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Troop 777 Update on Activities and COVID-19

posted Mar 20, 2020, 7:17 PM by Webmaster Troop777   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 7:18 PM ]

Hello Troop 777,

In alignment with governmental guidance on COVID-19, we are suspending in-person troop meetings, patrol meetings, TLC (Troop Leadership Council) meetings, and any other in-person group functions until at least April 13th, 2020.  We are investigating alternative ways of maintaining scouting activity and engagement, and will be planning online meetings.  Our SPL, Matthew Shapiro, will be sending information out later this week on virtual activities for the troop.

We are working on ways scouts can experience scouting activities safely, including virtual Merit Badge work and Advancement (Rank Requirements sign-offs, Scoutmaster Conferences, Board of Reviews).  

Although it is unfortunate to postpone our in-person activities for a time, Troop 777 will still be a community for scout and adult engagement.  We would like remind scouting families of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their efforts to respect and care for others during this trying time.

Best Regards to all our scouts and families,
John Lee, Ian Kirkwood, & Doug Stinson
[Troop 777 Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, & Sponsoring Organization Representative]

Troop 777 - Reducing Corona Virus Risks

posted Mar 15, 2020, 9:18 PM by Webmaster Troop777   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 7:19 PM ]

Hello Troop 777,

Our Troop, like many businesses and organizations, is dedicated to the safety and well being of our members.  As most of us have seen and experienced over the past few weeks, society has mobilized to resist the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and our troop is aligned with this effort.

For the month of March, we are carefully evaluating each planned gathering to ensure we are minimizing the chances of COVID-19 transmission.  As mentioned in an earlier email, we are exploring creative options for modifying scout activities, such as holding meetings virtually, to reduce exposure and increase safety.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we expect to have further announcements and updates.  More information on COVID-19 can be found in this recent Wall Street Journal report:  https://www.wsj.com/news/collection/coronavirus0312-256f2943 .

John Lee & Ian Kirkwood, Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chair

Colorado River Canoe 2020 Sign-ups

posted Feb 23, 2020, 10:15 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Mr. Blakely will be leading the spring break Colorado River canoe trek April 6-10. 

Looking forward to a relaxing paddle, good food, and peaceful camping. 

Hope you can join us. 


Sign-up sheet is attached. Due March 16.


NOTE: mandatory pre-trek meeting March 16th or 23rd (date to be confirmed)


NOTE: food buy will likely be the Saturday before departure, April 4th


NOTE: I’m awaiting final pricing from the outfitter and one campground, so pricing is tentative. You can send in your sign-up form now, and send payment when I finalize the cost. 


Mr. Blakely



PCT Backpacking Trek (Section 3) March 14-15

posted Feb 23, 2020, 10:11 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Hello T777 Scouts and Families,

We are continuing on our Pacific Crest Trail treks, 2 sections done and onto the 3rd one!

This trek will cover the third segment of the PCT in San Diego, from Burnt Rancheria Campground to Pedro Fages Monument in the Anza Borrego State Park along the sunrise highway.

Saturday March 14th and returning Sunday March 15th.
The plan is to be back early enough on Sunday afternoon to ensure we can all attend the Micah Haney tribute BBQ that Sunday afternoon.
Sign up by March 2nd. Mandatory pre-trek meeting Monday, Mar 9th.

This trek will cover 20 miles over 2 days and will have significant distance of 12 miles on the first day!
This stretch will take us quickly up over Mount Laguna peak and then downhill towards Anza Borrego dessert area along sunrise highway. Participants must have previous backpacking experience and be prepared for the elements.

For scouts that participated in the previous sections, this will take us another 20 miles toward Canada. But even if you missed the first two treks, you can still join in and earn the San Diego County High Adventure PCT Patch and strip for section 3. However, only 14 spots so sign up early

Trek form attached.
Trek forms, medical forms A/B and payment by Mar 2nd to me in person or drop off at 7947 Sitio Solana, Carlsbad.

Mt. Woodson Trek - March 7

posted Feb 1, 2020, 9:08 AM by Webmaster Troop777   [ updated Feb 1, 2020, 9:11 AM ]

Were you planning on becoming an Eagle scout? Do you still need to finish your camping merit badge?
This Trek is for you!

On Saturday afternoon, March 7, we will drive to Dos Picos Campground outside Ramona, set up camp, and then head to Mt Woodson for a four mile hike with an elevation gain of over 1000 ft. This will satisfy the camping merit badge requirement 9B1.

