A Cub Scout pack’s hike along the San Diego coastline led the children to a nude beach, scout officials confirmed Monday.
The scouts, ages 9 and 10, were out for a planned hike on January 24 in the area of Torrey Pines State Beach just north of La Jolla.
A few hiking trails in this section of the coastline led down to the beach below the cliffs. One beach in particular, Black's Beach, is known for its nude sunbathers.
So on this Saturday hike, the young scouts saw a little more than parents were expecting.
Scout officials say the pack “encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed.”
A Facebook user told NBC 7 that parents were “panicked” and protested the hike route to the cub master.
According to the official statement from the San Diego-Imperial Council, parents and adult volunteers “quickly rerouted” the group “to protect the youth.”
NBC 7 tracked down the pack leader who told us he was not punished for the field trip.
Council officials say they met with parents and discussed whether there needed to be any other action taken.
“Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter," the official statement said.
One ranger told NBC 7 that it’s very common to see youth groups hiking in the area, especially scouts who are working toward earning an outdoor badge.