Spring Family Camping Trip

Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Theme: Nova WILD!

Our Theme for Spring Family Camp this year was inspired by the amazing natural environment Rancho Los Mochos is in. There are tall grasses, oak trees, soaring hawks, carpets of wildflowers, and crickets! We are going to Rancho Los Mochos near Livermore March 23-25. We are packing the program with activities related to the Cub Scout Nova award WILD. We will have nature walks and observations. We'll have a WILD obstacle course where you can act like your favorite wild animal to get through the course as fast as possible. We will have a star observation on Saturday night. Family camp will be packed with fun for the Scouts and the whole family (yes – siblings are encouraged to come and join in the family fun).  Some requirements for the Cub Scout Adventures and this Nova Award will be accomplished at camp this year, so it’s a “not to miss event”.

Cost - Free

Payment and BSA Medical Forms A and B due by Wednesday, March 24th at Den Meetings. You only need to complete the Medical forms if you have not turned one in this Scout year.

Sign ups are now closed.  Talk to Cubmaster if you want to attend.

Total Attending91
Friday Snack52
Saturday Breakfast73
Saturday Lunch87
Saturday Dinner89
Sunday Breakfast88

BSA Medical Form (Parts A and B) are here:

Who: Cub Scout Family Camp is open to immediate members of Pack 32 (their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers), and potential scouting families invited by the Cubmaster.  Others may attend if invited by the Cubmaster.

What: Family Camp is one of the most fun events we do, and a favorite of the boys.

When: Camp opens at 4pm Friday. Camp closes at 12pm Sunday. Schedule of events is below.

Where: (download file named "to_losmochos-map.pdf" at bottom of page)
Rancho Los Mochos which is a Boy Scout Camp owned by the San Francisco Council in the hills of Livermore (18450 Mines Road, Livermore, CA).  The camp has flushing toilets and a shower house, the Pack is also renting the use of the Kitchen and Dinning hall.

Driving notes [PRINT THIS]: If arriving on Friday night, we suggest to go from 680 to 84 instead of 580. Still, plan to drive no less than 2 hours in traffic Friday night. On Saturday morning, it will take you about 1 1/4 hrs. For people who will come late Friday (after sunset) the place may be hard to find. Mines Rd that leads to the camp entrance is a curvy, hilly, and sometimes narrow road. Don't believe the 45 mph signs. Go slower!  We will try to have Pack 32 Cub Scout signs set up 11.2 miles away from the camp entrance. At this sign you will make a left following Mines Road as it turns left while Del Valle Rd starts and goes straight. Another sign will be placed at the camp entrance on Mines Rd. The camp entrance is at the 14.95 mile marker sign. Also miles are marked on the pavement along Mines Rd. If drivers don't pay attention and miss these signs and indicators, you may get lost.

You know you are on the Camp entrance road when you see the Points in the Scout Law signs starting with "Trustworthy". When you get to "Reverent" you are near the 
ranger's house. Veer right at the entrance past the ranger house. The Pack 32 campground is Blue Oak South and North. This is the campground up the hill to the right of the road just past the entrance. Two flag poles are at the base of our camp site. Pull over near this spot and drop your gear off near the flag poles. Then follow Cub Scouting signs to the parking lot to park your car. Park you car in backwards so that if we need to vacate camp in case of an emergency, we can do so most expeditiously. Walk back to your gear and then go set up your camp.

Camp Site Photos (March 12, 2016):


Camp Facilities - Rancho Los Mochos has nicer restroom facilities than some other Boy Scout Camps.  There are private toilets and showers in the building next to the swimming pool.  

Camp Program

Friday March 23rd:

  • 4:00 - Informal Camp opening / check-in at Dining Hall
  • 4-7:00 - set up camp (tents, etc..)
  • 7:30 - Nova WILD Videos and Crackerbarrel (In Dining Hall)
    • make trail snacks for nature hike
  • 10:00 - Lights out


Saturday March 24th:

  • 7:00 - Reveille (Bugle Wake-up)
  • 7:30 - Assembly, Flags (@ the Flag Poles near Campsite)
  • 8:00 - Breakfast by Dens ? & ? (Dining Hall) (Bears Den 3?)
  • 9:00 - Morning Activities
    • Nature Hike and Observations - Meet at Flag Poles
  • 11:00 - Assembly to Share Observations
  • 12:00 pm -- Lunch (Dining Hall), [Wolves, Den 5]
  • 2:00 - 
    • Run the WILD Obstacle Course (at the Sports Field)
    • Camp Chair Making (Dining Hall)
  • 3:30 - Afternoon Snack in Dining Hall
  • 5:10 - Assembly, Flags (@ Flag Poles)
  • 5:30 - Dinner by Dens 1 & 7
  • 7:20 - Sunset
  • 7:00 - Campfire (@ the Campfire Bowl)
  • 8:00 - Stargazing
  • 10:00 - Lights out


