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Committee and Assistant Scout Master Training

posted Jan 31, 2017, 6:56 PM by Troop 777 Historian

Scouters (that's you if you are a registered adult in T777!)

Every scout deserves a trained leader.  

Do your part by keeping current on Youth Protection Training every two years.  

If you are a Committee member, please sign up and take the Troop Committee Challenge online course at https://my.scouting.org/.  It doesn't take long and will help the Troop in our annual Journey to Excellence.

If you are an assistant scoutmaster, or just want to lead or join along on treks, consider taking the Scoutmaster Position-Specific course - there are courses scheduled in March and August, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) - offered Mar, Apr, Sep and Oct.  These two courses will earn you your "Trained" patch and will help equip you for leading treks and other events.  This also helps the troop for Journey to Excellence.  Links to courses and schedules can be found here: http://www.sdicbsa.org/Training/BasicTrainingSchedule.php.  Trek leaders should also have a current First Aid/CPR/AED certification from the BSA, Red Cross, or other approved provider.

If you are ready for more, check out HALTT: http://highadventure.sdicbsa.org/train_haltt.htm  or other supplemental training courses at: http://www.sdicbsa.org/Training/SupplementalTrainingSchedule.php.

Training classes are a great way to learn a skill from the instructors and other scouters.  Bring that back, and make T777 even better.

Any questions, let me know.

Bob Shuff - Adult Training Coordinator

Colorado River Canoe Trek

posted Apr 13, 2016, 10:00 PM by Troop 777 Historian

4/4/16 - 4/8/16

Here are the photos from the Colorado Canoe Trek that was on April 4th through April 8th, 2016.

Lake San Marcos Padle Boarding Trek

posted Aug 17, 2015, 1:18 PM by T777 Webmaster

On August 16, a little more than a handful of scouts and adults participated in a stand-up paddle boarding trek (also known as a SUP trek) in Lake San Marcos. After going on the trek, I was able to ask some of the scouts and adults who went on the trek some questions. Every one who went on the trek had fun and got better at paddle boarding. For Mrs. Tcoztcy, it was her first time paddle boarding and she never fell in. She was able to stand up on the board. Jake C fell in because of friendly games being played in the water, where scouts were trying to get other scouts to fall in. Parker H had been paddle boarding multiple times and he loves it. I got a chance to ask why he loves the sport so much and he explained to me that he loved doing all the different strokes and what he can do in water on the board. Even if you are just starting paddle boarding or if you have done it for a while, you can still have fun on a SUP trek.

Circle X Summer Camp 2015

posted Aug 13, 2015, 7:18 PM by T777 Webmaster   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 1:12 PM ]

This summer, some of the many scouts in Troop 777 attended the week long Circle X Camp. Scouts got to earn merit badges, learn new scout skills, and make new friends. Here are some of the questions and answers I asked scouts Hans and Ian: While Ian’s favorite activity was doing the Pathfinder Program, Hans’ favorite was playing a game called ‘Foxes and Hounds,’ where scouts would catch up to a staff member and try to guess their nickname. Ian’s favorite day of camp was Thursday because he got his merit badges that day. However Hans liked Friday because that is when he got his merit badges, shot a rifle, and got steak for dinner. Food is a big part of rating how good the camp was and there were some delicious meals. Ian enjoyed all the breakfasts, and Hans mainly enjoyed the croissant sandwiches. Another part of summer camp is the merit badges. Ian’s favorite was the swimming merit badge, while Hans’ was wilderness survival. All in all, Ian and Hans had a great time at Circle X summer camp even though they enjoyed different parts of the week.

An Interview with the Incoming Scoutmaster, Mr. Micah Haney

posted Mar 4, 2015, 8:06 AM by Troop 777 Historian   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 10:09 PM by T777 Webmaster ]

If you were unaware Mr. Blakely is retiring and Mr. Haney is going to be his replacement.  If you have never met him here is a short interview to let you learn more about him.

1 Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Santee in east San Diego.  Then I moved to Chester in northern California.

2 Were you a boy scout when you were a child?

I was a cub scout but never became a boyscout.

3 What is your Occupation?

I am a pastor at Encinitas Beach Chapel

4 What made you want to be the next scout master?

I see this as a form of chaplaincy, a way to mentor kids and get involved in the community.  Also my son is in the troop and I want to go on scouting trips with him.

