Our activity year ("fiscal year", including budget and program planning) runs concurrently with the school year, from 1 September through 31 August. This report covers the activity year ending 31 August 2015.
Troop Activities & Program
Troop 97 earned the 2014–15 BSA “Journey to Excellence” award for quality program at the Gold (highest) level.
Membership (1 September 2015)—47 Scouts & 12 uniformed adult leaders
New Scouts (since 1 September 2014)—13
Schools—Scouts attend 12 elementary/middle schools & 8 high schools
Current Scouts by Rank—4 no rank, 7 Tenderfoot, 4 Second Class, 8 First Class, 6 Star, 16 Life, 2 Eagle
Current Scouts by Age—9 age 11, 7 age 12, 11 age 13, 4 age 14, 5 age 15, 5 age 16, 6 age 17
Advancements Earned During the Year—149 merit badges and 36 rank advancements: 9 Tenderfoot, 8 Second Class, 7 First Class, 4 Star, 5 Life, 3 Eagle
Eagle Scouts—4 this year; troop has averaged 3.7/year since 1979 (25% of all Scouts), 172 Eagle Scouts since the troop's first in 1954
Troop 97 Master Camper Award—earned by 2 Scouts & 3 adults this year; 18 current Scouts & 16 current adults have earned the award
Service Projects—This year, Troop 97 Scouts performed over 1000 hours of service for the local community, including 5 major service project led by Eagle candidates.
Camping—27 days (and nights) of camping, including 10 weekend campouts, 7 days at summer camp, and 7 days of backpacking high adventure. Among our current parents, 38 dads and 22 moms have camped overnight with the troop, plus 11 siblings of current Scouts have attended our family campouts.
Summer Camp—In July, 40 Scouts and 19 full-week adults spent 7 days at BSA Camp Melita Island on Flathead Lake, Montana.
High Adventure 'Trek'—In August, 16 Scouts and adults, in two crews on separate itineraries, backpacked Wyoming's rugges and spectacular Wind River Range.
The Troop 97 Treks challenge our more experienced Scouts, developing leadership, initiative, teamwork, and maturity. And 52% of trek graduates will earn Eagle Scout, compared to 3% of those who never go on a trek. Since 1978, 390 T97 Scouts & adults have gone on one or more annual treks, expeditions, or SuperTreks.