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Presidio Park Eagle Project

Jake Rasmussen is near the end of his path to Eagle with the completion of his project in San Diego’s Presidio Park. Located on on a heavily-trafficked trail, Jake’s project included replacing a section of retaining wall and constructing a cable railing to improve safety for hikers and bicyclists. Thank you scouts for your service and congratulations, Jake!

Scouts replacing a section of retaining wall with added drainage for water runoff.
Scouts from the last shift wrap up the wire railing.

Troop 506G Conquers Kern River

Kern River CA
Kern River CA

Trip Highlights:

  • ALIEN ENCOUNTER!!! Or was it Santa?
  • Trash Dumpster in our camp (but surprisingly not smelly despite heat)
  • Campsite squatters in Lea’s campsite
  • Magical soap bottle from Monica — it just never seemed to diminish despite everyone using it
  • Lea’s Sprinkles Birthday Cupcakes
  • Going vertical with our raft and 3 adults falling out (super fun!!)
  • Lots of splashing fun
  • Hopefully no flesh eating amoeba infested lake water
  • Jumping fish in Lake Isabella
  • One Hamentash or many hamentashen?
  • Hot Day + Cool refreshing lake & river = Perfect Time

Troop 506B Earns Platinum Award

Troop 506B added another award to its already crowded troop flagpole – the Platinum Award for best campsite recently won at Camp Emerald Bay. Below are Zoom screenshots from the July 12 506B troop meeting when it was added to the myriad of awards already decorating the troop’s flagpole.

506B Camp Emerald Bay 2021 Platinum Award ribbon
Troop 506B SPL, Zack Foster, hangs the Platinum Award on the troop flagpole.

Troop 506B Plans for COVID-19 Safety

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Image source:, retrieved July 12, 2021.

Troop 506B Patrol Leaders Council

Troop 506B’s PLC met in person on July 12 at our Charter Organization, La Jolla United Methodist Church. Getting prepared for in-person group activities, the PLC hosted the meeting live on location while the rest of Troop 506B attended remotely on Zoom.

During the meeting, in addition to covering the scheduled topic of camping, the PLC demonstrated how in-person troop meetings would be conducted. Senior Patrol Leader, Zack Foster, described the meeting as a “soft launch of the troop’s in-person meetings. Our next troop meeting will be completely in-person and will be at the end of July.”

Safe Scouting Committee

Additionally, Assistant Scoutmaster Dr. Tom Kozak led parents in a Safe Scouting Subcommittee on July 14. The Safe Scouting Committee serves as an ongoing sub-committee of Troop 506’s Parent Committee and will remain open to participation by all troop parents. Meetings will provide an open forum for dialogue, listening and collaboration to make recommendations to Troops 506B and 506G on topics like carpooling, appropriate use of masks and cooking in groups.

Dr. Kozak recently shared in an email to troop parents, “As all of you know COVID-19 is an ongoing evolving challenge and the presence of the Delta variant in our community creates some increased concern as it has been estimated to be significantly more contagious (likely at least two times more contagious than the original Wuhan version of the virus).  This new COVID variant, unfortunately, increases the risks for a significant infection in the unvaccinated.  Fortunately, we are not seeing a significant increase in severe disease in the pediatric population.”

For the first Safe Scouting Committee meeting, infectious disease expert Dr. Andrew Catanzaro, brother of Troop 506B’s Scoutmaster, Brian Catanzaro, is participating as a resource to answer questions about COVID-19 that are being gathered in advance of the meeting.

BSA National Statement on COVID-19

For more information about BSA’s official guidelines, please see the BSA’s National Statement on COVID-19.

Troop 506B Helps Summer Camp Shark Bite Victim

Troop 506B lives the scout law helping fellow scout at Emerald Bay

Image source:, retrieved July 12, 2021.

Troop 506 Assistant Scout Masters Jeremy Adler PA and Tom Kozak MD were prepared and treated the victim, a scout from another troop who had sustained non-life threatening injury to one hand, as soon as he came ashore. After being treated by ASM’s Adler and Kozak, the scout was transported by helicopter to a Los Angeles area hospital where he underwent surgery.

Troop 506 Assistant Scout Master Chris Stransky, a marine scientist with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography who was also on site, connected Emerald Bay staff with a local shark expert following the incident in order to identify the shark’s species.

According to a statement posted on Twitter by the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the scout and his father were “kayaking near Parson’s Landing when their boat was bumped by what is believed to be a shark of unknown size and type. During the encounter, the patient reached their hand into the water and was bit by the animal” (Lifeguards, 2021).

No Troop 506B scouts were on the water at the time of the incident, and our Troop 506G scouts had already returned home from their week at Emerald Bay. The water was closed for 24 hours for one mile in each direction and, as a result, our 506B scouts hiked rather than canoed to Parsons Landing as scheduled the following day.

Reference: LACoFD LifeGuards. (2021, June 30). @LACoFDLifeguards. Retrieved July 2021, from Twitter:

Troops 506B & 506G at Camp Emerald Bay

Troop 506B Camp Emerald Bay 2021
Troop 506G Camp Emerald Bay, 2021

The girls of 506G headed over to Catalina Island with our Venture Crew June 20-26, and the boys of 506B followed June 27-July 3. Many thanks to the parents who volunteered and made it happen! Here’s the trip by the numbers:

Troop 506B

  • 30 = scouts (troop record!)
  • 75 = merit badges completed

Troop 506G

  • Report pending…please stand by….

Image: Sunrise over Catalina Island, photo by Adrienne Markworth, 2021.

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