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Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 87! 

Whether you are crossing over from Webelos Scouts, transferring from another Boy Scout troop, or entering Scouting for the first time, the experience you are about to embark upon has the potential to be one of the most memorable and rewarding of your lifetime.  And, what’s really unique about this program is that it is led by the boys themselves! 

Troop 87 has a robust program with a very wide variety of activities available to the Scouts.  The troop has a campout almost every month of the year.  One month the troop may be rock climbing and rappelling; another month they may be snow skiing; on other campouts the focus may be on basic Scout skills such as first aid, knot tying, cooking, or fire building.  Frequently our program also includes, at some point in the year, activities focused on shooting sports, wilderness survival, and leadership development.  The activities on the schedule each year depend on what the boys decide to include in their program. 

Summer time offers some even more exciting opportunities.  Typically we organize one or two summer camps for young Scouts and upcoming Eagles alike. For older Scouts (14 and up), high adventure trips are organized that might involve backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, white water rafting, or canoeing.  These are high-octane events that challenge the Scouts both physically and mentally while producing life-long memories! 

Fundamental to the structure of the program is the concept that the troop is boy-led.  This does not mean that the boys are in charge and whatever happens just happens.  Rather, consistent with the original intent of Baden Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, it means that the boys lead the troop under the direction of an adult leader.  When the first Scout units were established, Baden Powel observed:  “We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.”  At Troop 87, we fully endorse the boy-led concept and are committed to supporting the boy leadership so that they may be successful and effective in their efforts. 

For those who want to enhance their leadership skills even more, Boys Scouts of America (BSA) offers additional leadership training opportunities including National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and Brownsea, offered locally, and National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  These two programs provide world-class leadership training delivered in an outdoor setting. 

Parent involvement is an integral part of the Scouting program and key to the success of our troop.  We cannot do this program without the support and active participation of all parents.  We encourage the parents of our Scouts to become involved either on the organization and administration side through participation on our Troop Committee, or as Assistant Scoutmasters working directly with the boys in the program.  

We are excited that you have decided to join the Boy Scouts and in particular Troop 87.  We look forward to working with you and we know you are in for the experience of a lifetime! 

Please feel free to contact us anytime you have questions or need additional information,

 

Scoutmaster

Eric Buchholz

 

 

 

 

ScoutBook and Verifying Your Records

Posted by ccuster on Oct 18 2016 - 6:33am
THANK YOU -- to the several scouts and parents who have made the effort to update information in Scout Book!
Please remember to forward a photo record (scan or picture) of the signed requirements to verify them into the record.
Your entries generate reports to be verified by administration.
 
For Rank requirements - email with the Subject line: Rank Verify - with scout’s name and the rank level. Only enter for the ranks that are not completed.
For Merit Badge partials - email with the Subject line: Merit Badge Partial - name of badge and name of scout
 
For SOAR participation info - email with the Subject line: SOAR Verify - with the scout’s name, to custercj@gmail.com
(Event sign offs allow for batch entering several scouts with the same requirements.)
 
We would like to have ALL scouts up to date in Scout Book before the end of this year and ideally before the Winter Break.
Parents and Scouts are encouraged to enter the information to accomplish this goal.
Once up to date, parents of First Class Scouts and up are recommended to have their scout maintain their own records.
Parents of ranks Scout through Second should assist them and use their own judgement on how ready their scout is to take on maintenance of their records.
(All scouts should have earned the BSA Cyber Chip to be aware of on-line safety before taking on this task.)
 
Our website now features a link to ScoutBook under the Contact Us tab in the Menu bar. You will still need to login with your ScoutBook user name and password
 
In the future topics will be posted on our ScoutBook Troop Forum so all can refer to it for answers to common questions. Unfortunately, there are still issues from a duplicate troop number preventing our access to this feature for now.
 
THANK YOU for your patience with the process as we work with ScoutBook!
 
Yours In Scouting,
 
Cindy Custer
 
Troop 87 Webmaster
Advancement Chair
Merit Badge Coordinator

 

Mike Rowe from "Dirty Jobs" talks about being a Scout

Posted by admin on Oct 17 2016 - 3:56pm

Good Afternoon,

Here is a link to a great speech given by Mike Rowe the creator and host of Dirty Jobs.  He gave this speech at the 2010 Centennial Jamboree.  It's worth watching it if you have about 10 minutes.

Wier Hill Requirements Hike - October 15, 2016

Posted by bnorris1 on Oct 15 2016 - 12:28pm

Wier Hill Requirements Hike

On October 15, 2016, a group of twelve Scouts led by Adam and Noah Norris hiked Wier Hill for a 2.25 hour requirements hike focused on First Aid and Orienteering.  Attending Scouts succesfully completed many requirements across the Scout, Tenderfoot and Second Class ranks.  Pictured here is the bushing wacking trek to the airplane beacon atop Wier Hill.

Congratulations to Troop 87 newest Eagle Scouts

Posted by ccuster on Aug 19 2016 - 7:23pm

 

Kyle Brennan & James Buchholz

Uniform Reminder

Posted by ccuster on Aug 19 2016 - 7:23pm

 

 Be Prepared for regular Troop Meetings beginning September 6th

National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Scholarships

Posted by ccuster on Aug 6 2016 - 9:42am
 
NESA logo
2016/2017  Scholarship Dates

The 2016/2017 scholarship cycle opened August 1, 2016, with a deadline of October 31, 2016. Recipients will be notified by mail on July 15, 2017.
 
Eagle Scouts may apply for the NESA merit scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and may continue applying every year up till their junior year in college.
Applicants may win a NESA scholarship one time only.
 
Bryan’s Blog article

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/08/04/2017-eagle-scout-scholarship-window-opens/

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