The Encinitas Boy Scouts Troop 776 recently celebrated with their families and fellow scouts at their Court of Honor, where scouts were recognized for their accomplishments. Scouts earned various honors such as merit badges and rank advancement. Scouts earn merit badges by satisfying specified criteria. Rank advancements are earned when a scout demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the scouting ideals and program. On the important of this event, troop treasurer and father Mark Micallef explained, “The scouts were very excited as they got positive recognition from their peers, senior scouts, and scoutmaster.”

Troop 776 is an entirely scout-run troop. Scouts choose and plan their activities, run their own troop meetings, and train younger scouts in leadership skills. The troop has contributed to the community of Encinitas by resupplying St. John’s Food Pantry through a food drive, working on animal run upgrades at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and manning water stations for the Encinitas Turkey Trot. For more information on Troop 776 visit www.bsatroop776.org.