Boy Scout Troop 50

Holy Spirit Parish sponsors Boy Scout Troop 50, an active, boy-led troop of about 65 scouts, age 11-18, and 50 adults. We meet most Monday evenings at 7:15 in Holy Spirit Catholic School, reserving the last Monday of the month for “Patrol Leader Committee” meetings, in which the elected boy leaders plan the activities for the upcoming month. During the summer we don’t have formal meetings, but instead most boys go to Goshen Summer Camp or a “high adventure” (for the older scouts).  In 2017, we had a trip to Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland and in the past we have attended Philmont Scout Ranch in NM, as well as Northern Tier Canoeing Base in Ely, MN, Summit Reserve in West Virginia, and Sea Base in Florida for both sailing and scuba.

Our troop adheres to the “patrol method” with most patrols consisting of approximately 8-10 scouts, usually grouped by age (but not always).  The patrol method is what helps foster the culture of boy leadership. Boys elect their own leaders at the patrol and troop level, who work together to plan activities and outings, while the adults provide advice, consultation, and of course, transportation.

Boys manage their own advancement through the ranks, with the older boys teaching the younger boys the skills required and the adults providing counseling toward Merit Badges. There are many learning opportunities available throughout the year, with several service projects and camping and hiking trips in a typical semester, as well as Scout Day at Nationals Park, Scout Sunday in the Church, and the famous Rope Bridge, constructed by the boys at the annual Parish Picnic.

An average of 8 scouts in Troop 50 reach Eagle rank each year.

We are members of the National Capital Area Council, based in Rockville, MD and covering MD, DC, and Northern Virginia. Troop 50 is part of the Patriot District in Virginia: http://www.ncacbsa.org/members/group.aspx?id=114016

Our Scoutmaster is Dan Brunk (daniel.brunk@yahoo.com) and our Committee Chair is Regina FitzSimmons (regina_fitzsimmons@yahoo.com). Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in joining or have further questions. Please also take a moment to visit our website: http://www.annandale50.mytroop.us/ 

 

 

 

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