Venture Crew 27
Crew 27 has outdoor adventures

Past Activities

Advanced Camp, Loon Lake, July 17-20, 2013
By Kat

On July 17th-20th, Kristy, Kat, Julia, Pat, and Matt traveled with some of the senior boy scouts to Loon Lake to help build the Troop 27 Summer Camp. With Mr. Frydenlund as Camp Director and motivated youth, the dirt-digging, de-limbing, structure-lashing, waterfront-clearing, gear-transporting, and canoeing moved smoothly. By Saturday morning, all the tasks were completed with time to spare. After three days of quick, easy meals, we were relieved to see the arrival of the kitchen crew, who provided us with balanced, tasty meals for the remainder of the trip. On departure day, the Venturers were bid farewell with clear skies and pleasant winds.

Wright's Lake, July 10-12, 2013
By Christy

On the 10th we drove down to the beautiful Wright's lake. Quickly scarfing down lunch, we went down to the lake and spent hours swimming and hanging out on rocks. After setting up camp, we enjoyed a delicious meal of beef stroganoff and sung around the campfire. The next morning, Julia's family joined us and we spent the day on the water, practicing our canoeing skills. That afternoon, we set out down the channels again, this time disembarking at a bridge and bushwhacking our way to see waterfalls. While we didn't find the hot waterfalls, we did see several small waterfalls that were perfect to cool down in after the long hike. On Friday, we enjoyed the perfect batch of monkey bread and a final game of kube before making our way home.

Super Trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, June 16-26, 2013
By Jan
White Water RaftingNarrative of our trip with pictures
Family Camp, May 25-27, 2013
By Cece

Canoeing on Spring Lake Family camp was a great trip. On the trip the Venture Crew helped the boy scouts with flag decoration for Memorial day. We were provided a terrific lunch. Later we went to Spring Lake where we camped in a beautiful location. During that time period the Venture Crew swam and canoed. Due to the fact that we received complicated weather we had a wonderful adventure. To fill us up before these adventures we had two completely different breakfasts. One day we had baggy eggs and the other we had chocolate pancakes with bacon. Overall, breakfast was terrific. Also for lunch we had sandwiches were we could add what ever we wanted. In conclusion,Venture Crew had a blast.

Grave Decoration, May 25, 2013
By Kevin
Decorating Veterans Graves

As traditional for Troop/Crew 27 we woke up in the early hours of Saturday morning to begin family camp by honoring our veterans by planting flags on their graves. We started this tradition by meeting at the Skyline cemetery for donuts and hot chocolate. Once the members of the troop and crew were awake enough to begin their service we all gathered at the WWII memorial to play taps in honor of the veterans who have served for our country. Over the next few hours we planted flags at the graves of the veterans who have served for us. Once every veteran was honored, we finished off in the parking lot to devour some well deserved hot dogs and chips as we prepared for the fun at family camp.

Skills Outing, April 26-28, 2013
By Christy
Climbing using prussik loops

During the last weekend of April we headed off to Little Basin State Park for a skills building outing wasting no time on Friday evening, we started straight into Part 1 of a leadership training course. On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to start practicing Prusik knots and climbing, first aid, and continued leadership, then walked around a local fair before heading back to eat burritos for dinner.

Sunday was filled with orienteering where we picked up a friendly lizard, after one of our favorite meals - monkey bread made in a Dutch Oven. We had sandwiches and cookies for a usual Venture lunch, then packed up into the cars to head home after a fun, productive weekend.

District Camporee, April 19-21, 2013
By Holly
Trying out stilts

Venture Crew 27 youth members ran an exciting activity at the Boy Scouts of America Redwood District Camporee site.

I went as a visitor of the Venture Crew, but it was amazing.  I learned a lot: how Venture Crew cleans their dishes, some ways I did not think of for crossing rivers, they have awesome stilts, and Venture Crew has really good food like Belgium waffles and Oreos. It's also fun to make a comical skit about the station you run because anyone who was part of it or witnessed it really gets the point, and everyone gets a good laugh. Even though we were working we got to go on the ropes course and go canoeing. It was a very fun experience for me as a visitor and I look forward to becoming a Venturer when I turn 14.

