On Saturday, April
19, we have two great bike rides planned. We’ll take CalTrain up to San
Francisco, and then take the Embarcadero along the bay to the Golden Gate
Bridge. Those on the 25-mile ride will cross the bridge and head north to Mill
Valley before looping around the Tiburon peninsula to the ferry terminal for
the boat ride back to SF. The 50-mile ride will be similar, but with additional
loops around the Marin headlands (fantastic views!) and San Rafael. After
crossing back to SF via ferry, we’ll take CalTrain back to Palo Alto. See the
flyer at http://bit.ly/T57_GG_Ride_Flyer for more
details on the ride and instructions on how to sign up.
Troop 57 Shotgun Sports Trap and Skeet Outing (May 3)
A shotgun outing for both beginning and experienced shooters! We’ll shoot both trap and skeet, with instructors helping scouts accomplish their merit badge shooting proficiency, if desired, or just improving their scores at these target shooting games. Classroom instruction covering safe gun handling practices and many of the merit badge requirements will be reviewed before shooting. Come out and tune up your game! Shotguns, shells and safety equipment are provided.
Explore Elkhorn Slough -‐ one of the last coastland wetlands in California. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, it is among the best places for viewing marine life. Elkhorn Slough is home to otters, seals, sea lion and a variety of birds. You'll kayak past the Pacific outlet and eastward up the slough taking in the scenery as you paddle up this amazing waterway.
Date: Sunday, May 4 Leave 7:00 AM; Return ~ 2:00 PM Location: Elkhorn Slough, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Activities: Kayaking, navigation, waterfowl, marine mammals, photography Capacity: up to 12 participants. Register early to assure your space. Requirements: 1. BSA Swimmer. (certified in a BSA swim test at Oljato or as part of 1st class reqs) h]p://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php?Xtle=BSA_Swim_Test 2. Kayakers must complete user’s rental and participation waivers. 3. Completed 2014/15 T57 Registration and current BSA Medical Forms (A/B/C) on file. Cost: $ 50.00 includes 1⁄2 of 2-‐person kayak rental, supplies and transportation. Equipment: Wear swim suit. Bring synthetic shirt/sweater/pants, water-‐appropriate shoes – you will get wet. No cotton clothes. User provides windbreaker, splash jacket, paddle, and kayak. Food: Bring snacks/lunch, 1 liter water bo]le and $10 for a food stop on the drive home. Reply Deadline: RSVP no later than April 22nd and send a non-‐refundable check made out to “Troop 57, BSA”.
Troop 57 Spring Backpacking and Rock Climbing in Castle Rock State Park (May 17-18)
-Backpacking- Strap on your backpack and head to Castle Rock’s famous Trail Camp for a night of camping. Our route will follow the Saratoga Gap Trail 3 miles to the camp, where we will set up camp among the native oaks. The afternoon will be free for other activities, such as rock climbing or geocaching or just hanging out. We will round out the day with dinner and a campfire before falling asleep under the stars. The next day, after breakfast, we will break camp and hike on the Ridge Trail back to our cars for an early afternoon return to Palo Alto. Cost $40.00 inclusive
-Rock Climbing- The climbers in the troop can challenge themselves on Castle Rock’s famous rocks. Guides from Adventure Out of Santa Cruz will take a group of scouts on a four hour climbing adventure Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30. No experience necessary—just good balance and an adventurous spirit. Group size is limited, so sign up early. Cost $85.00 inclusive
Yes, you can do both or just one of the two, backpacking or rock climbing. The two together will be $125.00. Sign up deadline (including payment) is May 1.