Frequently Asked Questions

  • Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys 11-17, designed to build fitness, leadership and character through a fun, exciting outdoor program and peer group leadership under the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.
  • Eligibility: Boys may join if they are 11 years old, or if they are 10 and have either completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award.
  • Our sponsoring organization, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, provides some amazing facilities for us, including:
    • The Blanton Scout House,
    • A large sports field where scouts learn outdoor skills,
    • A swimming pool where scouts learn water sports,
    • A 14 passenger bus for camp out transportation,
    • A gymnasium, and
    • A youth loft.
  • We are not a regimented troop where adults are always in control and running things. We believe that every boy deserves opportunity to learn leadership through experience. A little chaos is the best indication that scouts are learning to lead. For adults, this requires patience and faith in the capability of youth leaders.
  • We tend to be a troop that has fun where scouts show a lot of enthusiasm for their own achievements and advancement.
  • One of the reasons is, we are a boy-led troop. Boys lead the troop, plan the meetings, and conduct the program. Adults support the youth leaders by ensuing teaching materials and supplies are available and assist as needed.
  • Our hybrid patrols consist of mixed ages. Each patrols has a balance of older and younger scouts. Camping is a learning experience for newer scouts who learn from older patrol members. For older patrol members, it is a leadership building experience while they guide younger scouts. This tends to make clicks and bullying very rare.
  • In the last 5 years almost every scout that has made it to first class has made it to Eagle or are working on it. This culture of advancement is built on youth leadership.
  • Most younger guys love to learn from a 15 or 16 year old. They much prefer it over learning from adults. Our hybrid patrols and boy-led program motivate the younger guys to aspire to become leaders themselves by learning and advancing. The adults role is to support, troubleshoot, and ensure safety.
  • We also have a large number of adult leaders. Currently we have¬†17 assistant scout masters and about 12 members on our committee. They work hard to make sure all of our leaders are trained.
  • Our leaders focus on training youth leaders and advising the senior patrol leader to help the boys lead meetings and camp outs. Adults also help them focus on character building, by guiding them to consider aspects of the scout oath and law in each activity they lead.
  • We go camping almost every month. Both new and experienced scouts attend summer camp, so they often choose camps having both high adventure wilderness programs and base camp programs for First Class advancement and merit badges. Most recently, we have been to Camp¬†Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, Camp Buffalo Bill near Yellowstone National Park and Camp Daniel Boone in North Carolina.
  • Just for fun, we also usually have a couple of overnight lock-ins at the church each year with movies and games.
  • We attract scouts from diverse backgrounds and leaders with a wide variety of skills.
  • We meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm to 8:00pm. There are usually 5 or 6 adult leaders plus other parents at the meeting; however, many parents often drop their kids off.