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.

El Cerrito Fire Department | Paramedics & First Responders!! Thursday January 27, 2022

Paramedics from the El Cerrito Fire Department visited the Webelos Den meeting on January 27, 2022 and spoke with the Scouts about their role as First Responders.

They also showed the Webelos a lot of their really cool equipment, and one lucky Scout even got the opportunity to test out the ECG machine. The visit got the Scouts very excited to learn and practice first aid techniques to complete the “First Responder” adventure at their next Den meeting. At the conclusion of the visit, the Webelos presented their visitors with Hero awards that they’d made for them ahead of time.

See below for photos from this den meeting!!

Pack 104 Pumpkin Patch Adventures!!

Two weeks ago, Pack 104 Cubmaster RJ “The Great” Lane, shared that the Webelos visited a Cool Pumpkin Patch (called the Cool Pumpkin Patch!) in Dixon. https://www.coolpatchpumpkins.com/

RJ reports:

“The farm and pumpkin patch are set up very well for COVID safety protocol. The staff is taking things very seriously. RJ noted that the majority of people were wearing masks and doing their best to socially distance.”

“They have a fantastic Corn Maze that is about 3 miles if you do not have to back track too much. I highly recommend bringing a backpack with plenty of water, snacks, hats and sunblock. There are not spots to buy water or fill water bottles along the Maze. I will be purchasing Corn Maze Patches if you plan on attending with your den or family, please let me know (and give me a number of patches to get for your den)”

The Corn Maze cost $15 per person (but worth it in the end) Parking is free. Pumpkins are reasonable (We got 4 for $16) They have pedal cars and hay rides. You can borrow a wheelbarrow and pick your own Pumpkin in the field.

On the weekends they have food and drinks for sale.

Some of the Pack 104 Bear Den already took RJ’s suggestion and took their families to the pumpkin patch. Photos from their visit are shown in the gallery below!

Pack 104 August Activities … <º))))><

Why did the fish get bad grades?
Because it was below sea level.

What is the difference between a piano and a fish?
You can tune a piano but you cannot tuna fish.

Where do fish keep their money?
In a river bank.

<º))))>< Featured Family Activity <º))))><

This month, all scouts of Pack 104 will be encouraged to fish with the family or den!

Please go fishing with your family or Den and take pictures of the fishing (and fish if you are catching). Scouts who submit photos can have them posted on the Pack 104 website!

Please visit any of our public piers in the Bay or go fishing anywhere in CA if you have a fishing license.

If you do not have a CA State Fishing Licence, you may fish off any public pier in the Bay. There are no specific requirements, just try fishing for a while.  If there are any specific questions, please email RJ at rjthegrt@gmail.com. He would be happy to provide advice and answer any questions you might have concerning where, when, what and how of fishing in the Bay.

Note that participating in this outing will count as a Pack activity towards the Summertime Activity Award. <º))))>< <º))))><  <º))))><

August 16 | Annual Camp Herms Clean Up 

On August 16th at 10 am to 12 pm we will be doing our Annual Camp Herms Clean Up. Sean will have many projects for us to tackle as Dens or individual families. I hope to see everyone there, Camp Herms is a second home for our Pack and need to show it some love. Coffee and Snacks will be provided. Please bring personal water bottles.

August 27th | Pack 104 Meeting

Mark your calendars for our first Pack Meeting of the year. This will take place via zoom and will be on August 27th at 7 pm.