Boy Scout Troop 60 — the largest scout troop in the Los Padres Council, which encompasses all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties — invited the community to a recognition ceremony honoring Troop 60 Scoutmaster Steve von Dohlen for his 11 years of service to the council and the troop.

von Dohlen making presentaton

It took place on Saturday, September 29 at the “Scout Hut” located at 2247 Oak Street on the corner of Oak and 23rd streets in Paso Robles. The afternoon consisted of light refreshments; shared memories honoring von Dohlen; an awards presentation; and the introduction of Troop 60’s new Scoutmaster, Eric Anderson.

“Eleven years ago, when Dennis Collins retired as the Troop 60 Scoutmaster, he left some awfully big shoes to fill,” said David Kudija, a longtime assistant scoutmaster for Troop 60. “Steve has not only filled those shoes but has stretched them several sizes larger.”

von Dohlen with group at camp

He added, “Under Steve’s leadership, the troop has grown to be the largest in the Los Padres Council. Steve has amazed us all with his accomplishments in the troop. Not only does he have the ability to know the names of 81 scouts under his charge, but he also knows their stories.”

Some of von Dohlen’s “over and above” activities have included: Twice taking scouts from both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties to the Boy Scout National Jamboree; serving on committees at the Boy Scout District and Council levels; speaking at the National Scoutmaster Meeting, Western Division; counseling for the Boy Scout’s National Youth Leader Training; and acting as an advisor for Venturing Crew, a group affiliated with Scouting. Under von Dohlen’s watch, 31 Scouts graduated to the rank of Eagle, including his two sons, Tom and Alex. He is also credited with overseeing the simultaneous induction of 12 Eagle Scouts from Troop 60 in 2017, which is a rare achievement. Since its inception, Troop 60 has graduated 123 Eagle Scouts.

von Dohlen on plane

A native of San Jose, California, von Dohlen climbed through the ranks from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout as a young man. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University and is respected in his longtime position as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Luis Obispo.

Said Kudija, “In addition to the scouts who earned the rank of Eagle, there were many other young men who learned a variety of life skills and lessons under Steve’s watchful eye.”