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'''[[Boy Scout| Boy Scouts]]'''- The Boy Scout troops in the Polaris District are high achieving troops. Many host weekly meetings, monthly outings, and annual summer adventure trips, however, each troop will be different, and it is suggested to contact the specific troops for a more detailed program.  Scouting builds life and leadership skills for boys ages 11-17.  Contact either the unit or its charter organization to get more information. Interested parties can also find more information by contacting the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Area council website or by contacting Polaris District through its various social media and online channels.
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Latest revision as of 01:51, 11 November 2019

Polaris is a district of Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council (SVMBC) - Boy Scouts of America. It serves Scouting in the cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Saratoga, California, United States of America. To find more information, head to the Polaris District's Official Website. Polaris District is a 2018 Journey To Excellence District.

District Roundtable

District Roundtable meets on the 2nd Thursday each month 7 PM at 19624 E. Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014. Roundtable provides supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas, information on policy and events, training opportunities, and an enhanced network of contacts and other resources while also providing unit leaders with a voice in formulating direction at the district level. If you're interested in receiving the Polaris District Roundtable newsletter, you can sign up to receive a reminder with the month’s training topic. E-mail SVMB-Polaris-RT-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and include your name, position, and unit number to sign up.

District Calendar

Registered Units

Visit the District Roundtable (above) to get more information about these and other scouting units in this area. Find a local Pack or Troop to get more information back in 72 hours. Get the Benefits of Scouting

Cub Scout Packs

Cub Scouts holds weekly activities for youth ages 6-10. Both boys and girls are welcome in the Cub Scouts. The below table has an index of the active Packs that operate in Polaris District.

Pack # Charter Org Status Location Notes
Pack 127 Whittaker's Insurance Active The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 3060 Patt Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Pack 404 Saint Thomas Episcopal Active Fairwood Elementary School - 1110 Fairwood Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Pack 408 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Collins Elementary School - 10300 North Blaney Ave. Cupertino, CA,95014
Park 409 Fairbrae Swim and Tennis Active Cumberland Elementary - 824 Cumberland Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pack 410 Homenetmen Ani Scouts Active St. Andrew Armenian Church - 11370 S. Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Pack 411 Bethel Lutheran Church Active Bethel Lutheran Church - 10181 Finch Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Pack 415 Parents of Pack 415 Active Cupertino Community Hall - 10350 Torre Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014 Focuses on outdoor activities and STEM
Pack 419 Parents of Pack 419 Active Laurelwood Elementary - 955 Teal Dr. Santa Clara, 95051 Focuses on camping and STEM
Pack 426 St Luke's Lutheran Church Active St Luke's Lutheran Church - 1025 The Dalles Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pack 433 West Valley Presbyterian Church Active West Valley Presbyterian Church (McHattie Hall) - 6191 Bollinger Road, Cupertino 95014
Pack 444 Church of the Resurrection, Sunnyvale Active Resurrection Catholic School (Farana Center) - 1395 Hollenbeck Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pack 452 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Joaquin Miller Middle School - 6151 Rainbow Dr, San Jose, CA 95129
Pack 453 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Calabazas Branch Library - 1230 S Blaney Ave, San Jose, CA 95129 Focuses on outings one to two times per month
Pack 457 Good Samaritan United Methodist Church Active Good Samaritan United Methodist Church - 19624 E Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Pack 462 Parents of Pack 462 Active Cherry Chase Elementary (Multipurpose Room) - 1138 Heatherstone Way Sunnyvale 94087
Pack 468 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Fred E Weibel Elementary School (auditorium) - 45135 S Grimmer Blvd, Fremont 94539 Focuses on outings, such as archery and rock climbing
Pack 476 Holy Name Society of St Joseph of Cupertino Active St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish - 10110 N De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Pack 485 Home of Christ Church in Cupertino Active Home of Christ Church in Cupertino - 10340 Bubb Rd. Cupertino, CA,95014
Pack 491 San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission Active St. Clare Parish - 941 Lexington St. Santa Clara, CA 95050
Pack 492 Rotary Club of Cupertino Active Regnart Elementary School (outside) - 1170 Yorkshire Dr. Cupertino 95014
Pack 504 Congregation Beth David Active Congregation Beth David - 19700 Prospect Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070 Only Jewish cub back in the SF Bay Area.
Pack 505 Rotary Club of Saratoga Active Marshall Lane Elementary (Cafeteria) - 14114 Marilyn Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070
Pack 508 St Andrews Episcopal Church Active Argonaut Elementary School (Multi Purpose Room) - 13200 Shadow Mountain Dr, Saratoga, CA 95070 Chartered since 1965, the oldest continuous cub pack in Saratoga. Pack 508 has earned the National Summertime Pack Award for the last two years.
Pack 566 Menlo Church Active Menlo Church Saratoga (Community Room) - 20455 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 Has monthly field trips around the Bay Area.
Pack 606 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Almaden Neighborhood Church (Educational Room) - 19550 McKean Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Boy Scout Troops

Boy Scouts- The Boy Scout troops in the Polaris District are high achieving troops. Many host weekly meetings, monthly outings, and annual summer adventure trips, however, each troop will be different, and it is suggested to contact the specific troops for a more detailed program. Scouting builds life and leadership skills for boys ages 11-17. Contact either the unit or its charter organization to get more information. Interested parties can also find more information by contacting the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Area council website or by contacting Polaris District through its various social media and online channels.

