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 2013.
Troop Activities & Program
BSA Quality Unit recognition earned for the current year
Membership (1 September 2013)—55 Scouts & 20 uniformed adult leaders
New Scouts (since 1 September 2012)—17
Schools—Scouts attend 11 elementary/middle schools & 7 high schools
Current Scouts by Rank—3 no rank, 11 Tenderfoot, 3 Second Class, 6 First Class, 14 Star, 14 Life, 4 Eagle
Current Scouts by Age—14 age 11, 5 age 12, 10 age 13, 9 age 14, 8 age 15, 5 age 16, 4 age 17
Advancements Earned During the Year—169 merit badges and 49 rank advancements: 15 Tenderfoot, 5 Second Class, 8 First Class, 8 Star, 8 Life, 5 Eagle
Eagle Scouts—5 this year; troop has averaged 3.7/year since 1979 (25% of all Scouts), 166 Eagle Scouts since the troop's first in 1954
Troop 97 Master Camper Award—earned by 7 Scouts & 2 adults this year; 20 current Scouts & 9 current adults have earned the award
Service Projects—This year, 5 Eagle candidates led major community service projects to build duck nesting houses; land & tree preparation for a GRIT Athletics fund raiser; planter area at Timberline Church; built informational kiosks for Fort Collins trails; built new benches in Rocky Mountain HS dugout.
Camping—25 days (and nights) of camping, including 12 weekend days, 7 days at summer camp, and 6 days of backpacking & canoeing high adventure. Among our current parents, 43 dads and 17 moms have camped overnight with the troop, plus 17 siblings of current Scouts have attended our family campouts.
Summer Camp—In June, 42 Scouts and 17 full-week adults spent 7 days at Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo, New Mexico.
High Adventure 'Trek'—In late August, 21 Scouts and adults, in two crews on separate itineraries, backpacked the scenic Mt Zirkel Wilderness Area near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The Troop 97 Treks challenge our more experienced Scouts, developing leadership, initiative, teamwork, and maturity. And 53% of trek graduates will earn Eagle Scout, compared to 6% of those who never go on a trek.
Troop Budget (9/2012—8/2013)
The troop took in over $46,000, and provided almost $7300 in family discount credits. This included fund raising/donations of nearly $9400.
Troop expenses included $1700 for BSA charter/registration/Boys Life magazine fees and $21,000 for summer camp & charter bus.