Troop 28’s Goals
Our primary goal is to exemplify the Scouting ideal of a “boy-led troop.” A central principle of Scouting is that a well-run troop is run for and by the Scouts who belong to it. The adult leaders assist the Scouts with planning, activities, troop organization and advancement—but the Scouts themselves make these things happen. As with any learning process, we expect occasional inefficiencies and short-term difficulties… and are rewarded when we see our kids developing important life skills such as responsibility and leadership. In recent years, nearly every Scout in our troop who has remained active after entering high school has earned the Eagle rank.
Troop 28’s objectives are to provide a wide range of opportunities for the Scouts to:
- develop Scoutcraft skills including first aid, camping, tools like knot-tying and fire-building, knife skills, water and home safety, fitness, outdoor cooking, citizenship, navigation, and leadership;
- enjoy outdoor activities and respect nature, and to challenge themselves physically and develop self-confidence;
- foster camaraderie and help Scouts understand the dynamics and value of teamwork; and
- provide opportunities for Scouts to plan, organize and run their own activities, to test and develop their leadership skills, and to take responsibility for their individual and group efforts.
We try to provide a variety of ways for the Scouts to reach these goals through weekly meetings, outdoor adventures, and by facilitating Troop 28 Scouts’ participation in third-party programs such as merit badge universities, summer and High Adventure camps, and other Scouting activities. Parents can help the troop flourish in many different ways: as adult leaders, by helping with transportation for our weekend activities, by serving on the troop committee, or by offering their vocational and avocational knowledge as merit badge counselors.
Last, we encourage Scouts to participate in the BSA Advancement program where Scouts learn skills and earn merit badges to advance through the Scouting ranks from Scout to Eagle.
As a BSA troop, Troop 28 follows the guidelines, principles, rules, and programs as outlined by the BSA.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Scout Oath (or Promise): On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Scout Motto: Be prepared
Scout Slogan: Do a good turn daily
Outdoor Code: As an American, I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners, be careful with fire, be considerate in the outdoors, and be conservation-minded.