Visit Troop 111, and you will soon discover what sets this troop apart from the rest. While parents provide guidance, it is the boys themselves who run this troop. Scouts lead meetings, plan outings, organize games and more. It’s this boy-led philosophy that allows scouts to gain leadership experience in a safe and encouraging environment.
The troop employs the “patrol method,” with one patrol especially for new scouts. Called the Moose Patrol, it is in this patrol that the newest members of Troop 111 learn about scouting and are guided through their Tenderfoot rank. Led by a patrol leader who is an older and experienced member of Troop 111, new scouts will spend about six months in this special patrol before moving into one of the established patrols.
Troop 111 is a highly decorated troop. The troop is a regular winner of the Quality Unit Award and has taken home the esteemed Baden Powell Award many times. Each patrol has earned ribbons in various categories and an average of two to three Scouts achieve Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout each year.
But, it’s not all about awards in Troop 111. It’s also about fun, plain and simple. Monthly outings include camping trips all over the region, a snow-camping competition at the Klondike Derby, the annual regional Camporee, fishing and kayaking trips, video game night lock-ins and more. The troop also attends a weeklong summer camp and older scouts can participate in annual high-adventure trips. Such trips in the past include sailing and snorkeling in the Florida Keys, eight days of canoeing in the Canadian Boundary Waters, and a 50-mile backpacking trip through New Mexico.
Troop 111 meets on Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. To learn more about the troop, please drop by on any Tuesday night, or contact Scoutmaster Kory Ching at email@example.com.