It is the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, and this Troop to provide an effective program designed to instill values in a boy which will help him grow into a man of fine character who is physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Our Troop Program
We believe that our Troop Program is well rounded, with an appreciation for the outdoors, opportunities for service, knowledge and skills development, advancement, leadership, and, most of all, FUN!!
We provide a Trail to First Class program to quickly introduce new Scouts to basic Scouting skills and knowledge and to reward their accomplishments as they have fun in the outdoors. Our objective in this first year program is to give every Scout the opportunity and encouragement to achieve the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second class and First Class within approximately one year of joining the Troop. The basic outdoor elements of this program include car camps, day hikes and short backpacking trips.
Part of our Troop Program is designed to also meet the needs of our more advanced Scouts whose further advancement requires their ongoing Scout Spirit, Troop and Patrol Leadership, and Merit Badge accomplishments. They will have the opportunity to attend Merit Badge Days and Summer Camps as well as continuing to participate in Troop outings where they help and teach younger Scouts.
First Class and older Scouts, who are interested and physically capable of our High Adventure program, may choose to participate in this part of our Troop program. Major outdoor activities have included 50 miler backpacks to Onion Valley and the Pioneer Basin in the Sierras, canoeing the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and mountain biking Mammoth Mountain. Our Scouts have done whitewater rafting on the Kern River, weekend backpacking trips to remote locations in the Los Padres National Forest, and have had the opportunity to fly an airplane in Camarillo.
Our Troop attends a Long Term Summer Camp every year and we highly encourage every scout to participate in this event. During Summer Camp the boys have a chance to earn Merit Badges, which are both required and non-required for Eagle. This is also a good time for the boys to grow, learn, and experience Scouting at its best. Summer Camps that we have attended in the past have included Camp Chawanakee, Camp Whitsett, Mataguay Scout Reservation, Camp Three Falls, Emerald Bay, Camp Fiesta Island, and Camp Philmont.
In addition to summer camp, our Troop also participates in the Ventura County Council District Camp-O-Ree every April.
Our Troop Program includes opportunities to be of service at least four times a year. Service projects we participate in for our Council or District have included Scouting for Food, 12 Point Bike Ride, Webelos Woods and CubOut. We also do service projects for our sponsoring organization, St. Rose of Lima Church. The annual St. Rose of Lima Carnival, the Knights of Columbus Chili Cook-Off, homeless dinners, donut duty and helping with the Knights of Columbus dinners are just a few of the projects we have helped with. Other opportunities for Troop service projects have included assisting older Scouts on their Eagle projects, providing Honor Guards for civic flag ceremonies, along with helping local schools, churches and parks when needs arise. Our personal Troop project is Operation Gratitude, which allows us to send needed items and care packages to our Service men and women. Several of our Scouts are have and are currently serving overseas so this is a project that is very close to home for us.
How to JoinTo be eligible to join Boy Scouts, a boy must:
- Meet the age requirements. Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
- Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
- Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
- Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
- Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
- Describe the Scout badge.
- Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
If you have a younger scout please check out our little brother Cub Scout Pack 3605.
The first Thursday of the month is reserved for the Patrol Leaders Council and Scoutmasters meeting.
When: Thursday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall, 1305 Royal Avenue
We meet in the hall which is behind the church, which faces Royal Avenue. Our sponsor (Chartering Organization) is St. Rose of Lima Church. The church has graciously donated the use of their hall for our troop meetings; however, affiliation with this church is not a requirement of this troop. We welcome youth and adults of all faiths.
Visitors are cordially invited to visit us. To schedule a visit please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Troop 605
Founded in July 1988, Troop 605 rapidly grew to become one of the largest and most highly regarded BSA Troops in Simi Valley. We presently have about 25 scouts and 7 assistant scoutmasters. Over the past years, no fewer than 97 of our scouts have earned the rank of Eagle. The Troop is chartered by St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church; membership in the Church is not required.