Welcome !

Welcome to the website of Troop 609 of Aptos, California. We are members of the Loma Prieta District and the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America. We serve boys from Watsonville to Ben Lomond with a special recipe of fun, adventure, leadership, discovery, and personal growth. Boy Scouts in this troop are the ages between 11 and 18. To start, you must be 11 or have graduated 5th grade. We can assist you in locating Boy Scout Packs in our area for boys in the cubs or webelos.

Time: Every Monday (except holidays, throughout the year) at 7:00pm-8:30pm: first Monday is the Patrol Leaders Council (planning meeting for the month) for youth-leaders and Scoutmasters – all the rest are for everyone.
Location: Resurrection Catholic Community, Aptos, at the corner of State Park and Soquel Drive.

Activities: Rotating summer camps (Camp Pico Blanco, Camp Chawanakee, Camp Whitsett, Wente Scout Reservation, and Camp Emerald Bay in Catalina). We also offer a mix of high-adventure and exploration.

Advancement: We practice stealth advancement – attend the outings and the advancement happens while the boys have fun, learn and grow.

Fundraisers: We plan activities that everyone can afford with numerous fundraising opportunities during the year that the boys can take part in as needed to support their attendance – we do not endlessly fund-raise.

Service Opportunities: Numerous during the year, helping our charter organization, the Kights of Columbus and local schools, coastal clean-up, Operation Surf, and Den Chief support of Camp Chenoa Cub Scout Day Camp.

Adult participation: The success of our sons in Scouting requires our commitment. It is desired, if possible, that at least one parent serve in the Troop Committee or Scoutmaster Corps – moms and dads are welcome in either group. We give the support our boys need while keeping it Boy-Led. We are not on vacation, but we do have fun. It is very rewarding to see our boys become young men we can be proud of. Our motto for our adults is Vir Dienen – We Serve.

Older-boy activities: Boys over 14 are cross-registered in our related Sea Scout Ship to allow access to Venturing-age activities. We are also heavily involved in the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America’s Honor Society, have produced numerous Chapter and Lodge Chiefs, and a significant number of Vigil members - the OA's highest honor, recognizing significant service to our unit and the community.

Membership: We have boys from all over the county, from graduating 5th-graders to Seniors in high school, multi-class, and multi-ethnic. We’re Mutts and proud of it.

Eagles: In the 13 years since the troop was reborn we have been blessed with 37 Eagle Scouts. We currently have 5 boys actively working on earning this rank.

Overview: We produce young men of character with the skills to be leaders in whatever endeavors they choose to follow. The outdoors is one of our methods, but not the only one – we look for new ways to engage our youth which meet their needs while opening their eyes to opportunities other than video games and TV. We have boys who have competing interests, but unlike sports and many other activities, we do not require mandatory attendance – we will take our boys when they can spare the time and let them make the decision to attend.