Parkwood Baptist Church
(near the Kings Park Shopping Center)
Monday Evenings 7:00pm
(See our Troop Calendar for more information)
Thank you for taking time to learn about Troop 1523 as you start looking for a scout troop for your son to join. Boy Scouting is a wonderful opportunity for young men to learn valuable outdoor and personal leadership skills and have fun. There are many fine scout troops in our area. We have a great program, and it's getting better every year. This letter will briefly describe our troop and its program. Troop 1523 meets Monday evenings at 7:00 PM (See the troop calendar on the menu bar for more information).
Troop 1523 is a boy-led troop. This means that the scouts elect their leaders and are empowered to plan and carry out troop meetings and outings. The troop is led by the Senior Patrol Leader, with the assistance of his Patrol Leaders and a number of other boys on the troop leadership team. This leadership team, called the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC), meets at least once a month to plan activities for the troop outings and meetings.
Our troop regularly gives back to our community in the form of service projects. As an example, in addition to the yearly District sponsored Scouting for Food event, the troop conducts regular food drives at a local grocery store and provides the food to local food banks. We have also participated in food bank distribution events at a local church.
Adult leaders in our troop provide for safety, and they mentor our scouts to allow each scout to learn appropriate skills, develop his own leadership style, and develop character through his scouting experiences. Our troop is committed to adult leader development. All on our active leadership team have completed scoutmaster training.
Troop 1523 offers a very exciting and diverse outdoor program. Camping, hiking, biking, and water sports are just a few of the things we do (check out our troop history of activities on the menu bar). One of the perennial favorite outings is a ski trip each winter. We attend a week-long summer camp each year for the whole troop and plan high-adventure trips to challenge the older scouts. Past high-adventure programs include reoccurring backpacking trips at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, backcountry canoeing at in Canada as part of the Boy Scout’s Northern Tier High Adventure program, intense rock climbing at Via Ferrata, WV, and scuba trips to Sea Base in the Florida Keys.
Advancement is a key part of the program with Troop 1523. The elected youth leaders, older scouts, and the adult leadership all work to support the scouts in advancing. In addition, the troop has merit badge counselors for over sixty merit badges. The troop has “grown” 100 Eagle Scouts since the troop was established over 45 years ago.