Monday, November 23, 2015

Scouting for Food collected a ton of food this year!

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Princeton, Calif.

Scouting for Food was a huge success this year with the the Scouts from Troop 255 and Pack 255 collecting a ton of food for the Coastside Opportunity Center. You probably think I'm using the word "ton" as a synonym for "a lot," right? No, I mean they actually collected a ton -- more than 2,000 pounds, in fact. The total tally at the end of the day was 2,400 pounds -- nearly 1.25 tons!

Checking expiration dates and sorting food into barrels

Working at the warehouse in Princeton, Scouts from both Troops/Packs 255 and 263 tallied a total weight of 5,400 pounds between the four scout organizations, at least 25 percent more than the previous year.  The amount of food the Scouts processed was so far beyond expectations that the Coastside Opportunity Center ran out of barrels and had to sort some of the final items into shopping carts. No problem! Coastside Opportunity Center's administrators say that all food is welcome, and that given the current rate of distribution, every morsel collected will be given to someone in need in short order.

Let's see, where do the glass jars go again? 
Oh, yeah, in the plastic crates

Less than 10 percent of the food sorted had to be rejected because it was past its expiration date, a phenomenally good rate given past history. That means for every 10 barrels of food sorted, we had less than one barrel-full of expired items.

Partial view of filled barrels; 
10 barrels had already been taken to the pantry

Overall, it was a huge success. The Scouts should be very proud of their efforts to aid those in need in our community.

Filled, checked, and ready to go to the pantry for distribution

Remember the Scout Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily!

To all who helped to make this happen -- THANK YOU!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Going To Wente


It's Wente Time Again, and you know what that means...

Oh, I never had a day like the day that I had on the day that I went to Wente

Early Sunday morning members of Troop 255 gathered in the parking lot of Farallone View Elementary School to organize this year's trip to Wente Scout Reservation.

We started earlier than usual this year, arriving at the parking lot around 7 a.m., because there was concern that the construction and traffic closures on Doyle Drive leading onto the Golden Gate Bridge might mean mean heavy traffic for us.

Fortunately, advance planning and coordinating the paperwork ahead of time allowed us to get that early start.

The Scouts made their traditional stop at Walmart in Ukiah to pick up lunch and to buy any of the camp necessities they forgot to pack. Typical things purchased are additional sunscreen, bug repellent, and (for some) the vital sugar-coated donuts and Pringles that make life in the wilderness bearable.

Arriving at Wente, the Scouts registered and went through the process of turning in their medical paperwork. Once this was done, it was orientation time; the Scouts went on a tour of the camp and learned about the different activity areas. After that, everyone had to jump in the lake for the mandatory swim test, which is actually the best part of Orientation Day because you get to cool off!

The weather on the first day was in the mid- to high-70s, unusually cool for the area, and made especially pleasant given the slight breeze blowing across the lake.

By the time their transporting parents headed back off the reservation, the Scouts were all set up for an enjoyable week at Wente! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

White Water Rafting on the American River

June 12-14, 2015

Once again members of Troop 255 braved the intrepid white water rapids of the American River near Coloma, Calif., to explore the historic gold mining region in search of fame and riches, or at least a day of fun shooting the rapids.

After surviving the Middle Fork rapids the Scouts 
carry their boat out of the water victorious

This year the Scouts of 255 covered more of the river than ever before by splitting into two groups -- one to brave the treacherous waters of Middle Fork while the second group wrangled the rapids of the South Fork all the way down to Folsom Lake.

Picturesque camping right on the American River South Fork 

This year we spent two nights in the beautiful shaded camp right on the river's edge. The food and activities in camp were wonderful, and the Scouts got a chance to play in the river before and after rafting.

Exhausted from a day of rafting, Scouts relax (collapse) in the camp.

While the weather was a little warm this year, a quick dip in the river provided cool, refreshing relief. Overall, the trip was a wonderful and exciting time for all the Scouts and their families.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Work Day

May 9, 2015

The Half Moon Bay Yacht Club sponsors Troop 255 and provides a meeting place for the bi-monthly troop meetings. On Saturday, May 9th, the Yacht Club held a cleanup and beautification day to make things around the club look fresh and new. To say thanks for all the club does for the troop, the Scouts and their families showed up in force to pitch in on the effort.

