more than 50 adults cover numerous support and troop committee roles, including providing merit badge counselors for almost every one of Scouting's 120+ merit badges
11 elementary & middle schools (55% of Scouts/grades 5-8)
7 high schools (45% of Scouts/grades 9-12)
75% of our Scouts belong to a church (representing 19 local churches)
25% of our Scouts do not attend a church
Former Cub Scouts/Webelos
75% of our Scouts earned the Arrow of Light as Cub Scouts
64% of our Scouts joined directly from a Cub Scout pack (from 14 different packs)
You've got 27 fellow Scouts aged 10-13, who attend 11 different schools.
There's a good chance you'll know some guys a grade or two above you at your school, from Troop 97.
You've got senior Scouts to help you advance, and can teach you the skills based on their experience when they were younger.
Troop 97 has more senior Scouts than most troops, Varsity teams, or Venturing crews.
You've got 25 fellow Scouts aged 14-17, who attend 7 different high schools.
You work with and teach the younger Scouts, but you've also got plenty of older Scouts to do things with, too.
As you advance toward Eagle, it helps to have other guys working on the same things.
Almost 25% of all Troop 97 Scouts since 1979 have earned Scouting's highest rank
166 Troop 97 Scouts have earned Eagle, 128 since 1979
20% of our Scouts come from single-parent/step-parent families
49% of our Scouts have at least one parent actively involved
Jeff Snowden is the troop's 16th Scoutmaster. He has:
been in Scouting continuously since 1959 (54+ years)
been a Scoutmaster since 1967 (46+ years)
been with Troop 97 since 1978 (35+ years)
been involved in Scout and adult leadership training for the district, Council, and Region since 1968, including serving as course director for Scouting's week-long Wood Badge advanced adult training course
been awarded the Silver Beaver for service to youth