Dear Scouts and Parents,
This is the traditional Scouting experience for young boys in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement, and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as the youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. There are currently nearly a million Boy Scouts and five hundred thousand adult volunteers in the United States. While there is guidance from experienced leaders, Boy Scouts take their own lead, exploring places they've never been as they dive into the rugged world of outdoor adventure. With a spirit of teamwork, they pack up their Scout gear and their sense of adventure and dive into the learning and excitement that comes from being in the brotherhood of the Boy Scouts.
Our troop has a lot to offer, but don't let the number of merit badges scare you away. With the exposure to a unique hands-on learning experience through earning merit badges that reflect each boy's budding interests, they unlock a world of discovery around them and forge their path for the future. By culminating the Boy Scouting experience by earning the rank of Eagle and accomplishing a service project imagined and executed by the Scout himself, he can prove his leadership skills and gain the confidence he needs to excel in life and in the world at large.
The Scouting program is delivered through local civic, faith-based, and educational institutions called chartered organizations, which operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large. Together, these organizations are run by almost one million adult volunteers dedicated to helping youth learn and grow.
We strongly believe that Scouting can benefit all families from all walks of life and all backgrounds. See how Scouting has made a difference in families just like yours. See more information about Scouting below.
Discover fun, adventure, and learning through Scouting!
Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young people and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children. Scouting is designed to be experienced outdoors. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, skateboarding, mountain climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, these are just some of a Scout’s outdoor experiences.
Scouts progress from rank to rank, learning new skills as they go. Each of the ranks and awards in Scouting has its own requirements. As Scouts get older and advance, the requirements become more challenging to match newfound skills and abilities. Each Scout progresses at their own pace as they meet each challenge. Rank advancement is one method used by Scout leaders to help Scouts fulfill the aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than one hundred thirty-five merit badges, and any Boy Scout may earn any of these at any time. Earning merit badges gives Scouts the opportunity to learn important life skills and gain real-world knowledge in more than one hundred thirty areas, from American Business to Woodworking.
Outdoor adventure is the promise made to youth when they join Scouting. Young people yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. In the outdoors, Scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a boy as he learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances. Scouts plan and carry out activities with thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders.
You can fill out this registration form in person at an open house event or at a troop meeting. If you prefer, you may access an online version of the registration form through the link below. Our troop meetings are held on Monday evenings during the school year at the First Congregational Church of Holden. For more information regarding troop meetings, check out our "Events" page for specifics.
Online registration: https://www.scouting.org/resources/online-registration/
Join the over two million families and see how Scouting will make a difference in your child’s life.
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If you are interested in joining Boy Scouts, please feel free to contact us for more information today!