Outdoor program and advancement are tools to teach Scouting
2014 Summer Camp Summary
BSA Camp Alexander, Elevenmile Canyon near Lake George, Colorado
24-hour Adventure Weekend for new Scouts, followed by 6 days of swimming, hiking, mountain biking, mountain boarding, rock climbing & rappelling, nature, Scoutcraft, advancement, ....
29 Scouts attended
11 adults spent the full week with the troop
In addition, another T97 Eagle Scout spent the summer serving on Scout camp staff
2014 Annual "Trek" Summary
Appalachian Trail & Washington DC Expedition (16 days)
20 Scouts & adults in 2 crews on separate itineraries backpacked 50 miles of the historic Appalachian Trail from Pennsylvania, across Maryland, to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
After riding the train to Union Station in Washington, DC, and joined by 3 more family members, the group explored the many sights of our nation's capital by foot or via Metro (subway), from our base at the DC Youth Hostel.
Value of Parent Involvement
Why do we insist on parental involvement? Because our experience tells us boys with involved parents are more likely to be successful in Scouting and in life.
Do we kick out boys whose parents cannot or will not meet our involvement standards? No, of course not (they need Scouting more than most). And we rejoice when Scouting helps such a boy along. But it is also disheartening to see unrealized potential that only a parent's loving involvement can bring out.
Our experiences with over 500 Troop 97 Scouts since 1978 shows a Scout will accomplish the following on average:
If one parent is a uniformed leader or active committee member, the Scout will:
camp 58 nights
stay in 4.6 years
go to 3.5 week-long summer camps
go on 1.5 challenging one- or two-week High Adventures
42% of such boys will earn the Eagle Scout award
11% will earn their church's God and Country award