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Troop 793

Glenelg, Maryland

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When and Where does the Troop Meet
Our troop meets Wednesday nights at 7:00 - 8:30pm
We meet at Glenelg United Methodist Church (GUMC) which is located at 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg
When and How often do you have Patrol Leaders Councils and Court of Honors?
The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meetings are on the first Wednesday before the regular troop meeting.
Patrol leaders, Assistants, Troop Guides, and all boys in leadership positions are expected at the PLC meetings.

 

About every six months we hold a Court of Honor, it is at the COH that we publicly award the boys advancement awards and awards of distinction earned since the previous COH.  The COH, is held either inside or outside (weather permitting), and is a ceremony and reception event which is fun for the whole family.

How often does the Troop go on trips?

Every month we usually have several different outing, activities and/or events outside of the Troop meeting.
The boys also select a least one trip every month of the year.  This is the favorite part of being in Troop 793 for the boys!  Some of the favorites that the boys have done in the past and tend to repeat each year include:

  • Tent  & Cabin Camping
  • Backpacking/ Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking 
  • Ski Trip and snow Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting/River tubing
  • Beach Camping
  • Kayaking/Canoeing/Boating/Boat Tubing
  • Caving/spunking
  • Robotic Competitions
There are also service projects throughout the year that typically take place close to home, and of course Boy Scout Camp which lasts a week (location varies) and High Adventure Camps including Philmont, Sea Base and Northern Tier

 

 


Do I have to attend all of the troop's meetings and events?

The short answer is No. Many of our scout are involved in several other school and committee activities, clubs and sports and we like to encourage them to continue these other interest. 

Troop 793 has an attendance policy that calls for at least 50% participating to be considered active in the troop.  Over a period of at least six months, if a scout fails to come to at least 50% of the meetings or events, then they are considered inactive.  Being inactive does not mean that the boy will be asked to leave the troop, but as such, a scout would not able to maintain his responsibilities in a leadership position and adult leaders are not able to work one-on-one with the scout if the commitment to the Troop is not there.

What opportunities are there for boys to work on their rank advancement activities?

There are many!

 

Younger scouts work on advancement in some of the troop meetings.  We will often pick advancement topics and theme for several of the troop meetings to meet requirements or work on merit badges having to do with the advancement topic.  As a scout gets older, he may be asked to leverage his experience toward helping the younger scouts earn some of their advancement - this is part of the scout giving back to the troop.  The oldest boys in the troop often work on advancement on their own, as they have typically met the requirements for most lower ranks, so they are now working on personally selected merit badges, Eagle Scout projects, or are an active part of the troop leadership.

 

Our troop also has advancement activities on just about every trip that we go on - and that is about one per month!

 

We also attend Boy Scout Camp for a week during the summer. This is the richest environment for working on advancements - boys often return from boy scout camp with 4-6 merit badges completed and/or a new rank completed, and they have a great time doing it.

 

Does the Troop Attend Boy Scout Camp in the summer?
Yes, Every summer the Troop attends a week long Boy Scout summer Camp.
We typically go around the third or fourth week in July and have tried several different Camps.
How often does the troop go to High Adventure Camp
Over the past several years, we have had a least one to two crews attend a High Adventure Cam.
These include Philmont, Sea Base and Northern Tier.
Does your Troop do any STEM or Robotic Activities?
Yes, Many of our scouts are involved in lots of STEM related activities.
We also have an Robotic Team that has been involved int the FIRST program since 2010 and has competed in competitions in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  And have qualified and attended the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri three years. 
Does the Troop require high pressure fundraising from scouts?
No, we have found that many of our boys are involved in so many other outside interests that require a lot of fundraising, so as a Troop we decided that we would only have low pressure or optional fundraisers.