Cub Scouts hike ends up at nude beach in San Diego

A view of San Diego's Black's Beach as seen from the cliffs above.
(Alexander Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)

The Boy Scouts motto is “be prepared,” but a group of Cub Scouts and their adult leaders were not prepared for what they spied on a recent hike: Nudists.

Half a dozen Cubs -- ages 9 and 10 -- were hiking on a Saturday morning at Torrey Pines State Park near La Jolla when they ventured close to Black’s Beach, San Diego’s unofficial nude beach.

Some naked sunbathers were surprised. So were the adult leaders.

The hike was “quickly rerouted to protect the youth,” according to a statement issued later by the scout leadership.

One of the parents on the hike, Diane Lekven, told KFMB-TV Channel 8 that she was outraged by the incident.


“I was nauseated because I’ve never seen just a bunch of nude people walking around holding hands, strange people that I don’t know,” said Lekven, who attended the hike with her 4th-grade son.

A meeting was later held for parents and officials from the pack and the San Diego-Imperial Council. No punishment was meted out to the leadership.

“Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter,” according to a statement by Karl Shelton, director of camping services.