About Us

Troop 186 is a parent-chartered* Boy Scout troop in Seattle, Washington.

The troop meets most Mondays during the school year at Laurelhurst Elementary school in northeast Seattle. We often meet in other locations depending on the meeting activity, so check the calendar. 

In keeping with our Troop’s longstanding history and tradition, and consistent with the policies of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 186 welcomes all Scouts to join our Troop without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status or disability status. Troop 186 selects its adult leaders using the same standard of inclusiveness.

*Parent-chartered means that the parents of the scouts are the troop's sponsoring organization, rather than a school or church or Rotary etc. Our only unifying principle is a desire to give our kids opportunities for service and leadership through an active, fun, and well run Scout Led troop that doesn't take itself too seriously.

FEATURED EAGLE PROJECT: Furnish an Apartment for Immigrant Refugees
Details on how you can help with Will B's timely and thoughtful project here.

Interested in the sister troop we're spinning up for girls? Visit the Troop 681 website!

About the Stripes
The background pattern you see is from Troop 186 neckerchiefs, which are handmade from Ecuadorian fabric and are a nod to our sister troop Grupo 4 in Quito. We exchange visits every couple of years, it's great!

Upcoming Events

Recent Photos

More photos are on the troop Flickr page

For a proper look at the latest photos go to the photos page.

Contact Us

Have a look at the How To Join Troop 186 page for contact info.

Scoutmaster's Blog

  • If You Keep Playing With That It Will Break Many parents of Cub Scouts have gotten comfortable with using the family camping gear on scout outings because they’ve been the ones setting it up and taking it down.  When their scout crosses over and Mom or Dad are no longer there to personally supervise, tents start to come home without stakes, spiffy integrated titanium mess kits come home disintegrated titanium messes, and tent poles, if they show up at all, arrive with the shock cord broken and several sections missing because the scout jammed it 8 feet down into the snow before discovering that you can’t actually pull on a collapsible tent pole (it just comes apart and the end stays stuck 8 feet down).Naturally, the ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2016, 7:56 AM by Brian Pratt
  • Updated Advancement Requirements for 2016 As you may have heard, BSA has tweaked the advancements program for 2016.Scouts should print this addendum (print it double-sided, so it makes a little booklet) and keep it in their current scout book: PDF linkHere's a useful FAQ covering the changes and how they affect you: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/2016BoyScoutrequirementsFAQs.pdfHighlights include more emphasis on fitness, service, and camping, and Scout is now considered a formal rank (though we'd already treated it this way, pretty much).The change that has perhaps drawn the most attention is that now for every rank, the Scout is required to tell how he has performed his Duty To God, which is of course ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 3:43 PM by Brian Pratt
  • Type II Fun (originally posted Monday, February 1, 2016)We just got back from our snow cave overnight up on Mount Rainier.  The snow covered road wasn't open until noon on Saturday so by the time we got to the site around 1:30, we didn't have a lot of daylight left.  Everybody had to work fast, and dig hard.  We all got tired and the shelters were of varying size and completeness, but most were serviceable.Most of the Scouts had a comfortable night, but one or two were a little under prepared, or inexperienced, and had a rough evening.  Finally I got them sorted out and into a spare tent, and dry clothing, so nobody died, but there were ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:51 PM by Brian Pratt
  • This is Why We Study First Aid (originally posted Wednesday, October 7, 2015)From Scouts South Africa: Learn It Young. Remember It Forever - YouTube
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:50 PM by Brian Pratt
  • The Blessings of a Large Troop (originally posted Sunday, October 4, 2015)At last week's Green Bar Council (GBC) meeting we had our Senior Patrol Leader, his 3 Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders,  our 9 Patrol Leaders, and our 4 Troop Guides.  I had more scout leaders in my living room than most troops have scouts.   You think I'm joking, but BSA says that the average troop size is 15 scouts.  If you've ever been to Camp Parsons and looked around at the other troops lined up  in front of the dining hall you know I'm not exaggerating.That's pretty amazing.  It's also a problem - but it is a high quality problem.As the scouts spitballed meeting ideas at the GBC ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:49 PM by Brian Pratt
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