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Mission: Our mission is to provide a Scouts BSA male program based on character development and values-based leadership training. We do this by providing a fun, safe, and challenging program that instills lifetime values and develops ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Meeting Time and Location: We meet from 7:00 – 8:30 Tuesday evenings throughout the year at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Highway (Highway 50), Chantilly, Virginia (approximately two miles west of Highway 28). The meetings usually include scouting skills development, advancement, merit badge classes, trip preparation, and a game. For now, we are meeting online due to COVID-19. We hope to be able to continue these meetings after the pandemic has settled.

 

Uniform: Scouts are expected to wear Class A uniforms with green pants to meetings and events during the school year. Class B uniforms (t-shirts with troop or other Scouts BSA logo) may be worn to meetings during the summer.

 

Program: Scouts run the program by planning meetings and choosing activities. We generally camp once a month. The campouts are a mixture of “tailgate camping” and backpacking. Other activities have included whitewater rafting, cabin camping, snow skiing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and caving.

 

Summer Camps: Each summer, we typically spend one week at a local BSA summer camp and one week at a BSA high adventure camp (Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Florida Sea Base, or Summit Bechtel Reserve).

During summer 2021, we’ll participate in:

 

· Summer camp at Goshen Scout Reservation, Camp Olmsted (July 11-17) and

· High adventure camp at Philmont Scout Ranch (June 26 – July 10).

 

Developing Scout Skills: First year Scouts are usually organized into one or more patrols of first year Scouts with an older, more experienced Scout assigned to each patrol as a Troop Guide. The Troop Guides help develop and conduct a program specifically for these Scouts to develop basic scouting skills. An experienced Assistant Scoutmaster maintains a watchful eye. Once the Scouts are proficient in the basic skills, they join a permanent patrols. In addition, many summer camps provide a first year camper program.

 

Equipment: Scouts must come prepared for current weather conditions on any outdoor activity. Boots, rain gear, and warm non-cotton clothing are essential. Scouts are not expected to purchase backpacking equipment for the first year. The troop provides tents, stoves, cooking gear, and other shared equipment.

 

Advancement: The progression of rank is Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. Through a focused program of scout skills development that begins when boys first join the Troop, all boys are encouraged to earn First Class rank within one year of joining the Troop. Everyone is also encouraged to earn the Eagle rank.

 

Community Service: Service is provided to the sponsoring church and through support of Eagle Scout projects. The Troop participates in Scouting for Food to benefit Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.

 

Fundraising: The Troop usually raises funds through annual holiday wreath sales each fall. Scouts earn credit for participating in fund raising and other troop events, and earn money from fundraising to assist with summer camp.

 

Parent Participation: Parents are encouraged and expected to assist by participating in one or more of the following positions: Troop Committee, Assistant Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, or Trip Driver.

 

For additional information or to schedule a troop visit, please contact:

· Ty Thompson, Scoutmaster, at 703-328-0779 or tyrus.thompson@nreca.coop or

· Ted Ballowe, New Member Coordinator, at 703-401-5934 or tsbcamp2012@gmail.com.

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