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

Oceanside is a coastal city on California's South Coast. It is the third-largest city in San Diego County, California. The city had a population of 167,086 at the 2010 census. Together with Carlsbad and Vista, it forms a tri-city area. Oceanside is just south of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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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, nature hikes, STEM projects and more.

  • 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 708 Oceanside Salvation Army South Oceanside Boys / Girls
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

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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.
Pack # 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 708 Salvation Army
Oceanside Corps
South Oceanside Boy Troop include young men from Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad.
Troop 709 United Methodist Church Vista Vista / Oceanside / San Marcos Boy Troop With 60 scouts and this is one of the largest troops in North County.
Troop 722 St Francis of Assisi Church Vista / Oceanside Boy Troop Catholic Scouting
Troop 745 St. Michael's Church by the Sea Carlsbad / Vista / Oceanside meet at the Scout House in Carlsbad's Holiday Park.
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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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
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

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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 for San Diego
  • 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.
  • San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools -Directly supervising your child’s learning can be a positive family experience. Parents who choose homeschooling enjoy spending quality time with their children. San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools offers a free TK-12 Public Charter Homeschool Program in Oceanside and Chula Vista.
  • Pacific View Charter Schools is in Oceanside and they offer homeschool options for kindergarten through 8th grade. The school emphasizes a personalized learning model and creates individual education plans that fit each student. Pacific View has several online classes and a small workshop-based program for students in 9th-12th grade.
  • 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 -
  • Springs Charter School Besides educational guidance and supervision, they offer workshops two days a week in subjects like Musical Theater, STEM, Drawing Fundamentals, and more. For those who need education now, we have a Free Public Open Classroom available for all children grades K-8, and resources available for high school students.

Sports Programs[]

Team Sports[]

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Individual Sports[]

  • Dennis Tennis - conduct junior and adult classes at various locations throughout North County San Diego, including Altamira 4 Tennis Club (Carlsbad).
  • So Cal Surf Lessons - offers year round surf lessons in Carlsbad, CA and surf camps June-Aug. We teach men and women of all ages, the art and sport of surfing using safety minded techniques that are proven to work.
  • Surf In Fire - Billabong Surf Camps is North County's Premiere Surf School Destination. Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas.

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Open Sports Events[]

  • O'Side Turkey Trot = Traditional 5K Run early Thanksgiving Morning in downtown Oceanside. Flat & easy course. North County's Favorite Thanksgiving Day Tradition. Attracts visitors from 46 states and 460 cities.
  • 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[]

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 Landmarks[]

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside California.

  • Mission San Luis Rey - founded by padre Fermín Lasuén on June 12, 1798, the eighteenth of the twenty-one Spanish missions built in the Alta California Province of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. It is a National Historic Landmark, for its pristine example of a Spanish mission church complex. Today the mission complex functions as a parish church of the Diocese of San Diego as well as a museum and retreat center.
  • Prince of Peace Abbey - a Benedictine Monastery situated on a mesa overlooking the San Luis Rey River Valley and the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1958 by monks of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in Indiana. The facility serves as a retreat house and gardens for those seeking spiritual renewal. popular feature open to the public is the Prayer Walk (outdoor stations of the cross). Please remember to keep all conversation to a whisper.
  • Rosicrucian Fellowship - "An International Association of Christian Mystics" was founded in 1909 by Max Heindel with the aim of heralding the Aquarian Age and promulgating "the true Philosophy" of the Rosicrucians. Its headquarters are located on Mount Ecclesia in Oceanside, California, and its students are found throughout the world organized in centers and study groups.

Local Family Attractions[]

  1. Tour Lake Guajome - Some 4.5 miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails meander through diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands and mixed grasslands. Two ponds attract a migratory birds and serve as home to a variety of fish that will test the skills of any angler. Guajome also has two day-use areas with new playgrounds, a basketball court, restrooms and lots of green lawn space make this park ideal for picnicking – along with 33 tent and RV campsites, a caravan pavilion and a rustic cabin for those wishing to extend their stay overnight.
  2. Tour Oceanside Harbor - Oceanside is home to a harbor which contains a lighthouse, several shops and restaurants, the Oceanside Sign, and hundreds of boats and a big long beach with camping. Popular destination for fishing, ocean sailing, aquatic sports and more.
  3. Tour Oceanside Beaches - North county waterfront destination. Home to iconic pier and amphitheater.

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  • See Also : San Diego County, California Family Attractions
  • The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum = living-history museum founded in 1969 located on 55 acres of county-owned land on the outskirts of Vista, California. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity.
  • Rancho Guajome Adobe = historic 19th-century hacienda in Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park. Built in 1852-53, it is a well-preserved but late example of Spanish-Mexican colonial architecture, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
  • Boomers Vista - Boomers offers Vista's best family-friendly fun, featuring an awesome arcade, exciting go kart racing, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, kiddie rides, laser tag, and bumper boats!  
  • Wave Waterpark (Summers only) - North county's only waterpark features 4 giant waterslides, lazy river, tube flow surf rider, competition/lap swimming pool and swimming lessons.
  • Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center - Located on the shore of Buena Vista Lagoon. The center offers programs that help foster a knowledge and appreciation for the plants and animals that make up the natural ecosystem of our community.
  • Lake Calaveras Nature Reserve - The city’s Lake Calavera Trail Guide notes that the access roads through California Department of Fish and Wildlife land allows only for pedestrian use. No other pedestrian trails are authorized on the reserve property.
  • Boomers Vista - Boomers offers Vista's best family-friendly fun, featuring an awesome arcade, exciting go kart racing, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, kiddie rides, laser tag, and bumper boats!  

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Other Local Youth Programs[]

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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.

Oceansize Zone Referrals[]

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