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Dr. Roy “Pat” Archer honored for 40 years as Scoutmaster

Dr. Roy “Pat” Archer (left) speaking at Wednesday’s Escondido city council meeting, with Mayor Paul McNamara looking on.

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. 

An honor guard of Scout Troop 649 brought the U.S. flag to the center of the city council chambers for the Pledge of Allegiance.

8 responses to “Dr. Roy “Pat” Archer honored for 40 years as Scoutmaster”

  1. David says:

    My congratulations to Pat Archer. Both of my sons, Tim and Greg were in Pat’s Troup 649. I have fond memories of many hikes, camping trips, and t troop meetings.

  2. David Ragland says:

    I Both of my sons were in Pat’s 649 Troup in Escondido. I have fond memories of many camping trips and hikes as well as the troop. meetings. He was a very positive leader, I wish Pat the very best.

  3. Dr. William R Jungman says:

    Great article…thanks.
    Paragraph 2, second line: Became Scoutmaster in 1977.

  4. Mike Hoggatt says:

    It’s wonderful to see Pat recognized for his service to the youth of Escondido via his tremendous leadership. My two sons, Cory and Kyle and I spent several years in 649 and have nothing but great memories of our many hikes and Colorado river trips. They’re now in their 40’s and we still talk about those
    Times. Thanks so much for those memories Pat and the positive leadership and guidance that Troop 649 brought to my boys.

  5. Pete Cypher says:

    I am honored to have been able to see Dr. Archer at work with the scouts.
    I can only hope that I can provide the same dedication and service to the troop that he had done so for many years.

  6. Wayne Hagen says:

    Mr. Archer was a great leader and role model. I am proud to be one of his Eagle Scouts. I got my Eagle Scout in 2000.

  7. dan hagen says:

    me and my boy wayne hagen enjoyed many a great camp out in the backcountry. with pat archers troop my boy is now having a great teaching career in indonesia. his leadership can be attributed to his experience in scouts

  8. corky stephens says:

    Dr. (Pat) Archer was my Scoutmaster in 1977 in troop 649… I think we met at Glen View Elementary… He ran for Congress (I think – I was a kid & politics was less important than girls)…

    He is a great Scoutmaster; he always let the Scouts create their own activities… We planned campouts not the adults…

    All the best,

    corky, Eagle Scout 1980

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