Our Troop has camped high in the mountains and retuned safely within a white out snow storm using a GPS to stay on the trail. We have camped in the desert in 60 mile-per-hour winds and survived comfortably within our tents. These are extremes but most adventures are very enjoyable like lazily canoeing down the Colorado River during warm days or backpacking across Catalina Island and along the coast with the great views. We have also cooled off in the spray of the pools below Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon on a summer’s day. Boys have the opportunity to go to summer camp and learn to sail, motorboat, shoot a shotgun or make an arrow and shoot a target.
Boys achieve ranks from Scout to Eagle Scout by completing various activities, learning skills and holding different offices. A Boy Scout may easily earn 20 to 30 Merit Badges that provides an introduction and insight into almost any career a boy is considering as an adult.
Our Catholic spiritual life is important to our Troop; that is why St. Francis of Assisi is our sponsoring organization and many of our activities involve Christian values. Father Joe Carrol is the Chaplain for the San Diego Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting. The boys have opportunities to obtain one or more religious awards that enhance their spiritual journey presented by our Bishop each year.
Boys can join the Boy Scouts at age 11 or after completing the fifth grade. We also have a Cub Scout Pack for boys starting in the first grade.
Scouting is also fun for Fathers, Mothers, and families; many friendships and long lasting relationships are formed in Scouting.