We need your help. It is our troops annual tradition to help the Kiwanas during their Christmas tree fundraiser. You can sign up to work at the Kiwanis lot by going to the link below and committing to as many time slots as you like. Tree sales are a fun way to get service hours helping people select and take home their Christmas tree. The lot is located in the Stanford University football stadium parking lot. We also need parent volunteers as well for each time slot. Please sign up for as many time slots as you can. We will be selling every weekend though December 17. Also stop by to get your tree and help out the fund raiser. Go to the Calendar page for more information.
We are going to Camp Cherry Valley during the week of July 22-28. This is a beautiful camp, located on Catalina Island. Travel will likely require departure on Saturday July 21st. If you or your Scout is interested to attend, please contact Rich Zamboldi, (go to the Calendar page for this event for details and to sign up). We have a limted number of reserved spots, but can expand that, if needed. This is a very popular camp, so we are trying to get organized early this year.
Camp Cherry Valley offers opportunities for many water sports including world-class snorkeling, SCUBA diving, canoeing, rowing, sailing and swimming. Because it is located on the leeward side of the island, the cove is calm making it a perfect place for lots of fun in the water. Hikes over mountainous terrain, war canoe races, touring an old silver mine, a sea lab with a touch tank so you can learn about local marine life is available.
Our next trip is our annual backpacking trip at Point Reyes on Saturday to Sunday, December 16-17. This weekend is selected to be after finals for most of our Scouts. We’ll leave Portola Valley at 8:30 am on Saturday and return home around 4 pm on Sunday. The hike in to Wildcat Camp is 5.5 miles with a few hundred feet of elevation gain; the hike back, partly on the beach, is a little shorter, and will go up Alamere Falls.
There are many opportunities to complete requirements for ranks and merit badges, including a 5-mile hike with map and compass, selecting a campsite and setting up a tent, and cooking for ranks and MBs. This is a great backpacking trip for first-timers as well as veterans. I really like getting away from the chaos in the Bay Area to the quiet and beauty of the Point Reyes backcountry.
Kirt Williams will give a talk on what to bring and how to pack a backpack at the December 6 troop meeting. We are limited to 25 people in the campsite. First come, first served. Scouts’ parents are welcome.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:00pm to Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 12:30pm
Here is an opportunity for them to complete many of the requirements for the ranks of Scout through First Class! Knots, Cooking, Fire Starting, Map and Compass, Plant and Animal Identification, First Aid, Food Safety, Knife and Axe Safety, Water-swim requirements- and much more! This is a district event. You can register now through October 31 2017 at 5:00PM- Late period rates apply beginning October 15 2017 at 12:00AM.
Join your fellow Troop 64 scouts at the ever-popular shooting sports camp with a chance to learn the theory, handling and cleaning of weapons like .22 rifle, shotgun (12 and 20 gauge), archery and tomahawks in a safe environment. Trained range masters will run each station and provide close (and strict) supervision. Eye and hearing protection is provided. All weapons and ammo are provided- don’t BYO weapons. There will be several other Troops from around the Bay Area attending. This event has been a lot of fun the past few years. Adults were also able to shoot. Turns out T64 has some very good clay pigeon shooters! (more…)
Saturday, June 3, at the Portola Valley Town Picnic held at the Town Center from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Our troop is the only concession booth to provide lunch for the picnic. It is a lot of fun to participate and for the new families, a great way to get to know the other scouts and their families.
There will be activities such as Jumpies, Carnival, Balloon Man and Games for the kids, a Music Band, Girl Scout Cake Walk, Sno Cones, Popcorn and Cotton Candy. The weather will be perfect…it’s your chance to lose yourself in Scout cuisine. We’ll have something for every palate: Draeger’s Burgers, Cheeseburgers, Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers and Hot Dogs. This is our annual fundraiser, so please come out and support our scouts.
Please let us know if you would like to join the Troop for flag planting at the Golden Gate National Cemetery on Saturday morning, May 27. Check-in begins 7:15am, Ceremony 8:30-9am, 9am Flags planting begins. This is a great and moving tradition to honor our Veterans on Memorial Day weekend by helping Scouts from the Bay Area place an American flag at each of the 145,000 graves.
