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Welcome to Troop 754′s Web Site
Thanks for stopping by! We are Boy Scout Troop 754 in Newbury Park. Our troop was started in 1972, and forty-two years later we are still going strong!
In 2014, we renewed our charter with 52 scouts and a bridging of new boys is right around the corner. We currently have 32 scouts fulfilling a troop leadership position or a position of responsibility. The troop is organized into 7 patrols. Our troop even has a band!
We have an active and balanced program that gives a wide variety of opportunities for our scouts to lead and experience. Our troop’s calendar is typically very full, with at least one camp out per month, short and long term backpacking trips, numerous service opportunities and eagle projects, lots of fun events, many merit badge opportunities, and week-long summer camps. In 2014, we are going to two summer camps: Camp Whitsett (in CA) and Camp Geiger (in MO). We have several lottery requests for high adventure camps as well – hopefully soon to be announced for 2015.
In 2013, five scouts from our troop achieved Boys Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Over the years, 75 scouts from our troop have made it to Eagle Scout. This is really a testament to the hard work that our scouts put into the troop and that they are having fun doing it!
We are very proud to have the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 as our charter organization. Several of our original Scoutmasters are Elks, and the Elks really support us and help keep our troop going strong. A second organization, Lighthouse Church in Newbury Park, generously hosts us in their fantastic facility.
A large troop like our requires a lot of help to keep it functioning. At the center is our troop is the Patrol Leader’s Council. Boy Scouts is “Boy-Led.” The Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC), not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop’s activities. The Scoutmaster (and assistant Scoutmasters) provide direction, coaching, and training that empowers the boy with the skills he will need to lead his troop. The Troop Committee provides resources to help the PLC. We are very fortunate to have active and friendly parent volunteers (troop committee) that help with everything from chairing special programs to participating in Board of Reviews with our advancing scouts. We also have a large team of Assistant Scoutmasters that are available to help guide and mentor our PLC, and ensure a safe program. We are lucky to have many of our previous Scoutmasters actively participate with our troop, and help mentor our new Scoutmasters and ASMs. We call these fountains of knowledge and wisdom our “Scoutmaster Emeritus.”
Our regular Troop meetings are the first, third, fourth [,fifth] Tuesday of each month. The second Tuesday of the month is the Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC) meeting. Our meeting start time is 6:45pm (for gathering) and we are usually done by 8:30pm-ish (for closing). Directions to our meeting facility at Lighthouse Church.
If you would like to visit us to learn more about the troop, please drop us a note on our contact form.
If you are a previous 754 scout, please also drop us a note at our contact form and tell us about you and maybe some memories that you have of our troop.