Frequently Asked Questions


Who do I contact with questions? 

Scoutmaster: Ned Farnkopf
Committee Chair: Edward Miller

Advancement Chair: Beth Bailey-Gates
Registrar/Med Forms: Alison Snow 
Treasurer: Tom Tuhtan

Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator: Denise Miller

Marin Council (Trading Post): 415-454-1081


How can I learn more about Troop 59?

Please use this link to review Troop 59’s New Scout and Parent Handbook. It contains general boy scouting information and guidance as well as specific Troop 59 information.


When and where do the scouts hold meetings? 

Troop meetings are Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Masonic Lodge in Larkspur, CA.  The first Wednesday of each month is devoted to Advancement for scouts.


How does the troop decide activities and events?

The Scouts plan all outings and meetings through the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). 


How is the Troop organized?

Troop 59's Scout leaders hold an annual planning meeting to vote on outings that are added to the Troop calendar. The scouts themselves then plan the details for each outing with a Scout in Charge who is responsible for the event and oversees all the details. Patrol Leaders work with the scouts in their patrol to plan their participation in each event, too.


What is the PLC? 

The PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) consists of the SPL (Senior Patrol Leader), ASPLs (Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders), Patrol Leaders and Troop Guides. The PLC meets briefly after each Troop meeting to assess the meeting and confirm plans for the next meeting. The scouts comprising the PLC hold a longer monthly planning meeting to plan the next month's troop meetings and campouts.


Can I visit Troop 59? 

Yes! Any boys and parent or den leader can visit Troop 59’s meetings. All we ask is that you contact the Scoutmaster to verify the troop schedule as the troop sometimes meets at alternative locations. 


Are uniforms required? 

Yes, uniforms are one of the methods of scouting. Scouts wear field (aka Class A) uniforms to all troop meetings and when traveling. Scouts wear activity (aka Class B) uniforms for informal events, including the monthly Advancement night meetings. 


How often does the troop go on camping trips? 

Troop 59 scouts go on monthly activities that include camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, plus much, much, more! Troop 59 is an active participant in numerous Council and community service events. 


What are some of Troop 59’s recent outings? 
  • Clear Lake weekend campout for new scouts

  • Stanislaus River backpacking and fishing trip

  • Point Reyes backpacking—3 nights 

  • Tomales Bay canoe trip, beach campout 

  • Ziplining in Sonoma County 

  • Search and Rescue weekend campout

  • Winter Ski Trip—Marin Sierra Lodge

  • Snow Camping—Klondike campout and competition

  • Angel Island winter backpacking and campout

  • Spelunking campout California Caverns

  • Patrol competition troop campout (Siege of Mafeking) 

  • Mount Diablo backpacking

  • Ten mile hikes—Marin Headlands, Presidio, Mount Burdell 

  • Trampoline Dodgeball (House of Air)

  • Nuclear Science merit badge day at Lawrence Berkeley Lab 

  • Trinity Alps 54 mile backpacking

  • Philmont backpacking trek, New Mexico—12 days/85 miles