We are an active troop with many options from which our Scouts can choose. We try to have at least one campout or hike a month, plan an extended trip during spring break, have two different summer camp options and go on an extended as well as several shorter backpack trips each year. In addition, we have many day events including short hikes, canoeing, skiing, sailing, rifle and shotgun shooting, and service projects.
In Troop 277 we strive to provide our Scouts with additional outdoor opportunities in Scouting and in life. In 2018 four scouts and two leaders were fortunate to have been selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) STEM Jamboree. One Scout and parent volunteer went to Northern Tier High Adventure canoe camp in Minnesota. In August 2019 five Scouts and three Scout leaders will be going to Florida Sea Base High Adventure camp in the Florida Keys. Scouts will also have the opportunity in 2019 to go to Camp Emerald Bay and an opportunity to participate in Fages 1 & 2, a part of the Mt Diablo Silverado Council Highlander program.
Corner stone events that the Troop is involved in are the San Francisco Urban Hike, Memorial and Veterans Day flag placement at the Queen of the Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette, Martinez coastal clean-up, Warm Winter Nights, and the Hope Center "One Day Out".
Troop meetings are set around a theme each month, which include the following for this year: games, lashings, camping skills, first aid, orienteering, cooking, and wilderness survival. We also have two months set aside for merit badge instruction where each scout selects one of 7-8 merit badges that are being offered. These usually include 3-4 Eagle required merit badges and 3-4 other merit badges in which the Scouts have indicated an interest.
Examples of recent merit badges done during Troop meetings are:
Camping, Collections, Communications, Computers, Cooking, Citizen in Community, Nation & World, Electricity, Electronics, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Music, Personal Fitness, and Management.