by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Scout’s Honor 

One year ago, John Marsden fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 667. “I am an Eagle Scout and had been out of scouting for 30 years. I always wanted to get back involved, and now I have the time to do that. I love being a Scoutmaster and being involved in scouting. I am just grateful that I have the time and money to give back. Life is all about giving back,” shared John. While he enjoys all aspects of his role as Scoutmaster, it is his mentorship duties that he finds most rewarding.

Sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Troop 667 was established in 1988 and is a part of the Black Mountain District and the San Diego Imperial Council. The troop is open to boys between 11 and 18 years of age, and no church affiliation is required. The 25 scouts who make up Troop 667 are truly leaders within the organization as they decide which activities, trips, and service projects they will participate in each month.

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According to John, the troop holds fundraisers throughout the year and is always looking for volunteers to help with camping trips and other activities. He encourages all those interested in volunteering with Troop 667 to visit John also hopes that Rancho Peñasquitos residents take a moment to think about how they can help the local community if they are not already doing so. “We have an obligation to raise good young men and women. It really does take a village,” stated John.
When John is not volunteering for Troop 667, he enjoys hiking at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, playing various sports, and backpacking. John, a health and safety training professional and Jacqueline, his wife of 25 years, have lived in Park Village since 1995. Of their love for PQ, John explained, “We love the central location, the peaceful community, the mild climate, and the evening breeze from the ocean up the canyon.”

Name: John Marsden
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Volunteer Affiliation: Boy Scout Troop 667
Family: Wife – Jacqueline
Hobbies & Interests: Hiking, sports, and backpacking
Favorite Spots in 92129: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
and Golden Spoon

Group: Boy Scout Troop 667
Mission: To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.