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Troop 57 February News (2018) NEW!

Mt. St. Helena Hike

One of the 6 Rim of the Bay!

Counts towards the Hiking Merit Badge and gets you a Rim of the Bay Patch!

What: A Rim of the Bay hike on a spectacular mountain in Napa Valley.

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where: Meet at Lucie Stern Community Center and drive up to Napa Valley for the hike. The hike will be about 5 hours, and we will have 2 hours driving each way.

The Hike: We climb about two thousand feet in five miles. In the first mile, we’ll stop by Robert Louis Stevenson’s cabin, and then will climb to the summit. Views are spectacular both from the summit and along the trail to get there. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning in spring!


March 3rd Service Project

On March 3, we finished building bluebird and chickadee houses for the National Audubon Society. Due to the large amount of participation and productivity,​​ we finished earlier than planned. Many of the scouts were still hungry for more service hours so we decided to clean and organize the scout shed, fire circle, and stage. The fire circle and state are ready for tomorrow’s CoH.

Ryan Lee, Jimmy Miller, Jerry Fang, Zachary Thom, Jerry Fang, Brandon Cui, Aiden Seto, and Ashray Gupta participated today. Thanks for your cooperation and fun time (in the rain)!

Thank you to Mrs. Hanna for serving as the Adult Lead with Mr. Bernas and pitching in to help.

Sutter Buttes Overnight Backpack & Hike: March 10-11, 2018

North of here, dead in the middle of the Central Valley, lies the smallest mountain range in the world, formed from a now dormant volcano. It is beautiful and unlikely and exotic. And it's privately owned, but we're privileged - for the time being - to have an invitation by its owner to hike and camp there. We can roam around it as we please, and then on Sunday, the owner will join us for a day-hike to give us a rich guided tour based on his family's three generation-long understanding of their land's geology, history, agriculture and ecology. This is a fantastic and memorable trip, limited to 20 scouts and adults.

Itinerary: Saturday (March 10, 2018)
Depart Scout House at 8:00AM
Backpack (a mile or so) to the campsite within the Sutter Buttes range
Free Time

Sunday (March 11, 2018)
Breakfast, Break Camp
Guided Day-Hike (approx. 8 miles) with our host
Trail Lunch (provided)
Return to campsite at end of hike
Backpack out (a mile) to the cars and return to Palo Alto arriving home by Dinnertime.

EVERYONE SHOULD BRING 3 LITERS OF WATER (this is a dry camp site)

Cost: $20 per person covers all fees, meals & transportation

BSA Troop 57 Ski Trip (March 17 - March 18, 2018)

On Saturday, March 17 , we will be driving up early morning to the Clair Tappaan Lodge. That is where we will be staying while we spend two days (Saturday and half/full day Sunday) skiing at Squaw Valley . This trip is a great opportunity to earn the Snow Sports merit badge and to hone skiing and snowboarding skills. I highly recommend attending this trip as it is a fun trip that can be enjoyed with friends, and skiers of all levels are welcome.
- We will drive up on the early morning on Saturday (5am) and return home Sunday late
early-mid evening (18th).
- The approximate cost is $85 with scouts being responsible for their own lift tickets and
equipment rentals.
- Currently, reservations are limited to 9 scouts total assuming 3 adult volunteers.
- The lodge will provide for saturday dinner and sunday breakfast. We will probably have
rest of the meals on the road or at ski resort and will need some money for that.
- Accommodations are hostel-style with twin bunk beds and shared men's and women's
bathrooms. A pillow is provided. Guests should bring their own sleeping bag and a towel.
- If needed, Skis/Snowboard can be rented on site or at Ski Renter in Mountain View.
With limited spots, it is recommended to sign up as soon as possible. Sign up for this!

Skiiy Dude

Pinnacles All Troop Outing

On January 27-28 we have our All Troop Outing at Pinnacles National Park.

The basic plan  is for patrols to gather on Saturday morning at the Scout House (7:30AM), organize yourselves into vehicles, drive to your hike trailhead, complete your hike, cover first year skills as needed, and then drive to our Pinnacles campsites (124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 131).   

At Pinnacles, drivers can park adjacent to our campsites (Senior Patrol 7 will be in 127 and 128) to set camp and prepare dinner. After dinner and clean up we enjoy an outstanding campfire program (thanks to the efforts and creativity of your scouts) between 127 and 128 campsites. These usually end up being lots of fun, so make sure that your patrol works together for a fun and interesting skit and/or song After the campfire, patrols return to their campsites (please bring flashlights because it will be dark) and retire for the night. On Sunday morning we will make breakfast, clean up, pack up, and drive back to Palo Alto. If you want to extend your visit on Sunday and do more stuff (it’s a great area), discuss it with your Lead ASM/Patrol Leader.    
Pinnacles National Park hikes should make this a great outing. All scouts should participate.

Mt. Diablo Hike Photos

Here are some pictures of the Mount. Diablo hike that happened on Jan. 20th. It was a beautiful day for the hike and fun was had by all. We hope to see everyone for next year's hike! Album:

Mt. Diablo Rim of the Bay Hike January 20th

Put another Rim of the Bay hike under your belt with the Mt. Diablo hike! On Saturday, January 20th, we will hike up Mt. Diablo, near Walnut Creek. We will hike to the summit of Mt. Diablo, where on a clear day, you can see all the Sierras and the Farallon Islands. Meet at the Scout House on Saturday morning, January 20th, at 7am. 

You should have good hiking boots. Keep in mind that this hike is 10 miles with the summit at around 3848ft, meaning a lot of upward climbing. Bring a bag lunch and snacks (trail food, etc.). 3 liters of water, 10 essentials, layers are a must. Hiking poles would also be useful.

Scouting For Food 2017 Results!

This year, the Stanford district donated 28,618 pounds (14.3 tons!) of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank! This provides about 20,411 meals to those in need. Troop 57 was a huge part of this, at just over 15% of donations in Stanford district, at 4695 pounds. Good job scouts! 
Here are some pictures from the event: 

Thank you all for coming out this year!

It's Wreath Fundraiser time

It's Wreath Fundraiser time and all families gathered to tie the beautiful ribbon bows that will adorn or Douglas Fir wreaths.  

Thank you all for coming out to help.

Tomales Bay Kayaking 2017

Kayak over the San Andreas fault on Tomales Bay, passing from the North American to the Pacific Plate. Overnight at a boat-in only campsite in Point Reyes National Seashore’s Tule Elk Range. Practice Leave No Trace camping. Next day, paddle back to cars and return home. 

Troop 57 All Troop Outing - Sam McDonald Park (Sept 23 - Sept 24)

Who is excited for our annual all troop outing!? We will camp and hike among old growth redwoods in this tranquil, wilderness area 40 minutes from the Scout House.  There will be hiking, games, a troop campfire and special activities for our first year scouts.

When? Sept 23 - Sept 24

Where? Sam McDonald Park

Who? All troop outing

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Annual Russian River Outing- September 9th-10th

Date: Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Location: Russian River, near Healdsburg, CA.
Time: Meet at the Scout House late morning around 10:30am, Saturday, Sept. 9 for zip lining ( and canoeing. If you are canoeing only, we might be able to arrange a later departure on Saturday, if there are sports/other conflicts. We’ll be back in early evening on Sunday. Some cars may stop for dinner.

Event suitable for all scouts (including first years) with following prerequisites:

Reply Deadline:
Scout canoe waiver and zip line waiver by September 1, 2017.

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