Broomball, Belmont Iceland, April 13, 2013
By Anne
Racing for the ballWe met at the rink at 8:45. There were 4 crews present, total. When we walked through the door we were greeted with hot cocoa, fruit and brownies, old friends and new acquaintances and in the air was the excitement for the sport that we would all soon be participating in. Once we were all out on the rink we divided up into two teams. One, with red "brooms" and the other with blue. Then the games began and chaos immediately ensued. There were Ventures running for the ball like dogs chasing a firetruck, nearly everybody fell down at least once and by the end we were all exhausted. The Ventures who were new to broomball were surprised that it was as fun as the older Ventures said it would be and the older Ventures knew they were right. We all went home having reconnected with old and familiar faces and as well as having made some new friends. What better way to spend a Saturday night?
Treasure Hunt, Little Basin State Park, March 16, 2013
By Kat

Each year in Panem we put our youth to the test
March 16th was the day to show who was best
The lucky ones are able to make their districts proud
And come home to heaps of riches profound
Now listen as I tell you how the trials went down

We mustered quite early, at 8am sharp
Watched a propaganda video that went straight through the heart
Full of fighting and treasure and bloodlust galore
It was now the chosen ones turn to give an encore

They were given the tools to complete their great deeds
In order to satisfy their candy greed
At 9am sharp we piled into the cars
Drove along twisty roads until some of us saw stars

They contended in the things that tributes should know
Basic knots, firebuilding, and signaling with smoke
Building quick shelters and using pocketknives
Some even know how to save lives

Moving against the clock isn't a hard thing to master
But tributes quickly learned that they needed to move faster
With only 45 minutes between each challenge
A lesson was learned in good time management

The race for the Cornucopia began with a holler
Tributes tore down the field and grabbed their loot with bravado
When their time ran out and treats still left on the field
The Ventures got sugar to snack on with zeal

At the end of the day when all's said and done
The players all ranked and the battles all won
We hope that you are wiser from the challenges you met
It is in your coming years that those skills will serve you best

Treasure Hunt is more than just a race to the top
It's really not about which competitor will flop
Or who gets the most candy or who reaps the most gold
I can assure you that's not what you'll remember when you're old

When you're stuck on a mountain with nowhere easy to turn
Or shivering in the woods wishing for a fire to burn
Or alone with a friend whose heart has stopped
You will find that these skills have not been learned for naught

Here's a shout out to the ones who make things possible
Even at times when the plans don't seem probable
To the crew of artists, good planners, and imagination galore
Who ensure that these adventures aren't close to a bore
We hope this year's hunt was something to savor
And as always, may the odds be ever in your favor

Point Lobos and Elkhorn Slough, Feb. 16-17, 2013
By Christy
Point Lobos

On February 16th-17th, a few intrepid souls (Kat, Christy, Cece, Pat, Mr. Frydenlund, and Matt) wanted to embark on an epic journey to twenty thousand leagues under the sea, but failing that, visited the Monterey Peninsula and canoeing on Elkhorn Slough. On gorgeous, sunny Saturday, they went to visit the beach. Exploring the tide pools yielded strange animals. Sea anemones swayed gently in the pools, scuttling crabs ran for cover, and otters frolicked in the pounding sea spray as two impertinent Canadian geese watched from the clifftops.

They next visited Point Pinos Lighthouse. The beautiful lighthouse, now a museum as well as a working lighthouse, overlooked the ocean. Kind docents explained the history of the lighthouse and demonstrated how the light at the top of the tower signaled to ships to keep them from wrecking on the reefs.

Having gotten their fill of lighthouses, they continued driving, this time to Point Lobos. Hiking through Point Lobos, they found yet more interesting specimens of the natural world to gawk over. From a tiny, spiky purple sea urchin to the gigantic bones of a whale, the lovely Point Lobos gave them all sorts of interesting plant and animal life to learn about.

Next was dinner, a delicious meal of chili, cornbread, fruit, and angel food cake. Unfortunately for the cake, being baked in a dutch oven didn't do much for its texture. Instead, everyone dined on angel food custard, a dish they would all heartily recommend for future outings.

The next morning, the breakfast crew bounced eagerly out by the picnic table until they were granted access to the food stores. Monkey bread, supplemented by fruit and whipped cream was a major success.

At Elkhorn Slough the waters were smooth, broken by the otter that almost immediately greeted them upon arriving. Pelicans and seagulls sailed overhead, while all around them curious seals poked up their noses. Otters continued to pop up with surprising regularity, and three jellyfish graced them with their presence. They canoed a total of nine miles before finally loading up to leave. They finally headed home, stopping at gas station and fulfilling Cece's most heartfelt wish. An excellent trip, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.

