Welcome to Troop 72 and 4172

San Bruno’s Troop 72 received its first charter from the Boy Scout of America in May 1917. We are one of the longest running Scout units in the Bay Area and have been in continuous service since 1922. On February 1, 2019, the first day such a unit could be formed, we founded our partner Girls Troop 4172. The South San Francisco Elks Lodge has been our chartering organization since the early 1960’s. We regularly provide service in support of their efforts in the community.

Troop 72 celebrated 100 years of Scouting in November 2019 

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. Our Troops place an emphasis on high adventure. We plan at least one weekend outdoor activity a month. Most months, those events include opportunities to camp outdoors. Our Troop spends one week each year at summer camp. We have attended Wente for the past several years. During the summer, we feature our weeklong high adventure trip, such as backpacking in the Sierras. Our members are from San Bruno and the surrounding communities. 

If you are a boy or girl between 11 and 17 and interested in joining Scouts, you can reach us through the "Contact Us" link on the left side of this page. Follow the "About Us" link to the left to learn more about us. 

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.

Current Announcements

Posted on Jan 22 2021 - 7:51am
  • All Scouts should track their physical activity this week and bring that information to the next Troop meeting.
  • Scouts who have not finished Tenderfoot (including Ana, Cashton, Charlie, Dylan, Matthew and Terrence) should complete their Tenderfoot fitness exercises and record their results on page 441 of their Scout handbook. Please e-mail Mr. Eschen photo of the page from your handbook where you have recorded those requirements by Wednesday evening.
  • Scouts who need to complete merit badges should plan on meeting with their merit badge counselors during Troop meetings in February. If you would like to go over completed requirements, please e-mail your counselor and Mr. Eschen by Tuesday evening to let them know if you plans. Any adult leader, except Mr. Eschen, should be available to work with you  most Troop meetings.
  • Scouts who signed-up for the merit badge midway should be receiving an e-mail from the organizer with the blank digital blue card in it. Please complete the blue card and e-mail it to Mark or Kevin for signature.
  • Reminder: summer camp is scheduled for the week of June 20. Please mark your calendars.

Scouting for Food 2020

Posted on Dec 18 2020 - 9:58am

We would like to thank all of the Troop 72, 4172 and Pack 290 Scouts, families and Leaders who made our December 12th, 2020, food drive such a huge success this year!  The charity that was the recipient of all of the food donations collected by Scouts, The Catholic Worker Hospitality House (CWHH) in San Bruno and their Director posted the following heartfelt message of appreciation on their Facebook page.


Troop 72/4172 High Adventure Schedule

Posted on Nov 13 2020 - 8:16pm

Planning is underway for a Philmont trip in 2022. Look for more information from Kevin soon. The *tentative* high adventure schedule for Troops 72/4172 is shown below. There are several moving parts to this schedule which will lead to changes, but this reflects our leader's current thinking.

2021 - Florida Sea Base (trip is now full)
2022 - Philmont Scout Ranch *
2023 - Northern Tier **
2024 - Florida Sea Base
2025 - National Jamboree

* The status of the rescheduled 2021 National Jamboree remains TBD. There may also be a backpacking trek to Bechtal Scout Reservation in 2022 if the National Jamboree does not happen.
** The World Jamboree is also taking place in Korea in 2023.

Astronomy and Directions without a Compass

Posted on Nov 13 2020 - 8:16pm

Here are the links from Thursday's Troop meeting:

100 Years of Scouting

Posted on Nov 4 2019 - 9:28pm

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Troop 72's Centennial!

Troop 72 and 4172 Traveling This Summer

Posted on Jul 29 2019 - 7:05pm

We have a crew of 10 Scouts and 4 leaders at Northern Tier and 3 Scouts and a leader at the 2019 World Jamboree. Safe travels everyone!

BSA Troops 72 & 4172