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Advance Camp - Sign Up before August 1st!

Posted on Jul 14 2017 - 7:48pm

Sign Up Here!

BSA Advance Camp 2017

Event Date:               September 22nd (Friday) and 23rd (Saturday)

Location:                    Antioch Fair Grounds, Antioch, CA

 Event Details:  

This is a great opportunity for Troop 224 Scouts to work on and complete various merit badges. The event begins on Friday afternoon and continues all day on Saturday.  Troop 224 Scouts typically attend only the Saturday sessions and we begin by meeting at Acalanes High School early Saturday morning, then carpool over to the Antioch Fairgrounds. 

 Advance Camp will be offering the following merit badges:





Eagle Required Merit Badges



Lifesaving 13+ ALL DAY

Citizen in the Community

Emergency Preparedness

Personal Fitness

Citizen in the Nation

Environmental Science

Personal Management

Citizen in the World

Family Life



First Aid

Swimming ALL DAY




Other Merit Badges

Archery 13+ $25 ALL DAY

Fire Safety

Radio PM only


Fly Fishing

Reptile & Amphibian Study

Astronomy & Fri night

Game Design

Robotics $25

Auto Maintenance

Graphic Arts



Indian Lore

Search & Rescue 13+$25 ALL DAY






Public Health



Traffic Safety

Climbing 13+ ALL DAY

Mammal Study


Coin Collecting

Moviemaking ALL DAY

Trailhead 5 Mile Hike

Composite Materials


Trailhead Swim

Crime Prevention

Nuclear Science 13+ ALL DAY

Truck Transportation

Digital Technology



Drafting 13+ 1st Class


Welding 13+ $25 ALL DAY

Electricity      Energy

Programming $25



Public Speaking

Wilderness Survival & Fri night


Pulp and Paper

Wood Carving




Each Scout should register on the Troop 224 website if they plan to attend and identify in the comments section at the Troop 224 registration page) which 4 merit badges the Scout wants to take in the order of preference.  For example,

1.    Camping

2.    Art

3.    Chess

4.    Music

 Troop 224 will take care of registering all Scouts and their chosen preferred classes.  We ask that Scout register in advance at the Troop 224 website, ideally before August 1st and provide their class choices.  The Advance Camp registration opens on August 1st and we want to immediately register our Troop 224 Scouts so they have a high probability of getting their merit badge classes requested.  Advance Camp is very popular in the Bay Area for Scouts and many of the classes fill up immediately.

 Cost:   Troop 224 pays the registration fee up to $25 per Scout.  We do this to encourage everyone to attend. 

More Information:  We will send additional detailed information to everyone in early September before the event, information on what to bring, carpooling, etc.  In the meantime, for additional information directly from Advance Camp, you can click the URL below.


If you have specific questions, you can email mkraszulyak@mac.com or call me at 510-717-6850.

Summer Camp 2017 - Catalina Island -

Posted on Apr 28 2017 - 10:54pm

 Catalina Island at Camp Emerald Bay - Sunday July 16, 2017 thru Saturday July 22, 2017


- Jet Blue Airlines round trip from Oakland to Long Beach Airport  

Super shuttle to and from Airport to Ferry harbor is covered by troop 224

- Depart to camp – meet at Oakland airport at 5:00AM- Sunday July 16, 2017.  Departure flight time 6:29 AM, arrive LBA 7:49AM.  Super shuttle, ferry, arrive on Island approx. 12 noon.

- Return from camp – Saturday July 22, 2017.  Return flight departure 5:00 PM, arrive Oakland Airport 6:14PM, pick scouts up at airport, end of trip.

Please find enclosed the sign -up form for Merit Badges at Camp Emerald Bay 2017.  Please send them back to Dave Robb, david.robb@sbcglobal.net with the forms attached below as soon as possible,  5/15/17 deadline.

I have also included the Program Planner so your scout can see the entire week broken down day by day.

Pretty strait forward, all merit badges are listed, ( great choices like sailing, paddleboard, snorkeling, oceanography) chose what your scout wants to do and I will confirm they are in the class.   If you choose a merit badge with a fee for materials you will need to pay the fees to the 224 treasurer, Karen Wang once you receive confirmation your scout is in the class.

