The current troop was started in 1962. Although the unit was in existence prior to 1967, no official records with specifics are available in the troop's archives. For a short period to September 1967, the troop disbanded, but reactivated with 13 youth and new leadership. Since then, there has been an active, on-going unit.. Meetings are held every Monday night at St. Justin Parish, 2655 Homestead Road from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The only exception are the weeks of Christmas, New Year, and resident summer camp. On rare occasions, a meeting may be canceled due to a facility conflict.
Camping, hiking and backpacking remain the focal point of most of the outings and we generally camp every month. One-night campouts are the most common, although two-night adventures occur. The troop attends resident camp every summer; generally this has been Camp Hi-Sierra. In 2018 we will attend Camp Chawanakee. Service to the community is an integral part of the program. Twice a year, the troop hosts a free Bike Watch at Santa Clara Central Park for both the Silicon Valley BBQ championships in June and Art & Wine Festival in September. The troop also participates in the annual CROP Walk in April, providing water stations..
Every year, the troop participates in a week long backpacking / float adventure, some examples are:
1999 Northern Tier ( 170 mile canoe trip) 2000 Mt. Whitney ( 51 mile backpacking) 2001 Russian River (60 mile canoe trip) 2002 Yosemite Backcountry (65 mile backpacking) 2003 American River (75 mile canoe trip) 2004 Emigrant Wilderness ( 57 mile backpacking) 2005 National Jamboree ( 8 scouts and 2 ASM's) 2006 Philmont Scout Reservation ( 2 backpacking contingents) 2007 Nite Hike, Vancouver, British Columbia 2008 Desolation Wilderness (28 mile backpacking) 2009 Emigrant Wilderness 2010 Ansel Adams Wilderness 2010 National Jamboree ( 2 scouts and 1 ASM) 2011 Lost Coast Trek (27 mile backpacking) 2012 Kings Canyon/Mt. Whitney Trek ( 54 mile backpacking)
2015 Lost Coast (27 mile backpacking)
2016 Emigrant Wilderness (35 miles backpacking)