Enter The World Of Scouting

Why Scouting?

For over 100 years...

Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

Provides programs and activities that allow them to...

  • Try new things.
  • Provide service to others.
  • Build self-confidence.
  • Reinforce ethical standards.

Scouting encourages youth...

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouts are important as individuals...

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

Scouting teaches personal responsibility...

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.

Sir Robert Powell

The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.

Sir Robert Powell

A bit about Troop 722...

Troop 722 was chartered on February 28, 1959

An ambitious group of local men and women brought together Scoutmaster Thomas Peters with Cubmaster John D. McWethy and Committee Chairs Charles A. Widmann and James Leavitt to bring scouting to Castro Valley. On February 28, 1959, BSA President K. K. Bechtel, BSA Vice President Herbert Hoover, National Scout Commissioner George Fisher and other luminaries of BSA, signed their names in blue ink granting the first charters of Troop and Pack #722 Castro Valley to the Vannoy Dads' Club. And with that, our great troop began. As of 2016 we have more than 60 active Scouts in our Troop, and 96 Scouts have earned their Eagle rank in Troop 722 since we were chartered.

During the school year we met every Thursday evening at 7pm at Faith Lutheran Church, located at 20080 Redwood Rd. in Castro Valley, CA. The third Thursday of the month is reserved for troop leader meetings. New or prospective Scouts are always welcome to come visit us during regular troop meetings.

What we do...

As a large troop we are blessed with multiple activities planned almost every month. You don't have to attend all of them, but there's bound to be lots of events you will want to join. We our proud that Troop 722 is Scout led and Scouter supported. Scouts advance through the ranks at their own pace, supported by the Troop's adult Scouters.

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Summer Camp

Each year Scouts have the opportunity to attend a week long summer camp. They work on merit badges and play in the great outdoors. This is a great way to meet and interact with Scouts from other Troops.

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Camping

Whether it's car camping, backpacking, or snow camping, there are lots of scenic places to spend time in nature. Scouts learn to pitch their own tents, cook meals and enjoy outdoor activities.

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Hiking

The "Rim of the Bay" program was developed to encourage hiking by Scout Troops. There are six mountains that make up this series and Scouts earn a patch and rocker for each hike they complete.

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Fishing

Whether it's from the banks of a lake or on a boat, Scouts always enjoy an opportunity to land a fish under the watchful eyes of an adult Scouter.

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Canoeing

There's nothing like paddling out onto a calm lake in a two person canoe. Scouts are often surprised by how quickly they can travel using this ancient method.

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Shooting Sports

Rancho Los Moches hosts a rifle range, where Scouts learn to shoot rimfire rifles and shotguns under the supervision of NRA cerfified instructors.

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Archery

Rancho Los Mochos is where Scouts of all ages can learn how to use a bow and arrow.

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Rock Climbing

Troop 722 enjoys both indoor and outdoor rock climbing activities.

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Bicycling

Riding bikes through a forest trail is a fun way to spend an afternoon at camp.

Want to learn more?

We'd love to answer any questions you might have! Please, send us an email.