At Wednesday’s City of Escondido council meeting Dr. Roy “Pat” Archer was honored for over four decades of service as Scoutmaster to Troop 649, upon the occasion of his retirement.
Dr. Archer, who was also for many years a political science instructor at Palomar Community College, because the first Scoutmaster to Troop 649 in 1977. Under his leadership, 205 Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in the Boy Scouts of America, a distinction earned by less than 5% of Scouts in the program.
The award noted that “Dr. Archer has taken great pride in teaching the young men in our community life skills, leadership, tolerance, responsibility, hard work, and community and civic service.”
The proclamation, read by Mayor Paul McNamara, proclaimed Thursday, December 19, 2019 as “DR. PAT ARCHER DAY” in the City of Escondido.
Dr. Archer spoke briefly, urging all parents to “give Scouting a try,” as a way of pointing the youth toward the right path.
December has been a month of honoring Dr. Archer, who the week before led the Jaycees’ Christmas parade as grand marshal.