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  • Memorial Day Grave Decoration
    Saturday, May 26 is our annual Memorial Day grave decoration service project at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno (1300 Sneath). This is a mandatory event, but Scouts should want to attend as a small token of appreciation to these great heroes. 
    We will be meeting at the Scout house on Saturday, May 26th at 7:15 a.m. (Come early to get doughnuts!) for a 7:30 departure. The opening ceremony begins at 8:30, but parking can be a chore. We should be back by noon and Scouts will be dropped off at home. Transportation will be organized by patrol (we need parents to volunteer to drive!). “Class A” Uniforms are required. Bring your fleece and a warm jacket. The San Bruno fog and wind can be chilly. 

    As Background: Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
    On Saturday, May 26, Troop 57 will join Scouts from around the Bay Area to pay tribute to the men and women who served our country by placing an American Flag at every grave at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Golden Gate Cemetery is in San Bruno and has 145,000 graves. As an aside, because of its name and location, Golden Gate National Cemetery is often confused with the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. 
    This is an annual service project that our troop has participated in for many years. The ceremony and flag placement are very moving. Many Troop 57 alumni join this service project every year because of its special meaning. This is our very small, humble way of acknowledging the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedom and our way of life, on which rest so much that we take for granted every day. In many cases, these men and women made the ultimate sacrifice, giving that final, most precious gift that could never be repaid.


    Posted May 14, 2018, 8:22 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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!

                                   

    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 9:42 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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.


    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:30 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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
    Dinner

    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
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 12:49 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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.
    Logistics:
    - 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!
    Dude Skiing

    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 9:33 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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.


    Posted Feb 6, 2018, 10:16 AM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • Mt. Diablo 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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/lTaKkr2JBiOSEn9F3












    Posted Jan 22, 2018, 8:59 AM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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.



    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 9:48 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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!

    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 10:06 PM by Reid Sox-Harris
  • 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

    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 10:22 PM by Henry Yun
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