Troop # Charter Org Status Location Notes
Troop 127 Whittaker's Insurance Active The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 3060 Patt Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Troop 400 Bethel Lutheran Church Active Bethel Lutheran Church - 10181 Finch Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Troop 404 Congregational Church of Sunnyvale Active Congregational Church of Sunnyvale - 1112 S Bernardo Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Troop 407 West Valley Presbyterian Church Active West Valley Presbyterian Church (McHattie Hall) - 6191 Bollinger Road, Cupertino 95014
Troop 408 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Cupertino High School (Room 120) - 10100 Finch Ave Cupertino 95014
Troop 410 Homenetmen Ani Scouts Active St. Andrew Armenian Church - 11370 S. Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014.
Troop 443 Raynor Park Christian Church Active Raynor Park Christian Church - 1515 Partridge Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Troop 452 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Joaquin Miller Middle School - 6151 Rainbow Dr, San Jose, CA 95129
Troop 453 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Joaquin Miller Middle School - 6151 Rainbow Dr, San Jose, CA 95129
Troop 457 Good Samaritan United Methodist Church Active Ortega Park - 636 Harrow Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 Over 50 scouts meeting weekly. In 2018, the troop camped at Angels Island, Catalina Island and the Florida Sea Base.
Troop 463 S. John Lutheran/Trinity United Methodist Churches Active S. John Lutheran Churche - 581 E Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Troop 466 Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Active Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church (Gym) - 728 W Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Troop 468 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Fred E Weibel Elementary School (auditorium) - 45135 S Grimmer Blvd, Fremont 94539
Troop 476 Holy Name Society of St Joseph of Cupertino Active St Joseph of Cupertino School (Multi-Purpose Room) - 10120 N De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Troop 479 Rotary Club of Cupertino Active St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church - 20920 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Troop 485 Home of Christ Church in Cupertino Active Home of Christ Church in Cupertino - 10340 Bubb Rd. Cupertino, CA,95014
Troop 489 River of Life Christian Academy Active River Life of Christian Church - 1177 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Troop 491 San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission Active St. Clare Parish - 941 Lexington St. Santa Clara, CA 95050
Troop 493 Kennedy Jr High Parent Group Active Kennedy Middle School (Community Room) - 821 Bubb Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Troop 494 Kennedy Jr High Parent Group Active Kennedy Middle School - 821 Bubb Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Troop 495 Chinese Church of Christ Active Chinese Church In Christ - 1490 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Troop 498 Church of the Resurrection, Sunnyvale Active Church of the Resurrection - 725 Cascade Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Troop 508 Menlo Church Saratoga Active Menlo Church Saratoga (Group Room) - 20455 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Troop 528 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Lynbrook High School (Cafeteria) - 1280 Johnson Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Troop 535 St Andrews Episcopal Church Active St. Andrews Episcopal Church - 13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Troop 566 Menlo Church Active Menlo Church Saratoga (Community Room) - 20455 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 Continuously chartered since 1965. Geographically centered on the Blue Hills neighborhood. We are multi-cultural and multi-faith inclusive unit.
Troop 581 Immanuel Lutheran Church Of Saratoga Active Immanuel Lutheran Church (Edmondson Hall) - 14103 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Troop 606 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Almaden Neighborhood Church (Educational Room) - 19550 McKean Rd, San Jose, CA 95120
Troop 888 Organization of Special Needs Families Active Organization of Special Needs Families - 511 S. Bascom, San Jose, CA 95128

Scouts BSA Troops

On February 1, 2019, Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) launched Scouts BSA, which allows girls to join the scouting program. These troops are not co-ed; rather, they are comprised of all girls only. Contact either the unit or its charter organization to get more information. Interested parties can also find more information by contacting the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Area council website or by contacting Polaris District through its various social media and online channels.

Troop # Charter Org Status Location Notes
Troop 406 Active
Troop 492 Active
Troop 582 Active
Troop 688 Chinese American Scouting Association Active
Troop 2400 Active
Troop 2452 Chinese American Scouting Association Active
Troop 2468 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Fred E Weibel Elementary School (auditorium) - 45135 S Grimmer Blvd, Fremont 94539
Troop 3555 Active

Venturing Crews

Venturing hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and typically have a bigger emphasis on bigger outdoor activities. Contact either the unit or its sponsor to get more information. Interested parties can also find more information by contacting the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Area council website or by contacting Polaris District through its various social media and online channels.