Couple points:

“1st year Rank advancement” –If your scout wants to work on Rank Advancement, scout to tenderfoot, tenderfoot to second class, second class to first class, sign up for this class.  I am trying to get clarification now on what is covered, might only be scout to tenderfoot.

On Scuba- I spoke to Malibu divers, there are 3 categories for scouts and adults 12 and older on the island, 6 instructors and 4 dive masters on island all summer: 

  1.  “BSA scuba”: If your scout wants to do a half day class, try scuba diving without being PADI certified,  be tested in 6 feet and then do a dive to a maximum depth of 30 feet.  Test and first dive $125 ( all gear provided) additional day dives $50
  2. “Scuba MB”: - If your scout only wants to scuba dive all week and end up PADI certified with diving merit badge – approx. $500 for week, (includes renting most gear and purchasing a mask/snorkel, booties, gloves and fins scout takes home).  Personally, I think 12/13 is too young.  Have your scout enjoy everything summer camp offers and get PADI certified before camp or some other time.
  3. “ Discover local diving” – Anyone PADI certified can go scuba diving at camp - $100 for eval and first dive, additional day dives $50, additional night dives $65 ( all gear included). You can bring your own gear if you prefer.

 Please make sure to send your scout with enough money to do everything he wants to do/buy.  He can buy a camp T shirt at Camp for approx.. $20. Etc.

 My name is Dave Robb and I am the Adult Leader for summer camp 2017 on Catalina Island.  My fellow leaders, Christine Sampson and Tim Hird, are looking forward to making this a successful summer camp for your scouts.  I will be doing all my communicating using this email group and have included both parents and scouts.  Some scouts don’t have email addresses so please communicate all relevant information to your scout.

 Please fill out the camp permission form, and have your scout sign the behavior contract, on the attached PDF and email them back to me:

  1. Parental Firearms Permission and Release and Consent to Full Program
  2. Troop 224 behavior contract

Also, please make sure your scouts medical forms A,B and C are current for the July 16 thru July 22, 2017 trip.  If these 12 month forms expire before July 22, 2017, please get the new A,B,C forms to Christine Pecci well in advance of the trip.

Feel free to contact me with any Summer Camp questions you have.  Most Summer Camp information can be found at www.campemeraldbay.org

Summer Camp leader: Dave Robb, david.robb@sbcglobal.net or 925-321-4663

Youth Protection Training - Is it time for you to renew ? (every 2 years)

Posted on Feb 9 2017 - 9:22pm

To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.

Volunteers Needed

Posted on Feb 6 2017 - 7:09pm

Dear Troop 224 Parents - We are a volunteer organization and have many new scouts who have joined the troop this year.  We need your help to keep the troop functioning well.  The following positions are open and need filling. Please let Andrew Karsh know if you can help out. Thank you. 

Philmont 2018

Posted on Jan 28 2017 - 9:44am

We won the Philmont lottery for summer 2018! We are guaranteed 2 treks (up to 24 people) departing 8/5/2018, so long as we make a $1,400 deposit by 1/31/2017. We are expecting to be allowed to move up one of the treks (up to 12 people) to depart on 7/15/2018 and will confirm the earlier departure date before making the first payment. Please note, 2018 Philmont youth participants must be 14 years of age on date of arrival OR have completed the eighth grade and be at least 13 prior to participation. Also, each crew (7-12 participants) must have a majority of youth and is limited to a maximum of four (4) adults over 21 years of age

Each trek will take about 2 weeks including 12-days at Philmont plus 2 days travel. The cost per Scout is $940 plus travel, so the total cost could be as high as $1,500, prior to any Troop subsidies from the tree lot. The Philmont experience is a one-of-a-kind backpacking trip through the New Mexico Rocky Mountain Range with awesome activities at each campsite along the way such as rifle shooting, rock climbing, horse riding, etc. When your team completes the difficult journey together, you will attain a confidence and sense of accomplishment like never before. For more information, please read below, follow the links, or talk with one of the few who has completed the journey (e.g., Mr. Blocker, Peter C., Carson, Ivan, etc.)

 Mr. Van Oss

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