Scouting in the Mission Hills Community
of San Diego, California
Cub Pack 20
Chartered by the
Boy Scouts of
Scout Troop 20 BSA
Troop 20 has been serving youth in Mission Hills since 1918. The Troop’s long life is a result of the
many dedicated volunteers from the schools and churches in Mission
Hills. Scout Troop 20 and Cub Pack 20
is a result of the merger of Scout Troops and Cub Packs from the Mission
Hills Congregational Church (now the Mission Hills United Church of Christ),
St. Vincent’s Parish, Grant School, and Francis Parker School. Troop 20 and Pack 20 are now sponsored by
the Mission Hills United Methodist Church (MHUMC). For a detailed history of the Troop click
what about the pelican? The mascot
Pelican was originally a Merit Badge project of one of the Scouts back in
1938 when Taxidermy
was still a Merit Badge possibility.
Cub Scouts are kids in grades
K through 5 (sorry, not for pre-K or TK).
Youth who are older than 10, or who have completed the 5th
grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting. The kids are organized in Dens by grade
level: Lions for Kinders,
Tigers for 1st Graders, Wolf Scouts for 2nd, Bears for 3rd, and Weblos
Scouts for 4th and 5th Graders. Children may join at any time and join
their appropriate grade level Den without having to complete the prior Cub
Scouts BSA. Youth in the 6th grade may join
the Senior Scout Program and must complete the program by the time they reach
age 18 (although there are other co-ed Scouting programs that continue past
age 18 like Venturing and Sea Scouts).
Pack 20 registration fees run just under $100 per year. Troop 20 has a $360 yearly registration fee
that goes to pay for the program and for outings and badges, etc. This fee is paid by December of each year
to maintain registration in the Troop and in Scouting. Part of this fee goes to the National Boy
Scouts of America and part of it stays with the local Pack or Troop to pay
for supplies, awards, badges, etc. All
of the adults at the Pack, Troop and District level are unpaid volunteers …
parents of Scouts … just like you.
Many of the adult volunteers are former Scouts who realize the value
of the program and wish to give back to others. In addition there are costs for Summer
Camp, usually about $500 per Scout which is optional, but Scouts are strongly
encouraged to attend Summer Camp with the Troop.
Lions wear T-Shirts. Other Cub
Scouts wear blue uniforms. Weblos Scouts and Senior Scouts have tan uniforms. Since the boys quickly outgrow their
uniforms, please check with adult leaders for re-purposed uniforms from our
“uniform box”. Uniforms are never
required, but we usually can piece together a uniform for a Scout who cannot
Schools/Religion/Girls/Youth Protection. Youth from any school, any faith, any sex
may join. Our Troop/Pack history details a combined
history of all the schools and churches in Mission Hills. Although Pack 20 and Troop 20 are sponsored
by the MHUMC, there is no religious requirement or training. In 2018 girls were invited to join Cub
Scouts. This does not mean the program
is co-ed. Girls are in separate Cub
Dens. At the Senior Scout level
(middle school and high school) girls, starting in 2019, are in a parallel
program (different/separate Scoutmaster) that will feature the same outdoor
skills, leadership, and standards . . . and which will lead to the Eagle
Scout rank. For a further discussion
of Religion/Sex/Abuse issues click here.
Another request is having a parent willing to help the Pack or
Troop. Parents are also strongly
encouraged to become a registered adult of Scouting, becoming a voting member
of the Troop or Pack Committee, and taking two short on-line training
is a proven program to teach life lessons, outdoor skills, character
development, self-assurance, respect for others,
citizenship training, mental and physical fitness, and leadership.
The Cub Scout program is mostly fun and
games and is led by the Cub’s parents using a format and resources provided
by the Boy Scouts of America.
in Cub Scouting is automatic by grade level.
Kids joining in the 3rd grade, for example, would
automatically join their peers in the Bear Den all working together to earn
the Bear patch. Lions have fun and
earn stickers and attend some age appropriate Pack Meetings. The Bobcat Rank is an introductory step to
be completed by all Cub Scouts (except Lions) when they join. Cub Scouts learn skills and earn belt loop
Scouts earn pins and can work toward the coveted Arrow of Light Award as they
transition to Boy Scouting.
Scouts BSA is a youth led
program and is designed to foster leadership skills and develop
character. Parent volunteers make the
program possible, but the young men and women themselves are expected to
provide the leadership with the senior Scouts teaching the newer Scouts.
are specific national requirements for each rank: Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st
Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scout program ends when the young man turns 18. But many Scouts continue in Scouting with
Venturing, Explorer Scouts, Sea Scouts, or helping a Pack or Troop in an
adult role. Unlike Cub Scouts,
advancement in Boy Scouts is earned by demonstrating skills, performing
community service, earning Merit Badges, and providing leadership. The Merit Badge program in
Boy Scouts provides youth with a wide assortment of skills they may never
have a chance to experience otherwise.
Adult Committees. Both the Cub Pack and the Boy Scout Troop
are administered by Adult Committees consisting of the parent volunteers
(called “Scouters”) and parents are expected to participate. A required hour on-line training is
required for parents called “Youth Protection Training” and parents should
retain the certificate of completion of this course which emphasizes the
requirement that at least two adults are required to be present at ALL Scout
Cub Scout Pack 20
Scout Pack is organized in Dens by grade level. Dens are led by Adult Den Leaders. Dens meet twice a month and they come
together once a month for a General Pack Meeting (or hike or campout). The kids learn new things and have fun with
a purpose. The Church’s Scout Room is
available for Den Meetings but meetings may be held elsewhere.
Boy Scout Troop 20
Scout Troop is organized in Patrols led by Boy Scout Patrol Leaders. The entire Troop is led by a Boy Scout
called the Senior Patrol Leader, who is elected by the Scouts in the Troop. The Scouts plan their own outings which may
include hiking, camping, High Sierra trips, scuba diving, etc. subject to
availability of adult supervision.
Troop 20 meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the
Scout Room. The Troop normally goes
together for a week long Scout Summer Camp.
Scouting in Mission
20, as part of the Boy Scouts of America, has stood for character
development, outdoor skills, and values-based leadership training for over
100 years. We invite your family to
join our time-tested program in Mission Hills.
How to Join
Email one of the contacts below.
Contacts + Links
The following email addresses have spaces added before
and after the “@” sign in order to prevent spam messages. These spaces must be removed before using
20: cubmaster20 @ gmail.com (remove the spaces before using this email)
20: info @ Troop20sd.org (remove the spaces before using this email)
Sponsoring/Chartering Organization: www.mhumc.net
Diego – Imperial Council BSA: www.sdicbsa.org
Chartered by the
Boy Scouts of
This website is the property of the Troop 20 Committee in San
Diego, California and is reflective only of our views, thoughts, and
opinions. This site does not have the
endorsement of the Boy Scouts of America, and it is not an official
communication channel of the Boy Scouts of America.