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You can find a lot of useful resources for the scouts on this page. Use these links when planning for your advancements, planning to be Master of Ceremonies (MC) for a campfire, or other things.


Advancement Requirements

First Class Requirements

Requirement 1

Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.

Click here for the Big Dipper pdf.

Click here for the Cassiopeia pdf.

Click here for a Scouting article about navigation.

However, in the late fall and winter, the Big Dipper is below the horizon (if you are anywhere other than on a mountain top). The following picture shows one way to find the North Star using Cassiopeia. Find north star.GIF

actual photograph 100 3519.JPG

Requirement 6

Native plants that can be spotted at Christmas Hill Park:

  • maple-leafed oak
  • valley oak
  • poison oak
  • big-leaf maple
  • coastal redwood
  • coast live oak
  • sycamore
  • madrone
  • Monterey pine
  • buckeye
  • wolfsfur (moss)
  • sword fern
  • brackenfern
  • miner's lettuce
  • black walnut
  • tanoak

Campfire planning

merit badge requirements

BSA online learning center

cooking ideas

[patrol cook tips]


Campout Location Ideas

Directions to Uvas Canyon Park (from Gilroy)

Starting at the intersection of First St. (Hecker Pass Hwy) and Sta. Teresa Blvd., go west on Hecker Pass for 2.8 miles. Turn right on Watsonville Road. Continue on Watsonville Rd. for 3.6 miles. Turn left on Uvas Road. Continue on Uvas Rd. for 5.9 miles. Turn left on Croy Rd. Continue on Croy Rd. for 4.4 miles, through Svedal.

merit-badge pamphlet details

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Places to not camp (for Scouting events)

  • Los Banos Creek Rsv. (4/2008)
  • Edison Lake (7/2008)

Camping within 200 miles

compiled for Mene Oto Scoutmaster Breakout, Dec., 1999

  • Lake Sonoma Rec. Area
  • Bothe-Napa Valley State park
  • Olema Ranch Campground
  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Point Reyes: Sky Camp Hike-In
  • Point Reyes: Coast Camp Hike-In
  • Point Reyes: Wildcat Camp Hike-In
  • Glen Camp Hike-In
  • Pantoll Campground
  • China Camp State park Walk-In
  • Angel Island State Park Walk-IN
  • Anthony Chabot Regional Park
  • Mount Diablo State Park
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach
  • Sunol Regional WIldreness
  • Memorial County park
  • Portola State Park
  • Butano State Park
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  • Caswell Memorial State Park
  • Henry W. Coe State Park
  • Yosemite: Bridalveil Creek
  • Yosemite: Jerseydale
  • Yosemite: Lower Pines
  • Yosemite: Upper Pines
  • Yosemite: North Pines
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • SCC Parks: Uvas Canyon County Park (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • New Brighton State Beach
  • Seacliff State Beach
  • Manresa Beach State Park
  • SCC Parks: Mt. Madonna County Park (Gilroy, CA)
  • Sunset State Beach
  • Fremont Peak State Park
  • Ventana Campgrounds
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • Pinnacles National Monument

first aid

File:Basic BSA First Aid.pdf

First Class orienteering courses

Christmas Hill Park 1

Christmas Hill Park 2

accessories and links

Rose Mountain Fire Pistons
skymaps for Astronomy

magazine articles

[fishing knots]

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