Troop 708 had some great camping trips the last couple of months. The first trip was in June and consisted of a short ferry ride and hike to arrive at our campsite on Angel Island. It was a great spot located above some of the old buildings that are remnants to the past history of the island. The Scouts enjoyed hiking to Livermore Peak, the top of the island. We then headed down to the beach passing through abandoned military buildings on the way. The parents had a wonderful gourmet dinner thanks to Chef Wong. While the fog and wind hung around until early Sunday morning, we did wake up to a beatiful blue sky. Check out some of the pictures from the Angel Island camp out.
Not to be outdone, our July backpacking trip to the Sierras was another great camp out. Six scouts and five adults headed up to the Pinecrest area for a short hike into the Emigrant Wilderness, which is located in the Stanislaus National Forest. We arrived in the late afternoon on Friday and spent the first night at the Crabtree Trailhead. The next morning we got up, packed up our tents and gear, had breakfast and then headed out to Camp Lake, a hike of just under three miles. The Scouts did great on the hike. It was amazing to see how popular this trail is as we passed couples, families and other groups heading back and heading out. Camp Lake is situated at 7,650′ and is simply beautiful. This also was a great experience as it required the use of backpacking stoves and the need to monitor our water usage as we had to filter water from the lake and stream. We did get in a Scout safe swim by hanging out in waist high water for an hour or so. The only downside to the trip was that the mosquitoes were out in large numbers. Check out some photos from the Camp Lake trip.