Troop 26 Overview
The troop’s program is active and varied with the troop having at least one outdoor outing each month, rain or shine. We camp, backpack, go on bike trips, and go on trips down waterways. We have a lot of fun and learn a few things along the way.
Who can be a Boy Scout?
To join the Boy Scouts you must be a boy and meet one of the following criteria:
- Be at least 11 years old but not yet 18.
- Be at least 10 and have completed the 5th grade
- Be at least 10 and have earned the Arrow of Light as a Webelos Scout.
What do we do?
Camp, Cook, Hike, Backpack, Bike, Canoe, Learn to save a life, Leadership Training, Swim, Ski, Tubing, Learn to find you way in the woods, Help others, Worship, Learn about History, and lots of other fun activities.
Troop 26 goes camping every month of the year except August. We go to a variety of locations from state parks, Boy Scout camps, federal forests, and even some private campgrounds (check out the schedule here). We go rain or shine, but snow and icy conditions on roadways usually causes a postponement as safety is of utmost importance. Some trips are made specifically to work on advancement and some are just fun trips. Regardless the type of trip we always have fun.
The Troop supplies the tents, cooking gear, and other camping gear so all you need is a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, and your personal gear. Most scouts eventually get a backpack to carry their stuff in and use it for backpacking trips but it not necessary for any of the trips. Scouts sleep two to a tent in most cases, although the tents can sleep 3 comfortably with their gear.
What does it cost?
Scouting is not inexpensive. Over a three year period you will average about $500 per year if you participate in all the campouts (each costs $20-$60, for food, camping fees, gas, activity fees, etc.) No boy who is interested in the scouting program should not be able to participate due to lack of funds. Financial support is available if needed.
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.