About

The health and safety of our Scouts and their families is the Troop’s top priority. Due to COVID-19, Troop meetings and campouts are currently held virtually. We still strive to have an outdoor activity once a month following appropriate safety guidelines.

Troop 351 is sponsored by the San Marino Rotary. We meet most Sundays at the Scout house in Lacy Park, have our own adopted campsite at Camp Trask and have at least one outdoor activity most months. The troop was formed in 1919 and is the longest running of five troops that call the Lacy Park Scout house home. In 2019 the troop celebrated its 100th anniversary and co-founded a partner troop for Girls which meets at the same time as the Boys.

For detailed information on the troop, please contact one of our Scoutmasters:
Boys’ troop: scoutmaster@troop351.us
Girls’ troop: scoutmasterG@troop351.us
For more information on Scout Troops in the area: BeAScout.org

Troop 351’s centennial celebration in November 2019 included the following (edited) remarks from its Scoutmaster, Andy Rooke:

For the past century, Troop 351 has been teaching boys to be good men. In addition to camping and outdoors skills, boys have been taught leadership, character, citizenship, and service to others. They have also had fun while doing it – after all, middle and high school kids have plenty of other things they could be doing with their time.

One of the primary objectives in our troop has been, and is, to have a “boy led” organization. The adult leaders are present to offer guidance and supervision, and to watch out for safety issues (and to chauffeur the Scouts to-and-fro). It is the senior Scouts who choose what activities they want the group to do and figure out how to make it happen. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) presides over weekly meetings and is tasked with keeping a crowd of teenagers focused on a common purpose.

Troop 351 has been guiding young men along the Scouting trail since the year President Woodrow Wilson won the Nobel Peace Prize, Prohibition was established via the 18th Amendment, the Treaty of Versailles was signed ending the First World War and The Grand Canyon was established as the Country’s 15th National Park.

The century since has seen unprecedented change from World Wars to Cold Wars, Automobiles to Space Travel, from radios to black-and white televisions to global neighborhoods on the World Wide Web; and the establishment of 46 more National Parks.

All during that time, the founding principles of our troop, and the Boy Scouts of America, have remained intact. The strength of the Scout Oath and Scout Law has transcended the last century.

Boys are still drawn towards Scouting by two things – fire and knives, the oldest tools of Man, and we still only allow their use after a Scout has demonstrated that he knows how to use them safely.

Earning the first three ranks in the Boy Scouts (Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class) requires learning the timeless skills of woodcraft – packing for an overnight trip in the wild, pitching a tent, land navigation, confronting the elements, first aid, cooking, using ropes, and personal fitness. While some of the equipment has changed over the years, a scout from 1919 would recognize these skills and be able to teach them to younger boys today and plan many of our outdoor expeditions – activities needed for the later ranks (Star, Life, and Eagle).

While the basic craft of Scouting has remained unchanged, changes in civilization and technology have created opportunities and challenges for Boy Scouts and our Troop, for example, we now have an official position within the Troop of Webmaster and there is a new requirement for the lower ranks to address cyberbullying.

Numerous Scoutmasters before me have followed the mission and vision of the BSA in establishing a tradition of helping local boys make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime; and preparing them to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders. I am honored to follow the tradition set by these former leaders, but know that it is not, nor has been, possible without the support of all of you parents, families and friends; nor would the past have been possible without the support of our Chartered Organization, the San Marino City Club.

As we look to the future, I am reminded that it so often mirrors the past. When Scouting for Boys [Robert Baden-Powell’s guidebook for scouting] was first published serially in 1907, there was a lot of interest among both boys and girls. It was a movement designed for boys, but a lot of girls got a hold of the book and were doing scouting. In some cases, they even wrote-in to headquarters using their initials rather than their first names, so they were kind of unofficial girl scouts. I am pleased to say, that after a hundred years Troop 351 is about to make girl scouts official. I want to thank the Rotary Club of San Marino for agreeing to charter two troops 351 B and 351 G.

Eagle Scouts: . Over the last 100 years, numerous young men have earned the honor of Eagle Scout. A listing of these impressive men can be found on our Honor Roll.