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Scouting and Guiding in Oceanside, California

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Outdoor Venues

Popular opportunities to explore in San Diego County outdoors:

Guajome County Park

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Guajome County Park - (Oceanside / Vista) Known both for its rich natural habitats (including a small, but beautiful Lake Guajome) and its historic Rancho Guajome Adobe. The adjacent Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum also hosts group scouting camping, Scout Camporees for San Diego-Imperial Council units and the annual kickoff for the Girl Scout Cookie Sales. From Guajome you can follow the 10-mile San Luis Rey River Bike Trail for a flat ride straight to the Pacific Ocean. Also it is the number-one rated bird watching destination in North County. This park has its own campground, hiking trails and lakeshore fishing. It is also a popular destination for bird-watching and equestrian trails.

San Luis Rey River Bike Trail

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San Luis Rey River Bike Trail is a paved path, for bicycle and pedestrian use, that follows the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside. The 9.5 miles (14 km) paved class one bike route is an easy and relatively flat and straight ride. Its entire length is separated from all vehicular transportation, there are no at-grade street crossings, traffic signals, or stop signs along it. In connects the beach and pier along the coast with Guajome Regional Park, but providing additional trailheads for cycling. Detour at Douglas Street to reach Mission San Luis Rey.

Mormon Battalion Trail

Mormon Battalion Trail is one of the Historic Trails of America. The Mormon Battalion, the only religion-based unit in United States military history, served from July 1846 – July 1847 during the Mexican–American War of 1846–1848. This volunteer unit of about 550 Latter-day Saint men was commanded by regular U.S. Army officers. During its service, the battalion made a grueling march of nearly 2,000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego, California. This trail follows approximate path of SR-76 to Mission San Luis Rey (site where the Battalion saw the ocean for the first time) and then turns south down El Camino Real.

Mission San Luis Rey

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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a former Spanish mission in the city of Oceanside, California. The mission was founded on June 13, 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén, and was the eighteenth of the Spanish missions established in California. Named for Saint Louis, the mission lent its name to the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians. Site of regular cultural, historical and family festivals and still active today as a Catholic parish church.

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Many of those locations offer discounts for scouts, families and other youth groups :

Special Scouting Events

  1. MAY - Memorial Day Flags @ Eternal Hills (Memorial Day Weekend) - Scouts pay tribute to our fallen Veterans.
  2. SEPT - Oceanside Harbor Days (2nd Weekend in Sept - Popular Sea Scout Activity) - With Nail and Sail, three-member teams have two and a half hours to build a boat from scratch that they will race across the harbor, around a buoy and return to the dock. All they have to work with are three 8-foot sheets of plywood, about 40 feet of framing boards, nails and caulk supplied by Harbor Days’ organizers – the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. No power tools are allowed. They can’t bring duct tape or other outside supplies.[1]
  3. DEC - Oceanside Harbor Boat Parade
  4. DEC - East Oceanside Boat Parade

SDIC BSA Scout Units

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These scout units are chartered through the San Diego-Imperial Council, headquartered in San Diego, California, and serves youth members and volunteer leaders through Scout units in San Diego and Imperial counties of Southern California, as well as a small portion of Southwest Arizona. It is a local council (#049) of the Boy Scouts of America. All youth are invited to join scouting.

This scouting program features many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Also find great youth discount rates to exciting family events.

  • Mataguay Scout Camp - Traditional wilderness camp and primary outdoor learning center of the council located in the mountains near Lake Henshaw. Their summer camp program is one of the few BSA facilities to feature glider flights and mountain biking courses. Camping, hiking, fishing and shooting sports center available.
  • Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center - Sailing, oceanography, boating, surfing, kayaking, swimming and other aquatic activities are featured parts of this bayfront summer camp located in San Diego's famous Mission Bay Park.
  • Camp Balboa - Cub Scout Activity and camping center located in downtown San Diego adjacent to Balboa Park and the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Includes full size swimming pool.
  • See BeAScout.org For more BSA Scouting units in this region.
  • Rancho San Luis Rey District - Coordinating scouting activities and service in Coastal North County.

Cub Scout Packs

Cub Scouts holds weekly activities for youth ages 6-10.

Pack # Charter Org Location Status Notes
[Pack 702] Mission Family Dentistry Vista / Oceanside Boys Only LDS Legacy Scouting Unit
Pack 722 St Francis of Assisi Church Vista / Oceanside Boys Only Catholic Scouting Unit
Pack 751 Boys & Girls Club of Vista Vista / Oceanside Family Scouting
(Boys & Girls)
Does your child enjoy learning new things and exploring the outdoors? Would you like your child to join a positive group of peers that will grow together, learning how to shape their futures together? Then we are the pack for you!
Pack 752 Oceanside Presbyterian Church Oceanside CA Boys Only Doing all kinds of fun activities like family camping, Pinewood Derby, day trips, overnight trips, and community service.
Pack 787 San Luis Rey Valley Methodist Church East Oceanside Family Scouting
(Boys & Girls)
Pack 787 is one of the oldest Cub Scout charters in San Diego County, carrying on a proud tradition for over 80 years!
Pack 789 Marine Memorial Chapel Camp Pendleton Boys Only Our Cub Scouts mainly attend Mary Fay Pendleton School of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Troops for Scouts BSA

Scouts BSA- Weekly meetings / monthly outtings / annual summer adventure trips. Scouting builds life and leadership skills for boys ages 11-17. Contact either the unit or it's sponsor to get more information back in 72 hours.

Troop # Charter Org Location Status Notes
[Troop 700] Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 Vista / Oceanside Girl Troop First Scouts BSA Troop for Girls formed in North County
[Troop 702] Mission Family Dentistry Vista / Oceanside Boy Troop LDS Legacy Scouting Unit
Troop 708 Salvation Army
Oceanside Corps
South Oceanside Boy Troop include young men from Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad.
Troop 722 St Francis of Assisi Church Vista / Oceanside Boy Troop Catholic Scouting
Troop 745 St. Michael's Church by the Sea Carlsbad / Vista / Oceanside meet at the Scout House in Carlsbad's Holiday Park.
Troop 752 Oceanside Presbyterian Church Oceanside CA Boy Troop Doing all kinds of fun activities like family camping, Pinewood Derby, day trips, overnight trips, and community service. Presbyterian Scouting Unit
Troop 789 Marine Memorial Chapel Camp Pendleton Boys Only Troop 789 has been providing outdoor adventure, leadership and life skills to young men at Camp Pendleton for over 17 years.

Venturing

Venturing hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and have a venturing theme. Contact either the unit or it's sponsor to get more information back in 72 hours.

Pack # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Crew 709 UMC Vista Vista / Oceanside Co-ed Crew 709 is a co-ed high adventure crew with members all over North County. Youth choose, plan and lead their outdoor activities and adventures.

Exploring Posts

Exploring Posts hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Exploring leaders volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for young adults. The priority of Exploring is gaining practical experience in a career field.

Pack # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Post 120 San Diego Aviation Explorer Post 120 Palomar Airport Co-ed For young adults ages 14 to 20 with an interest in aviation or seeking a career in aviation.

Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and have a venturing theme. Contact either the unit or it's sponsor to get more information back in 72 hours.

Pack # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Ship 789 Santa Margarita Yacht Club Oceanside Harbor Co-ed Camp Del Mar Marina -
Ship 1542 Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 Oceanside Harbor Co-ed S.S.S. Polaris

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Noteworthy Scouting accomplishments in San Diego County, California:

Scouting by Community

Oceanside / Vista, Carlsbad,

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