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          Redwood Regional Challenge

          The Redwood Regional Challenge (RRC) is an exciting partnership between Sonoma County Regional Parks and the Redwood Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting units are encouraged to hike or perform service projects in eight designated Regional Parks. After completion of the hike or service project, each participant receives a patch and rocker representing the park visited. Additional rockers can be earned by visiting designated parks and completing the RRC hike or service project. These patches can be purchased from the Redwood Empire Council office in Santa Rosa.

          Envisioned by Ray Leonard, Redwood Empire Council's Vice President of Administration, the RRC brings Scouts and their families into our County parks to hike as well as to lend a hand. Chuck Banks, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 32, adopted the project for a Woodbadge requirement. He spearheaded the project and a kick-off event on April 21, 2012 that rallied over 500 scouts into our County parks for camping and a day of service.

          Redwood Regional Challenge patch
          Redwood Regional Challenge Crane Creek rocker patch

          Core Patch & Rockers

          Scouts can earn a total of 16 rockers, two for each of the Regional Parks listed below.

          One rocker can be earned at each park for completing the RRC hike.

          One rocker can be earned for participating in a service project at the park.

          Hikes and projects must be coordinated at the Unit level.

          1. Crane Creek
          2. Helen Putnam
          3. Hood Mountain
          4. Ragle Ranch
          5. Riverfront
          6. Shiloh Ranch
          7. Sonoma Valley
          8. Spring Lake

          Redwood Regional Challenge Hike

          Contact the Redwood Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America to file a tour plan. You'll be asked to indicate the number of Scouts participating. Patches and rockers will be allocated based on the number of participants. Hikes vary in difficulty. An ambitious Pack or Troop might undertake several in one day. The parks were chosen to introduce Scouts to a variety of ecosystems and hiking trails. Lengths vary from 2.18 miles at Ragle Ranch to up to 14 miles at Hood Mountain. If more than 25 people will be participating in a hike please alert Sonoma County Regional Parks in advance at (707) 565-2041 or parks@sonoma-county.org

          Contact: Redwood Empire Council Office

          Phone: (707) 546-8137

          Email: staff@redwoodbsa.org

          Route Maps & Level of Difficulty

          Easy or Beginner. Low mileage, not much elevation change.Moderate. Usually between 3 and 5 miles with some elevation change.Difficult. Increased mileage and several, significant elevation changes.
          Crane Creek Regional Park

          PDF fileCrane Creek Map (PDF: 1.82 MB)

          Location: Rohnert Park

          Helen Putnam Regional Park

          PDF fileHelen Putnam Map (PDF: 5.60 MB)

          Location: Petaluma

          Hood Mountain Regional Park

          PDF fileHood Mountain Map (PDF:9.69 MB)

          Location: Santa Rosa

          Ragle Ranch Regional Park

          PDF fileRagle Ranch Map (PDF: 568 kB)

          Location: Sebastopol

          Spring Lake Regional Park

          PDF fileSpring Lake Park Map (PDF: 988 kB)

          Location: Santa Rosa

          Shiloh Ranch Regional Park

          PDF fileShiloh Ranch Map (PDF:8.71 MB)

          Location: Windsor

          Riverfront Regional Park

          PDF fileRiverfront Map (PDF: 2.07 MB)

          Location: near Windsor

          Sonoma Valley Regional Park

          PDF fileSonoma Valley Map (PDF: 648 kB)

          Location: near Glen Ellen



          Beginning June 1, 2012, you may schedule a service project in the one of the eight designated RRC parks by contacting John Ryan, Sonoma County Regional Parks Volunteer Coordinator:

          Contact: John Ryan, Sonoma County Regional Parks

          Phone: (707) 565-3356

          Email: John.Ryan@sonoma-county.org

          Service projects should be scheduled at least one month in advance. Projects typically run for three or four hours. Many will focus on trail maintenance, but there are also opportunities to help with invasive plant removal and other park improvements. One suggestion is to combine the service project and the hike to gain both rockers in one day. By doing so, parking fees for that day will be waived because of the volunteer service. Otherwise, participants in RRC hikes will need to pay the day use parking fee unless they are Regional Parks members. A tour permit must be filed through the Redwood Empire Council main office in Santa Rosa to purchase the RRC patch and service project rockers.


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