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About Troop 97

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How to Visit / How to Join

Portaging in Canada
Portaging in Canada

Panning for Gold near the Arctic Circle
Panning for Gold near the Arctic Circle

Latest BSA Quality Unit Award, highest level ('Journey to Excellence', gold level)
Latest BSA Quality Unit Award, highest level
('Journey to Excellence', gold level)
[2019 award won't be available until late 2019]

Troop Campsite Somewhere 'Out There'
Troop Campsite Somewhere 'Out There'

How/When to Visit

Scouts get to camp, hike, canoe, bike, and generally enjoy challenging adventures in the outdoors.

Troop-level Scouting is totally different from Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Troop 97 meets Mondays, year round, typically:

You are welcome to visit any meeting and most campouts.

Contact the Scoutmaster to verify our schedule and come on by.

Who Can Join/When to Join/How to Join

To join a Scout troop, a boy or girl must be minimum age 10 and either have finished Fifth Grade, OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award, OR be age 11 (whichever occurs first). They do not need to have been in Cub Scouts or Webelos.

Troop 97 expects its members to be active, to wear full uniform, and to advance regularly. We expect parents to be active also.

Troop 97 is open to any boy (see below for girls) who meets these requirements, and who subscribes to the principles of Scouting contained in the Scout Promise and Scout Law. Membership in our sponsoring church is NOT a requirement (actually, most of our Scouts do not belong to our sponsor).

Although Scouts can join anytime during the year, most join between January and May. It is very important for new Scouts to attend summer camp their first year (which is why our Scoutmaster and a dozen or more of our Assistant Scoutmasters and parents will spend the full week at camp with the Scouts).

For more information, email, phone, or come to a meeting.

What about girls?

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will allow troops for girls starting 1 February 2019. Officially, boys' troops and girls' troops must be separate, but when they share the same chartered organization, the two troop are called 'linked' troops and share a common troop number and troop operating committee. In the case of a linked Troop 97, some troop activities would be joint, and some separate. Policies and program for the linked troops would be the same. To start a linked Troop 97 for girls, the BSA requires a minimum of five girls and several parents or other adults willing to be involved (all adult positions are open to both men & women, but BSA requires at least one registered female adult on any activity involving girls). Troop 97 is prepared to establish a linked Troop 97 for girls as soon as there is a demand. So let us know!

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