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Est. 1952                         La Cañada Flintridge, CA             jpltroop509.org

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About Us

JPL Troop 509 in La Cañada Flintridge, California, is chartered by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Established in 1952, the troop is known for its many outdoor activities and its many scouts who have earned the Eagle rank. The number of scouts in the troop is currently around 100, about half from La Canada and half from Pasadena, Glendale and other nearby communities. The troop is in the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, Rose Bowl District, of Boy Scouts of America, and regularly earns BSA's highest level, Gold, in Scouting's Journey to Excellence. The troop does not discriminate.

Troop Meetings are every Monday except the last Monday of the month, from 7 to 8 pm at JPL, or in the summer at nearby Hahamongna Watershed Park. There are no troop meetings from mid-July to mid-August.

Courts of Honor are in September, January & May at JPL's von Karman Auditorium.

Summer Camp is on Catalina Island at Camp Cherry Valley.

Outings include backpacking, whitewater rafting, Joshua Tree camping, ocean kayaking, Camp Trask Camporee, new scout hike, rock climbing, Camp Iron Chef, ocean fishing, night hike, bicycling & snow sports.

National High Adventure Outings (ages 14+):
Summer 2014: Sea Base (sailing & snorkeling in the Florida Keys)
Summer 2015: Philmont (backpacking in New Mexico's Rocky Mountains)
Summer 2016: Northern Tier (canoeing in Minnesota's Boundary Waters)
Summer 2017: Philmont
Summer 2018: Sea Base & Philmont
Summer 2019: Philmont
Summer 2020: Northern Tier

Information about joining the troop, and a parent guide to how the troop operates, are on the New Scouts tab of this website.

For Questions about the troop or to arrange a visit, contact Scoutmaster Dr. Martin Kast or recruitment & registration coordinator Melora Larson.