Who We Are
Troop 787 is a youth-led Scouts BSA Troop, consisting of a linked Boy's and Girl's Troop. We were founded in 1974 in Mission Viejo but service scouts in the all neighboring towns from Lake Forest to San Clemente. Our Boy's and Girl's Troops meet together on Monday nights and share many activities, but they maintain separate leadership and occasionally plan outings separately. Our Troop prides itself in its High-Adventure activities where we hike across forests, climb tall peaks, and bike through the mountains, but we also provide many activities for younger scouts as well. Whether it's week-long summer camps, kayaking in the harbor, hiking in the canyon, or exploring our National Parks, Troop 787 is dedicated to providing exciting activities for all of its scouts.
In addition to outdoor adventure, Troop 787 is committed to developing our young men and women into outstanding citizens and leaders, both in and out of the uniform. Through our emphasis on youth-led meetings and outings, yearly training and planning weekends, and our long-term involvement with the National Youth Leadership Training Camp, Troop 787 scouts are truly a cut about the rest.
We have troop meetings every Monday night (see below) and encourage our youth to hold patrol meetings at least twice per month. We welcome visitors to all of our troop meetings, so please don't be afraid to drop by. If you have any questions, please fill out our Contact Us form or stop by one of our meetings.
Troop 787 has many great adult leaders for our Boys' and Girls' Troops. Visit our Leadership Page to learn more about our core leadership teams including our committee.
Where We Meet
Our 3T Program, Trail-to-Tenderfoot, is a unique program that focuses on helping our new scouts reach the rank of Tenderfoot by their first six months (one term). The scouts are placed into a "new scout patrol" where they learn all the skills they will need to join the regular patrols next term.
Note: While the new scouts will be taught all of the skills necessary for their Scout and Tenderfoot ranks, it is still the individual scout's responsibility to seek testing and a sign-off from their youth Troop Guide.
The highlight of the 3T Program is the 3T Campout. Here, new scouts get to put all their newly learned skills to the test at one of our local campgrounds. They will practice their first-aid, cook their own food, tie knots, and learn about native wildlife.
Our youth leaders, under the supervision of the Scoutmaster, provide new scouts a "safe place to fail" by giving them the freedom to run their patrols as they see fit.
We strongly believe that this youth-led, youth-run attitude is what helps evolve our scouts from kids to young men and women of character.
If you have any questions about our 3T Program or how it differs from other Troop's First-Class-Emphasis (FCE) Programs, please reach out to us via our Contact Us form.