Crew # Charter Org Status Location Notes
Crew 75 Parents of Crew 75 Active 22066 Hibiscus Dr. Cupertino 95014
Crew 400 Bethel Lutheran Church Active Bethel Lutheran Church - 10181 Finch Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Crew 410 Homenetmen Ani Scouts Active St. Andrew Armenian Church - 11370 S. Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Crew 468 Chinese American Scouting Association Active Fred E Weibel Elementary School (auditorium) - 45135 S Grimmer Blvd, Fremont 94539
Crew 479 Rotary Club of Cupertino Active St. John's Lutheran Church - 581 E. Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale,CA,94087
Crew 494 Kennedy Jr. High Parent Group Active Sunny View Manor (Plum Room) - 22445 Cupertino Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Crew 535 St Andrews Episcopal Church Active St. Andrews Episcopal Church - 13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Crew 566 Menlo Church Active Saratoga CA
Crew 888 Organization of Special Needs Families Active Organization of Special Needs Families - 511 S. Bascom, San Jose, CA 95128

Exploring

Exploring Posts hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and have a venturing theme. Interested parties can also find more information by contacting the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Area Council. Polaris District currently does not have any active Explorer Posts.

Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and have typically have a bigger emphasis on sailing and waterfront activities. Interested parties can also find more information by contacting the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Area Council. Polaris District currently does not have any active Sea Scouts.

Polaris District Yearly Events

Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track.

Webalos to Scout Transition (WeST) Fair

We would like to give your family a first-hand look at what Boy Scouting is all about! The Webelos to Scout Transition Fair will give you a preview of different Troops in our community. This is a great way to visit with Scouts and parents from other troops. It is also a good way to find the best fit for you and your Webelos Scout. Held twice a year, prospective scouters and their families are encouraged to find troops in their area and visit to find activities and information on each specific troop. Each troop will have its own style on how they run, so WeST fair is a perfect way to get a taste of each troop's flavor.

Polaris District Camporee

Join your fellow scouts from the Polaris District for a huge weekend of camping, exciting competitions, cooking, games, races, and campfires! All Boy Scouts are invited to participate in this fun-filled weekend, organized by the Order of the Arrow. Scouts setup their own camps, and compete against teams from other units in individual and patrol games of skill, knowledge, and strength.

April 5-7, 2019 at Cheesebrough Scout Reservation. For more information contact Camp-o-ree Chair Dave Low.

CASA Camporee

Join your fellow CASA scouts from the Polaris District for a huge weekend of camping, exciting competitions, cooking, games, races, and campfires! All Boy Scouts are invited to participate in this fun-filled weekend, organized by CASA (Chinese American Scouting Association). Scouts setup their own camps, and compete against teams from other units in individual and patrol games of skill, knowledge, and strength.

Cub Camp

Cub Camp is a five-day program for Cub Scouts. It is conducted under certified leadership at an approved site and during daylight hours, and does not include any overnight activities. Certification of the day camp director and program director is provided through the National Camping School.

Scout-O-Rama

The largest Scouting event of the year with over 7,000 participants is held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day at History Park. This excellent showcase of Scouting is open to the public and shows off much of what Scouting has to offer. Our best packs, troops, teams, crews, and posts host a “booth” where they showcase their awesome program with hands-on, fun activities and demonstrations for Scouting families. Includes participating in the opening parades, interacting with cool pioneering projects, shooting archery and BB guns, checking out STEM science projects, building water rockets, and more!

District Awards

Year Award Award Explanation
2018 Journey To Excellance Scouting’s Journey to Excellence is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA

Order of the Arrow

Members of the Order of the Arrow from troops within the Polaris District are part Section W-3S. Their official website can be found here.

Polaris District Social Media Channels

Parents and scouters can connect with the Polaris District through their various social media channels. These are maintained through the Polaris District Adult Committee.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PolarisDistrictSVMBC/

SVMBC Council

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Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council (SVMBC) (local council #055) of the Boy Scouts of America operates this scouting district. It serves the four California counties of Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County.

Council Camps

  1. Camp Hi-Sierra (Scout Summer Camp Program)- Set in a historical logging camp, Hi-Sierra embraces this living history opportunity by immersing Scouts in a fully themed mountain man town.
  2. Camp Pico Blanco (Scout Summer Camp Program) - beautiful coastal forest setting near Big Sur.
  3. Chesebrough Scout Reservation is a wilderness backpacking facility located adjacent to Castle Rock State Park and Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.