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Spring Roughout

Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4 2017

The Sierra Expedition will hold its Spring Roughout at Manresa Uplands State Park: 

We are currently expecting a large turnout for what has become our most popular event of the year. Returning this year is the tie dye activity - T-SHIRTS WILL BE PROVIDED. Members do not need to bring their own item to tie dye. 


From Highway 1, south of Aptos, take San Andreas Road southwest and continue for four miles. You will be traveling through a residential area. Turn right on Sand Dollar Road. You will find this road in three possible ways: the dense forest and houses on your right suddenly give way to several hundred yards of hillside of dirt being prepared for planting. Second, you will see to your right a row of tall and impressive trees on Sand Dollar Road separating the inbound and outbound lanes. Third, there is a very small brown sign about 50 yards before Sand Dollar Road indicating that the Manresa Uplands State Park is ahead.

As you reach the top of Sand Dollar Road, you come upon the proverbial fork in the road. Veer left to Manresa Uplands Campground. See the large modern house on your left at 11:00 with the rounded roof. 


Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged. Overflow parking is available in a nearby residential area.

Each campsite includes one free parking pass. Sierra has reserved several extra campsites for other uses, including the campfire ceremony, tie dye, and additional sites if many alumni/guests attend. Each circle has been assigned campsites. 

When you arrive, at the ranger kiosk, tell them you are with the YMCA Adventure Guides. Ask for a pre-paid parking pass. If all the pre-paid pass have been taken, you will need to pay for parking ($20 for the weekend, $10 for a day pass). You can submit a reimbursement request for your parking fees by taking a picture of your receipt and emailing it to Reimbursement requests must be sent before June 16th, 2017.

There will be many groups/families in addition to ours camping that weekend; the later you arrive, the greater the chance you may need to park in the nearby residential area and walk back to camp. 

Past the ranger kiosk, follow the driveway down to the big loop and unload your gear and take it to your campsite and then MOVE YOUR CAR back to the lot up by the ranger station overnight. If you stay too long it is a very expensive ticket AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU A TICKET.

It is a long walk to the campsites. Bringing (or borrowing) a hand truck, dolly or wagon to help you move gear from parking to campsite is highly recommended.

Firewood will be provided by the nation. Firewood will be delivered to the turnabout area at approximately 4:30pm.
The easiest way to navigate is when you come to the end of the road, there is a counter-clockwise circle with temporary parking to unload. At roughly 9 o’clock (3/4 of the way around the circle from where you come down the driveway) there is a dumpster and a path. That path takes you to our portion of the campground.

Zephyr – 35, 36, 37, 38, 49, 51
Chinook – 39, 40, 41, 42
El Dorado – 43, 44, 45, 50
Tioga – 46, 47, 49
Mystic – 52, 53, 54, 55
Tahoe – 56, 57, 58, 64
Ponderosa – 59, 60, 61, 62
Group Sites – 63, 30

Tie Dye Area – site 45


We have a great program planned as follows:
You may claim your campsites as early as 2:00 p.m. Get there early; traffic only get’s worse as the day goes on.

The Mighty Chinook will sponsor a Scavenger Hunt. It will run from the time you check in until Saturday dinner.

You must bring your booty to the Chinook camp (sites 39/40/41/42) by 6PM Saturday!
Circle Meals (including dinner, on your own).
10:15 a.m. Tie Dye 
El Dorado will host the Tie Dye activity at site 45.  T-SHIRTS WILL BE PROVIDED. Members do not need to bring their own item to tie dye. You are welcome to bring an extra item to tie dye if you like. 
1:30 p.m. The Mighty Tahoe will host Beach Olympics:
  • Sandcastle building (bring your equipment and bulldozers). Judging will occur at 2:30 p.m by the Zephyr leadership.
  • Tug-O-War, other fun and games on the beach

Dinner (with your Circle): To start per your Circle CCO's (Chief Cooking Officer's) Timetable.
7:30 p.m. Campfire procession. Raging River and Princesses Silver Fox and Little Daisey will lead the Nation to Campsite 49 (where we held the ceremony last year).
9:00 p.m. The Evening Ceremony (You ought to get a big bang out of this year's ceremony). There will be:
  • A campfire
  • A short story
  • Installation of new Nation Officers
  • The singing of songs
  • A coalescence of The Compass
  • A Mystic Walk
Circle Breakfast (on your own)

9:00 a.m. (Sharp!) Final Meeting
  • Skits (Order based on bowling fundraiser numbers)
    • #1 Tahoe
    • #2 Zephyr
    • #3 El Dorado
    • #4 Chinook
    • #5 Mystic
    • #6 Tioga
    • #7 Ponderosa
  • Prizes for the Scavenger Hunt
  • Prizes for Sandcastles
  • New Nation Officers' Ceremonial Hat Band Exchange
  • Good-Byes for the summer
We ask all Dads to help clean-up around themselves as you exit the Amphitheater.
10:00 a.m. Adjournment
The ceremony Saturday night is held at site 49/50, however, we start marching from site 62 and go by each campsite picking up the circles as we go. Please wait in your campsite until the parade comes along.
Main Gear:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Pads or Mattresses
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows
  • Chairs - for campsite and dinner
  • Tables - for campsite and dinner
  • Flashlights and Lanterns - the moon is full, but it will be somewhat dark at night
  • Snacks and drinks - There are no stores close by for ice
  • Cooking gear and utensils
  • Camera(s)
  • Sandcastle making tools/equipment
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Plastic bag for the Tie Dye shirt
Clothes and toiletries:
  • Your vests.
  • A jacket - it could be cold in the evening.  If it gets foggy, it could be cold all day!
  • Enough changes of clothes to keep your daughters happy, sand free, and dry for the ceremony.
  • Shoes - the ground around many of the campsites is pretty rough.
  • If your daughters are attracted by the ocean, bring swim suit(s), or wet suits (water is cold!).  Note - there are no lifeguards at the beach.
  • Towels
  • Sun block
  • Lots of quarters - there are coin operated showers
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • First aid kit
  • It may be 50 degrees or 90 degrees. Currently, the forecast is for a high of about 69 and low of 51 and a 10% chance of showers.
  • It may be very calm or very windy.
  • It may be very clear and sunny or foggy with some rain.
  • Bring several changes of clothes in case your princess gets soaked by a wave.
  • Bring hats and sunscreen – Your princess can get sunburned, even when it's foggy.
  • Bring a waterproof jacket.
  • Manresa is a public camp site and many people pass through the beach area. As in any public area keep track of your Princess and don’t leave valuables unattended.  
  • Bring sunscreen and apply even when the weather seems cloudy or foggy.
  • Print out a copy of this Website Notice so you can remember your campsite number, find your campsite, and remember the timelines for Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Stay on the main paths and trails to avoid encounters with poison oak, ticks, gopher snakes, and other small critters may be found in the brush.
Marc Cooper,
May 29, 2017, 5:47 PM