2020 Stay Active Award

Troop 104 is hosting for the MDSC Council for the month of May.

All scouts and scouters are encouraged to participate.  While the challenge is vital for health while we are cooped up at home,
the patch that can be earned may be one of the coolest patch you may ever have! 

All details, background and link to register for the challenge is below. 
Challenge starts Saturday.

Download the flyer at: http://mdscbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/StayActiveProgram.pdf

Troop 104 Open House

Scouts BSA Troop 104 Open House
Scouting in El Cerrito

Monday, September 30, 7:00pm at El Cerrito Veteran’s Hall

6401 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

All youth — boys and girls alike — can join Scouts BSA and participate in the many outdoor, service, and leadership activities Boy Scouts is known for! 

Come to El Cerrito Troop 104’s open house to learn more about:

  • Joining Troop 104 boy scouts (ages 11-18)
  • Forming a new girl troop (ages 11-18)
  • Adventures for older youth in Venture Crew 104 — young women and men (ages 14-21) 
  • Joining cub scouts — boys and girls (ages 5-10)  (representatives from El Cerrito Pack 104 will be there)

Troop 104 boy scouts will answer questions from visiting boys and girls, and share info and photos of what they’ve done this year, such as trips to Alaska, McCloud River, Yosemite, summer camp at Wolfeboro, community service projects, Eagle projects, and more.  Troop adult leaders will answer any questions parents may have about the scouting programs. 

Troop 104 has existed in El Cerrito for 80 years and has a long tradition of fun, engaging activities for our youth. We schedule at least one outdoor activity each month, several overnight campouts each year, and additionally spend a week camping in the Sierras each summer. Older youth have attended high adventure camps nearly every year in recent memory (wilderness backpacking and canoeing throughout the country, ocean sailing).  Learning skills and leadership, and doing community service are key components of scouting as well: the troop has produced 105 Eagle scouts, many in recent years. 

We very much hope to add a girl troop to share the opportunities afforded to our boys. Although Scouts BSA is not affiliated with Girl Scouts, our troop believes that scouting offers tremendous opportunities for fun, service, and leadership development, and that all youth should have equal access to those opportunities. Already, several girl troops have formed in nearby communities. We hope to add one for El Cerrito!

Girls older than 14 can already participate via Venture Crew 104, a branch of Scouts focused on older youth who want more activities and fellowship opportunities in high school and beyond.

Please join us Monday, September 30, and we will do our best to give you a complete picture of how your son or daughter can join in the fun and adventure, whatever their age.

Learn more on our web site at https://troop104elcerrito.org/

Camp Wolfeboro

Check the photo library for pictures of teh Troop at Wolfeboro! Look forward to tales and more pictures in the fall 2019 edition of the Trailmaker, and names of scouts who earned awards at the Court of Honor in October.

To summarize however, in addition to the Super Gold Cross award, Troop 104 accomplishments at Wolfeboro this year included:

  • Advancements: at least one first class, many other advancements almost complete
  • 40 merit badges completed, 34 partials
  • 7 STEM NOVA Awards and a Mile Swim BSA Award.
  • Rockers: Sourdough, Grizzly, Marksman, Patriot, Olympian, Trek and Wolf. 

And four Crew 104 venturers (3 are T104 scouts) participated in the ACE program (Adventures, Connections, Experiences), an all week adventure program that includes hiking multiple overnights and mountain biking back to camp.

T104 was well represented on staff:

Mountaineer Counselors-in-Training: Nicholas and Riley

Staff Counselors: Senan (Shooting Sports), Rota (Maintenance), Finn (past scout)

Adults took training too: ASM Outdoor Leader skills (Paul) and Leave No Trace (Damian)

Ever Upward!!

Congratulations Keith

Troop 104 has awarded the Troop’s first annual Irwin Horowitz Scout Spirit Award to Keith Emery. The award is named in honor of former Troop 104 Scoutmaster Irwin Horowitz. 
The award is to recognize a scout aging-out “in recognition of service to the community and Troop 104, and for exemplifying the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law”.

Keith joined has been a scout since he was 5 years old, and is turning 18 this summer.  In the past few years in Troop 104 Keith has been quartermaster and Troop Guide, and has been kind and helpful in countless ways to individual scouts, the Troop and the community.   Keith is a member of Venture Crew 104, so will still be in uniform some days, when he’s not downhill mountain biking or some other crazy thing.  We do know he’ll carry on the scout spirit through his life outside of scouting.  Congratulations Keith!  Rota approves.

Welcoming Girls to Scouts BSA

In Spring 2018, the T104 committee voted to support a “linked” girls troop. It wasn’t until February of 2019 that the newly named “Scouts BSA” opened its doors to girls, 11 and over, who wanted to pursue the traditional ranks and merit badges of Boy Scouts. But our troop has a long history of commitment to equality and opportunity, and so committing to support a girl troop was a natural step toward a stronger youth program.

For nearly 80 years, El Cerrito’s troop has been part of “Boy Scouts of America.” But now that is merely history. And soon the “boy scouts” part will be history, too.

But what is a “linked” troop? In brief, it means that when a girls troop forms in El Cerrito, our existing organization stands ready to support it, doing whatever business is necessary to support its activities with the current group of committee volunteers that support our boys. The new girl troop doesn’t need to create its own committee, and can piggy back on what the existing, boy troop has already created. Of course, the girl troop may decide it wants to do its own activities, or even eventually have its own committee. But the “linked” troop idea provides a good way for girl troops to get started. Once they have a scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster (one of whom must be a woman), they need only the minimum number of youth required to start a troop—in this case, five girls—and they’re off and running.

In September, Troop 104 will be hosting an Open House where people can learn more, both about forming a girl troop or joining the boy troop, as well as about our existing Venture Crew, which already is open to girls and boys between ages 14 and 21.

Scouts at 90th Wolfeboro

Troop 104 commemorated the anniversary of the Council’s summer camp in great scouting style, with over 30 boys and 1 girl — from Venture Crew 104 — spending a week in the Sierras near Bear Valley. As usual, campers went this way and that earning merit badges, ticking off skills towards rank advancement, pursuing rockers — particularly the 90th anniversary rocker (which even included singing!) — and hanging out in camp playing cards, or in the case of this year’s camp, jamming on fiddles and banjos.