Troop 19 strives to be a scout-led troop. Under the guidance of the Scoutmaster, scouts plan and carry out troop meetings and outings.
Weekly troop meetings are held on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Scout Hut, at the top of John Hinkel Park in Berkeley. Scouts work on advancement and merit badges, plan upcoming outings, play games, and build fires in the stone fireplace in the winter.
Read more about the Scout Hut.
We schedule at least one outdoor activity per month, such as camping, hiking, skiing, and bicycling. Upcoming outings include the Pinnacles, an overnight in snow caves, and biking in Coyote Hills Regional Park.
A perennial favorite is our four-day trek to Death Valley each winter. We camp at Stovepipe Wells and plan day outings to explore the diverse beauty of this amazing place, including Badwater Basin, Ubehebe Crater, and sandboarding down Mesquite Dunes.
Our trip was even featured in Scouting Magazine.
In the spring, we attend Camporee at Lake Berryessa, in which Boy Scout troops from around the region come together for a weekend of friendly competition and games.
In June, we spend a week at Camp Wolfeboro, the Northern California BSA summer camp in the Stanislaus National Forest. Scouts work on merit badges and camp improvement projects together, while swimming, boating, and hiking opportunities abound. They come back filthy, tired, and ready to go again.
As Scouts, we are called to be good citizens and give back. We engage in various service projects that enhance the Berkeley community and our environment, including Eagle Scout projects and serving meals to those in need.