5 What do you expect to be the hardest part of being scout master?

Two things, first learning all of the things Mr. Blakely knows and second learning the boys names.

6 Do you have a date for taking over for Mr. Blakely?

Sometime this year but we have not finalized an exact date.

7 What is your favorite place to backpack?

My favorite place to backpack is the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

8 Do you have any ideas for new scouting trips?

I have heard of people who do civil war reenactments and i believe it would be a good trip to camp and see the civil war reenactment.

9 What is your coolest talents?

I can paint and play bass guitar.  

Montserate Day Hike on Saturday November 15th

posted Nov 10, 2014, 9:44 PM by Troop 777 Historian   [ updated Nov 10, 2014, 9:45 PM ]

This is a Day Hike totaling 5 miles round trip with an elevation change of 150 feet.  We will hike from the 15 Freeway bridge crossing near the mountain to the peak.  It is a forest service road all the way up.  An easy hike even with the altitude gain.  At the top you will have a 360 degree view of the entire area and possibly ocean views if it’s clear.  Rain Contingency:  In case of rain, we will hike anyway unless it appears unsafe.

Troop Elections September 2013

posted Sep 15, 2013, 5:16 PM by Troop 777 Historian

I just wanted to remind everyone to come to the Troop meeting on Monday, September 16th for Troop elections. It is hugely important that everyone attend, this is when you choose the scout(s) who will be leading our Troop. We will elect the SPL (Senior Patrol Leader), ASPL (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), and Patrol Leaders for September 2013 - March 2014. I always look forward to hearing the speeches from the SPL candidates and when the voting is close, it can be a real nail biter! After the SPL and ASPL are voted in, each Patrol will elect a new Patrol Leader. A scout must be 1st class or above to run for Patrol Leader. Scouts who want a position of responsibility between September and March should bring a letter on Monday, September 16, for the SPL. The positions of responsibility are Quartermaster, Librarian, Scribe, Historian, Chaplain’s Aide, Den Chief, Troop Guide, and Instructors. The letter should request their position, explain why they are a good candidate for the position, and provide their name, email, and phone number. Don’t miss this important meeting!

            The next week on Sunday, September 22 it’s the Fall Court of Honor and Troop Dinner.  Join us for a great troop dinner at 5:00pm followed by awards at 6:30pm. See you there! 

-Jeff M., Troop Historian

Camp Whitsett 2013

posted Aug 20, 2013, 1:59 PM by Troop 777 Historian

Troop 777 attended Camp Whitsett for the first time this summer. It’s located in the beautiful Sequoia National Forest about 6 ½ hours north of Encinitas. Calvin Z. and Colby Z. were interviewed on their experiences at the camp. Colby said that each day, he would work on merit badges and do the trail to First Class Program to work on rank advancement. He also said that he enjoyed free time most, visiting the Trading Post and participating in fun activities around the camp like fishing and kayaking. Colby’s favorite day was Friday because that day had more free time than any other day. Calvin’s days were spent going to the shooting range and finishing the Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World merit badges. His best moment at camp was watching the Aquacade races and sandcastle building contest. Even with all the great activities offered at Camp Whitsett, Calvin said that good old-fashioned card games with other scouts was his favorite activity at camp. 

June 2013

posted Jun 21, 2013, 8:28 PM by Troop 777 Historian

June has been a busy month for Troop 777. On the 1st we had a service project at Batiquitos Lagoon and got to use a log splitter to cut the Eucalyptus logs to a size the BLF can sell for their fundraiser and gathered brush and weeds from around the Lagoon. June 3rd was our Ice Cream Social and Court of Honor. We kicked off our summer meetings on Monday, June 10th by pummeling the scoutmaster with water balloons and having the Troop Swim at one of our regular meeting places. Thanks to Mrs. Neuman for getting us into such a great pool to start the outdoor summer meetings. There was a watermelon toss and I think a few boys may have woke up a little sore after getting really enthusiastic about tossing and catching those big ones. June 15th we had a service project for the NRA at their Family Shooting Sports Camp at the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club. The scouts helped in the parking lot, did a flag ceremony to start the camp, and had a chance shoot after all their work had been done.  We have a couple backpacking trips on the calendar for June, summer camp is just around the corner, and those outdoor summer meeting continue on Mondays at 6:30 pm. Get out there and have fun!


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