Easy peasy and tons of fun! 
There will also be Life scouts available to sign off other rank requirements that you might need.
Trek limited to 14 scouts and 2 adults total.
I do still need another YPT adult to commit.
Trek form attached. Please return forms and payment to me by Monday Feb 17.

Hope you can join us!
Carrie Elwin

Iron Mountain Day Hike and Philmont Shakedown - 2/1/2020

posted Jan 24, 2020, 5:43 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Hello Troop 777!

Next Saturday (Feb 1) we will be having a day hike at Iron Mountain.  This 5.5 mile (round trip) hike is organized as an opportunity for those attending Philmont Summer Camp to get there packs on and start preparing, but it is open to the entire troop.  Please see attached trek form for more information.

·       Trek forms and medical forms A&B will be collected on the day of the trek (before we leave Dick’s Sporting goods)

·       Please notify Dakota dakotamburnett@gmail.com and Mr. Burnett raysburnett@gmail.com via email that you will be attending so we plan for enough drivers.

Hope to see you next week!

Mr. Burnett

Rocketry Trek - March 21-22

posted Jan 24, 2020, 5:37 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Rocketry Trek

Hi Everyone!

It is time to build our rockets and head to the Desert for our annual family campout and rocketry adventure.  This trek will be held March 21-22.  Please see attached trek form for all the details!

We will need a completed trek form for each participant.  Please provide trek form and payment to me no later than February 24th so we have time to order enough rockets for all participants, and schedule our rocket building days.  Each participant will be provided 1 rocket and 2 engines for launch.  You may bring additional rockets and engines if you would like!

Since Mr. Larson and I will both miss the troop meeting this week, and we won’t have another troop meeting until February 24th

·      please deliver your trek forms and payment to 2231 Paseo Saucedal, Carlsbad and leave in envelope under the door mat

·      or contact me at 760-822-1805 or raysburnett@gmail.com and we can arrange to collect the form prior to 2/24.

Please let me know any questions and I look forward to another great trek!

Thank you,

Mr. Burnett


T777 PCT Section 2 Backpacking Trek Sign Up, Feb. 15-17

posted Jan 16, 2020, 8:16 PM by Webmaster Troop777   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 8:19 PM ]

Hello T777 Scouts and Families,


It's never too late to head out on the Pacific Crest Trail! This trek will cover the second segment of the PCT in San Diego, from Lake Morena to the Burnt Rancheria Campground in the Laguna Mountains, over President’s Day weekend, Saturday Feb. 15th to Monday, Feb. 17th.


For scouts that participated in the section 1 hike, this will take us another 20 miles toward Canada. But even if you missed the first trek, you can still join in and earn the San Diego County High Adventure PCT Patch and strip for section 2.


This stretch will take us up out of the desert and into the trees as we climb several thousand feet in altitude over the three day hike. Given the time of year, we may encounter wet, even snowy weather. Participants must have previous backpacking experience and be prepared for the elements. 


Sign up by Feb. 5th. Mandatory pre-trek meeting Monday, Feb. 10. 

Trek form attached. 


   Doug Stinson

Mud Caves 2020 - 21st-23rd of February

posted Jan 15, 2020, 7:38 AM by Webmaster Troop777

Hi Troop 777,
I'm here to announce this year's Mud Caves trek! I'm really excited to be going with you guys this year. For those who have never been, we will spend the weekend exploring the region of the Anza Borrego desert, including the interior of many of the spectacular caves lining the desert canyon. 

We need drivers and cook masters so please let me know if you could be either.
Also, we are limiting this trek to 40 people so it is on a first come first serve basis.

Below is the trek form, please sign it and bring it to me or my dad by February 14th. 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask 

Matt Shuff

Big Bear Snow Sport Merit Badge Day

posted Jan 11, 2020, 8:46 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Hi Scouts ,
Big Bear Snow Sports Merit Badge Day is coming up!
Ski or Snow Board trip. 

Saturday and/or Sunday March 7th & 8th

See attached forms for Saturday or Sunday or Saturday and Sunday.
Forms include pricing. 

This is no Troop transportation for this trip.
If you would like to go, you will need to arrange a ride. 

Prices are good for your whole family and not just the scout. 

For those wishing to complete their Snow Sport Merit Badge I will hold a merit badge class before the weekend. 

You will need to have forms and payment to me by January 31st. 

Please let me know if you are interested and how many people will be going in your group, if you can drive and for which days and if you wish to complete the Merit Badge!

Once signed up, the tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.  

James Baxter
Snow Sport Merit Badge

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