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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

Salty Rat canoe trek sign up, Feb 15-16

posted Jan 11, 2020, 8:16 PM by Webmaster Troop777

The Salty Rat canoe trek sign-up form is attached.

Salty Rat is a prerequisite for the spring break canoe trek planned for April 6-10, 2019.

Forms and payment are due February 3, 2019. 

There is a mandatory pre-trek meeting on the evening of February 10, 2019. 


Mr. Blakely


Mission Bay

Blue Angels Desert Outing 2020

posted Jan 4, 2020, 5:38 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Hello Scouts and Adults,

Troop 777 is attending the Blue Angels Desert Outing at Naval Air Facility El Centro on February 28th and 29th.

If you haven't attended this event before, it is a scout favorite. The trek is a one night car camp at the naval base. There is no cooking
and we receive two meals and a semi-private show with the Blue Angels.

Since the trek involves a military base, there are some extra security details that are required, see details and requirements on the trek

Troop 777 Trek Form
BSA Event Invitation
DON Base Access Registration - required for each adult.
Boy Scout Troop 777 Registration List Excel spreadsheet - complete a
row for each participant.

Please ensure your packages are complete -- including all required information on the spreadsheet, and SSN for guests 18 years and older
on the Base access form.

The attachments include a copy of the guest list Excel spreadsheet; complete and return this spreadsheet and trek form for everyone
attending from your family.

To recap, if only a scout is going, return one completed spreadsheet and trek form.

If a scout and parent(s) are going, return one completed spreadsheet, trek form for each participant, and DON form for each adult

All forms and payment are due by January 27th. Since there may be an attendee limit, the first 15 signups will receive guaranteed slots.

All the best,

Mr. Nance
(760) 809-7151
NAF - El Centro

Troop 777 Pacific Crest Trail Advanced Backpack January 11-12

posted Dec 18, 2019, 7:19 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Hello 777 Scouts and Families,

As many of you know, the Pacific Crest Trail starts here at the Mexican border and runs all the way to Canada. The trail can be through-hiked, or done in sections.  This trek will cover the first section of the PCT, from Campo to Lake Morena.  Scouts who complete each of the 8 sections of the PCT in San Diego County are eligible for patch awards from the San Diego Council High Adventure Team. The plan is to hike all the San Diego sections of the PCT (roughly 150 miles) over the coming months, one section at a time. That's a lot of patches!  If this is an achievement that excites you, then the PCT Section 1 trek on January 11-12 is the place to start!  Please note, this is an advanced backpack trip. Participants must have completed at least one beginner backpack trip with the troop and be ready to hike an average of 10 miles a day with pack. This trek is limited to 12 participants, ideally two 5-scout patrols and 4 adults, due to logistics and camping limitations.
The Section 2 hike is tentatively planned for Feb. 15-17. However, participants may commit to one trek at a time.  Please see attached trek form and return to Doug Stinson with payment by January 1. See you on the PCT!  

Pacific Crest Trail

Troop 777 Domelands Hiking and Camping Trek - November 2-3, 2019

posted Oct 18, 2019, 9:31 PM by Webmaster Troop777   [ updated Oct 21, 2019, 6:14 PM ]

Hi Troop 777 Scouts and Parents,


We would like to invite you to the Domelands hike and camping trek to enjoy one of the richest, most impressive geological experiences available in the Anza-Borrego Desert region. The Domelands Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ocotillo, California and is rated as moderate. There are cool caves and slot-canyons to hike and explore. It should be a fun hiking trek. https://www.ihikesandiego.com/anza-borrego-domelands-windcaves-slot-canyon/

We plan a 2 day intermediate skill level hiking trek with one night of primitive camping. We will leave Encinitas at 8:00 AM Sat. Nov. 2 and return sometime in the early afternoon Sun. Nov. 3 after stopping at In-N-Out for burgers on the way home. Cook-masters are encouraged to volunteer.

It will require packing a bag for one night and carrying all of your gear and water about 3.75 miles each way. It's considered a moderate hilly grade and should be doable for intermediate-level hikers carrying 15-30 lbs of gear.  It will be a good practice trek for Philmont hikers.

We will plan a hiking pack check to plan the proper gear at the Nov. 4 T777 Troop meeting.  I attached the example scout gear list which provides an overload amount of information if you're interested to learn more. Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm to practice and see the appropriate gear to bring. 

