NEW TROOP 440 WEBSITE
Troop 440 now has a new and improved website! It can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/troop440silverspring/
Don't forget to add it to your "Favorites". This website will be retired on January 1st, 2014.
2013 National Scout Jamboreein West Virginia
July 15-July 24, 2013 * Registration - Now Open
In 2012, Montgomery District will split into three districts, yet to be named.
Learning by Doing in Troop 440
Troop 440 is a high adventure, youth-led troop: Scouts plan and run meetings and activities. In the true spirit of Scouting the boys learn through doing. Boys are given the opportunity to lead, develop new skills, and assume responsibilities. Boys teach other boys using the EDGE method. They plan which activities to do and how to do them. Boys make mistakes but learn from the process. Our dedicated adult leadership is there to provide guidance and ensure safety, but the boys do run the show.
High adventure in Troop 440 means backpacking, bicycle touring, canoeing, climbing, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, and white water rafting, Varsity Troop 832, a provisional high adventure troop (composed of older Scouts from Troop 440 and other units) that develops long term (7-14 day) high adventure treks throughout the United States. There are two major high adventure excursions annually, normally, a 7-10 day trek over spring break and a 14-16 day trek at the end of July and the first two weeks of August, as well as shorter specialized excursions throughout the year. In addition, Varsity Scouts conduct monthly leadership seminars, the annual NCAC Junior Leadership Workshop (JLW), and other leader development courses to supplement Intro to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT, formerly Impeesa).
Our troop also car camps in the front country: at a national or state park, Scouts pitch tents or hammocks and prepare their own meals using the patrol cooking method. When we "base camp," the entire troop goes to the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia; younger Scouts car camp and day hike while the Venture Patrol backpacks.
Troop 440 maintains a year round program and we accept new members of all faiths and abilities at any time. We had our 60th anniversary in 2010. Please stop by for a visit! Contact the Scoutmaster on the Info link (above left).
Troop Meetings, Outings, and Trips
For the inclement weather closing policy, see the Info page and search for "Inclement Weather".
See the calendar for the latest info on meetings. Sometimes the meeting room is overbooked so we have to make last minute changes. If so, Scouts or signs will give directions to the new room. All meeting locations are within a short walking distance of each other.
Outings and trips are usually the 3rd weekend of the month but sometimes shift around district, council, or Order of the Arrow events.
Meeting venue is usually in either:
St. Bernadette School Hall, 80 University Blvd East (193E), Silver Spring, MD 20901-2547 map
Monsignor William F. Stricker Room (MSR), in the basement of:
St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, 70 University Blvd East (193E), Silver Spring, MD 20901-2547 map
Check the calendar for days we don't meet; click event for details.
In the satellite image (church link above), the entrance of the Monsignor William F. Stricker Room (MSR) is in the church basement, the cross-shaped building (casting shadows), between the rectory and cluster of trees.
PLC Meetings:Patrol Leaders' Council meetings consist of Scouts in leadership positions and the Scoutmaster. Visitors are welcome to observe quietly: just be Courteous and give the SPL heads up.
From University Blvd East (MD193E), RIGHT in to St. Bernadette entrance.
St. Bernadette School is closest brick building straight ahead with three white doors.
School Hall meetings map:
Usual meeting room.
When you pull into St. B's parking lot from 193, the School Hall is closest brick building straight ahead with three white doors.
Entrance is slightly to the right, up steps and through white doors.
Once inside, go down steps to a large multipurpose room.
MSR (Monsignor William F. Stricker Room) meetings map:
Alternate room if School Hall unavailable.
1st LEFT; pass school and parish on right.
Road veers left in front of rectory/parish office.
RIGHT between yellow gates, over speed bump.
Road veers right past rectory.
Cross another speed bump.
MSR is directly ahead; park.
Entrance is down a few steps and through white doors.
Rectory conference room meetings:
Small conference room for eight, used for PLC training.
Entrance is on the back side of the rectory. If facing the MSR (Monsignor William F. Stricker Room), the rectory basement is to your right, below the deck.
School Library meetings:
When you pull into St. B's parking lot from 193, the school entrance is straight ahead, set back behind a statue. Enter through glass doors, walk to end of hall, and go down a stairwell to the left; the library is on the bottom floor. We'll post Scouts and waymarking signs.