About Our Troop
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Ballard Troop 163 was chartered in 1953 for the purpose of providing young men with fun activities while teaching them to be good citizens who are strong in character.
Ballard Troop 163 serves the communities of Cambridge, Kelley, Huxley, Sheldahl and Slater. Our Chartered Organization (Sponsor) is the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Slater, however, you do not need to be a member of the church in order to belong to our Troop. We range in size from 35-40 Scouts and generally have 5-6 patrols including a New-Scout Patrol and a Venturing Crew for older Scouts. Many of our scouts and adults are members of the Order of the Arrow and participate in those activities throughout the year.
We usually have two meetings and one outing per month every month of the year. We have a wonderful group of energetic Scouts and committed parents. If you would like to visit our Troop, please contact our Scoutmaster.
The troop attends one long-term camp each year and plans at least one high adventure type trip each year. Troop 163 was featured in the May 2007 issue of Boys’ Life Magazine when we traveled to the Black Hills and participated in the Mount Rushmore Flag Ceremony. Other types of summer camp and high adventure trips over the years were:
- Camp Mitigwa, Woodward, Iowa
- Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- Skiing, Welch Village, MN
- Black Hills/Badlands/Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
- Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
- Porcupine Mountains, Michigan
- Yellow River State Forest/Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
- Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico