by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Dedicated to the Boy Scout Oath: What do you get when you cross a Scoutmaster, a children’s ministry teacher, and a marching band tournament organizer? You get Gregory Chappelle, volunteer extraordinaire! When most volunteers only give themselves to one activity, Gregory is spending his time with three. Gregory has lived in the Torrey Highlands community of Rancho Peñasquitos for the past eleven years. On top of his work at General Atomics, he is the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 667, a children’s ministry teacher, greeter and usher at GC2 (his community church), and he volunteers with the Westview Gold Music Band parents to help put on the Westview Marching Band Tournament.

Duty to Other People: Gregory became involved with Boy Scouts nine years ago when his oldest son Eric wanted him as Den Leader. Since then, he has willingly donated his time in Scouts for both sons, Lucas and Eric, and enjoyed every minute of it. “My role as a Scoutmaster,” said Gregory,” is to contribute to the development of these young boys in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.” He does this by planning and executing many activities involving the practice of outdoor and leadership skills and doing community service.

Duty to God and Country: “As a young 14 year old Scout backpacking in nationally designated wildernesses,” shared Gregory, “I found that the dynamic beauty and difficulty of getting there built my self-confidence and pride in a huge way.” He celebrates this love of the outdoors with his whole family, frequenting places like Black Mountain, McGonigle and Deer Canyons, and when he hears his Scouts speak of the beauty of the wilderness they’ve experienced, “that is a huge accomplishment to me.” Preparing for Troop 667’s 25th Anniversary can help men revisit the fun they had together as Scouts. Also to come is the March Scouting for Food Celebration and the opening flag ceremony to support the recycling program for the Fiesta Los Peñasquitos in May.

Duty to Self: The fact that Gregory grew up in a family of outdoor lovers is a surprise to no one. It IS a surprise to many, however, that he was born in northern Spain—he’s an immigrant and naturalized citizen. As a matter of fact, all of his sisters and brother were born in different countries!

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Name: Dr. Gregory Chapelle
Age: 51
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos, Torrey Highlands
Occupation: Electronics Engineer with General Atomics
Family: Wife Sonja, Sons; Eric (16), Lucas (14)

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Name of Groups: Boy Scout Troop 667, GC2 Church, Westview Gold Band DadsBoy Scout Troop 667, GC2 Church, Westview Gold Band Dads

Contact Information: www.troop667.info, 858-484-2580 | www.gc2church.org, 858-412-0422 | www.westviewgold.org

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