Troop 246 September Events
Add these dates and reminders to your Calendar. For more details, see Upcoming Events in the left column or click the Calendar menu item above. For the latest Troop 246 Calendar printout, click Download T246 Calendar.
  • Sept 2 Troop Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Sept 7 Salty Rat Canoe Trip on Mission Bay with T206 7 AM
  • Sept 10 Troop Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Sept 16 Troop Parents & Leaders Committee Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Sept 17 Troop Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Sept 19 OA Chapter Meeting 7 PM at YAC
  • Sept 20-22 Fiesta Island Campout - 50 Mile Bike Ride - Salty Rat
  • Sept 24 PLC Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Oct 5 PB BeachFest Flag Ceremony 10:45 AM
  • Oct 11-13 Colorado River Canoe Trip with T260
Questions? Call Mike Kottke, Senior Patrol Leader, at 619-675-1882.
Dudley's Bread Fundraiser
You sold 275 loaves of Dudley's Bread during our Spring Fund Raiser. That added $550 to your Scout Accounts. Fundraising is a great way to earn money to help your parents pay for your monthly dues, Scout outings, and Summer Camp! Most people are very willing to help the Boy Scouts. Congratulations to those of you who sold Dudley's Bread.
Troop 246 Scales the Heights at Mission Trails!
On Saturday, February 23, 2013 Troop 246 scouts and leaders traveled to Mission Trails Regional Park to scale the cliffs there under the watchful eyes of four SDIC Climbing Instructors. Everybody got to climb and rappell and belay several times. A great time was had by all.

Climbing Photos
Leaders - Plan To Attend the Monthly Boy Scout Roundtables
There is much to learn at the Monthly Torrey Pines District Boy Scout Roundtable.

Boy Scout Roundtables provide valuable information and training for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Committee Chairs. Torrey Pines District Roundtables are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the LDS Chapel, 2880 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 from 7-8:30 PM. Bring your questions and share your experiences with other Scout leaders. Get to know what other troops are doing, find out what works and what doesn't. Spend time with our new District Executive and special guests. Head home armed with handouts and souvenirs. Mark your calendar now! For more information, contact Roundtable Commissioner, Tom Bache by email.
Merit Badge Procedures
If you want to work on a merit badge, there are several things you need:
  1. Merit Badge Counselor. For the name of a merit badge Counselor near you, click Counselor List or ask Mr. Sisk.
  2. Merit Badge Book. You can purchase merit badge books at the Scout Shop for about $5. The troop also has a library of merit badge books. To check out a merit badge book, see the Troop Librarian. If you lose the merit badge book, you must replace it with a new one.
  3. Merit Badge Worksheet. You can download the merit badge worksheets for each merit badge. Click HERE to begin.
  4. Blue Card. Ask Scoutmaster Mike for a blue card at the next troop meeting.
Complete the Merit Badge Worksheet and call the merit badge Counselor for an appointment. When you have completed the merit badge, the merit badge counselor will sign your blue card. Give the signed blue card to Mr. Sisk and return the merit badge book to the Troop Librarian. You will receive your merit badge at the next troop meeting, and you will receive a pocket card and recognition at the next Board of Review.
Geoscouting - Our Next Adventure!
The BSA has incorporated Geocaching into the Boy Scout outdoor adventure program. Geocaching is a modified treasure hunt using GPS coordinates to locate a prize or "cache." Geocaches are hidden all over San Diego, very close to where we live, and there are thousands of Geocaches hidden all over the world. Finding Geocaches often involves scenic hikes and fun puzzles that you must solve to find the "treasure." There are hundreds of thousands of Geocachers in over 222 countries. Your Troop 246 PLC is planning a Geocashing Outing soon. To learn more about the Geoscouting program, and to read Geocaching stories in Boy's Life and Scouting magazines click Read more...
BSA Online Training for Registered Adults and Leaders
Troop 246 registered adults should take the following online courses as soon as possible:
  • Fast Start
  • Youth Protection Training
If you plan to attend camping trips, you should also take the following courses:
  • Hazardous Weather Training
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
The courses take about 30 minutes each to complete. If you are a driver, a helper, or a leader, you must have these certificates. If you can serve on our Troop Committee, please take Troop Committee Challenge as well.

