Matilija Overnighter – 5/16/15

Status of troop Matilija Backpack trip planned for Saturday/Sunday, 5/16/15.

Departure: Saturday, 5/16 from Lemon Park.  Time TBD.
Update to follow when available (likely Thursday night).

Return: Sunday, 5/17 by 4 PM.


Campfires are currently allowed at our Middle Matilija campsite.
Meals are being planned by patrol.

Required for EACH person:
2 litres (at least) of water
Tent, as assigned
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Sturdy hiking boots (waterproof might be desirable given the possibility of wet conditions)
10 essentials
Appropriate clothing –   to avoid “overpacking”, layering works best.

Rain (including thunderstorms) is expected in that area on Thursday and Friday, should be gone by Saturday.  That would be about the same conditions of the trip last December.  However, if thunderstorms continue into Saturday be advised that it could mean postponing the trip.
Temperatures are forecast with highs of about 67F and lows of about 47F.  In the canyon, it may be slightly cooler.  Bring appropriate clothing.

Santa Cruz Backpacking trip

Planning for the troop’s annual backpacking trip to Santa Cruz island is well under way! Look for an equipment inspection before we leave on Saturday, March 28, 2015 for 2 nights. Be prepared! to see cool wildlife indigenous to these islands. Plan for unpredictable weather there, where conditions this time of year can range from cold, rainy, and windy, to hot and sunny.

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Scouting for Food

Thank you to all the scouts and parents who came out to help us
Scout for Food! We collected over 1,000 items that were donated to our local food pantries.

Let There Be Fire!

Troop 649 would like to extend an invitation to all Webelos Cub Scouts to come learn almost everything there is to know about fire, fire safety, and using camping stoves!
When: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Rancho Tapo Community (Lemon) Park
3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93063

We will:
Discuss Personal and Environmental Fire Safety
Discuss important uses for Fire
Demonstrate primitive, modern, and unconventional fire-starting methods
Study the structure of a successful fire
Learn which materials burn well and which do not
Learn how to safely and effectively operate modern camp stoves
Boil water in a paper cup

Please RSVP to

Camporee 2015

“Come Strangers, Leave Brothers” is the theme for next year’s Camporee. The patch design contest is now open. Entries must be submitted by 12/18/14 to Camporee staff, or to the Scoutmaster by 12/16/18. Details in the flyer below.

Download (PDF, 136KB)

12-Points Bike Ride

When: Sat, October 18, 7 am – 5 pm

Where: Ride begins & ends at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1305 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065

bicycle-icon**Participation includes an Event Patch, Water Bottle & Lunch**  Please wear your Class ‘A’ uniform. Must have own bicycles and proper fitting helmets. Each person (including adults) must submit: “Photo Release Form” and “Consent to Treat’ Form.”

ALL SCOUTS ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE, but children ages 6 and below MUST be transported by a vehicle. At least 2 adults are required per unit. In case of rain, the event will continue as scheduled but with transportation by car and each unit providing their own vehicles.

Registration form/Information flyer can be found on the VCCBSA website at:

**For more information please contact either of our event chairs** – Thelma Reeves, phone: (805) 428-7013, email:, or Brian Donnelly, phone: (805) 304-0747, email:


**Supported by a Grant from the Channel Islands Bike Club**

Webelos Adventure Day 10/12/14

Troop 649 will be hosting a Webelos Adventure Day on Sunday, October, 12, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Rancho Simi Community Park (Duck Park) at 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065. We plan to do activities to satisfy requirements for First Responder (Readyman) and Cast Iron Chef. All Webelos cub scouts and their families are invited to come and meet boy scouts and parents of Troop 649. Enjoy lunch with the boy scouts and parents of Troop 649! Everyone (scouts and their families) will be treated to the culinary creations of your very own Cast Iron Chefs! To RSVP or for more information, please send an email to Click here to download the flyer.


Troop 649 Activities 2014 – 2015

Simi Days Parade   BSA Scouting for Food
Webelos Woods   Video Game Day
Ice Scouting FunDraiser MARCH Santa Cruz Backpack
OCTOBER 12-Points Bike Ride   Lake Fishing Trip
Troop Hike Simi Peak   Shotgun Shooting
Webelos Adventure Day  
Deep Sea Fishing APRIL Camporee
NOVEMBER VFW Veterans Day Event   Hummingbird Trail Hike
Thanksgiving Pot luck   Canoeing
Women’s Shelter Food Drive   Troop BBQ
Bowling MAY VFW Memorial Day Ceremony
Rifle Shooting   Archery
DECEMBER Boulderdash JUNE San Jacinto Backpack
VFW Pearl Harbor Event   Cub Scout Day Camp
JANUARY MB2 Raceway JULY Camping in the Sequoias
Winter Camp   Summer Camp
Simi Peak Hike AUGUST NYLT
Golfing   Beach camping