Welcome to Troop 96

What makes Troop 96 Special?

Scout led

This means that the scouts elect their own youth leaders who are responsible for the success of the troop. Sure, things may seem chaotic at times, but letting the scouts figure out how to lead and solve problems is part of the experience.

Active

Troop 96 is a highly active troop, with camping opportunities every month for scouts, fundraising opportunities for the scouts to pay their own way, and weekly meetings to learn new skills, make friends, and be leaders.

Involved

Troop 96 is the color guard for the Urbandale Homecoming parade, and has provided many community service projects throughout the area, including the Eagle Bandstand at Lions Park, portions of the amphitheater at Jester Park, and many others seen and unseen in the community.

Fully uniformed

Troop 96 prides itself on being a fully uniformed troop. This means official Scouts BSA uniforms from head to toe. Don’t worry, the troop maintains a uniform closet to help families to keep these growing scouts in uniforms that fit!

Adult supported

Parents take an active role in providing support to the youth leaders and logistical support to the troop.

Recognition

Scouts are recognized for their accomplishments at a quarterly Court of Honor.

Established

Troop 96 has called Urbandale and Aldersgate United Methodist Church home for over 50 years, with many Eagle Scouts who have gone on to be accountants, engineers, attorneys, doctors, teachers, high school band directors, musicians, actors, and even rocket scientists (yes, really!).

Flexible

Kids are busy, and are encouraged to play sports, participate in music, theatre, mock trial, student government, etc. Scouting compliments all these activities, and there may be some scouting requirements that these other activities accomplish.

Camping and Activities

Monthly Campouts

Troop 96 camps in various locations through the area, including the Fossil and Prairie Center in Rockville, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Omaha, Maquoketa Caves, the Lincoln Pilgrimage in Galena, and closer to home at Camp Mitigwa, Chichaqua Bottoms, Walnut Woods, and many other places.

Summer Camp

Troop 96 has a long-standing tradition of alternating between Camp Mitigwa outside Woodward, and other Boy Scout camps throughout the United States. Troop 96 has traveled to Camp Many Point in Minnesota, Camps Tesomas and Tomahawk in Wisconsin, Camp Geiger in Missouri, Camp Roy C. Manchester in Kentucky, and beyond.

Equipment

The troop provides the tents and cooking gear, the scouts are responsible for packing appropriate clothing, hygiene, and sleeping gear.

Fundraising

There are several ways for scouts to support their scouting adventure:

Tree lot

Troop 96 partners with Troop 43 in providing Christmas trees and wreaths at a tree lot on Merle Hay Road. This is a major fundraiser in which scouts can earn more than enough to cover annual dues, campouts, and summer camp.

Popcorn

Scouts can further support their scouting activities by participating in the annual popcorn sale.

Camp Cards

Scouts can sell camp cards to supplement their scouting expenses each year.

Flags

Troop 96 leases flags to Urbandale businesses each major holiday. Scouts put the flags out early in the morning, and retrieve them before sundown. The funds raised from this help support the troop’s equipment and activities needs each year.

Parental Commitment

There are several ways that parents can support their scout’s success; and unlike Cub Scouts, parents are not required to attend every meeting. We understand that schedules are busy, many volunteer positions with the troop are behind the scenes, and don't require a lot of time or effort- just a willingness to help. All parents are encouraged to attend a monthly parent’s committee meeting, usually the second Sunday of the month at 7 pm.

Meetings

Every Monday, 7 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church- 3600 75th Street, Urbandale.