Outdoor program and advancement are tools to teach Scouting
2016 Summer Camp Summary
Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, Elbert, Colorado
7 days of swimming, canoeing, nature, Scoutcraft, advancement, ....
26 Scouts attended
9 adults spent the full week with the troop
2016 Annual "Trek" Summary
2016 "SuperTrek" to the British Virgin Islands (12 days)
33 Scouts & adults in 4 crews
2 days at an "eco resort" on the US island of St John
7 days exploring multiple British islands on 55-foot, sloop-rigged sailing vessels
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