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Troop 531 History


Our Troop has accomplished many things, and we continue to become stronger as we learn and grow. Take a look at some of the major events in our past below.

Monday, October 7, 2019:
First Meeting

At the Delfin-Lara's home.   

Attending: Scouts: Matt Siebert; Kaden Rankin; Caleb C.; Caydon C.; Wyatt D.-L.; Scoutmaster Jess Rankin; Committee Chair Isael “Coco” Delfin-Lara; ASM Dave Siebert; ASM Justin Crowder; Mr Cowell

October 18-20, 2019: First Troop Camping Trip

At Powell Springs Campground in Dewey, AZ with Pack 531 Arrow of Light and Webelos I.

Monday, October 21, 2019: First Troop Meeting at Ridgeline Academy
Monday, November 4, 2019: First New Recruit, Jack F., Attended Troop Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2019: Official Charter Date
Saturday, December 7, 2019:
Pack 531 Crossover

At Anthem Veterans Memorial – first Crossover Scouts to Troop 531 including: Blake R., Trevor L., Ian C., Isaiah N., Brecken M., Max O., James F. and Matt H.

January 2020:
First Patrols established - Tank Patrol and Skull Patrol
February 9, 2020: First Troop 531 Scout Sunday
Monday, March 23, 2020: First Online Troop Meeting due to Covid-19 concerns
April 3-4, 2020:
First One-night Virtual Campout

Scouts logged in and setup tents in their backyards or inside their home and cooked online while on camera; Lights out (logoff) at 9:30pm and Wake-up and cook breakfast (login) at 7:00am

May 1-3, 2020: Second One-night Virtual Campout

Scout Games!: Kahoot and Astronomy Scavenger Hunt; Fireside Chat, logged in on Saturday to participate in BSA’s National Camp-In, Troop 531 members submitted recorded skits for virtual campfire (Jack and Dean stole the show.)

May 16, 2020: First Totin’ Chip Training at Pioneer Living History Museum – in person
June 26-28, 2020: Kayaking camping trip at Blue Ridge Reservoir (but actually Lake Mary)

We went to Lake Mary because Blue Ridge limited the number of people who could be on the lake due to Covid-19 concerns

June 29, 2020: First Court of Honor at Rose Garden Chapel; Blake R. was Master of Ceremonies
December 29, 2020: Pack 531 Crossover and first-ever Legends Ceremony
March 22, 2021: Troop 531 First Elections for SPL
June 2021: Troop 531 attends Camp Geronimo for the first time

 We earned the Big “G’ Gold award; Scouts evacuated on Friday evening due to the Backbone Fire (ashes were dropping fromthe sky in camp and Scouts got a real live emergency preparedness experience!)

October 1-3, 2021: Troop 531 staffs and helps operate first-ever R-BOO-C at R-C Scout Ranch
January 14-17, 2022: San Diego Sailing Weekend


Troop 531 has been honored several times over the years. Here are some of our Troop Awards.


2020: Troop of the Year, Pinnacle Peak District, Grand Canyon Council

June 2021: Big “G” Gold, Camp Geronimo (20 Scouts)

2022: Troop of the Year, Pinnacle Peak District, Grand Canyon Council

June 2022: Big “G” Gold, Camp Geronimo (29 Scouts)

June 2023: Big “G” Gold, Camp Geronimo (41 Scouts)

Senior Patrol Leaders

The SPL is the leader of our troop, and directs the activities and goals of our scouts. Here are the SPLs of our past.


Kaden Rankin: October 2019 – July 2020

Caleb C.: August 2020 – September 2021

Ryan O.: October 2021 – March 2022

Isaiah N.: April 2022 – September 2022

Blake R.: October 2022 – March 2023

Cameron D.: April 2023 – September 2023

Zane J.: October 2023 - March 2024


The Scoutmaster is the support system to the troop and the SPL. While the troop is Scout-led, the Scoutmaster is often necessary to achieve the goals chosen by Scouts.


Jess Rankin: 2019 – 2024

Seth Wilson: 2024 – present



The Committee handles anything that scouts cannot and the Scoutmaster would be swamped if it were all his responsibility. Below are the chairs of our committee from our beginning to the present.


Isael Delfin-Lara: 2019 - 2022

Jen Drew: 2022 – 2024

In the news

We made the papers! View below some of the articles written about us in our history.

March 2020: Grand Canyon Connection

article highlighting Troop 531 combining Scouting For Food with Scout Sunday with other Troops and Packs (pgs 30 & 36): 

May 23, 2020: Hour of Honor on “Good Morning Arizona”

TV Channel 3 at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Arizona - 

February 2021: Grand Canyon Council’s 2020 Honorees – Meritorious Service Star:
August 2021: Grand Canyon Connection
May 2022: Grand Canyon Connection

 article to promote flag placement at Veterans Memorial Cemetery (pg 23): 

August 2022: ABC TV Channel 15 does story on Troop 531

entrepreneur and Scout Zane J. gets guidance on owning a detailing business with Bob Moses Ceramic Coating -

August 2022: Grand Canyon Connection
August 2022: Grand Canyon Connection
September 2022: Grand Canyon Connection

 article about Troop 531 Chartered Organization Rep George Chartier (with incorrect photo in the article on pg 7!) : 

October 2022: Grand Canyon Connection

article about Troop 531 ASM Justin Crowder (pg 7): 

December 2022: Grand Canyon Connection

 article about Troop 531 ASM Seth Wilson (pg 9): 

February 15, 2023: Foothills Focus article
February 2023: Grand Canyon Connection

article about Troop 531 earning Troop of the Year (pg 17): 

July 2023: Grand Canyon Council Instagram post

volunteers from Troop 531 help collect thousands of flags and organize them at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery:

August 2023: Grand Canyon Connection

 article about Troop 531 serving and leading R-BOO-C (pg 16): 

October 2023: Grand Canyon Council blog and social media posts
January 2024: Grand Canyon Council blog and social media posts
January 2024: Grand Canyon Connection

article about Pack 531 Crossover and Troop 531’s Crossover Camp (pg 17): 

January 2024: Grand Canyon Council Instagram post

January 2024: Grand Canyon Council Instagram post

Court of Honor Mc's

Every six months we have a ceremony to award rank advancement and merit badges among other things. This event is planned and organized by someone different each time, and this task is part of the Communications merit badge. Here is the list of our Masters of Ceremonies of the Troop 531 Court of Honor.

June 29, 2020: Blake R.

January 8, 2021: Ian C.

April 19, 2021: Isaiah N.

September 11, 2021: Sam Grumeretz

January 28, 2022: Trevor L.

May 13, 2022: Connor W.

September 19, 2022: Brayden H.

January 30, 2023: Ajishveera J.

May 15, 2023: Rowan S.

September 18, 2023: Cameron D.

January 29, 2024: Patrick S.

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