Welcome to Troop 4172

San Bruno’s Troop 4172 received its charter on February 1, 2019 and is one of the area's first Girls Troop in Scouts BSA (the program recently known as Boy Scouts)

We meet Thursday evenings, year-round at 7:00 P.M. Meetings last 90 minutes. During the school year we meet at John Muir School and during the summer months we meet at San Bruno City Park.

Troop 4172 places an emphasis on outdoor activities. We plan at least one weekend outdoor activity a month. Most months, those events include opportunities to camp outdoors. During the summer, we feature our weeklong high adventure trip. Our Troop also spends one week each year at summer camp at Wente Scout Reservation.

Follow the "About Us" link to the left to learn more about us.  If you are interested in joining the Troop, attending a Troop meeting or have questions about Scouting or our group, you can reach us throught the "Contact Us" link on the left side of this page.

Troop 4172 will be working alongside its partner unit Boys Troop 72. We will be sharing events, activies, leadership and fellowship. Troop 72 is an active unit with over four dozen active members. For more information about our partner Boys Troop, please visit www.troop72sb.org.

To see photos of our recent activities, come see our Facebook page: here.

Are you interested in Cub Scouts for boys and girls in 1st through 5th grade? Please visit our partner Pack's site at www.sanbrunopack290.org.

Our First Meeting

Posted on Feb 10 2019 - 12:22pm

Troop 4172 was Officially Chartered and held its first meeting on Friday evening, February 1, 2019!

Troop 4172 is Starting this Year and We're Looking for Founding Scouts!

Posted on Feb 10 2019 - 12:22pm

Troop 4172 is a new Girls Troop in Scouts BSA

Girls can now join Scouts BSA, go camping, earn merit badges and achieve Scouting's most-coveted award, the Eagle Scout Award.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a founding  member of a Scouts BSA Girls Troop ​on the first day that Girls can join.​​ Scouting activities include camping, hiking, rafting, first aid, knots, STEM, teamwork, and leadership. 

If this sounds like fun, we're having an Open House where you can learn about our Troop, hear about the Scouting program and meet our Leaders.  The Open House is on January 11th, 2019.  Then on February 1s​t​ join us for the first official meeting of San Bruno's first Scouts BSA Girls Troop.  If you are coming to the Open House, please RSVP at info@troop4172sb.org. Every girl that registers in the first month will get a Troop 4172 Founders T-shirt.  See our flyer here for more details. 

Our troop is located in San Bruno, CA and we welcome girls from anywhere in the region.  Eligible Girls must be at least 11 years old and not yet reached their 18th birthday. After the Welcome meeting, Troop 4172 will meet every Thursday at 7pm. Troop 4172 works in conjunction with Boys Troop 72 (founded in 1916).

Aside: Scouts BSA is a new name with a long history.  Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, soon after the creation of the Scouting movement in England in 1908.  As of February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America are renaming their youth program (for ages 11-18) to Scouts BSA.  The parent organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@troop4172sb.org.


Scouting is all about adventure.  Getting outdoors, swimming, kayaking, hiking and more.  You'll learn skills like first aid, lifesaving, knots, emergency preparedness, wilderness survival and study about citizenship in your community, nation and world.  Learn how to raise a flag, how to shoot a bow and arrow, how to use a knife and an axe and how to backpack in the wilderness.

Scouting doesn't stop there.  It also means learning leadership.  Just having skills is not enough.  Skills need to be shared and younger members need to be shown the same path as you were shown.  Learning to speak in public, to organize a trip and how to lead a group are all hard skills, but they brings a life time of rewards.

Scouting is also about service.  Service in one's community means collecting food for those that need it, building benches, gardens and structures for local schools and parks and it means doing a good turn daily (The Scout Slogan).  As scouts work on these projects, they learn how they are run and when it comes time to earn their Eagle Scout award, it becomes their turn to lead a project for their community.


Scouts BSA has seven ranks, starting with Scout and Tenderfoot and culminating with the Eagle Scout award.  The first half focus on basic scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.  In the second half (Star, Life and Eagle), the focus changes to developing leadership and, through the merit badges, getting a chance to explore possible vocations and avocations.  The Eagle Scout Award requires completing 21 merit badges, serving in troop leadership roles and performing a significant service project in the community. 

The Eagle Award has, over the past century, become a highly respected commendation.  Colleges and University routinely recognize college applications for having completed it, as it signifies "committment and perserverance."  

Troop 172 may be new, but our partner, Troop 72, has over a century of experience with outdoor adventure. Most of our leaders share positions in both troops, so we can leverage the deep experience and leadership already in place.  Every month we plan an outing of some kind: backpacking and camping (even snow camping in the winter), camporees to learn skills, and merit badges programs as well.  During the summer we go to a Scout Summer Camp, such as Camp Wente where we spend a week in tents, work on merit badges and learn swimming, sailing, rock climbing and wilderness survival, to name a few.  We also plan High Adventure trips (for ages 14 and up) to the major BSA High Adventure Camps, such as Philmont, Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier and The Summit.  We also attend the US National Jamboree (every 4 years) and World Scout Jamboree (every four years).

Merit Badges are a way to learn a skill and get recognition for it too.  Each one covers a single topic and challenges you to find out something or do something new.  You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 135 merit badges covering a huge range of topics.  


The Boy Scouts of America is a member of the World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM), an international group of scouting organizations from 169 countries.  Every four years, they organize a World Scout Jamboree where scouts from around the world get together for 12 days to make new friends and celebrate Scouting. 

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be in West Virginia, USA at The Bechtel Summit, a 14,000 acre reserve built for large scouting and training events.  It has white water rafting, rock climbing, scuba-diving, ropes courses, kayaking, BMX biking, a 3,000 foot zip line etc. The World Scout Jamboree is an amazing experience (see images to the left and below from 2015 in Japan).  We already have San Bruno scouts that are signed up to attend.  To learn more ask us or see the website.

The World Scouting movement has had girl members for decades, with 14 million girls in 150+ countries currently in the scouting movement.  

To learn more about Scouts BSA, see this page.  




Photos of Scouting...

 Summer camp at Camp Winton  Camp games: How many scouts on a stump!  Sleeping in a hammock Learning to fish in a mountain lake 
 Learning Small Boat Sailing at Camp Wente Learning how *not* to sail  Learning teamwork...or not  Proper paddling technique in a canoe 
 Learning to tie knots Which one goes over which??  A day hike to find an old airplane engine...  ...and we found it.
 Teamwork moving out of Camp Tamarancho  We like bugs!  Sunrise on Lake Winton  Learning to cook eggs.  It can't be that hard.
 Is this really how one starts a camp stove?!?  Backpacking in the mountains  Day 1 of a 12 day backpack at Philmont! Skits at the evening campfire
 Learning pioneering and knotwork  Its not that cold...I have something hot to drink  A little music is always nice  A service project building a new ampitheater
 Ziplining: I'm reallying going down there!?!  STEM: learning chemical reactions  STEM: a dry-ice cannon  Canoeing...or how not to
 Hiking in the mountains Scouts are supposed to be clean Doing the One Mile Swim at sunrise   Local Troop at the World Jamboree in Japan

Japanese and Egyption scouts sign each others country flags at the 2015 World Jamboree

Scouts of various countries eating noodles at the Jamboree in Japan Japanese scouts at International Food day German scouts at International Food day



New activity: Hike to Coit Tower

Posted on Jan 6 2019 - 10:25am

Just added a new calendar activity for the Hike to Coit Tower.


Registration is now open.


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