About Us

Unit History
Troop 609 has a long but interrupted history. It's most recent incarnation began in September of 1999 when it was restarted with 18 boys. Since restarting, Troop 609 has generated 28 Eagle Scouts (and counting).

Schools and grades served
The second semester of 5th through 12. Schools embraced:
Mar Vista
Rio Del Mar
Aptos Jr.
Aptos High
Harbor High
San Lorenzo High
Soquel High
Watsonville High
Santa Cruz Montessori
Twin Lakes Christian School

# of members
41 Boys. 45 Leaders.

What makes us unique?
Stealth advancement. Our youth and adult leaders plan activities which feature advancement but do not stress it. They boys have a great time and get advancement as well.

Big Annual Events
Hostel Trip
We alternate between a train trip to Sacramento to see the Capitol and Sutter's Fort and visiting San Luis Obispo to see Hearst Castle and the the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas (though due to our increasing size, the hostel can no longer accommodate the full troop at SLO - we are looking for alternatives). The boys plan all the events, meals, and duties and execute them. Adventure doesn't always require a hiking stick.

The Big Trip
We have one major trip that we do during spring break and or the end of June. We've gone to Cherry Lake, Death Valley, Oneal Forebay, Backpacking trips, looking at Anza Borrego/Joshua Tree.

Community Involvement
We serve our community through involvement in the Order of the Arrow, personal involvement in community causes, and troop-level involvement in environmental efforts - we are the premier troop for the Hornaday Badge - an environmental award - with special emphasis on Eagle projects featuring environmental concerns.