The Trail to 1st Class camping trip has been moved to Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the weekend of May 12-14. May 14 is Mother’s Day and Boulder Creek is close by and you will be back in plenty of time to celebrate with your Mom after giving her the morning off.
A sign up sheet will be sent through Teamsnap or you can go to the signup link on the Calendar page.
The original campsites at Portola Redwood State Park are closed until after June because of high water issues with the septic systems. Boulder Creek is a private campground for Scouts with great facilities and opportunities for hiking. It will be an ideal and fun place to complete achievements towards your next rank. Please plan on attending. It is chance for older and higher ranking scouts to help give back to the Troop by helping their newer Troop members gain achievements. Updated information on the trip will be posted soon so please check back for updates.
We are planning a campout at Big Basin Redwoods State Park (21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006). There will be opportunities for Scouts to earn achievements and it is great introduction to camping for new Scouts in a wonderful setting. We will plan a hike, cooking and fun.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is beautiful in April. We will be staying at the Blooms Creek Campground, situated among the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees, some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. Big Basin Redwoods State Park covers more than 18,000 acres, and has more than 80 miles of hiking trails. (more…)
Come spend a morning with Troop 64 pulling invasive French Broom along Portola Valley Roads. Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the Historic Schoolhouse, Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. Wear long sleeves and gloves. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Scouts can earn 3 conservation service hours for their efforts helping keep this invasive plant out of their community.
Troop 64 is planning an overnight backpacking trip in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. The troop has reserved group site 002AB Wildcat Loop for Saturday noon to Sunday at noon. More information will be posted later on the Calendar and sent through Teamsnap.
Advancement Opportunities: Second Class, First Class, and Cooking MB and Camping MB meal planning and cooking; camping nights; backpacking requirement for Camping MB. Encouraging older scouts to help our new scouts with their achievements.
It is our troops annual tradition to help the Kiwanas during their Christmas tree fundraiser. You can sign up to work at the Kiwanis lot by going to the link below and committing to as many time slots as you like. Tree sales are a fun way to get service hours helping people select and take home their Christmas tree. The lot is located in the Stanford University football stadium parking lot. We also need parent volunteers as well for each time slot. Please sign up for as many time slots as you can. We will be selling every weekend though December 18. Also stop by to get your tree and help out the fund raiser. Go to the Calendar page for more information and to sign up.
Troop 64 will have a hike with the Webelos this Sunday, Nov 6 at 9:15am. (Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night).
We will hike the Toyon Trail, which is part of the PV Town Trail system. The trailhead is located at the corner of Alpine and Willowbrook Road. Parking is available but limited. We will plan on returning to trailhead by 11:45am.
It should be a nice cool day and bring a water bottle if you like. More information about the hike can be found at Toyon Hike and our Calendar page.
Troop 64 is going to shooting camp near the Russian River in Guerneville at BSA Camp Royaneh.
Activity and Scout skills available: Camping night, camp set up, Cooking meals (meals are provided, but we can cook as Scouts if needed for rank advancement), Those camping need to cook Friday Dinner, and Sat Breakfast. Lunch provided by BSA Camp.
Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to shoot Archery, Rifle and Shotgun throughout the day on their own schedule. See the Calendar on this site for more details and to sign up. Space is limited.
This year we will be car camping at the Wowona Group Campsite near Yosemite’s south entrance near highway 41 from Fresno on Friday night, October 7. Saturday we will hike around 7 miles up toward Ostrander Lake and set up our camp near there. Sunday morning we will hike out in a different direction from where we came, back to the Wawona Campsite. We will then drive back up to the Bridal Veil trail head to pick up our cars.
Some people claim Ostrander Lake was named for a sheepman (a demonic half sheep/half man creature from the abyss, others say it was named after a descendant of Alexander Ostrander (1783) of Smithfield NY. It is a very popular backpacking stop in the Park. Fishing is fair for 10-12″ rainbow trout. For details go to the Calendar page for this event.