Category: Camping

Bike Ride and Camping at Sycamore Canyon November 14-15

Join us on an epic bike ride from Simi Valley to Sycamore Canyon Campground. We’ll enjoy the beach and camp overnight. The trip cost is free and Webelos are welcome to join us.

More information is available in the flyer.

Sierra Nevada Backpacking trip May 22-24

Join us to explore the northern portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness. The trail to Chicken Springs Lake takes us along the northern edge of Horseshoe Meadow where we’re see amazing views of the Great Western Divide.

Scouts will need to pack a sleeping bag & pad, food, and the 10 essentials. The troop has backpacks available to scouts who need them. Hiking, orienteering, and photography activities are planned. There will be a trip planning meeting on May 11th.

More information is available in the flyer. The trip contact is Eric Luke.

Joshua Tree camping trip March 28-29

Come see the famous Joshua Tree and enjoy some of the most majestic scenery in Southern California!  Click here to view the photos from last year. Planned activities include rock-climbing, hiking, and photography. View the Joshua Tree trip flyer for details.

Yosemite camping recap

We had a great weekend of exploring in Yosemite National Park. On Saturday we drove up early and setup camp. In the afternoon we explored lower Yosemite Falls before following the loop trail to El Capitan Meadow and the Yosemite Chapel. Sunday we did a ranger led snowshoe hike in Badger Pass to Tempo Dome. The hike provided amazing views all the way to the Towalame Meadows area in Yosemite. In the evening we hiked around Mirror Lake and watched the sunset turn Half Dome bright orange. One Sunday we packed up and left the campground better than we found it, then drove to Mariposa Grove. There we explored the lower grove and visited the Grizzly Giant and the California Tunnel Tree. Overall we hiked 20 miles and look forward to our next trip at Three Falls for winter camp.

Yosemite Winter 2015 Photos

Sierra Nevada Recap

What a great weekend of backpacking! Friday night we watched a meteor shower and awoke to a beautiful sunrise on Dome Rock. On Saturday we strolled along the Trail of 100 Giants. Check out the video of the two sequoias that fell in 2011 here.  We put on our backpacks at Lewis Camp and hiked to the Little Kern River bridge, then on to Trout Meadows. At camp we rested then played cards, chess, and 3 Flies Up before turning in for the night. A bear visited the camp, but all the food was in the elevated bear bags, so he moved on.  On Sunday we left the campground better than we found it and hiked with great determination uphill to the trailhead. Overall we hiked over 15 miles with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet!

Sierra Nevada Photos

Sierra Nevada Backpacking trip May 23-25

Join us in the land of giants. The area we will be exploring has huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons and the world’s largest trees.

Scouts will need to pack a sleeping bag & pad, food, and the 10 essentials. The troop has backpacks available to scouts who need them. Hiking, orienteering, and fishing activities are planned. There will be a trip planning meeting on May 12th.

More information is available in the flyer. The trip contact is Eric Luke.

Matilija Recap

What a fantastic weekend of backpacking! The trail was in good condition, with plenty of shade and water crossings. We arrived on Saturday and hiked 5 miles to the campsite. Once camp was setup, scouts enjoyed exploring the area and playing games. We enjoy beef stroganoff and chicken fajitas for dinner, and ores and roasted marshmallows for dessert. On Sunday we left the campground better then we found it and enjoyed great views hiking downhill to the trailhead. See you on the next backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains in May.

Matilija 2014 Photos

Pre-Camporee Information

There is a pack inspection at the church Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 for all new scouts and those who are not yet First Class. Scouts should be at the church on Friday evening, March 21, at 6:00 PM to drive to Sage Ranch. Parents will pickup their scouts at Sage Ranch on Sunday morning at 8:30 AM.
Directions to Sage Ranch Park:
Via Black Canyon Road. (Black Canyon Road is a very steep, narrow, winding road)
  • Go South on Kuehner Drive to Katherine Rd (just past the Old Susana Café)
  • Turn right on to Katherine Rd
  • After about a 0.5 mi Katherine Rd turns left at Riverwood Ct
  • After the left turn it is about 0.2 mi to Oak Knolls Rd (Little League field on your left)
  • Turn right on to Oak Knolls Rd
  • Continue for 0.10 mi and keep left at Black Canyon Rd
  • On Black Canyon Rd, you will pass a “Road Ends ¼ mile” sign that you can ignore. It is about 1 3/4 miles from this sign to Sage Ranch.

Via Woolsey Canyon Road

  • Take 118 Freeway to Topanga Canyon Blvd
  • Turn right on to Topanga Canyon Blvd
  • Drive 2.5 mi to Plummer St
  • Turn right on to Plummer St which becomes Valley Circle Blvd after about 1 mile
  • Continue another 2.4 miles on Valley Circle Blvd to Woolsey Canyon Rd
  • Turn right on to Woolsey Canyon Rd and drive to the end, about 2.3 miles
  • Turn right at the top of the hill. Sage Ranch is about 0.2 miles on your left.
You can drive into the park. Continue up the hill to the Group Campground on the left. If any gates are closed, you should be able to open them and drive through, but please close them behind you.

Joshua Tree Recap

The troop had a great weekend of camping at Joshua Tree National Park. The camp location was terrific, the weather perfect, and the scouts preparation flawless. Last weekend confirmed what I already knew – being involved in scouting provides experiences not found in any other youth program.

The group arrived late on Friday night, setup camp, and quickly fell asleep. On Saturday the climbing instructors got an early start and setup 2 climbing and 1 repelling routes. Many thanks to Troop 682 for allowing us to setup climbing routes in their campsite. Scouts, siblings and adults enjoyed climbing and exploring the area around the camp. After dinner, scouts made 3 different dutch oven desserts then told jokes and sang songs around the campfire.

This was the troop’s second year at Joshua Tree and we’ll be back next year.

Joshua Tree Photos

Matilija backpacking trip March 15-16

For our first backpacking trip of the year, we’ll be going to the Los Padres National Forest. We’ll be driving up Saturday and hiking 2 miles to the campsite that includes running water. Click here to view photos from the trip two years ago.

Scouts will need to pack a sleeping bag & pad, food, and the 10 essentials. The troop has backpacks available to scouts who need them. Hiking, orienteering, and plant identification activities are planned. There will be a trip planning meeting on March 3rd.

More information is available in the flyer. The trip contact is Eric Luke.