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Don't miss out on Great Family Activities in Camp Pendleton, California.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps and is one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the US. It is on the Southern California coast, in San Diego County, and bordered by Oceanside to the south, Cleveland National Forest, San Clemente, and Orange County to the north, Riverside County to the northeast, and Fallbrook to the east.

The base was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared a "permanent installation" and by 1946, it became the home of the 1st Marine Division. It was named after Major General Joseph Henry Pendleton (1860–1942), who had long advocated setting up a training base for the Marine Corps on the west coast. Today it is the home to myriad Operating Force units including the I Marine Expeditionary Force and various training commands.

Scouting[]

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Looking for youth club activities? Several programs below help youth grow physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Some of these programs are widely recognized for both FUN and opening great career pathways, improving upon what your children may be getting from home, school or church.

This scouting program features many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Also find great youth discount rates to exciting family events.


Cub Scouting (ages 6-10)[]

Cub Scout Packs holds weekly indoor/outdoor adventure activities for youth in grades K-5. Join in fun city tours, community service projects, STEM projects, nature hikes and more. Choose from Boy Packs, Girl Packs or Family Packs meeting in your neighborhood.

  • See BeAScout.org to find Boy Packs, Girl Packs and/or Family Packs meeting in your neighborhood.
Pack # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Pack 702 Mission Family Dentistry Vista / Oceanside Boys Only LDS Legacy Scouting Unit
Pack 722 St Francis of Assisi Church Vista / Oceanside Boys Only Catholic Scouting Unit
Pack 751 Boys & Girls Club of Vista Vista / Oceanside Family Scouting
(Boys & Girls)
Pack Fee includes annual membership to Boys & Girls Club.
Pack 752 Oceanside Presbyterian Church Oceanside CA Boys Only Doing all kinds of fun activities like family camping, Pinewood Derby, day trips, overnight trips, and community service.
Pack 787 San Luis Rey Valley Methodist Church East Oceanside Family Scouting
(Boys & Girls)
Pack 787 is one of the oldest Cub Scout charters in San Diego County, carrying on a proud tradition for over 80 years!
Pack 789 Marine Memorial Chapel Camp Pendleton Boys Only Our Cub Scouts mainly attend Mary Fay Pendleton School of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Pack 790 USMC South Mesa Chapel Camp Pendleton Boys/ Girls Camp Pendleton Main Gate, Blinder Memorial Chapel. We are open to K-5 Boys and Girls

Scouts BSA (ages 11-17)[]

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Scouts BSA - Troops for Boys / Troops for Girls-
Weekly meetings / monthly outings / annual summer adventure trips. Scouting teaches important life and leadership skills for youth ages 11-17.

  • See BeAScout.org to find Scout Troops meeting in your neighborhood.
Troop # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Troop 700 Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 Vista / Oceanside Girl Troop First Scouts BSA Troop for Girls formed in North County
Troop 702 Mission Family Dentistry Vista / Oceanside Boy Troop LDS Legacy Scouting Unit
Troop 731 St Peter the Apostle Church Fallbrook CA Boy Troop Scout Troop strongly believes that the is no "Scouting" without "outing". We strive to go camping or backpacking at least once a month
Troop 739 Zion Lutheran Church Fallbrook CA Boy Troop Troop 739 Boy Scouts contribute to their community, develop friendships, have fun and learn skills they need to succeed in life.
Troop 752 Oceanside Presbyterian Church Oceanside CA Boy Troop Doing all kinds of fun activities like family camping, Pinewood Derby, day trips, overnight trips, and community service. Presbyterian Scouting Unit
Troop 789 Marine Memorial Chapel Camp Pendleton Boys Only Troop 789 has been providing outdoor adventure, leadership and life skills to young men at Camp Pendleton for over 17 years.
Troop 790 Camp Pendleton Camp Pendleton Boys Troop Traditional Scouting

Venturing BSA (ages 14-20)[]

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Venturing BSA hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and have a venturing theme.

  • See BeAScout.org to find Venturing Crews meeting in your neighborhood.


