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WELCOME TO BOY SCOUT TROOP 695 (& VENTURE CREW 695)!

Troop 695 is a high-adventure scouting unit based in Irvine, California which has consistently earned BSA's Gold "Journey to Excellence" Award. Within the structure of our Troop, we offer the option for boys & girls (aged 14-20) to join our Venture Crew and attend all outings & events. We boast award-winning, trained leaders in such areas of expertise as rock-climbing, mountian biking, shooting sports, and aquatics. In fact, our own Scoutmaster Jason Perkins is the only Level 2 Lead Rock Climbing Instructor for the Rancho San Joaquin District, and both he and his wife have received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award & Distict Award of Merit for their outstanding leadership! Additionally, Scoutmaster Fukuda has completed the lengthy Woodbadge Leadership Training.  Our Troop & Crew regularly sends scouts to BSA's High-Adventure Bases such as the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. We have monthly Troop/Crew meetings at Turtle Rock Park Community Center, and offer monthly outdoor outings, community service events, and rank advancement opportunities.  We are a Troop of approximately 80+ scouts, and have produced over 100 Eagle Scouts since the year 2000!

 

Turtle Rock Nature Center Conservation Event

Posted on Nov 28 2020 - 3:44pm
On the beautiful morning of November 28, 2020 a group of scouts and a few parents gathered at the Turtle Rock Nature Center for conservation service project. The nature center has been closed since last spring due to the pandemic and there were a lot of leaves and branches on the trails and some areas were overgrown with invasive species. Scouts learned to stay safe on the trails by identifying and avoiding poison oak and stinging nettle. They raked the leaves and branches, and removed the invasive, non-native Brazilian pepper trees. The group had a wonderful time out in the nature and the trails look clean and nice now! A big thank you to Mr. Kabeer and Mrs. Liem for joining the boys, and to Mrs. Graham for organizing this event.

Troop 695 *Stars* in Hollywood!

Posted on Nov 24 2020 - 8:54pm

 

On November 21st, Philmont 2021 crew stars (scouts) and families hiked to the famous Hollywood Sign on the top of Mount Lee. They viewed the American landmark and cultural icon that has been in-place since 1923 from many vantage points on the trail and even from the peak above!

Their trek in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains started in Griffith Park near the Greek Theater, went past the Griffith Observatory, and included amazing views of Los Angeles, Burbank, and Glendale. The crew finished up at Franklin’s Cafe on the golf course for a well-deserved lunch afterwards.  

Accomplished stars included: Anderson C., Sean E., Gunnar H., Chase G., Nathan C., Jett L., Colin L., and Nathan L., with supporting family members Lisa Crane, Tomoko Enomoto, Arne Hanson, Sorrel Hanson, Joe Gozdieski, Allyson Gozdieski, Sandy Clark, Jennifer Farris, Man Leung, and Anita Leung.

Scouting 4 Food

Posted on Nov 24 2020 - 8:53pm

November 10, 2020

Thank you to all the scouts who participated in Scouting 4 Food! On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 11 Thomas M. delivered his Scouting 4 Food collections to the Laguna Food Pantry.  https://www.lagunafoodpantry.org. There, we were greeted by Program Manager Melinda Salem who weighed everything and gave us a tour of the food pantry. A total of 357 pounds of food was collected and donated by Troop & Crew 695! Because the November Court of Honor was virtual, donations were dropped off at Thomas’ house. He then sorted, counted and delivered the donations. The Laguna Food Pantry says a big thank you to 695. Here is a rough summary of what you all donated: 

  • Peanut butter or other seed butters   7 jars
  • Canned vegetables   11 cans
  • Rice   70 lbs
  • Canned fruit or natural applesauce    53 cans
  • Beans or chili   56 cans
  • Cereal, pancake mix, or oatmeal   8 packages
  • Soup   15 cans
  • Canned protein: meat, fish, or chicken   36 cans
  • Beef stew   8 cans
  • Macaroni & Cheese    34 boxes
  • Pasta   21 boxes
  • Snacks/Misc.    14 packages

ANDREW S. IS VENTURE CREW 695'S FIRST EAGLE!

