Troop 680's History and Background
Troop 680 was founded in 1969 and is located in Rancho Bernardo, a northern community within the city of San Diego, California. We are a member of the Black Mountain District and the San Diego Imperial Council. Our Troop is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. Currently, the Troop has about 60 Scouts and over 30 registered adult Scouters.
Our Scouts' Achievements – Milestones & Records
Since 1969 the Troop has ranked among the most active in San Diego and has a very rich tradition of outdoor activities. We have achieved as of August 2014:
- 149 Scouts earning their Eagle rank
- 720 total registered Scouts and Venture Crew
- 164,915 miles of hiking or nearly 7 times around Earth
- 33,708 nights of camping
- 77,995 miles of cycling
- 64,735 miles of canoeing
Troop 680 Mission Statement
Troop 680 emphasizes Fun, Leadership, and Teamwork. We have Fun at great outings. We generally have two per month and they range from advanced backpacks such as "The Sierra Trek", to day hikes, bike rides, canoe trips, and backpacking in the local mountains or desert. We emphasize Leadership through intensive training followed by broad responsibility. Our ideal is to have Scouts manage all Troop functions autonomously. The adult leadership is the coaching staff, offering guidance, encouragement, and security. Teamwork is developed through competitive team building and as a necessary adjunct to encouraging all ability and age ranges on most of our high adventure outings.
Visit a Troop 680 meeting
We welcome you to join us for a Scout meeting. We meet at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church located at 17010 Pomerado Road, San Diego (meeting room is in the lower Middle School on the south side of the facility). Meetings times for the general meeting are Monday nights from 7:00 PM to 8:30PM.
Outings & Events – What we DO is out of the ordinary! (It’s not car camping with Grandpa)
Outings – T680 offers a wide variety of backpacking, biking and water outings. We have at least one overnight outing a month. They range from beginner to challenging and are often multi-tier so all can participate. Some of our favorite outings are:
- Day hikes – Explore our local mountains, desert and ocean with a fun 10-mile day hikes. These are great training for the more adventurous backpacks.
- Overnight hikes – The Pacific Crest Trail, California Riding & Hiking Trail, Joshua Tree National Park and Anza Borrego Desert are great locations we visit for 15-30 mile weekend backpack trips. We’ve even hiked all the way across Anza-Borrego State Park!
- Snow Camp – During the winter we ride the tram up San Jacinto Mountain for a 3-mile cross-country hike with snow shoes and crampons, set camp for the night and test our cold weather gear.
- Weekend canoe trips on the Colorado River – Canoe from the base of Hoover Dam through the Black Canyon, camp along the river’s edge, it’s awesome and families are welcome.
- Whitewater Rafting – Two days chocked full of thrilling whitewater, stunning scenery, and of course water fights. Bring your water shoes and swimsuit and attitude for some all-out fun. Families are welcome on these too.
- San Jacinto and San Gorgonio high elevation hikes – Summit Southern California’s highest mountain tops, test your strength and will and get in shape for your upcoming Sierra Trek.
- 9 Peaks Honor Hike – This is a capstone hike for local high elevation treks. Summit nine 10k’+ peaks along the San Gorgonio massif over a three-day, 30 mile trek.
- Sierra Trek – A high elevation 7-10 day hiking trek covering 50-100 miles through some of the country’s most rugged terrain. Catch a rainbow trout, stand upon a mountaintop, see incredible scenery and solitude and have an unforgettable experience. Want more? Join us for a 20 day, 224 mile hike of the entire John Muir Trail.
- Mt. Whitney Mountaineers Route – Summit Whitney with true bragging rights by following the Mountaineers Route. This may not be for everyone, but we do it.
- Grand Canyon “Rim-to-Rim” – an ultimate brag, hike from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other. We hike, no mules allowed.
- Canoe the Boundary Waters of Minnesota – This is a 10 day trip canoeing one of the largest wilderness areas in the Country. Follow historic portage routes and enjoy campfires, fishing, and camaraderie.
- Philmont Scout Ranch – Take a 12 day hike through the historic National Scout Camp. Every day is filled with activities like shooting rifles and shotguns, riding horses, climbing, and campfire stories.
- Bicycle the California Coast – We have ridden from Oregon to San Diego on the Coast Highway, all 1,000+ miles, so pump up those tires and get riding.
- Tall Ship Sailing – Take a multi-day sailing voyage offshore to Catalina on a Tall Ship, climb the mast, navigate, and bring your sea legs. It’s both scary and fun.
Community Service – Throughout the year the Troop also participates in community service events:
- Trail Building – Help build hiking trail at BSA Camp Mataguay. Dirt, sweat and blisters finished up with pie from the Julian Pie Shop.
- Big Balloon Parade – Be in the New Years parade along San Diego Bay by holding onto and guiding a “big balloon”.
- Souper Bowl – Help feed the hungry by collecting canned food with our sponsor Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church.
- Bella Italia – The Ferrari Club of San Diego hosts a spectacular Italian exotic car show along San Diego Bay. Troop 680 assists with serving food, crowd control and litter.
- Rotary at Work – Assist our sponsor by volunteering for a day of community service.
- Fort Rosecrans Flags – On Fourth of July, the Troop places United States Flags on the graves of fallen soldiers.
- Recycling - By the end of 2015, for over 40 years the troop collected about 8 million pounds of newspapers.
Camp – While the majority of the Troops outings are high-adventure, we do a few events where you can bring the entire family.
- Fall and Spring Family Camp – Twice a year we invite the whole family for a weekend of challenge games, skill building, group meals and of course a fabulous campfire program. It’s a great way to get to know other Scout families.
- Survival Camp – Practice your skills using your 10 essentials. Can you light a fire without matches, build a shelter, or find North without a compass?
- Summer Camp – A one-week long BSA summer camp where Scouts learn skills and work on rank advancements. We visit camps all over California, including Catalina and the Sierras.
Just for Fun – A few times a year we break out the snow sports gear for a one-day snowboard/ski trip, find that fishing rod and try to catch some fish, and go sailing on Mission Bay.
Contact us for Info
I am an adult and interested in more information about Troop 680. Please tell us about your son. Please note that the age requirement for Boy Scouts is a boy who is 11 years old, or has completed the 5th Grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.