A number of the Scouts worked on weeding and gardening in the flower beds around the club, while others worked on refinishing some of the cabinets and furniture from inside the buildings.

The weather was cool and overcast, with very little wind, making it perfect for working around the club. The Yacht Club provided a generous lunch of sandwiches, hot dogs, green salad and pasta salad. Dessert included cookies and strawberries.

A big thank you to all troop members and parents who helped to make the Yacht Club even better than it already is!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 06 Troop Meeting

7pm Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

At the start of the meeting, the troop welcomed nine new Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 255 with the traditional candle ceremony. In this ceremony, each Scout joins his light with that of the troop. We are very excited to have these terrific new members.

Following the ceremony, the Scouts broke into patrols and completed work on their Honor Patrol activities.

Great meeting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Boy Scout Zomb-O-Ree "Cutter's Last Stand"

October 10-12, 2014

This year's Zomb-O-Ree was heavily attended by members of Troop 255 where they joined other Bay Area Scout Troops for "Cutter's Last Stand" at the Camp Cutter Scout Reservation.  The event was a Scout-led all-out attempt to protect the California Skyline District area from a recently discovered Zombie infestation in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Things were quiet on Friday night as the Troops moved in to set up camp, but there were signs everywhere of possible Zombie activity. It became clear that things around Camp Cutter were not as they should be. The wind howled, spooky sounds emanated from Harkson Lodge, and wolves howled in the distance at a full moon.

That evening, the Scouts made plans for a rigorous training course the following day to prepare everyone for the Zombie encounters that were sure to follow. These included training activities such as First Aid for Zombie wounds, Tomahawk Throw for Zombie Defense, Knots Skills Course for escaping Zombies in mountainous regions, Zombie Leg Lift for equipment management, and Downhill Mountainboard for fast escape from Zombie-infested regions. There also was training in the defense of last resort: Shotgun target shooting.

Saturday morning as the boys rolled out of their sleeping sacks and waited in line for breakfast, it became apparent that something was up. Some of the camp staff and adult leaders looked chillingly pale and were developing lesions around their arms and necks. Could an infection be spreading through the camp? And then, inside the cafeteria, there were other signs that things might be amiss.

The boys rapidly set about organizing into patrols and setting up rigorous training activities to prepare everyone for what might come. Troop 255 hosted the Zombie Tomahawk Throw, creating a training station where members of the different patrols could practice targeting Zombies from a safe distance.

All went well for awhile and we had some very skilled Tomahawk participants chalking up excellent scores in this important training event.

But then the inevitable happened and the first Zombies started to appear in camp

Some of the Zombies even tried to join in the training activities, often getting a little too close for comfort.

But fortunately all the training and new-found skills paid off. The Scouts proved they were prepared for anything.

As the day wore on and the training pace and Zombie activity increased, it became clear that the evening would bring a battle of epic proportions. But continued hard work and training paid off as the Scouts stuck to their training regimen.

After dinner, the evening brought more strategy sessions around campfire where the Scouts planned their final zombie offensive: "Cutter's Last Stand!" Fortunately, the boys were able to repel the Zombie invasion and secure the safety of all in the Pacific Skyline District and surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains. Ultimately, an antidote was secured for camp personnel. We expect a full recovery in the weeks to come. There were prizes for the highest achievers in the activities, and those most successful at defending against the Zombie onslaught.

A strange twist of fate caused the Zombie disease to infect the prizes, too. Attempts to apply the antidote to the festering awards were ineffective.

All in all it was a fun and exciting last Zomb-O-Ree! Thanks to all participants for making this such an enjoyable activity for the kids!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Work Day

April 19, 2014

The Half Moon Bay Yacht Club sponsors Troop 255 and provides a meeting place for the bi-monthly troop meetings. So whenever there is a chance to give back to the Yacht Club, the Troop steps forward.

On Saturday April 19, the Yacht Club held a work day to fix up a number of things around the club and brighten the grounds. A number of Troop members came to help with weeding the gardens, painting the benches and general construction.

It was a terrific day, with cool, clear weather perfect for spending a day by the water. The Yacht Club provided a very generous lunch featuring grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, taquitos, salads, and cookies for dessert.

A big thank you to the scouts and families who helped to make the Yacht Club even better than it already is!