Additional details about the activities, and what to bring are in the attached trek form.


·     Nov. 2-3 (Sat Morning  – Sun  Afternoon)

·     Will depart Dick’s Sporting Goods at 8 am Saturday 11/2 and return by early afternoon (approx. 1-2 pm) Sunday 11/3.

·     Cookmasters, meal planning, and coordination of transportation will be forthcoming once we get the participants determined.

Cost:  $28/person


·         Camping

·        Hiking

Instructions:  Please sign up no later than Oct. 25th and return the signed trek form, payment and medical records to Roger Adami or James Baxter.


We hope you can make it and if you have any questions, please let us know.


Thank you,


-- Roger Adami and James Baxter

Troop-777 ASMs

NEW DATE Troop 777 La Jolla Shores Kayak Trek October 20, 2019

posted Oct 14, 2019, 9:12 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Dear Troop 777,

Unfortunately, we had the city cancel our kayak trek last weekend because the swells were too high.  Luckily, I have been able to reschedule the trek for October 20, 2019 at Noon.  Those scouts and scouters who signed up for the first date will have first priority.  We have plenty of room, so please let me know if you're interested.  I'll need signed trek forms and payment to get people on the list.

Get ready for a fun day on the ocean!  The Troop’s family kayak trek at La Jolla shores is planned for October 20 at 12:00pm.  We have 20 spots available.  The cost is $45 and this includes a tip for the guides.  Meeting location will be at the Everyday California outfitters in La Jolla,  You will need to make sure to arrive at 11:30 AM sharp to check in.  We will not be carpooling down from Encinitas, so just meet up at the outfitters.
Join fellow scouts and their families in an exciting and adventurous kayak tour of the La Jolla shores and caves.  Kayak with gentle leopard sharks, sea lions, garibaldi fish, and if you’re lucky, maybe a dolphin. We rent double/tandem sit-on-top kayaks and will have a couple guides for the trek.

Families of scouts welcome to attend.  A parent must attend if a non-scout participates.

This will be a first come, first served trek, so if you want to join, please return the sign-up form and payment asap to Mark or Melissa Masterson.  Please provide a hard copy of the trek form along with payment.
Sign-up sheet attached, and digital waiver and guidelines below from our outfitter (Everyday California in La Jolla).  It is best if you plan to join to fill out and submit this waiver prior to the trek.

Please eat a light lunch or have a heavy snack before we start the trek.  Attire is swimsuits, and you may want to consider a rash guard or long sleeve sun shirt.  Don't forget to bring sunscreen.

Please contact me with any questions.  Thank you.

Mark Masterson

Philmont 2020 Planning Meeting and 5 mile day hike - October 12, 2019

posted Oct 7, 2019, 6:31 PM by Webmaster Troop777

Hi Everyone,

Planning for Philmont 2020 is underway and training hikes are ready to begin!  If you are signed up for Philmont 2020, on the Philmont 2020 waitlist, interested in joining this trek, or just interested in learning about the Philmont experience please plan to attend our first meeting on October 12, 2019 at 1pm.  Any interested Scouts and Adults are welcome to attend.  This meeting will be an overview of training schedule for next several months as we prepare for Philmont, and the minimum requirements to participate in the Philmont 2020 trek.

Following the meeting we will head out on a 5+ mile day hike.  Philmont Scouts and Adult Leaders will be in full hiking packs.  All other T777 Scouts and Adults are welcome to join with day packs (or full packs if you are ready to start your training), even if you do not attend the meeting (arrive at 1:45).

Trek form and information are attached!

Thank you,

Ray Burnett

Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge Session October 14th & 19th

posted Oct 7, 2019, 6:11 PM by Webmaster Troop777   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 6:32 PM ]

I have finalized the schedule for the automotive maintenance merit badge session for this month.  Please find attached announcement for sessions on

·       October 14 from 6:00 to 6:40pm at St Andrews

·       October 19 from 9am to approximately 11:30am at Burnett Residence

***Automobile volunteers from some parents will be needed to complete our sign-offs.

Space is limited, so please notify Mr. Burnett if you are interested in the Merit badge!

Thank you!

Ray Burnett


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