invited! Come meet our scouts and learn what Pack 104 can offer your family before our regular schedule resumes in the fall.
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Saturday, June 3: Nerf Games VIII: Who’s gonna do it? Knot me!
10:00 am–12:00 pm. Join us in the upper picnic area of Cerrito Vista Park. Kids will have an opportunity to learn knots and test their Nerf skills. Please bring an N-Strike Elite (or compatible) toy, but no darts please! (We will have darts available.)
Sunday, June 11: Briones Hike
9:00 am–1:00 pm. With its rolling, grassy hills and secluded, shady canyons, Briones is a secret wilderness surrounded by the towns of central Contra Costa County. Hike: 3-5 miles.
Sunday, June 25: SF Pride Parade
All Day. Organized by Pack 88 of San Francisco. This year’s theme is “LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD.” We march to show support for all LGBTQ+ Scouts and Scouters as well as the wider community, to show everyone that we believe scouting is for everyone, regardless of who you are! We march in the Family section of the Parade, so things are a bit tamer than other later sections.
Tuesday, July 4: Pack 104 booth at WorldOne Festival
11:00 am–5:00 pm. Come find us at El Cerrito’s WorldOne independence day celebration! We’ll have a booth at Cerrito Vista Park with activities for kids and information for families interested in our programs.
Saturday, July 22: Big Rock Ridge hike
9:00 am–1:00 pm. Join us for a 3-5 Mile Hike along the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Sunday, July 29: Pack Swim Day
4:00 pm–6:00 pm Scouts will get the opportunity to take the BSA Swim Test, talk with a Lifeguard about water safety, and have fun swimming during the Family Swim at the El Cerrito Pool.
Sunday, August 6: Cerrito Vista Park Fun Day
1:00 pm–4:00 pm. Join us for fun, chill vibes at Cerrito Vista Park. Bubbles and chalk are provided. BYO scooters, bikes, and helmets.
Sunday, August 13: Camp Herms Service Project
9:00 am–12:00 pm. The Pack will do a service project at Camp Herms. Please bring work gloves, sun protection, and water. A breakfast snack and tools will be provided.
Friday-Sunday, September 15-17: Fall Family Campout
Pack 104’s fall campout will be in lovely Portola Redwoods State Park. The road leading to the park’s 2,800 acres drops from a ridgetop into a deeply shaded redwood forest, offering a hushed getaway from the suburban bustle of nearby Silicon Valley and the South Bay Area. Eighteen miles of trails follow meandering creeks, where moisture-loving coast redwoods stand tall among ferns and huckleberries.
Saturday, October 7: Fishing Lesson with EB Parks
9:30 am–1:30 pm. Join us at Point Pinole for a private fishing lesson led by East Bay Parks. Fishing rods and bait are provided.
Appropriate COVID precautions will be taken at all events!
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.
Amidst Omicron, the Tiger den met outdoors! Some Scouts learned science magic to capture ghosts, while other Scouts discussed trees and animal signs. In the end, most Scouts completed their Tiger Bites adventure by making healthy snacks and delish lemonade ! Shout out to our fearless leaders: Michael and Tasha!
The Pack 104 Bear Den met together on Sunday, October 25th 10 am to work on their “Baloo the Builder” projects on the picnic tables outside of the Craft Shack.
The den discussed tools and tool safety at the virtual meeting prior to the workshop, so the scouts were well-prepared and excited to work on their respective projects. Families brought their own hand tools and building materials, and each scout worked at a table with their parent / assistant.
Check out these great photos from the workshop (courtesy of Mayumi)!
On Sunday September 13, 2020, the Pack 104 Bear Den gathered in a socially-distant outdoor setting to conduct knife safety training and complete the requirements for the Bear Claws adventure. During this time, all scouts who attended successfully demonstrated their ability to safely handle and use a knife, earing their Whittling Chip patch and Bear Claws belt loop.
They each made a soap carving with butter knives before advancing to pocketknives.
Although each family brought their own first aid kits, we are thrilled to share that nobody had to OPEN their kit, and there was no blood or tears to be shed. Congratulations to the Pack 104 Bear Den for completing this exciting adventure!
On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Wolf den toured the El Cerrito Fire Department station as part of the Hometown Heroes Adventure. For this adventure, the Wolves learn about citizens who are heroes in their local communities.
The Wolf Den Leader guide says:
“In this adventure, Wolf Scouts will learn about the heroes within their community. By getting to know some real-life heroes and honoring their service, the Wolves will see the importance of living the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and gain an understanding of what makes a hero.”
When asked what he liked most about his trip to the El Cerrito Fire Department, Dylan said “my favorite part of the fire station was seeing their tools, like the sledgehammer and chainsaw.”
Thank you to Alia for coordinating this fun community trip. Kids loved it!