Boy Scouts of America, Troop 683
Gardena, California

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Troop 683 Photo Album
Photos of outings and activities.

Troop Information
Calendar, Meeting Minutes, etc.  This section is password protected for exclusive use by Troop 683 scouts and parents.

Boy Scout Troop Forms
Some of the common forms in use by the troop, including medical forms, applications and patrol forms.

Scouting Resources
Links to LA Council, Pacifica District, Misc. Scouting resources, Religious award resources, etc................ 
Merit Badge Information is also available on this page.

Boy Scout Mission Statement

Boy Scout Statistics
Some interesting statistics on Scouting and Leadership.

Evening Optimist Club of Gardena is the official sponsoring organization for Troop 683.


 Troop 683
Troop 683 at 2011 Invitational Field Day


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Troop 683 at Ryan and Brett's Eagle Court of Honor, March 2010


 Troop 683 2007
Troop 683 at JCI 10/2007


 Troop 683 at 2005 IFD
Troop 683 IFD 09/2005


Troop 683 at Russel's Eagle COH, August 2013 


Have you ever wondered what Scouting is all about?

Sure, Scouts do a lot of camping and earn merit badges, but the real work of Scouting is helping parents build strong, self-reliant young men who are good members of their families, communities, and nation. Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys age 11 - 17. Boys who are 10 may join if they have received the Arrow of Light Award or have finished the fifth grade.

ScOuting is Outing!

Scouts learn skills in Troop meetings and then put those skills into practice during Troop outings and campouts.  Boys participate in outings and campouts throughout the year.  Camping trips vary.  We may go camping in the snow one month and go camping in the desert the following month.  Some of the campouts are "car camping" trips and others are backpacking trips where the boys hike to a campsite with all of their equipment and food in their backpacks.  The boys also have the opportunity to go to summer camp for a week or more during the school break. As Scouts gain experience and skills, they may participate in High Adventure programs such as long term backpacking trips, rock climbing, mountain peaking, whitewater rafting, or whatever the boys decide is interesting and achievable.

But it's not all fun and games.  Our boys also participate in various community service projects throughout the year.   The boys participate in an annual food drive and help out in various projects at the JCI.  Our goal is to teach the boys that in order to live in a great society, we must all learn to contribute to the community that we live in.  It is never too early to learn how important community service is.

Boy Scout Troops practice the Patrol Method.  The boys are grouped into patrols of 4 to 8 boys.  They work together in these groups in meetings, outings and other activities.  Ideally, the troop is boy-led with guidance from the Scoutmaster and his Assistants. The Patrol Method allows the boys to practice on a small scale the citizenship skills they need for their future adult roles in the community.

Boy Scout Troop 683 meets on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM at the Gardena JCI.

 The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute sponsors many youth programs
throughout the year. This document outlines some of them.
JCI Programs for Youth and Adults
For more information on JCI Programs call (310) 324-6611



Boy Scout Troop 683 is Sponsored by the Evening Optimist Club of Gardena.

Gardena Evening Optomist




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