Klondike Derby, Jan 26-27, 2013
By Christy
Spear Throwing (To the tune of Winter Wonderland)

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight.
Camping in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we spat tobacco,
And pretend to be Klondike men,
We had lots of fun being snowmen
Until the other kiddies took first place

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play, the Klondike way,
Camping in a winter wonderland.
Frisbeeganza and Christmas Tree Lot, Nov.. 23, 2012
By Sam
Reaching for the frisbee

This last year's Frisbeeganza was a big event for us! The participation for the event has been down over the last couple of years, but this year we had a large group come in from a Mormon crew in the area, a few from another crew and some from the Troop. We had some real competition in which a few of our usually very lax crew members came to life and competed hard until the very end. Everyone left having worn themselves out and with some new friends.

We left Frisbeeganza after lunch and helped the council at their yearly Christmas tree lot fundraiser. This year we even had a few younger folks helping out at the lot and making the work go much faster than it otherwise would have. We set the lot up in record time and had a lot of fun putting bases on trees and setting the trees up all over the lot. It was a great year and we sold several trees even during the relatively short period we were there.

Scuba, Nov. 3, 2012
By Emily
Leaving the water In November in 2012 the Ventures went on a Scuba trip to Monterey Bay. The people who attended were Ryan, Annie,Sam,Roger,and Emily. At the Scuba store, there were instructors who showed an instructional video about Scuba Diving and discussed the rules. After getting everyone's suits on, we headed out to the water with our air tanks and flippers. In the water an instructor tested that people could swim to the bottom and back up. Once everyone completed the test we all dived down and saw some interesting sea life such as coral, starfish, jellyfish, crabs, and fish. We were in the bay for about 3 hours and were tired when we came back. Roger got sick with the flu and had to go home. Overall it was a very fun trip and we saw some pretty cool things.
Halloween Party, Oct. 27, 2012
By Emily
Toilet paper mummyThe Venture Crew’s Halloween Party was on Saturday, October27th, 2012. We all came dressed up in a variety of costumes, some of which glowed under Gary Aden’s blacklights. The games we played were: find the M&Ms in the whipped cream pie, Mummify Mat and Mr. Frydenlund,and eating donuts on a string with no hands. The Giants were playing in the World Series and the game was interesting to watch. Another game we played was Apples to Apples. During the night there was plenty of good sweet food and fun things to do. In the end, the giants won one of the games and it was great to cheer on our home team. The night was full of fun games and we had a fun time.
Yosemite, Oct. 12-14, 2012
By Cece
Half DomeYosemite was a fantastic trip filled with exciting adventures. As a crew we went hiking up to Vernal Falls. We saw a gorgeous valley and incredibly soaring mountains. Besides hiking we also went to a Native American exhibit. It was truly neat observing how they lived in their teepees. We then went to “Old Village”. It was fascinating looking at the old sidewalks that bordered the old town. Although the buildings in the little town were torn down or moved there was a church that has survived. It was truly beautiful. Later that night we had a burrito bar and two pineapple-upside-down cakes. The cakes were deliciously mouth watering, and the burrito bar was full of options that fulfilled the hunger of a thousand men. Later that night we went to Glacier Point. We saw a mass of haunting glittering lights that filled the valley floor and lay out under the diamonds of the night sky. We then were told folk tale of those pondering constellations that sat in the night sky. Yosemite was truly breathtaking, a weekend to remember.
Climb and Shoot, Sept. 29-30, 2012
By Kat
Climbing in the gymOn the last weekend of September, Venture Crew 27 went to climb at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym in Santa Cruz. We climbed all day and had a few people make it up the Chimney quickly, a straight shoot up with few hand and footholds. After climbing, we went and camped at Henry Cowell State Park for the night and drove to Los Altos Gun Range the next morning. Kat, Christy, and Cece attempted to qualify for Ranger with Shooting Sports but were unable to make it; better luck next time! All in all, it was a great outing and one we should repeat soon.
Whitewater Rafting, Aug. 11-12, 2012
By Roger
Class III rapidIt was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Atop a 30ft rock staring at the ice cold 40 degree abyss that awaits all those brave enough to take that oh so long, leap of faith. The rapids where unforgiving, reinforced by the requirement of cranial protection that sits on top of your dome. All those that grew up with a few screws loose, which we soon found out was almost everyone, rode on the front of the raft as if it were a bucking bronco and the 8 second water rodeo must be claimed for pride’s sake. Food fit for kings was begotten when night came; delicious foods sourced from lands far and wide, dumped so shamelessly into a cauldron of slop that would satisfy the taste of even the most Italian chefs. For all those who’s metal was not tested… a competition of swim was required…and past by all the green warriors of the clan. On this weekend…FUN WAS HAD! FUN WAS TAKEN!!!!

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