2017 Event Schedule

Regular Otter and Timberwolf section meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month at Joaquin Miller park, from 2 to 4pm, rain or shine. Pathfinders usually meet at noon on the same date. Our meeting spot is the Redwood Glen grove off Skyline Boulevard, near the start of the Big Trees Trail (a short ways down the trail from the roadside parking area on Skyline).

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Clicking the map will take you to Google Maps, but please be warned that the map does not appear to render correctly on some phones: if you are accessing Google from your phone, please double-check to make sure the pin is in the correct position at the start of the Big Trees Trail! In addition to the section meetings, there will be at least one other Scout Group activity every month, usually also held on Sunday afternoons. In most cases the Otters and Timberwolves will participate in these activities jointly. Parents who wish to assist in these activities are welcome, as are younger siblings: the BPSA informally refers to little brother and sister “tag-alongs” as Chipmunk Scouts.

  • Sun. January 8th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Mon. January 16th, MLK Jr Memorial Grove, 10am-12pm: All-sections service project, shoreline cleanup with EB Parks. From I-880 in Oakland, take the Hegenberger Rd. exit and drive on Hegenberger Rd. toward the airport (west). Turn right on Doolittle Dr. (.75 miles) and right on Swan Way (next light). Drive 200 ft and on the left side is the entrance to Arrowhead Marsh and MLK Grove is the first parking lot on your left.
  • Sun. January 22nd, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, 10 am-1 pm: Rover hike
  • Sun. February 5th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Mon. February 13th, 7-8:30 pm: Rover section meeting at private home, contact john@oaklanders.org for details)
  • Sun. February 19th, Redwood Regional Park 2pm-4pm: All-sections ladybug hike (meet at
    Skyline Gate staging area)
  • Mon. February 20th, Oakland Estuary to Redwood Peak 10 am-2 pm: Rover and Pathfinder hike (meet at Nob Hill Foods parking lot in Alameda, 2531 Blanding Avenue; pick up at Roberts Redwood Bowl Staging Area)
  • Wed. February 22nd, 7-8:30 pm: Rover section meeting at private home, contact john@oaklanders.org for details)
  • Sun. March 5th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. March 12th, Redwood Regional Park, 10 am: Rover meeting and hike (meet at Skyline Gate staging area)
  • Sun. March 19th, 2-4pm: Bishop Ranch hike (Trails challenge featured trail; meet at Grey Fox Trailhead). Rover investitures.
  • Fri. April 7th-Sun. April 9th: Spring camping trip, Point Pinole
  • Sun. April 23rd, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder and Rover section meetings; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings.
  • Sun. May 7th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder and Rover section meetings; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. May 21st, 2-4pm: Shady Canyon Trail hike, Five Canyons Open Space. Meet at the Five Canyons Rec Center (Recreation Rd Castro Valley, CA 94546). Rec Center is private so look for street parking.
  • Fri. May 26th-Sun. May 28th: Rover Crew campout at Chileno Valley, Petaluma
  • Sun. June 4th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. June 25th, 11am-1pm: Big Break Visitor Center activities, including making bottle gardens using recyclables and wildflower seeds.
  • Fri. July 7th-Sun. July 9th: NorCal Hullabaloo, Bort Meadows group campsite at Anthony Chabot Regional Park
  • Sun. July 23rd, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. August 6th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. August 20th, 10:30am-12pm: Sunol Summer Splashdown. “We’ll keep cool in the pools of Alameda Creek as we investigate the stream’s diverse wet wildlife with dip nets in hand. Wear closed-toed shoes. Drop in; no registration required. $5 parking fee.” Meet at the Sunol Wilderness Room.
  • Sun. September 3rd, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. September 17th, 2-4pm: Martinez Regional Shoreline hike. (Trails Challenge featured trail, meet at Ferry Point parking lot)
  • Not an official event, but of interest to scout families: Sun. October 1st, 10am-4pm: Gathering of Ohlone Peoples
  • . $5 parking fee, some activities extra.

  • Sun. October 8th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 12 pm: Pathfinder section meeting; 2-4pm: Otter and Timberwolf section meetings
  • Sun. October 22nd, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, 2-3pm: California Indian Uses of Native Plants. “On this tour, you’ll play the traditional Miwok game of staves, grind acorns, and even wash your hands with soap root. You will see Native American artifacts and the plants used to make them, as well as learn about plants that were important food sources. This is a docent lead family-friendly tour. Meet at the Botanic Garden Visitor Center.” After the tour we will have a moving up ceremony for the Timberwolves “leaping up” to Pathfinders
  • Sun. November 5th, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 2-4 pm: section meetings
  • Sunday November 19th, 2-4 pm: Brushy Peak Regional Preserve hike (Trails challenge featured trail, meet at Laughlin Ranch Staging Area.) Bring water!
  • Sun. December 3rd, Redwood Glen at Joaquin Miller Park, 2-4pm: section meetings
  • Sun. December 17th, Tilden Park, 2-4pm: herb sachet craft activity followed by walk to Jewel Lake.