June 6-7 Bridging Ceremony & Overnight Camping at Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, Hayward

Our annual bridging ceremony and overnight campout will be held this year at Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park in Hayward, on Saturday June 6, overnight to the morning of Sunday June 7 at the Arroyo Flats Campsite. The parking lot is a bout a quarter mile from the camp site. Wagons are a great way to transport your gear if staying overnight. There is a $5.00 per car East Bay Regional Park Fee to be paid at the park gate.

Our dinner will be POTLUCK. Please bring a dish to feed around 10 people. There is a GOLDEN SPOON award to the person who brings the most popular dish!

Please SIGN UP on our Google Doc for a potluck dish to bring to feed 10:
Visit our Potluck Signup Google-Doc HERE

Our Pack 2015 Bridging Ceremony and Camp Out is almost here! Our logistics are figured out, but know we need confirmed numbers for food purchasing. Thursday evening is the cut off for our numbers. We will be buying food on Friday and will need accurate numbers. Please let your Den leaders know by then: how many adults & kids for BBQ, and how many adults and kids for overnight. Den leaders please send that info to me by Friday Morning. These numbers will help keep the cost down by purchasing the right amount of food. Please remember to help with the cost of the event, a $5.00 per Adult charge can be paid to your den leader or to Mrs. Allison at the Event. There will be no charge for scouts and siblings. Also, we will be raffling off the Cloverleaf Bowling Party at the Ceremony, so you still have a chance to purchase tickets. $5.00 each. It’s a great package – a $120.00 value.

Please bring a chair for all members or they will be sitting on the ground. Please also bring a water bottle or reusable cup for the water or lemonade. Please expect the weather to be similar to today. Highs: low 70′s and breezy and lows in the upper 40′s at night.

We will be at the Arroyo Flats Campsite. The parking lot is about a quarter mile from the camp site. Wagons are a great way to transport your gear. It is less than a 5 minute walk. 1320 Garin Ave, Hayward, CA 94544 r East Bay Regional Park Fee of $5.00 per car to be paid at the park gate. Best directions: from 880 North to Industrial Pkwy to Mission Blvd to Garin Rd. Follow Garin road up the Hill, Park is at then end of the road.

TENTATIVE TIMES: for Saturday June 6th
Family Arrival/ tent set up 3:00 pm
Scout Activity: 4:00 pm
Ceremony: 5:00 pm
Potluck after 6:00
Non-overnight guests out by 8:00 pm. (Gates locked at 8:00 by Rangers)
Overnight Campers – bring marshmallow roasting tools. We will be making s’mores.
Sunday – must exit campsite by NOON

Here is a reminder on some of the equipment/clothes you may need for our Bridging Ceremony on Saturday, especially for those of you spending the night.

Tent and accessories
Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads
Pillows (extra clothes also work)
FLASHLIGHT, headlamp and/or lantern!!! (don’t forget batteries)
**Camping chairs**
Insect repellent (we will have some, so no need to go out and buy this if you don’t already have it)
Sunscreen (we will have some of this available too)

Jackets (windbreakers can be used with layers, or a nice heavy jacket) It will get chilly in the evening
Long pants (you may want shorts during the day when it is warmer)
Sleep clothes
Closed toe shoes or hiking boots

Potluck items (including serving utensils if needed)
**We plan on having s’mores for dessert and will provide the ingredients, but we need people to bring things to roast the marshmallows on, as there aren’t many/any sticks around the campsite.**

Fun Stuff:
Smartphone with night sky app (remember this is an outdoor activity, so please try to limit the games)
GPS device

Next Pack Meeting: May 26, Saint James Episcopal Church, 7:00 p.m.

Pack 163 families: Our next pack meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00pm-8:30pm at Saint James Episcopal Church (Corner of Thornton Avenue and Cabrillo Terrace; 37051 Cabrillo Terrace;
Fremont, CA 94536).

We will meet in the church sanctuary. (See map.)

See you there!

Renewal Fees for 2015

Hello Scouters,

It’s that time of year when we must pay dues to Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for the year 2015, plus Pack 163 dues.
For 2015, our renewal fee is $76.  This includes:
  • BSA dues for 2015 (good for Scout membership for the entire year, even if you transfer units)
  • Boy’s Life magazine subscription – monthly
  • Pack 163 t-shirt
  • Pack 163 dues (including book, scarf, slide for new rank after June)
We would like to see all Scouts continue with our Scouting program and renew for 2015.
  • Deadline: due by November 1st
  • Where: provide check to your den leader, at the Pack meeting, or arrange a drop-off/pick-up time.
  • How much: $76 with checks payable to BSA Pack 163.  Checks to be cashed at end of the month
Any questions, please contact me.  If you know you are not renewing please send me a note.
Yours in Scouting,
Ruth Dalton



Our annual Blue and Gold dinner & event is this Saturday, February 28, at 4:00pm at the LDS Church on Decoto Road: 3551 Decoto Road, Fremont, CA 94536. We should be done by 8:00pm.
Please bring a potluck entree, and perhaps a dessert as well. There will be pizza provided for scouts who won’t eat potluck entree food. Lemonade will be provided as well.
Our theme this year is emergency preparedness, and we will have a special presentation by the Search & Rescue Canine Group.
Please RSVP to your den leaders with # of Adults, # of children and name of dish.
Grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins are all invited. (Just make sure you account for them in your potluck contribution!)
We’ll need everyone to pitch in for cleanup. Let’s have a great Blue & Gold!
Setup will be at 3:00 p.m. for those who are setting up.

TRAIL TREK: Saturday, February 21: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland: 12:45pm

Our next Trail Trek hike is Saturday, February 21 at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.  We will meet at the canyon meadows staging area around 12:45 and follow the stream trail to begin.
This is a great hike that runs along the stream trail, crosses the creek and goes through a magnificent grove of trees, some being over 100 years old!
We go as far as skyline ridge, then loop back on the East ridge trail which has a couple spots with great views.
This hike is about 6 miles with several short, steep hills, Therefore BSA has designated this hike as a Bears/Webelos hike.
It’s always a good idea to check the weather as the date draws near and wear/bring appropriate clothing. Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, snacks or anything you would like to “Be Prepared”. As always, we will practice the “Leave No Trace” guidelines and respect our nature areas.

Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA 94619
By Car: From either Highway 580 or Highway 24, turn only Highway 13 (the Warren Freeway). Take the Redwood Rd. exit. Drive east on Redwood Rd., up the hill, cross Skyline Blvd., continue on Redwood Rd. approximately 2 miles, turn left into Redwood Park. Park in large parking lot at end of park road. A parking fee of a few dollars is sometimes collected at the entrance kiosk.

See you there!

Pinewood Derby: Saturday, January 31, 2015

This year’s annual Pinewood Derby will be held at the Cedar Blvd Neighborhood Church in Newark, (same place as last year).  We have the facility from 11:00 to 5:00 pm.  Set up will start at 11:00 am and takes about an hour with set up and race trials.  Hoping to start racing at 12:30 to 1:00 pm range with the clean up and replacing the furniture ending no later than 5:00 pm. Exact time will be coming out early next week.

Reminder, on Tuesday Jan 27th, we will be holding the Monthly Pack Meeting at which time your scout’s car may be registered/checked in.    We had a long line last year at the event and it took a long time standing there getting cars checked in. Lets try to avoid that same thing this year and get those cars in early.

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