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Tamales Bay - Bioluminescence Tour - FULL!

Posted on Aug 20 2017 - 12:22pm

Start: Oct 14 2017 - 8:00am

End: Oct 15 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: Marshal Beach on Tomales Bay

See list of attendees Here

Limited to 25 attendees. Preference will be given to scouts so we ca accommodate as many as possible. For this trip we'll need min  four leaders. The rest of the leaders/parents will be determined if spaces are available. We still need sufficient number of drivers back and forth. 

Itinerary - PVT Guided Camping Trip


We set up a waterside camp which can be reached by a short scenic paddle, equipped with tables, camp chairs, camp stove, firewood for one fire, fresh water, and staffed by our capable and friendly kayak guides.  All that you need to bring is your tent, sleeping bag/ pad, your food for the trip, and anything else you would like to have on your adventure.  You simply arrive at 10am, load your gear on to our motorboat, and then enjoy the beautiful paddle to your campsite with your knowledgeable guides.

On all our group camps, your guide and camp host will lead guided tours from camp for anyone who wants to explore Tomales Bay after the sun goes down. On moonlit nights we’ll paddle in the glow of glorious moonlight, and on dark nights, we’ll explore the shoreline and be thrilled by the natural light show in the water that is bioluminescence. Both are wonderful and exciting experiences! In both cases, your night will end with you sleeping peacefully at the waters edge. 

Recruit a New Scout - win a Prize

Posted on Aug 15 2017 - 1:27pm

Click here to indicate if you are inviting a potential new scout to one of our troop functions (troop meeting, etc) 

Recruit a New Scout

Advance Camp - Important Details

Posted on Aug 10 2017 - 1:27pm

Let Mr. Kraszulyak know which Merit Badges or Rank Advancement Activities you want to attend while at Advance Camp

If you did not indicate which sessions you want to attend when you signed up - email us quickly with those choices at mkraszulyak@mac.com

 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.


IOn advance camp –

 I want to point out that in addition to the extensive list of merit badges available on Sept 23rd, the following list shows all of the rank advancement stations available for Tenderfoot and 1st and 2nd class.   I strongly recommend you send your sons to this one day event.   Summer camp and advancement camp are the 2 events in a year where scouts can get a lot done on rank advancement “ trail to first class”.  As I understand it,  Scouts can bounce from station to station picking off whatever they don’t have signed off in their books.  Zach, Parker, Ben, Harper and our other new scouts should definitely do rank advancement work and skip merit badges, (in my opinion).  

  • Also – summer camp did not cover these requirements offered at Rank A. this yr.  - Scout:   1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 4a, 4b, 5,  Tenderfoot: 3b, 3c, 4d, 8, Second class: 2a,2b,2c,2d,2f, 3b, First class: 4a, 4b, and 9a.  So-  Sam P., Ariston, William and Benji, you guys can do all 22 of these that were not offered at summer camp.

Rank advancement stations:

NEW REQUIREMENTS (2016+): ( also offering old book requirements ( see website under trailhead)

  • Scout:               1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 4a, 4b, 5
  • Tenderfoot:       3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 7a, 8
  • Second Class:  1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2f, 2g, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6c,6d,6e,8b,9a,9b
  • First Class:       3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6e, 7a, 7b, 7c, 9a

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

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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