La Jolla Boy Scouts tour North Island Helicopter Base in Coronado

La Jolla Boy Scouts from Troop 4 were treated to a tour of Naval Base Coronado’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eights’ “Ready Room” and MH-60 Sierra helicopters in January 2015.

The boys were given a tour and presentation by HSC-8 Commanding Officer Will Shipp. The Squadron provides vertical lift multi-mission operational support for Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) and the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

“Getting inside of a real helicopter was the coolest part of the tour,” one Scout said. It gave the boys an opportunity to see a military helicopter up close and learn about some of the missions HSC-8 regularly performs.

This is just one of the many experiences the Scouts are offered. Along with hiking and camping trips, the boys learn leadership skills through various activities to last a lifetime.

Troop 4 La Jolla was established in 1912 and is the oldest troop west of the Mississippi.

Boys, ages 11 or older, who are interested in learning more about the troop are invited to an Open House at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave., La Jolla, where the troop holds its meetings. For more details, visit