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!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Troop 255 Rocks Pinnacles!

On January 11-12, 2014 Scout Troop 255 made their annual trip to Pinnacles National Monument. Pinnacles is a beautiful place, with steep rock spires, ramparts, crags, and incredible views from its high peaks. It is a popular place for mountaineers to practice their climbing skills and it is also a release location for the rare California Condor which can be seen soaring majestically between the hills and over the canyons.

Troop 255 makes an annual trip to Pinnacles in January and invites Webelos from the Half Moon Bay area Cub Scout packs to attend so they can learn about Boy Scouts and complete some requirements for advancement.

The first day is typically filled with Scout activities and this year was no exception. We had Scouts working on first aid, fire building, ax and saw safety, and learning to tie various knots. In addition, each of the Webelos got a chance to join a patrol and create a patrol flag.  There were also opportunities for the boys to participate in dinner preparation in the kitchen area. The patrols rotated through the various stations, so everyone got a chance to participate in each activity.

The evening's highlights included a wonderful dinner of chili, rice, and quesadillas and a number of vigorous games of "capture the flag." This year we were fortunate that the overnight temperatures stayed above freezing, which made for a very comfortable overnight camp.

The following morning, after breakfast and camp cleanup, the Scouts hiked the High Peaks trail which starts and at Bear Gulch, rises 2,000 feet to the high pinnacles, and returns to Bear Gulch via caves formed by Bear Creek eroding through a number of large rocks in a canyon. The weather on Sunday was cool and clear, making for great visibility and great hiking.

Overall, the Troop 255 Pinnacles trip rocked this year!