Twenty-six local boys from Boy Scout Troop 682 recently spent a week on the Oregon coast at Meriwether Scout Reservation. The camp was founded in 1926 and named for Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. “At camp the boys learned to work together and to take care of themselves away from modern distractions,” explained Scoutmaster Craig Dickson. The scouts attended Merit Badge classes every morning, exploring everything from cooking and first aid to oceanography and lifesaving. Other fun activities included sandboarding, a scavenger hunt, a sand castle competition, service projects, camping on the beach, and a Scoutmaster belly-flop contest – along with the traditional campfires with songs, skits, and stories.

Troop 682 was established in 1994 and includes students from Rancho Bernardo High School, Poway High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Westview High School, Bernardo Heights Middle School, and a number of other nearby schools. Learn more about Troop 682 at