In the past few years we have taken families on a hike from Rubicon Springs to the Stone Cabin during Camp Rubicon. We always share the History of the Rubicon Trail while exploring the great outdoors. This year quite a few kids found Arrowheads. It was such a fun hike and we had more participants than ever. Another fun part of the hike is getting to chat with the families and find out why they came on the trip and learning from them.
Rusty Folena lead the hike.
The stone cabin is less than a 1/2 mile from the Rubicon Springs campining area. There are many things to look for on the way to the cabin. The cleared meadows were once hay fields and also had trout ponds. The harvested fish from the ponds were wrapped in the meadow grass to keep fresh for the Hunsucker family to sale.
There are tall fir trees, willow trees and also gooseberries. When there has been a ton of snow the beavers often gnaw on the trees. You will also see trees and a stump in particular that were made by the Pileated WoodPeaker.
Rusty showed us where there are a few spots where blast marks from black powder and dynamite was used at some point in time to make room for wagons. There look like a spider on the Granite. There is also a spot right before the green gate that was blasted out for the wagons.
It is always a highlight for me when I get to work with kids and get their interpretation of why the Rubicon is important to them. On August 1-4, the Rubicon Trail Foundation had the pleassure to organize the Jeep Jamboree Camp Rubicon. Colton Folena was one of the lucky participants that got to attend the Jeep Jamboree Camp Rubicon. Since his dad, Rusty Folena, Past President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, was on cook crew we were in Rubicon Springs early. Jason Warden, was leaving to go rock roll for the participants that were attending the event. He just happened to ask Colton if he would like to go rock roll with him. Colton was very excited to be asked and go hang out with the guys. Off he went. On his return, I asked him if he would mind writing me a small paragraph of why he wanted to go rock roll.
Colton stated, “The reason I agreed to be a rock roller was first for the experience and second, I was there for the weekend to do anything the Jeep Jamboree Crew needed me to do. As long as I knew that I was doing my part to keep the Rubicon open. Also, to enlighten kids like myself that we will one day have the responsibility to take care of the Rubicon and to educate the next generation to keep it alive. I wanted to do anything that was needed, that is why I wanted to go rock roll.”
This was a quick response and he needed no assistance coming up with this statement.
This is why we do what we do for the Rubicon Trail Foundation.
On August 3, 2019, the Rubicon Trail Foundation sponsored and organized the Jeep Jamboree Camp Rubicon. This is a special segment of Jeep Jamboree that is held in Rubicon Springs that is just for kids 6 to 17 years of age. Jeep Jamboree Camp Rubicon’s mission is to motivate and encourage the next generation of off road and outdoor enthusiasts where children learn outdoor ethics and stewardship practices. Jeep Jamboree Camp Rubicon aims for children of all backgrounds to enjoy the natural surroundings and learn how to preserve the area for years to come.
This year we had 96 participants, with at least 15% of the children never having been on the Rubicon before. Our ultimate goal was to spark a new pursuit of knowledge of the outdoors. There are a few basic fundamentals in development and each were reached with the activities that we planned. Entrepreneurship- providing a vision, change and creation of the outdoor world; Cooperation; Failure as a necessity; Creativity (thinking in unconventional ways) to take initiative and risks.
The Rubicon Trail Foundation focused on providing the following skills through the following activities:
• Provided basic skills of outdoors
• Critical Thinking
• Troubleshooting skills
• Being a moral and good person
• Provided each participant with an activity booklet that contained the History of the Rubicon Trail, how to get a Ham Radio license, activities, information on Wag bags & Fire Extinguishers
• Backpack filled with snacks, notebook/pen, magnets, stickers, beach towel, and light saber
• Sanitation demonstration with kid volunteers – Providing options
for proper human waste disposal and the importance of it.
• How to use and maintain a Fire Extinguisher
• Hike to Stone Cabin with verbal awareness of snakes, bears etc.
Education on how the Indians used trail to travel, first vehicles on the trail, important dates on trail, kids found Arrowheads
• Provided each child with a Ham Radio programed to allow them to
hear communication of crew and communicate on their own channel with others. Explained
the importance of this commination and understanding of appropriate things to
say. Encouraged families to get licensed for safety on the trail.
• Crawdad Catching competition. Competing by making a plan with a limited amount of time to accomplish winning of smallest crawdad, largest crawdad, and most caught. Some kids had never caught crawdads and the kids worked together to show each other how to do.
• Kids were able to be on their own and work in groups doing all the activities.
