Troop 497 Scouting Program

 

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Program

Troop Program

The Troop is divided into a number of patrols of 8 to 12 boys. Sometimes a patrol will hold its own meetings and plan additional outings. If enough Webelos Scouts join the Troop at one time, they will form a New Scout patrol, with an experienced older Scout as Troop Guide, to work on basic Scouting skills and advancement. Otherwise, the Patrol Leaders work with the New Scouts to teach them the skills they will need.

 

Boy Leadership

Troop 497 is a boy-run troop. Boy leaders plan and execute their own program, with parent participation and support. New Scouts begin with small jobs under the guidance of more experienced Scouts. As their skills and knowledge improve, new responsibilities are given to them.

Learning leadership skills is one of the most important products of being a Boy Scout. Troop 497 has a Troop Leadership Training (TLT) program for the boy leaders. Each Scout will learn the skills needed to carry out his job in the Troop and will learn how to pass those skills on to other boys. Some of the older Scouts have attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT - Eagle Claw), an advanced leadership training, and worked for the summer camp staff training program. Some of them have also served on staff at Boy Scout camps including Philmont Scout Reservation.

The Patrol Leaders' Council consists of the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, the Patrol Leaders of each patrol, Troop Scribe and the Troop Guides. This group meets monthly with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to plan Troop meetings and outings.

Monthly Outings

Troop 497 has a year-round outings program, with an overnight outing every month planned by the Scouts themselves. In addition, the Troop or any of the patrols may plan day hikes or other activities during the year. See the list of outings for a taste of the program planned by the Patrol Leaders' Council and the patrols. Because of our active camping program, we offer Scouts the opportunity to participate in seasonal sports without their feeling left out of the Scouting program.

The Troop outings program is designed to provide the Scouts with new skills, advancement and fun activities. In addition to meeting requirements for advancing in rank, outings provide opportunities for earning merit badges, including Camping, Canoeing, Cycling, Hiking, Cooking, Backpacking, Pioneering, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and many others.

For the older Scouts, Troop 497 offers a high adventure program through our affiliated Venture Crew.

Special Outings

In 2010, some Troop members attended the 2010 National Centennial Jamboree.

Troop 497 has a remarkable history of providing leadership to Council's Jamboree Troops. In 1997, Mr. Vialpando was selected to lead a 1997 Jamboree Troop. In 2001, Mr. Wood was selected to lead one of Council's 2001 Jamboree Troops. In 2005, Mr. Kinsey was selected as Scoutmaster of one of Council's 2005 Jamboree Troops. For 2010, Dr. Chen has been selected to lead one of the four Jamboree Troops as Scoutmaster and Mr. Simoneaux has been selected to serve as Second Assistant Scoutmaster.

Summer Camp

Troop 497 attends summer camp each year for 1 week. We attend both Merit Badge Camp and a High Adventure Camp. Over the last several years, we have attended Summer Camp at the following nationally accredited camps.

  • Camp Daniel Boone, Canton, North Carolina - 2008
  • Camp Rainey Mountain, Clayton, Georgia - 2007.
  • Camp Thunder, Molena, Georgia - 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2009.
  • Camp Woodruff, Blairsville, Georgia - 2005
  • Skymont Scout Reservation, Altamont, Tennessee - 2003
  • Camp Lone Oak, Inverness, Florida - 1993 to 1998, 2000
  • Camp Bonner, Blounts Creek, North Carolina - 1999
  • Philmont Scout Ranch - 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2009
  • Camp Powhatan - 2010
  • Camp Buck Toms - Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee - 2011

 

 

 

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