Photo By: Courtesy of Veronica Lentfer
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson was president, the Beatles invaded America – and a group of boys and dads founded Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 75.
Nearly 50 years later, much has changed, but Scout values haven’t.
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous,” recited John Lentfer, a member of Troop 75.
Lentfer and his mother, Veronica, a parent volunteer for the troop, believe that the values the boys learn last a lifetime and make Boy Scouts special.
Troop 75 marks its 50th anniversary in 2013. The Scouts are inviting Troop 75 alumni to contact them so that current and former members can celebrate together.
Veronica said the troop aims “to get the word out to people who were former scoutmasters, parents and Scouts from … over the last 50 years. We’d like to get everyone together and talk about (Boy Scouting) … and have fun.”
Troop 75, part of the Pacific Skyline Council of Boy Scouts of America, currently comprises 35 boys. The troop is self-governed by a council of youth patrol leaders who plan events and activities. Lentfer noted that with every Scout having a voice, the experience is more enjoyable for everyone.
“We really try and make it fun,” said Scoutmaster Joe Cammarata. “They learn quicker and better.”
Every summer, troop members attend camp at Oljato in Fresno County, where they exercise their wilderness skills. Scouts 14 and older may choose to participate in High Adventure trips – grueling hikes of 50 miles or more with the Scouts toting their own equipment.
The boys organize campouts nearly every month and participate in multiple community service projects, including clothing and canned-food drives.
Lentfer said Los Altos residents have been generous with their donations for the canned-food drive, and the troop appreciates their contributions.
Troop 75 is small compared with other troops, which can number 100 or more, Cammarata said. He considers that an advantage because members are able to receive more individual attention. It seems to pay off in the long term as well – Cammarata estimated that 10-12 Troop 75 members would attain their Eagle Scout ranks over the next two years.
In addition to reconnecting with previous troop members, the current Scouts hope to recruit new ones. Meetings are scheduled 6:45-8 p.m. Mondays in Room 1 at Grant Park, 1570 Holt Ave. in Los Altos. Boys and their parents are welcome to attend the meetings.
For membership details and more information, visit troop75losaltos.scoutlander.com.