Why Boy Scouts?

How About an Adventure?

Boy Scouts prove themselves in an environment that challenges their courage and tests their nerve. After they've been given the proper guidance from those with experience and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they've never gone, seeing things they've never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character to accomplish what everyone else thinks is impossible. No prior Scouting experience is required - come join us on our journey.

Values that matter

Boy Scouting teaches boys independence, leadership, citizenship, and skills and hobbies they will carry throughout their lives.  And throughout all the adventures, the Scout Oath and Law provide a sort of moral compass to help them along the way.  While school teaches knowledge and sports teaches them to excel and compete, Scouting teaches them that leadership means doing the right thing, whether or not anybody is watching.

Over the course of a Scouts' career, he'll repeat these words hundreds of times - and there will be plenty of teaching moments that reinforce their importance.  They are truly words to live by.

Scout Oath:  On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law:  A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Boy Scouts is Boy-led

One of the biggest differences between Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts is that the parents are no longer in charge.  The Scouts are.  That means that each Scout gets the chance to learn hands-on how to be a leader.  That's not something they can do at home, at church, at school or in a sports league.  And ultimately, the leadership skills they learn will help them throughout their life.

When a boy joins Scouts, he becomes part of a Patrol, along with 6-8 other boys.  Each Patrol elects a Patrol Leader every six months, and he selects an assistant - so pretty soon everybody gets a chance to help out.  In Troop 909 we typically have 4-6 patrols.  As a Troop, all Scouts elect a Senior Patrol Leader, who heads the Patrol Leaders Council, which meets monthly to plan upcoming activities.  Adults help guide the Patrol Leaders to make sure events are safe, but it's really the boys that do most of the work.

Rank Advancement - the path to Eagle

In Cub Scouts, most boys advance in rank from Tiger to Wolf, Wolf to Bear, and Bear to Webelos along with all the members of their den.  In Boy Scouts, it is up to individual Scouts to determine their rate of advancement.  In Troop 909 our Senior Scouts work with younger Scouts to help them learn new skills and advance in rank.  Scouts may not realize it, but along the path they are learning how to set goals and accomplish them by using a methodical step-by-step approach.  They are also learning to become mentors, as our older and younger Scouts work together.

Learning about Life by earning Merit Badges

There are over 120 Merit Badges that a Scout can choose to study and earn.  We encourage new scouts to focus on the requirements needed to advance in rank, as Merit Badges are needed for advancement until they reach First Class - but if there's a really cool Merit Badge they'd like to get, we'll help them along the way.

By the time a Scout reaches Eagle, he has earned at least 21 Merit Badges, 13 of which are "required."  Most Eagles get 30 or more.  The required badges include topics like Personal Management (how to manage your time and money), Family Life, Personal Fitness, three different Citizenship badges (World, Nation and Community), First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Camping, Cooking and several others.  Optional merit badges vary widely and may encompass fun things to do (Skating, Archery, Rifle Shooting, Small Boat Sailing for example) or potential areas for a future career (Aviation, Law, Engineering, Entrepreneurship). 

Merit Badges are taught by an adult with expertise in the area, and by the time a Scout has earned 21 of them, they have become confident working with and talking to adults, which is an important life skill to have when interviewing for college or a job.