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Moaning Caverns Adventure Tour

MCRappel1-e1436209666820Date/Time: Fri, Feb 26 — Sun, Feb 28, 2016. Departure time TBD.
Location: Moaning Cavern
Address: 5350 Moaning Cavern Road, Vallecito, CA 95251

Notes:
Adult Leader – Mr Thibault,
Scout Leader – Open

For those looking for something more exciting than the basic walking tour, the Adventure Trip is the ideal solution. The trip begins as cavers enter the cavern through the original entrance by rappelling down a rope 165-ft. (going down the stairs instead of the rope is an option). From the bottom of the main chamber, cavers then descend further by crawling and squirming through small passages, exploring the twists and turns of the lower cavern system for 1½ to 2 hours. To exit the cavern, cavers ascend the 234 steps to the Visitor Center. Cost is $130 per caver. Campers pay the cost of food TBD.

This trip is offered year round by reservation, and is conducted by experienced guides. No experience is necessary, however participants do need to be in good physical condition. Those with conditions such as heart and lung problems, pregnancy, impaired mobility, or excessive weight should not attempt the adventure. Participants must be at least 12 years old, weigh 100 pounds and be at least 4-feet tall. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Guides will limit participation to persons they believe to be suitable and fit. Due to the inherent dangers involved in spelunking trips, all participants and parents of participating minor children are required to sign a waiver of liability.

Court of Honor

Date/Time: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 · 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
(Arrive at 6:50 PM)
Location: Audubon LGI Room
Address: 841 Gull Ave Foster City, CA 94404
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Notes: DSC_0051Courts of Honor are an opportunity for the troop to recognize individual advancement, review progress on troop goals toward larger BSA achievements such as Journey to Excellence, and look back on recent adventures by the troop.

Courts of Honor are open to family and friends of Scouts.

Service Patrol: Rams

Pinnacles Campout

Date/Time: Sat, Mar 12, 2016 · 7:30 AM (Arrive at 7:15 AM)
Location: Pinnacles National Park
Location Details: Pinnacles National Park, 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, CA 95044
Address: 5000 California 146, Paicines, CA 95043
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Link: Web Link
Notes: PinnaclesAdult Leaders – Mr. Sean Ningen and Ms. Anne Bonneville
Scout Leader – Open

Join the Troop for camping, hiking and exploring.

Overview
Pinnacles Campground is located in the unique Pinnacles National Park, 32 miles south of Hollister, California.

The park encompasses 26,000 acres of spectacular rock formations and remnants of an extinct 23 million-year old volcano.

Hiking and rock climbing are very popular activities in Pinnacles, as is watching for the majestic California condor overhead. Pinnacles National Park is a nesting place for the endangered soaring bird, the largest in North America.

Natural Features:
The campground is situated in a rolling landscape dotted with shady Valley Oak, Blue Oak and Coast Live Oak trees. A gentle, seasonal creek runs through the grounds.

Springtime finds Pinnacles bursting with a wide variety of vivid wildflowers that line every trail and fill entire meadows with color.

Deer and wild turkeys roam the area, and condors can be viewed from within the campground. The park ranges in elevation from 824 feet along South Chalone Creek to 3,304 feet atop North Chalone Peak.

Recreation:
Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Many trails intersect, allowing for a short loop or a longer all-day hike. Popular destinations include Bear Gulch Reservoir, High Peaks and the Balconies area. The Bench Trail provides direct access to the park from the campground.

Visitors enjoy exploring Balconies Cave and Bear Gulch Cave, which houses a large colony of Townsend’s big-eared bats. Bring a flashlight!

Rock climbers flock to Pinnacles for the variety of climbing routes that range from easy top-ropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.

Facilities:
Pinnacles Campground is located on the eastern side of the park and is open year-round. It offers family and group tent sites, as well as RV sites with electric hookups. Roads and parking spurs are gravel. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Showers are available for a fee. A general store with basic foods and camping supplies is located on-site. A swimming pool is located within the campground and is open from April through September.