Scouts BSA: A modern adventure 110 years in the making!
Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
While many scouts in a troop arrive as graduates of the Cub Scout program, no previous scouting experience is necessary to flourish in Troop 247.
About Troop 247 for Boys and Girls
Troop 1247 was founded in 1940 to bring character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness to boys in the Kansas City Northland. Since then, our dedication to those aims has produced hundreds of Eagle Scouts and thousands of young men of character.
Troop 7247 was founded in 2019 to give girls 11-17 the opportunity to have the same great Scouting experiences available to boys for over a century.
Boys and girls meet every Monday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. While the troops are separate and mostly run separate programs, the two troops do share many activities throughout the year and attend summer camp at the same time.
Both troops are sponsored by Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. We are part of the North Star District within the Heart of America Council.
Scouting for Girls
When thinking about an institution that has been around as long as the Boy Scouts of America, one question that often comes to mind is, “What did they change to make the program relevant to girls?”
The answer is easy: Nothing.
The Scouts BSA program is the same for girls and boys. All youth now have an equal chance to learn life skills and leadership competencies through the Scouts BSA program. An Eagle Scout will have worked hard, learned much, and followed the same path regardless of gender.
Both troops have activities that appeal to all kinds of boys and girls. Of course, the traditions of outdoor activities, camping, knot tying, and first aid haven’t gone away. Our troops continue to camp monthly in all sorts of weather. These skills help teach self-reliance, not only in the woods but in everyday life.
But our troops are about more than just camping and the outdoors. Many of our Scouts are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities that we incorporate from time to time in our weekly meetings as well as monthly outings.
Mixing traditional Scouting with modern interests allows for a wide variety in our troop program and rarely an excuse for a Scout to say that he or she is bored.
Our troops are youth-led with the mentorship and guidance of the Scoutmasters and their assistants.
A Scouts BSA troop is run by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). The SPL is a Scout that is elected by his or her fellow troop mates because they have seen potential in how that Scout can lead them.
Two Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPLs) help the SPL. One will take the SPL’s place at the end of his or her six-month tenure. The second ASPL just finished serving a term as SPL and is there to mentor the other two.
Youth-led troops follow the Patrol Method. Our troop is comprised of many patrols, each containing no more than eight Scouts. Each patrol has a Patrol Leader, elected by fellow patrol mates.
All the Patrol Leaders, ASPLs, and SPL make up the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). The PLC plans all troop meetings and outings.
Just because a troop is run by the youth doesn’t mean that adult leadership isn’t essential. We strongly encourage every adult family member to find a way to support our troops. Whether it’s serving on the troop committee, teaching merit badge subjects, or just being available to camp on a weekend, adults who are active have active Scouts. And active Scouts are more likely to get the most out of the Scouting program, including earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
We hope you’ll consider being part of the Troop 247 family!