To begin training, click here and register (see BSA Training - Getting Started below for detailed instructions. Please let Mr. Kasper know when you complete a course, so we can update our records.
Our Rich Heritage
For 100 years, Scouting has been helping the youth of America find - in themselves and in the world around them – more than they thought possible. A century of building confidence and character is worth celebrating. Follow the timeline of Scouting over our first 100 years. Read more....
Visit us on Facebook!
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Troop Election Results
Congratulations to our newly-elected youth leaders. Mike Kottke was elected to be our next Senior Patrol Leader. The Spirit Wolf Patrol elected Angelo Devlin as Patrol Leader and John Byrd as Assistant Patrol Leader. The Indian Patrol elected Joseph Sisk as Patrol Leader and Adam Barton as Assistant Patrol Leader. This is a strong team of youth leaders who will guide us this last six months at First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach and lead the transition to our next troop home.
Rank Advancement Videos
Did you know that you can become a First Class Scout in about a year if you attend meetings and campouts regularly and work on your rank requirements? Your Boy Scout Handbook is your guide. It explains the requirements and helps you keep track of your progress.

Did you know there are online videos that teach and illustrate each and every requirement of rank advancement, from Tenderfoot to First Class? To visit the Boy Scout Web site that has the videos, click here>>

Watch the videos, practice the skills, and then demonstrate your understanding and skill to your Patrol Leader. If you have questions, your Patrol Leader will help you.

Good Scouting!
Would You Like To Be A Boy Scout?
Are you interested in becoming a Boy Scout? Our Boy Scout Troop is located in Pacific Beach. Our meetings are held at First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach, 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92109 on Tuesday nights at 7 PM. Would you like to receive an information packet on Boy Scouting? Do you need a Youth or Adult Scout application? If you answered yes to any of these questions, click here and send us your name, address, and a little information about yourself. Get ready to do lots of fun things: riflery, archery, shotgun shooting, camping, swimming, canoeing, sailing, rowing, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, rappelling, bicycling, and much more. Request info...
Learn To Tie Knots
Here's a nifty Boy's Life video that teaches you how to tie all the popular Boy Scout knots. Grab a piece of rope and click Show Me! to watch the video. Learn these knots now and get a head start on the Pioneering Merit Badge.
Invitation to Join Troop 246 in Pacific Beach
Boys from 11 to 17 years old are invited to be members of Boy Scout Troop 246, the Pacific Beach Troop! Get ready to do lots of fun things - camping, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, riflery, archery, fishing, geocaching, and so much more. Enjoy all these activities and make new friends. Call 858-273-3027 for a BSA Membership Application or come to a Scout meeting on the first, second, or third Tuesday night of each month at 6:30 PM. Be an important part of a great Troop. Join us on the road to Eagle! Read more...
BSA Training - Getting Started
If you are a driver, a helper, or a leader, you must have an up-to-date Youth Protection Training. certificate. The online YPT course takes 30 minutes to complete. To begin, click HERE. Click Create an account. Enter a user name and click Check User Name Availability. If the user name is available, click Next or enter a different user name. Type your BSA member number or click I am new and don't know my member ID and click Next. Complete the profile information screen and click Create User. Select your security questions, enter the answers, and click OK. To complete account activation, click the link in the e-mail you will receive shortly and enter your username and password. To take the YPT course, log on to MyScouting.org, and from the menu on the left, click E-Learning. From the General tab, scroll down to Youth Protection Training and click Take Course. Upon completion, print the certificate for your local council. When you receive your BSA member ID number, log back into MyScouting.org, click on My Profile, and add your BSA number. This will link your training records to your BSA membership record.

Take the YPT course today. It's easy, and it's important!