Posted on Nov 24 2020 - 8:53pm

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, Andrew S. became Troop & Crew 695’s newest Eagle Scout!  He wanted a service project that would make a difference for others but, like so many candidates, Andrew had to work hard to come up with a good idea. The origin of his chosen project actually began three years ago when he successfully completed another service project fundraising over $1,700 and purchased 65 new backpacks for students in a low-income area. The beneficiary, Caritas Communities, a non-profit which manages affordable housing developments suggested a need in one of their mobile home properties in Brea. So, Andrew led his team of scout volunteers to design and build two bookcases. Once completed, he also donated hundreds of used books, thereby creating a mini-library so that residents in that community can come to read. His plans were made more complicated given the pandemic but Andrew made special accommodations and supplied PPE so that his volunteers could stay safe while working on the project. Andrew used every bit of his leadership skills that he learned in scouting.

At his Eagle board of review, Andrew expressed how much he cherished his time in scouting as it has given him a platform to develop leadership and technical skills as well as a fellowship with other scouts in a fun environment. He has especially enjoyed all the adventure outings with the Joshua Tree trip in 2o17 being one of his favorites. Andrew is proud to have earned the BSA 60 nights award for all of his overnight camping outings. He has also earned many merit badges, with Cooking being his favorite because, well he enjoys eating all kinds of good food. Even though he has now earned his Eagle, Andrew looks forward to continuing with 695 as a mentor to younger scouts as well as an officer in the venturing crew.

Andrew is the first Eagle to have done his project through Venture Crew 695 rather than Troop 695!  Although he is dual-registered with both Troop and Crew, he registered his project and completed his final rank through our Venture Crew, since Crew 695 has been near and dear to his whole family's heart over the last 5 years as leaders and founding members of the unit. Adult leaders Mrs. Marianne Perkins and Mr. Frank Do were very impressed with Andrew’s sincerity during the board of review. It was no surprise that Andrew stated his favorite part of the Scout Law is being HELPFUL – he has exhibited that trait throughout his scouting journey. His family has also devoted many hours of service to 695 for which we are all grateful. In addition to scouting, Andrew keeps very busy with high school activities including doing well academically, playing musical instruments (including viola and piano), and being on the aquatics team. He enjoys science, math, and history and is contemplating studying engineering in college. We are very proud of Andrew and wish him all the best in his bright future. Congratulations!

El Moro Hiking & Camping

Posted on Nov 24 2020 - 8:52pm


On October 24-25 a group of scouts and a few adults backpacked from Coastal Peak Park to Crystal Cove State Park, camping overnight at Upper Moro Campground. With heavy backpacks (there was no water along the trail) and perfect weather the group hiked approximately 11 miles with beautiful vistas of the ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Highlights included many rounds of playing Mafia (COVID-style with masks and distance) and cooking with Jetboil stoves. It was a wonderful trip and exciting experience for our new scouts.

Philmont 2021 Crew El Moro Backpacking Event

Posted on Oct 26 2020 - 2:58pm

On October 23-25 the Philmont 2021 crew completed a 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip. They backpacked from Turtle Rock, through Bommer Canyon, and into El Moro where they camped at Deer Canyon Campground the first night and Upper Moro Campground the second night before heading back down to Turtle Rock. 5 miles a day and lots of hills didn’t deter this fun-loving group of scouts and adults, including: Nathan C., Anderson C., Gunnar H., Chase G., Jett L., Nathan L., Colin L., Ms. Lisa Crane, Mr. Joe Gozdieski, Mr. Arne Hanson, and Mrs. Sorrel Hanson.  

During their trek, the crew came across four Eagle scout projects: two park gates and two sign structures - two of which were done by former Troop 695 Eagles. Way to go Troop 695! 

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