Scouting Builds Values, Skills, Leadership
Scouting is a values-based program designed to develop good character, participating citizenship and physical, mental and emotional fitness. Boys who have completed the fifth grade or are 11 to 18 years old are welcome to join Troop 262. Our troop program is designed to further the development of boys through camping, outdoor activities, skills development, and the advancement program.
In Boy Scouting, emphasis shifts from adult leadership of the program to youth leadership. When a boy joins the troop, he becomes a member of a patrol and is led by a patrol leader elected by members of the patrol. The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. Youth are elected to troop leadership positions, as well, and the Troop and Patrol leaders, together, plan and execute the troop program. Troop 262 meets weekly under the direct leadership of a youth-elected Senior Patrol Leader who, with guidance from the Scoutmaster and various Assistant Scoutmasters, is directly responsible for the execution of the troop program.
The Boy Scout program is centered in the outdoors. Our troop camps every month and everyone in the troop looks forward to attending the week-long council summer camp. Scouts are provided challenges according to their skill level. High adventure activities challenge older Scouts to accept broader leadership responsibilities and undertake more rigorous and stimulating outdoor adventures. Each boy progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge on his advancement trail to Eagle Scout.
Through merit badge and rank advancement opportunities, a boy is encouraged to confront a series of surmountable obstacles and take the steps necessary in overcoming them. We hold Courts of Honor quarterly where members and their families come together to recognize individual achievements. Values, Skills and Leadership ability are the outcomes we seek. Troop 262 promotes these virtues through a fun, action-packed program second to none!