The Rubicon Trail Foundation is federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail. The Rubicon Trail Foundation acts as the support for Rubicon work projects, Friends of the Rubicon, and as a liaison with local government organizations. This support can range from getting approval for projects from the appropriate agencies, to feeding the volunteers, to buying the supplies needed to maintain the trail. We also fight the efforts of others to close or restrict use of the Rubicon Trail System. All funds raised help to enhance the future health of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round access. Our vision is to be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.
Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail users and supporters. These include trail users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and Rubicon event organizers. For more information on getting involved or supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation please call us at 888-678-2426 or visit our website at www.rubicontrail.org.
What are you doing this Father’s Day, June 16th? You should come to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and either participate or watch the Experience the Rubicon Challenge at the El Dorado County Fair. This is the second annual event and I know it will not disappoint. Bob Sweeney, President of Jeepers Jamboree has put together a great course and there will sure be some very tough challenges to take your rigs on.
To register to drive– www.rubicontrailfoundation.org/portfolio/rubicon-challenge
This event is sponsored by Jeepers Jamboree, El Dorado County, & the Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF)?
We would like to thank our Sponsors this year- WFO Concepts, MetalCloak, Sierra Gear & Axle, Placerville Speedway & Arnold’s for Awards.
The Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) would like to thank everyone that came out to support the 11th Annual Black Tie & Boots Dinner Gala honoring Dana Holland, with the prestigious lifetime achievement “Rock Award” and raising money “To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access.”
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the 300 guests, some of which sponsored, whom attended and bid on some fabulous auction items. We had some special volunteers and contributions from- Lacey & Vickie Stiles, Kelly DeWolf, Lindsay Linson, Sara Warden, Kelly Holden, Central Valley Community Bank, and Jack Sweeney our Auctioneer.
The Rubicon Trail Foundation had their most successful Black Tie & Boots raising over $48,000.00.
We will continue to do great work in education, help fight efforts to close or restrict use of the Rubicon Trail System, feed volunteers, and support the work of Friends of the Rubicon and local government organizations. Thank you for all of your support.
This event would not be a success without the following sponsors and auction donors-
4×4 In Motion
American Legion Jamboree Cook Crew– Post 119
Auburn Jeep Club
Madhatters 4×4 Club
Buck Island Bronze
Gallery & Barton, APLC – Jesse Barton
Placerville Pizza Factory– David & Terry Thomas
CORVA, The California Off-Road Vehicle Association
Black Tie & Boots Sponsor
Riebe’s Auto Parts of Placerville
Black Tie & Boots Supporter
Bart & Jackie Linnenbrink
Dave & Daniell Sliper
Special thanks to our prize donors: Vickie Sanders, Arden Jewelers, Chris Cowan, Santa Rosa 4×4 Club, Kevin Arnold, Daryl & Lori Warden, Dan & Kelly DeWolf, Jeepers Jamboree Board of Directors, Steve Stymeist Auto Body-Paint, Toys on the Rocks, Rusty & Bev Folena, Arnold’s for Awards, John & Kelly Holden, Marlin Crawler, UBS, West Coast Customs– Justin Noceti, TNT Powdercoating & Abrasive Blasting—Lance Carson, Mobile Evolutions Custom Car Audio– Charles Cornelison, Bookshelf Cellars, Laura Blake, J& W Auto Wreckers, JC Jenkins, Dry Diggins Distillery, Riebe’s of Placerville, Lee’s Feed, Placerville Hardware, Mike & Sheri Arnold, Beyond Limits Rafting , Quick Quack Car Wash, Sara Warden, Power Tank, Jeff Arabia, Mike Barr, Thompson’s Chrysler/Dodge/ Jeep/Ram, John & Barb Arenz, Jonathan & Kelly Carlos, David & Terry Thomas, Robinson’s Pharmacy, WFO, Emilie Grabowski, Rubicon Trail Adventures, Traeger , Carol Russell Bookkeeping Shannon Chard, Placerville Hardware, Cole Sweatt, Matt Warden, Kenny Prince, Gist, Nellie Malloy, Becky Pardi-Mutzig, WARN Industries, JD’s Custom Restorations-Johnny DeLuca, Diana Cobleigh, True Value of Placerville, Gordon Mott, JR & Amy Wylie, Dan Dreher, Jewelry Defined, Crystal View Station, Diamond Concrete, Pine Lodge, Affordable RV Repair, Thirteen Mile Post, Madrona Vineyards, Glen Morey Bed & Breakfast, Imagination Theater, Placerville Pizza Factory, Yaymaker Paint Night, Gordon & Karen Wood& Dennis Dusek
Thank you to our vendors and trail users that support us with donations, tacos and raffle ticket purchases.
If you were not present, but are showing as a winner, the prizes will be going to Ruff Stuff Specialties on Thursday. Ruff Stuff will be contacting you for pick up or shipping depending on how far away you from their Rocklin location.