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Boy Scouts of America Prepared for Life

The Scout Law

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Kind
  • Obedient
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Brave
  • Clean
  • Reverent

The Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Boy Led Troop

Troop 60 is successful because we practice the tenants of Scouts founder Lord Baden Powell; we allow our youth to lead. It can be sometimes hard for adults to watch the semi-organized chaos that Troop meetings can be or a meal on a campout that gets a little crispy, knowing that "we" could have done it better or more efficiently. However, we learn more through our failures than our successes, and this is one of the few truly safe places where youth can fail, learn, and try again.

Our Scouts, ages 11-17, learn critical planning, leadership, interpersonal skills, citizenship, outdoors ethics, and even cooking in their time with the Troop. They decide what they want to do, where they want to camp, and what they want to eat...... They have the ability to earn their own money to finance their Scouting adventures, and decide when they want to rank up. All the while they are surrounded by over 100 years of Scouting experience and knowledge in the form of adult leaders; which they can tap into merely by asking. Successes are praised and "note quite successes" are critiqued and discussed in a reflective and nurturing manner.

Troop 60 is well recognized in the Indian Waters Council and Chinquapin District as an active and caring unit. We have been fortunate to place first in multiple Scouting competitions, and have earned National recognition for our program through the Journey to Excellence award. We contribute service hours to our local community which are documented through the Messengers of Peace initiative, and leave a legacy with every Scout that comes through our door.

Every youth at Troop 60 is more than "a kid", they are a Scout. And as a Scout, they are afforded all the rewards and responsibilities that go with the title. We hope you will come spend some time with us and make our Troop your home on your way to Eagle.

A Scout is Thrifty

Troop 60 subscribes to the same policy of our National and Council offices that cost should not prohibit a Scout's ability to enjoy outdoor activities. To these ends,Troop 60 has several fundraising activities throughout the year which allows the Scouts to earn their way in their Scouting adventures. It also provides funds for the general operation of the Troop and upkeep of equipment. Our three major fundraising activities each year have been the National Popcorn Sale, local Camp Cards, and the Peach Festival Car Show.

Beyond the general purpose of fundraising (and reducing the cost to families), the Scouts that participate in these activities learn valuable life skills. They learn how to start a conversation,..... introduce themselves, and to professionally communicate with adults. It also teaches them the very important lesson of how to accept rejection and perceiver. Our Scouts derive great satisfaction and pride being able to earn their way and be self-sufficient.

We are grateful to our supporting community that invests in our Scouts so we can continue to do their good work.

Camping

Camping is an important part of Scouting. Troop 60 typically has one outdoor activity a month within an hour or two drive of Gilbert. These trips are typically two nights and encompass a variety of activities including, fishing, hiking, outdoor cooking, scout skills, service projects, earning merit badges, rank advancements, wood tool use, and (of course) campfires. The high point of our year is our week long summer camp. The benefits of camping include allowing them to be physically active while getting them to unplug from technology and reconnect with nature. (Maybe even get a little dirty). It allows them to grow more independent. It allows them to bond with their fellow Scouts and Scouters through fellowship. They'll make true friends and, most importantly, they'll have FUN!


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