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2013-10 New Melones/Moaning Caverns Campout

posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:11 AM by cao sam

From 10/25/13-10/27/13, Troop 92 had 19 Scouts and 13 adults participate in the New Melones/Moaning Caverns campout.  Sherman and his family departed for the campsite about half hour before the rest of the group finished packing up the troop gears.  However, Sherman’s family got lost and accidentally arrived to Moaning Caverns instead.  After everyone arrived, the troop decided on tent arrangements, had some announcements, then the troop set up their tents and retired for the night.

            On Saturday, everyone got up by 7:00 a.m, made breakfast and prepared lunches to go.  For breakfast, Dragons had sandwiches, Lightning had pancakes, and Sasquatch had scrambled eggs and Little Smokies.  It was about a 10 minutes drive to Moaning Caverns.  We did the Cavern Walking Tour or Rappelling first, afterwards, we did Zip Lining and/or Rock Wall Climbing.  Later, Mr Berryhill led the troop to Natural Bridge Tunnel, a secret location known to locals.  It was about a one mile hike down to the Natural Bridge Tunnel where some of us swam to the other side. The rest of the Troop climbed a steep hill to meet us at the other end of the tunnel.  They also helped carry the swimmer's gears to keep them dry.  

            Back at the campsite, we cleaned up and cooked dinner. Dragons had beef stew, Lightning had pasta Alfredo and beef chipotie, and Sasquatch had hamburgers.  After dinner, Joseph called out two scouts for rude language and put downs.  They were sent to clean the bathroom sinks, while the rest of the troop cleaned up dinner.  Then, we fell in again before we were done for a pep talk from Mr. Tahara.  We closed off the evening with a campfire, four skits, and three songs.

             For Sunday breakfast, Dragons had muffins and banana bread, Lightning had pancakes and egg, and Sasquatch had pancakes, eggs, and Little Smokies.  Then some scouts hiked down to the lake to go fishing.  Sherman and family went home a little before the rest of the troop.  At the end of the trip, everybody was happy and went home safe and sound.

written by Sherman Y, edited by Connie W

Preparing for Winter Gear

posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:08 AM by cao sam

The weather is starting to cool down.  Soon, there will be rain in the valley and snow on the mountains (I hope).   Keep in mind that Troop 92 camps in all 4 seasons, including Winter.  In Mar - skiing/boarding, in Feb - snow camping, in Jan - camping somewhere in the cold.

Here are some tips for stocking on winter gear.

Next REI used gear sale is this Sat, 11/2 at their Mt View store, need to arrive before the backdoor opens at 10am.  I have found many treasures there at great prices.  Keep in mind, it is used gear so they tend to be one season behind, and all sales are final.

At Costco, I see wool(blend) socks are available now.  Wool socks makes a huge difference in the cold, but it is also essential for long hikes and wet/cold boating sports. 

At Costco, I also see ParadoxOoutdoor brand, base layers for top and bottom.
The base layers are soft, thin, yet warm.  Much better than the olden day cotton thermos.  Only problem is that it is difficult to find small sizes, and the zipper in the front of the top gets in the way.
The brand also has rain jackets advertising to be lightweight, waterproof, and, breathable; all those features for only $29.99.
Connie Wong

2013-09 Mt. Madonna Camping Trip

posted Sep 24, 2013, 8:55 AM by cao sam   [ updated Sep 24, 2013, 8:55 AM ]

 Our trip started off with a problem.  Two grub masters, Richard and Johnny forgot to bring ice and coolers for their perishable food.  We set up our tents in the dark as we normally do.  The next day, many scouts caught fish but Johnny caught the biggest fish, a bluegill.  We had to release all of our fishes because the lake has high levels of mercury from the old quicksilver mining days.  Our patrol had Spam Masubi for lunch.  After lunch, we visited the white deer which was once owned by William Randolph Hearst.  Then we went to the archery course where we shot bows and arrows.  For dinner, the Dragon cooked steak, Lightning cooked Mt. dew chicken, and the Sasquatch cooked pre-made Alfredo. We had a campfire after dinner which included songs, skits, and “Rose, Bud and Thorn”, where you shared what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you want to improve. My Rose was catching my first fish.  We ended the campfire program with dutch oven desserts: chocolate cake and peach cobbler.  On Sunday, we had “Scouts Own service” led by our Chaplin Aid.  He asked each scout to share about their faith; our Scout Master talked about why religion is important to Scouting.  All in all, it was a good trip.