Sunday March 25th:

  • 7:00 Reveille (Bugle Wake-up)
  • 7:30 - Assembly, Flags (@ Flag Poles)
  • 8:00 - Breakfast by Dens 4 (+ Tiger Den 6?)
  • 9:30-9:45 - Scout's Own service & Pickup Campfire Ashes (@ the Campfire Bowl)
  • 10:00-11:00 - Clean up Camp - Everyone!
  • 11:00-noon - Games and Sports (@ the Sports Field)

  • noon - Break Camp

Field uniforms (Class As) for events in bold italics

Pack T-shirt (Class Bs) for the rest of the events 


Spring Camp-Pack 32 at Rancho Los Muchos

Menu- Main Kitchen

March 23-25 2018

 Friday March 23

Crackerbarrel - 7:30pm

Saturday March 24

Breakfast by Dens ? & ? - 8am

Lunch by Dens ? & ? - 12:30pm

Dinner by Dens 1 & 7 - 5:30pm

Sunday March 25

Breakfast by Dens ? & ? - 8am


What to bring: 
You will need to bring everything you would need to go camping for several days with the exception of food for the provided meals and cooking equipment.  Your list of items should include:
  • a positive attitude
  • bedding
  • tent (family size tents are OK)
  • clothing for different weather conditions
  • Class A full uniform for flag ceremonies and Saturday campfire
  • rain gear
  • plastic or metal plates, dishes, cups, and utensils for your family - Practice conservation, do not bring disposable dishes and cutlery
  • sun block
  • toiletries
  • prescription medicines
  • food for special diets
  • water bottles
  • hiking shoes
  • camera
  • skit / song / joke ideas for your den to perform at campfire
  • den flag
  • den cheer
  • compass if you have one
  • star chart if you have one
  • your campfire ashes (you'll know what this is if you have them)
  • small plastic container with a lid (similar to an old film canister for a camera)
  • medical form with parts A and B completed
  • Youth Protection Training certificate (training from
What not to bring: As a general rule in scouting, when camping we do not bring electronic devices with the exception of emergency cell phones for adults, and hand held GPS devices.  Do not bring the following items:
  • alcohol
  • firearms (we are not permitted to use the firing range)
  • fixed blade knives or folding knives with quick releases, or any knife that has a blade over 2 1/2 inches.  Boys are not permitted to have a knife other than a pocket knife, then only after completing their totem chip requirements as a Bear.
  • toy guns, swords, or other weapon.
  • water balloons
  • video game devices
  • electronic toys
  • pets

Important Notes:

For 2018, Chef Dane will NOT be cooking for the Pack. Dens will be taking responsibility for one of the 4 meals being served during camp (Sat breakfast, Sat lunch, Sat dinner, and Sun breakfast). All scouts and families will be helping to cook, serve, and clean for their assigned meal. The planned meals will provide a vegetarian option at each meal, please note your desire for a vegetarian meal when you RSVP.  If you have any other dietary restrictions or need a vegan meal, you will need to tend to your own meal needs.

Families that need to leave during the day on Saturday for sports or other events may find this inconvenient for this camp. Camp is at least 1 1/4 hours from Santa Clara.

Each person attending (yes, everyone not just scouts) will need to have a copy of their BSA medical form completed (Parts A and B only).  You do not need to have a physical, that portion of the form is for resident camping over 72 hrs in duration.  If you have any questions about family camp or the medical form please email Dan at

In keeping with the BSA youth protection policy, adults need to have completed Youth Protection Training the the past 2 years. Remember two deep leadership is required at all times at camp.   Unless it is your child, you must not find your self alone with a boy in a tent or other non public setting. To complete Youth Protection Training,m go online at for this 20 minute training. Also the buddy system will be followed.

In keeping with the BSA smoking policy, adults that smoke may not do so in the camp ground.  All scout functions are smoke free.  If you must smoke consult with Cubmaster for the designated smoking area.

Toby McPheeters,
Apr 19, 2017, 3:36 PM
Toby McPheeters,
Apr 19, 2017, 3:35 PM