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About Troop 648

Troop Information: Boy Scout Troop 648 was chartered March 2000 with less than a half dozen scouts.  Today, we have over 80 registered scouts.  This boy-led troop empowers boys to be leaders.  To date, 40 of our Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  Our current charter organization is the VFW Post 11388 Rancho Penasquitos.

Meetings: Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Hilltop Community Rec Center.  

Camping/Outings:Every month the troop goes on at least one camping trip and/or outing.  Here are some of our favorites:

~ Canoe trip down the Colorado River~ White Water River trips on the Kern River and American River.

~ 100 mile bike ride thru Death Valley

~ Cougar Canyon backpack in Northern Anza Borrego Desert, Nobel Canyon thru hike in
Cleveland Nation forest

~ Family Beach Camp in Camp Pendleton, San Onofre Beach and South Bay Aquatics Center

~ Caveman campouts in the Mud Caves in Anza Borrego State Park.

~ Rock climbing campout at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Activities:Knott's Soak City, Troop Night at a Padre Game, broom ball at the ice arena, Magic Mountain, etc.

Summer Camp:A highlight of the scouting experience is attending summer camp.  Some camps we have attended are Camp Chawanakee at Shaver Lake near Fresno and both Camp Emerald Bay and Camp Cherry Valley on Santa Catalina Island.  Our plans for summer 2013 include a 13 day, 60+ mile backpacking adventure at the Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico.

Community Service:Troop 648 is committed to making a difference in San Diego County. Scouts often participate in community service related activities such as, but not limited to volunteering time to prepare or serve meals at the St Vincent de Paul’s homeless shelter and the Ronald McDonald house, a Memorial Day Flag Ceremony and Scouting for Food, an annual Boy Scouts of America sponsored program to collect food for the hungry. Clean refurbish and paint many intersection stop light poles and control boxes around the Rancho Peñasquitos area.

Advancement:We provide our Scouts with many opportunities for advancement.  We hold Rank Advancement and Merit Badge Workshops regularly.  Every six months, immediately following troop elections, we hold a Troop Leadership Training weekend.  We also hold a monthly Eagle Workshop for Life Scouts who are working on their Eagle rank.

To see photos of some of our outings and activities, please click on the attachment at the bottom of this page. If you would like to learn more about Troop 648, please use the “Contact Us” link in the menu on the left and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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