How often does Troop 20 meet? We have regular meetings every Wednesday night. We have monthly campouts. We have an annual, week-long summer camp and a high adventure trip every few years. Other events, such as parades and community service projects are scheduled as needed. Click here for the calendar.
I can't attend every Troop 20 event. Is that ok? Yes. Our scouts are very active in other important events such as sports, school, church, band, etc. Attendance at Troop 20 activities is encouraged, but not required. Scouts with commitments to a specific event, such as being a campout coordinator, are expected to honor their duties. What makes Troop 20 different from other Boy Scout Troops? Much of the year, our meetings are outside in the woods, at the Troop 20 Land and Cabin. Many other troops meet in church basements or social halls all year. No us. Troop 20 is a very active troop; we camp monthly, whether at the cabin, backpacking the Appalachian Trail, or at a remote site like the Gettysburg Battlefield. We have been a chartered Troop for over 100 years, so we've seen a thing or two, and our adult leaders are exceptional. Click here for Troop 20 Information.
What are the Troop 20 Values? We do our best to follow the Boy Scout Law as Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. Specifically, Troop 20 values Service, Hiking, Adventure and Camping.
What does it mean to be a Boy-Led-Troop? Troop 20 teaches the challenging concept of leadership, following chain-of-command principles, with organizational charts for both youth and adults. The adult leaders, such as the Scoutmasters and Troop 20 Committee, administer the formal Troop business such as fundraisers, chartering and performance management. While the Scoutmasters provide mentoring and safe supervision, the youth plan and execute most Troop 20 scouting activities. The boys make mistakes and learn how to improve with positive support. In practice, every Wednesday, the Senior Patrol Leader, the responsible youth, discusses upcoming calendar events and deadlines. It is the scouts' responsibility to listen and be prepared to explain those events to their parents. If they have questions, they are encouraged to ask questions to their Patrol Leader.
Did I need to be a cub scout to become a boy scout? No. Many boy scouts were never cub scouts. Click here for details.
Is it safe? Yes. All responsible adults are required to take official BSA Position-Specific Training and follow the BSA Youth Protection Guidelines. Click here for more information.