Troop 709
1985 to the Present
BSA Troop 709 was formed in September 1985 by Scoutmaster Bill Marsden. The troop began with six boys — graduates of Cub Scout Pack 709. By the end of the first three months, it had grown to 12 Scouts. Troop 709 was first sponsored by the PTA’s of Casita and Grapevine Elementary Schools. In 1988, the sponsor was changed to the Vista United Methodist Men. Currently, the sponsoring organization is the United Methodist Church of Vista.

In October 1989, Troop 709 gained its second Scoutmaster in Art Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter was Scoutmaster until December 2005. The troop’s third Scoutmaster was Dave Hendron beginning in January 2006. Our fourth Scoutmaster, Lance Fisher, took over in January 2009. Jim Eighmey assumed the helm as the troop’s fifth Scoutmaster in February 2012.

Troop 709 has continued to build traditions and has gained a reputation as one of the highest quality troops in San Diego North County. Troop 709 has been a Quality Unit every year of its existence and is one of the largest troops in the Tri-City area with over 50 boys and 20 adult leaders. Troop 709 is a troop that follows and believes in the Boy Scout program for youth. It belongs to the boys, is run by the boys, and it represents the excellence of the youth of America and our community.

Troop 709 expects from each Scout: A belief in the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law, a Positive Attitude, a Willingness to Serve others, Advancement along the Trail to Eagle, and a Desire to Continue the Excellence of Troop 709.

Troop 709 has a history of excellence in leadership. Scoutmaster Art Carpenter was the San Diego-Imperial Council Scoutmaster of the Year for 2006. In 2008, Scoutmaster Dave Hendron was also recognized as the Scoutmaster of the Year. Troop 709 is the only troop in the San Diego – Imperial Council to be recognized with this honor twice!

Troop 709 has had 60 Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Please visit the Flight of Eagles tab above to see the names, dates, and Palms earned.

Troop 709 celebrated its 25th anniversary in January 2010. Here’s looking at the next 25!