Why Troop 909?

We're a little bit different

In Troop 909, we don't strive to be the biggest Troop in the area.  We aren't an "Eagle factory" that places undue pressure on Scouts.  That's not to say our boys aren't motivated to advance - we've had eight Eagles earn their wings in the past two years, and have more on the way.  We give our boys lots of opportunities to succeed, and provide gentle encouragement, but the pace they choose to set is up to them.
 
What we are is a Scouting family.  We've averaged about 40 Scouts for the past few years, which is a great size.  We're big enough to have lots of activities, but small enough for everyone to get to know each other, and that's important.  That's how we become a family.

When Troops get too big, the boys tend to stay in their Patrols and don't hang out with older or younger Scouts.  That's not healthy for the unit, and the Scouts don't get the best experience.   The Scoutmaster struggles to get to know each boy, as there are just too many to keep track of.  In 909, we assign an older boy to help guide each new Scout starting at summer camp.  The younger Scouts get a role model, and the older Scouts learn to become mentors.  It's great to see boys of all ages work together and help each other succeed, as they are learning skills that are valuable later in life.

When Troops get too small, it's hard to have enough critical mass to keep activities varied, and pull them off in way that is positive and fun.  If you take a look at our activities page, you'll see that 909 has a long tradition of great events - whether it is Merit Badge Weekend, the Blake Island sailing trip, or just summer camp.  There's lots to do, and we have the experience and support to take on new challenges too.

We know you have a life

Scouts all have other activities - athletics, school or church related.  We try to be flexible enough to accommodate soccer tournaments, band concerts and church retreats.  Patrol Leaders may need to prioritize Council meetings, but while participation in other events is encouraged, it is not required, so come join us when you can.  We'll be waiting for you when you get back.

Succeeding through failure

We all know that the best lessons can't be taught, and sometimes we learn more by trying and failing.  We truly believe in the Patrol Method, which means the BOYS, not the adult leaders run the troop.  Sometimes it isn't pretty, and our meetings can be a bit chaotic when they are run by a Scout.  But our objective is to build leaders, not have perfect events, and Scouts learn the most when adults don't step in right away to make sure things run smoothly.  It will take a little longer, but the boys learn more when they work things out and solve their own problems.  You'll often hear a Scoutmaster say "ask your Patrol Leader" when a Scout asks a question.  Our adult leaders provide guidance and "act as guardrails" to keep things safe, but they do NOT run the events or meetings.  That's up to the Scouts, and it is the best way to help leaders grow.