Welcome to Troop 179 Ventura California

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Camp Fiesta Island 2017

Thank you for visiting our website. New scout parents will receive their password information to log into this website once their application paperwork has been processed by the Council. Once you have full access to the web site, you will be able to see the full Troop Calendar, Youth and Adult Rosters, Forms, Photo Albums, Eagle Honor Roll and other info.

Troop 179 was first chartered in 1993.  We are a member of the Ventura County Council #057, 509 E. Daily Drive in Camarillo.  Our sponsoring organization is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 3290 Loma Vista Road in Ventura, CA, 93003. Regular Troop Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month in Kahler Hall at St. Paul’s, with Troop Leadership meetings the second Tuesday of the month and special meetings or Courts of Honor the fourth or fifth Tuesdays. Prospective Troop members are welcome to visit one of our regular meetings.

Troop 179 has an average of 25 Scouts on the roster at any given time.  They come from several local Cub Scout Packs and schools, and bring a wide range of ages and experience to the Troop.  We are quite active, with a goal of one major outing per month.  In addition to numerous day-hikes, service projects and similar one-day events locally, in the recent past we have had overnight campouts at Camp Wolverton, Saddleback Butte, Morro Bay, and on the Kern River while whitewater rafting.  We have visited Edwards Air Force Base, the USS Midway, and gone rock climbing at Joshua Tree and annually compete at Camporee. For our annual Summer Camp, in recent years we have attended Camp Three-Falls, Camp Whitsett, Camp Emerald Bay and Camp Chawanakee.

The Troop believes in the Patrol Method, and strives to be a boy-led program.  Developing youth leadership is a priority.  Currently, we have four patrols that provide plenty of leadership opportunities. The aims of Scouting…character development, citizenship, and mental and physical fitness, guide us through our program planning and service projects.

Troop 179 has also consistently benefitted from our dedicated and active Scout Parents and Adult Scout Leaders. Unlike Cub Scouts, the Boy Scout way is to give the Scouts more responsibility and autonomy, but boys still need mentoring, advice and guidance. The Troop has many opportunities for parental involvement and we encourage everyone to participate.

New Scouts who join Troop 179 will receive a Troop neckerchief, neckerchief slide and 2 shoulder epaulets for use with the Class “A” Scout uniform. New Scouts also receive a red “Troop 179” T-shirt, which functions as the Class “B” uniform for hikes, “dirty” service projects and other casual outings.

Scouting is not just about Rank Advancement and Merit Badges, but those things are an important part of Scouting. Since its inception, Troop 179 has been honored to assist twenty-four boys promote to the rank of Eagle Scout, and many more earn numerous worthwhile merit badges and advancements along the Scouting trail.

We are proud of the program we have developed and invite you to attend one of our Troop meetings.  

Allan Oerlemans, Scoutmaster

Troop 179

Announcements - May 20, 2018

Posted on May 19 2018 - 9:19pm

Hello Troop 179,
Congrats to Eric Fedde, who had his Eagle Court of Honor this weekend!  Great to see former Scoutmaster Kistler there also.  A few  announcements for the week:

-Summer Camp Medical Forms:  Everyone except for Meixner, Stephenson, and Oerleman needs updated medical forms.  Please complete all three sections (A, B, C), which includes a physician's signature.  Hand deliver them to Ms. Oerlemans.  Without these forms, YOUR SCOUT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SUMMER CAMP.

-Court of Honor: Tues, May 22, 7:00 at St Paul's

-Ojai Valley Century: Saturday, May 2.  Make sure you have signed up!

Have a great week!
David Swanson Hollinger, Committee Chair

OVC Kick Off Meeting

Posted on Apr 14 2018 - 5:55pm

Dear Scouts and Families,

The biggest fundraiser of the year, The Ojai Valley Century, is on June 2nd, 2018. Work has already begun behind the scenes to make this a successful event.

What is the Ojai Valley Century (OVC)?
Every year Ojai Valley Rides hosts a bike ride that begins and ends in Ojai, California. This supported bike ride takes cyclists through a scenic ride throughout Ventura County. Boy scouts and their families volunteer their time to make sure that this is a successful event. Some of the volunteer opportunities include rest stop helpers, shoppers, SAG drivers and much more. In turn, Ojai Valley Rides donates money to troops 179 & 128. The troops then divide up the donation by the amount of hours each family spent volunteering for the OVC. The money goes directly into the boys scout accounts. Many families have received enough to pay for summer camp and other scouting activities.

How do I sign up?
The Ojai Valley Century is a big event and we need everyone to help out to make it a success. The OVC kickoff is on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 pm. We will be talking about this year’s ride and begin thesign up process. The kickoff will be at First Christian Church located at 4839 Market Street, Unit C in Ventura.

You may also sign up at troop meetings following the kick off; however, sign-ups are first come first serve. 

The volunteer applications are attached. They will need to be turned in at the time of signing up. I look forward to working with everyone. See you on April 16th!

Valerie Salazar
OVC Volunteer Coordinator

p.s. Feel free to contact me with any questions at 805-298-0087 or email me at valerinajs@gmail.com

Samuel and Jonah Blessum COH

Posted on Feb 7 2018 - 5:05pm

The Troop is invited to Samuel &  Jonah Blessuem's COH.

Please contact Terry with your RSVP.

Feb 17th, 2018, 2pm, at Our Lady of Assumption. 

New Eagle Scouts!

Posted on Jan 24 2018 - 8:09am

Congratulations to Karl Roth and Adam Ontiveros who both achieved Eagle Scout this week.  Fantastic accomplishments!


Posted on Jan 21 2018 - 5:09am

Troop mtg this Tuesday!! 7pm. St. Paul's

I hope to hear how this weekend's Campout was!


Derek Eidson's Eagle COH, Saturday, January 27, 11am.

Campout this Friday!

Posted on Jan 17 2018 - 8:27pm

Announcements for the Campout this Friday:

Meet at St Paul's at 6:30pm.

Don't bother packing your pack, just bring everything you need to pack.

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