2013-07 T92 Summer camp

posted Aug 29, 2013, 10:39 AM by cao sam

2013-28-7 Troop 92’s summer camp at Camp Kern

By Sherman Y and Connie W

On July 28th 2013 the troop went on a week long summer camp at Camp Kern by Fresno. We needed to board a barge to cross Huntington Lake to camp.  Everyday, we got up early for 7am breakfast.  We were limited to max of 3 Merit Badge classes in one week.  Merit Badges I worked on were Canoeing, Rifle Shooting, and Personal Fitness.  Wednesday was hike day.  After a light breakfast, we left for a 3 miles hike to the dam. None of us remembered the name of the dam. The area was closed off because there was a fire.  The firefighters said debris could hit us from the sky, so we left the area and went to a nearby campsite for a lunch break before heading back.  On Saturday, the troop woke super early at 5:45 a.m., finished packing, brought down our stuff, ate breakfast, and drove 5 hours to Mt. Olive.  All in all, we completed 27 Merit Badges and started 25 partials during a week of camping, learning, and fun

2013-08 Rafting Trip

posted Aug 28, 2013, 5:46 PM by cao sam   [ updated Aug 28, 2013, 5:50 PM ]

2013-8-24 Rafting Trip highlights by Tian Wong and Connie Wong

On Aug 24-25, Troop 92 water rafted down a section of the American River in 2 large inflatable blue boats.

The troop had water fights between the Dragon and Lightning Boats. In fact, we had water fights with many boats that welcomed a friendly fight.
During lunching at a small cove, we help some people with their overturned wooden canoe boat. 
Later, we stopped at a swim hole near some rock islands for diving, swimming, and a group picture.
There were a couple of rapids which were fun to go over; but it was mostly drifting down calm, lazy waters, not much white water.  Sometimes, we even drifted to the shallow channels so people had to get out and push the boat.  However, everyone still had a blast of fun in water and sun.  What a great way to end the Summer!  Overall I would enjoy another rafting trip sometime in the near future with the troop.

Coming events

posted Apr 30, 2013, 11:30 AM by cao sam   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 10:16 AM ]

This weekend is the bridging ceremony for Webelos to join our troop. There will be total of 5 Webelos to bridge over. The ceremony is held at Gill Park of Milpitas. 

Check Out Our Facebook page

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:35 PM by cao sam   [ updated Jan 11, 2013, 8:49 AM ]

Here is the new Facebook page for Troop 92. Log into your Facebook account and join us. If you do not have a Facebook account  register here.

Annual Food Drive

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by cao sam   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 10:15 AM ]

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America.

Each year, our Scouts, leaders and parents collect canned food and other items for local food pantries.  In 2011 1,300 Scouts participated in our annual campaign, collecting over 36,561 pounds of food.

This is a two-part event.  Scouts will distribute door hangers and bags to fill with food throughout the community.  A week later, they will return to collect the filled bags, bringing them to per-determined food pantries in their local district.

Door Hanger Distribution Day – November 2013

Can Collection Day – November 2013

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posted Oct 12, 2009, 4:33 PM by cao sam   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 10:15 AM ]

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posted Oct 12, 2009, 4:33 PM by cao sam   [ updated a minute ago ]
This weekend is the bridging ceremony for Webelos to join our troop. There will be total of 5 Webelos to bridge over. The ceremony is held at Gill Park of Milpitas. 

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