Barrie Dickinson Scoutmaster
I grew up in Lancashire in North-West England where I was involved in Scouting from Cub Scouts, through Scouts, Venture Scouts and a short spell as a Cub Scout leader before college. I have many fond memories of hiking, camping, backpacking and kayaking in Lancashire and the English Lake District… mostly in the rain.
I moved to the Bay Area in 2005 while working for Tesla Motors — I’m now a program manager working for action camera maker GoPro — and was reintroduced to Scouting when my son, Joseph, joined Pack 3 in the San Mateo Highlands, moving onto Troop 175 in 2009. My younger son is now a member of Pack 3 where I was Cubmaster for 3 years, finishing in 2015.
I’m very enthusiastic about the whole Scouting experience, in particular camping and backpacking, and led my first ‘50 Miler’ backpacking trip in the summer of 2014 — which actually worked out to be over 60 miles — along California’s ‘Lost Coast.’
Taking the role of Scoutmaster I’m hoping to continue my backpacking/high adventure focus, but also help the Scouts in a broader way: to develop into capable, confident and well rounded young men who, like me, carry enough great Scouting memories to last a lifetime.
I became an Eagle Scout back in 1989 (Troop 105, Albert Lea, MN) and have many great memories from my scouting days: canoe trips on the Mississippi, Order of the Arrow rituals, organizing and working our annual pancake breakfast, service projects, the mad dash to finish my Eagle before I turned 18, and especially camping trips. I credit scouting with teaching me many valuable skills such as cooking, money management, citizenship, and leadership.
I got back into the scouting movement when my son Jacob was old enough to become a Tiger Cub. I served three years as Cubmaster for Pack 447 here in Foster City. I am leading the 2013 Wente camping trip along with many hiking trips.
Emigrating from Taiwan I had never been really exposed to the outdoors until I joined the Boy Scouts in Denver, CO. I was the first one in my family to go camping, first to go backpacking and loved it. Unfortunately my scouting career ended at the Second Class rank when my family moved to California. However, the opportunity to go into the great outdoors and enjoy its beauty, see the variety of flora and fauna still thrills me to this day. I was never a great athlete nor top student, but I’ve learned to cross country skiing, scuba dive, road cycle and earned a couple of science & engineering graduate degrees along with hanging out at home and reading history and classics.
I decided to be an Assistant Scoutmaster at because I wanted to share my love of nature, the outdoors, science and arts with my son, Matthew and other boys. I enjoy guiding, teaching and helping the boys and want to instill in them the wonder and curiosity that will help shape their lives as well-rounded adults.
Anne, originally from Davis, CA, has been living in Foster City since early 2010, when she moved up from San Diego to take a job as Director of Toxicology for a local biotech firm. While living in Davis, she earned an undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Avian Science/Ornithology (the study of wild birds), and was a wilderness backpacking guide during both high school and college for the City of Davis Recreation Department.
Anne has been camping with family and friends since she was a child, and has a passion for our National Parks and for nature. She and her son Montana were active in Pack 447 and are active participants in T175- she is ASM for the Panda patrol and participates in many T175 trips and activities, notably running a week-long base camp for the 2014 50-mile Lost Coast hike and the 2015 57 mile horseback trip in the high Sierras. She is a merit badge counselor for many of the nature and environment related badges.
I was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout growing up in Indiana. I still keep in touch with the friends I made in Scouting. We had lots of great adventures together on summer campouts, winter camporees, working on Staff at camp… Camp, Camp, Camp! One highlight was a trek to the Philmont Scout Ranch. I completed my Eagle rank and was active in the service organizations Order of the Arrow and Firecrafter.
I moved to California for graduate school where I fell in love with Kathy and this wonderful state. Kathy & I moved to Bay Area in 1998. She is an elementary teacher and I’m a biotech research scientist with Amgen.
It has been fun to get back involved in Scouting with my own two boys as a leader in the Foster City Cub Scout Pack and now with Troop 175. As an Assistant Scoutmaster I look forward to helping all the boys have great adventures of their own with friends who will last a lifetime.
As a Cub Scout, I learned many life lessons that still resonate with me today – “Help other People,” “Do Your Best.” Perhaps most importantly, I made many new friends – some of whom I’m still close to, forty years later. Hanging out with friends, while exploring the outdoors, science, civics and culture, provided fun and adventure I couldn’t get anywhere else.
When I had my own family, I remembered my time in scouts and wanted to provide similar experiences for my son. In 2010, we joined Cub Scout Pack 447 in Foster City, where I engaged as a Den Leader for five years. The last two years, I also served as Pack 447’s Cubmaster and worked to create a program with fun, adventure, and life skill development based upon the Scouting principles. Watching the boys make friendships, develop skills and explore, was a special and rewarding experience.
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and also spent time in Arizona, where I received my BS in Aeronautical Science. In 1992, I moved to Foster City and married my high school sweetheart. I enjoy spending time with family and participating in all forms of athletics, especially cycling and sprint triathlons.
I look forward toward continuing the adventure with the boys and families of Troop 175!