Boy Scouts is a youth program designed for young men from the age of 11 (or graduated from the 5th grade) up to the age of 18. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides opportunities for adventure, friendship, fellowship, and success through rank achievements, culminating with the Eagle Scout rank.
BSA Troop 949 was founded as an outgrowth of Cub Scout Pack 949 and first chartered to St. Patrick Catholic Church in January 2009. From our first small group of one Patrol having six Scouts, the Troop has grown yearly, currently having four Patrols and approximately 30 Scouts in all.
The purpose of Troop 949 is to have fun, while fostering the values exemplified in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and to allow the young men of our Troop to develop themselves with a commitment to God, to others, and to himself. In the words of the BSA mission statement,
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
Troop 949 employs the traditional “Patrol Scout” troop structure. Each Patrol acts as a self-maintained unit, employing the developing youth leadership. Each Patrol is staffed with several experienced Scouts, whose job it is to help pass on Scouting skills to the newer Scouts. As the newer Scouts move up in rank and experience, they take their place in Patrol leadership, while the older Scout move on to the Senior Patrol, and the responsibilities of Troop leadership.
Troop meetings are held twice a month, covering upcoming events such as camping, outings, and hikes. Meetings also cover requirements for rank advancements and merit badge advancements. Troop 949 puts the “outing in Scouting”, by planning 6 to 8 camping events each year, including Troop campouts during every season of the year, District weekend campouts, and a one-week long Summer Camp. Camping is a great way for Scouts to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Although attendance is not mandatory for each and every meeting, campout, or event, any missed opportunity will mean that your Scout probably has to “make-up” some of the rank advancement requirements that were covered.
In order to fiscally plan for your year of Scout fun and adventure, you can expect these projected costs:
- Dues - The Troop Committee sets the yearly dues, currently $75 per Scout, per year. The dues, along with Troop fundraisers, are the main source of Troop funds, used to cover unit equipment, patches and awards, Scout and Scouter training, and the yearly GSLAC re-charter fee.
- Campouts – each Patrol plans menus and food lists for each weekend campout and buys their own groceries. Food costs depend on what the Patrol decides to eat. We try to keep costs reasonable and it usually runs around $15 per person for a weekend campout. Some camping facilities also charge a small fee, one to two dollars per person, per night.
- Summer Camp - Summer camp is where area Scouts gather once a year to make lifelong friends and memories while experiencing the great outdoors and developing valuable, lasting skills. Troop 949 attends a week-long summer camp on an annual basis. If the Troop decides to attend a camp in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, the camp costs are set by GSLAC, which are currently $240. Scouts also have the option of attending an out-of-council camp.
Troop 949 plans and participates in several fundraisers each year. We encourage participation in Troop fundraising activities.
Advancement and Awards
Merit Badge Information
Merit Badge Counselor Directory
Boy Scouts of America
Greater St. Louis Area Council
Boone Trails District
BSA Outfitters Scout Shop
National Eagle Scout Association
OA Shawnee Lodge #51