Alcatraz Overnighter this weekend - a couple of openings

Posted on Jul 24 2014 - 12:53pm

The Alcatraz "lock-em-up and throw away the key" overnighter is this coming weekend.
We have a couple of last minute cancellations.
If you are interested in going then please contact me right away.

BOR dates posted on the Troop calendar!

Posted on Jul 20 2014 - 5:29pm

Hope everyone is having a great summer! I hear that a lot of scouts worked very hard on completing their requirements for rank advancement at camps ! Good job! I am looking forward to scheduling your Board of Review!

Camp Seabase registration open for August 2015 !!

Posted on Jul 15 2014 - 12:05am

REGISTER BY AUGUST 5, 2014. Troop 236 landed a highly sought after Seabase High Adventure camp for August 2015.  This trip will be an 8 day sailboat adventure in the Florida Keys filled with fishing, snorkeling, sun and sail.  Read the details and sign up on http://www.bsatroop236.org/node/3151


Posted on Jul 2 2014 - 11:34pm

Registration for our first outings of the new school year; Mount Tam (Sept 20), Advance Camp (Sept 27) and Lake Chabot (Oct 25) are open for registration.  Alcatraz Summer overnight has reached maximum capacity and is closed. 

Congratulations to our Camporee Scouts!

Posted on Jun 26 2014 - 5:14pm

Howdy Scouts of Troop 236!

Last weekend, some of our boys of 236 participated in the Wild West Camporee at Los Mochos Ranch in Livermore.  This is a district wide weekend event of camping and healthy competition between the local troops, where boys get to meet scouts from all over the Meridian District and test their scouting skills. 

 Following a rigorous uniform inspection, the boys set up camp, and readied themselves for a long day of skills testing, troop vs. troop, 41 teams in total, on a playing field of 15 possible events.   Moreover, each troop ran one of the events, including hatchet throwing, knot tying, archery, shooting, and even comedy skit acting.

 While normally a greater number of scouts turn out, a change in scheduling resulted in only nine of our troop 236 boys attending, forming an elite patrol of patrols who named themselves the “Jelly Beanz.”  Why Jelly Beanz?  Because they had no fear!

 Two older, experienced 236er’s ran the Pancake Flipping booth event, while the remaining six, tough scouts competed on the playing field against impossible odds, unfair numbers of patrols and blazing heat.  They passed a rigorous camp inspection, and a test of scouting spirit as well.

 What happened?  I tell you what, the boys did an amazing job!   At the end of the day, Troop 236 shared the top Presidential Award ribbon with another patrol in the tougher, more competitive Experienced Scout category (First Class Rank and higher).   

 We also won a Special Award Ribbon for being one of only two patrols who completed 12 out of 15 events.  These ribbons will be attached to our troop flag, and will live immortal as the stuff of legends.

 While other troops, patrols and adult leaders whined about the heat and inconvenient scheduling, our young men stepped up and did the job they were tasked to do, causing other troops to ask, “Who ARE those guys?” Or “Cowboys in Danville?”

But it just didn’t end with the boys.   They wanted to test what the leaders were made of, too.  Our heroic Doug Gin came in Second Place in the final, fearsome event, The Scoutmaster Competition!  I saw a lot of riled up scoutmasters who didn't see this contender walking into the final showdown, and leaving them in the dust.

 What’s the morale of this Tale of the Wild West?  It’s “Every dog, or Jelly Bean, has his day”, and our Troop 236 proved that we are a force to be reckoned with, I reckon.

 Partners, when you see one of the Magnificent Eight in a troop meeting, make sure you tell em, “I heard ‘bout your feats, and I don’t mean your smelly ones”.  Can I join your posse? 

 Do just that.  Join them next year and keep the legend of 236 alive.

John Pluth

BSA Troop Committee Chair

T236 Marching in the Danville 4th of July Parade

Posted on Jun 18 2014 - 12:36pm

If you are in town over the 4th of July, every Scout should represent T236 and march in the Annual Danville July 4th Parade. Our troop is fortunate enough to have a spot in the first 1/3 of the entries!  Start your day at the Parade and have plenty of time to picnic with family & friends. See event for more details and to sign up!

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