Troop 508 Basics

Welcome to Troop 508

Troop 508 is located in Saratoga, California. We are in the Polaris District of the Santa Clara County Council of BSA.

We are a Scout-run troop of approximately 75 scouts ranging from 11 to 17 years of age. Our focus is to have fun and live by the Scout Oath and Law. We encourage all Scouts to achieve First Class rank and offer strong support to those who want to pursue rank advancement to Eagle.



"Scouting" is three-quarters "outing"! Each month we have at least one outing including short backpacking trips, desert camping, snow camping, summer camp, community service projects, and many other fun activities. Our troop provides opportunities for our scouts to acquire practical skills, practice leadership skills, experience camping, and perform service projects.  Typical trips are weekend camping or backpacking at Point Reyes, Yosemite, and the local state and county parks.  We also attend the Boy Scout summer camps such as Camp Hi Sierra, Camp Wente, and Camp Cherry Valley. The older scouts have the opportunity to attend the Boy Scout High Adventure camps at Philmont, Northern Tier, and Seabase.  Our most popular activity has been teaching our scouts survival skills at our Wilderness Survival camp.  

In recent years our scouts have performed service projects to help our community including food harvesting and collections along with projects for the local schools, preschools, churches, and community service organizations.

Please check out our website to see some of our other planned activities and pictures from past events. Click an item in the menu and browse.


If you are interested in joining our troop just come to one of our meetings as a guest -  no appointment is needed and of course feel free to contact us via email at scoutmaster@troop508.org, or scoutmaster1@troop508.org, if you have any additional questions.


Troop 508 was founded in Saratoga by our founding Scoutmaster Dr. R. Maurice Tripp, a member of the National Council of the BSA and a leader in the "White Stag Youth Leadership Development" program.

We received a mention in the Saratoga News, August 7, 2015.


Additional Facts

Meeting Location:

Saratoga Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall

20455 Herriman Avenue

Saratoga, CA 95070

Meeting Times:

Troop – 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Patrols - 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Patrol Leaders Council – 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Parent Committee – 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Troop Web Page:


Main Email Address


Current Adult Staff:

Troop Committee Chair:  Elliott Shem

Scoutmaster: Roy Lagemann

Scoutmasters Emeritus: Chris Contag

Mehran Aminzadeh - ASM

Brad Buell - ASM

Chris Byron - ASM

Dianne France - ASM

Nitin Garg - ASM

Bob Malley - ASM

Sandeep Pandya - ASM

Maneesh Rai - ASM

Janet Shaw - ASM

Robert Wise - ASM


Terry Bohlen - District Commissioner

Advancement Chair:  Walter Tsai

Membership Chair:  Mary Morgan

Webmaster:  Anuj Khandelwal and Mark Leather