Crew # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Crew 709 United Methodist Church Vista Vista / San Marcos / Oceanside Co-ed Scouting Hi-Adventure - Check them out on YouTube

Sea Scouts BSA (ages 14-20)[]

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Sea Scouts hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Ship # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Ship 789 Santa Margarita Yacht Club Oceanside Harbor Co-ed Camp Del Mar Marina -
Ship 1542 Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 Oceanside Harbor Co-ed S.S.S. Polaris

BSA Council Scout Camps[]

This scouting program features many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Also find great youth discount rates to exciting family events.

Exploring (ages 14-20)[]

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Exploring (ages 14-20) hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Exploring leaders volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for young adults. The priority of Exploring is gaining practical experience in a career field.


Post # Program Location Status Notes
120 San Diego Aviation Explorer Post 120 Palomar Airport Co-ed For young adults ages 14 to 20 with an interest in aviation or seeking a career in aviation.
1600 Valley Center Fire Explorers Valley Center CA Co-ed Focuses on the actual expectations and educational goals for the fire service.
2200 Carlsbad Fire Explorer 2200 Carlsbad CA Co-ed Fire Exploring is a hands-on program available to young men and women between 15 and 20 years of age interested in learning  more about a career in the fire service.
2223 Escondido Fire Explorers Escondido CA Co-ed Explorer Post is a career-oriented youth program chartered through Learning for Life. Our Post has been active since 1981. Expose young people to the various aspects of the fire service while developing character, morals, values and a sense of responsibility.
2740 North County Fire Explorers Fallbrook CA Co-ed The North County Fire Explorer Post is a youth oriented program directed at helping young adults who have an interest in the fire service

Girls Scouts of USA[]

  • Girl Scouts San Diego - Girl Scouts prepares girls to empower themselves and promotes compassion, courage, confidence, character, leadership, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship through activities involving camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills. Girl Scouts' achievements are recognized with various special awards, including the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Girl Scout membership is organized according to grade, with activities designed for each level. GSUSA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and accepts girls of all backgrounds.

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Home School Clubs[]

Community homeschool clubs are a cooperative of families who homeschool their children. It provides an opportunity for children to learn from other parents who are more specialized in certain areas or subjects. Parents can also share best practices with each other. Co-ops also provide social interaction. They may take lessons together or go on field trips. Some co-ops also offer events such as prom and graduation and shakespeare clubs for homeschoolers.

Charter schools are built on the belief that kids come first. They keep red tape and bureaucracy out of public education and give passionate teachers the freedom to do what they do best: teach. That means that charter schools are launching bright futures and sending more kids to college, especially in communities where high-quality schools are needed most.

  • California Home School Network - Family home school expos in California.
  • California Charter Schools Association -
  • San Diego Homeschool - more listings
  • The Classical Academies have campuses in Escondido and Vista. Their third campus, Coastal Academy, is in Oceanside. The Classical Academies have programs for transitional kindergarten through 12th grade, with choices that combine classroom and home study. They strongly emphasize science and the arts.
  • Learning With Jenny - Learning with Jenny Tutor for Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Fairbanks Ranch, Fallbrook, La Costa, La Jolla, Oceanside, Poway, Ranch Santa Fe, San Diego, San Luis Rey, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Torrey Pines, Vista. Homeschooling, elementary school, middle school, high school, SAT, ACT, college preparation, special needs, CBEST, RICA, CSET -

Sports[]

Team Sports[]

Individual Sports[]

  • Roland Golf
  • Roland Tennis

Open Sporting Events[]

  • North County Run Club - Run North County a hub for runners, and is dedicated to promoting and supporting the local running and walking community in North County, San Diego.

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Arts & Culture[]

City Parks & Recreation[]

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Duty To God[]

BSA A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs.

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Local Religious Groups[]

Congregation Location Affiliation Notes
Carlsbad California Stake Oceanside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family and YSA congregations nearby. (See also Malachi's Challenge)
Vista California Stake Fallbrook The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family and YSA congregations nearby. (See also Malachi's Challenge)

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Local Family Attractions[]

Other Local Youth Programs[]

Social Media[]

List your favorite community social media channels here. (This is another opportunity for you share your youth group or to ask questions about other youth groups nearby.

Service Opportunities[]

Find more opportunities for family service projects in your community:

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