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 2014.
Troop Activities & Program
BSA Quality Unit recognition earned for the current year
Membership (1 September 2014)—45 Scouts & 12 uniformed adult leaders
New Scouts (since 1 September 2013)—11
Schools—Scouts attend 11 elementary/middle schools & 7 high schools
Current Scouts by Rank—3 no rank, 6 Tenderfoot, 4 Second Class, 6 First Class, 8 Star, 16 Life, 2 Eagle
Current Scouts by Age—6 age 11, 9 age 12, 3 age 13, 10 age 14, 5 age 15, 8 age 16, 4 age 17
Advancements Earned During the Year—137 merit badges and 34 rank advancements: 7 Tenderfoot, 9 Second Class, 6 First Class, 4 Star, 6 Life, 2 Eagle
Eagle Scouts—2 this year; troop has averaged 3.7/year since 1979 (25% of all Scouts), 168 Eagle Scouts since the troop's first in 1954
Troop 97 Master Camper Award—earned by 4 Scouts & 1 adult this year; 19 current Scouts & 13 current adults have earned the award
Service Projects—This year, Troop 97 Scouts performed over 1000 hours of service for the local community, including 3 major service project led by Eagle candidates.
Camping—33 days (and nights) of camping, including 12 weekend campouts, 6 days at summer camp, and 14 days of backpacking & Washington DC high adventure. Among our current parents, 37 dads and 21 moms have camped overnight with the troop, plus 15 siblings of current Scouts have attended our family campouts.
Summer Camp—In July, 29 Scouts and 12 full-week adults spent 6 days at BSA Camp Alexander in the Elevenmile Canyon near Lake George, Colorado.
High Adventure 'Trek'—In June, 20 Scouts and adults, in two crews on separate itineraries, backpacked about 50 miles of the historic Appalachian Trail from Pennsylvania across Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Then, joined by 3 more family members, they rode the train to Union Station in Washington, DC, and toured the many sights by foot and Metro (subway).
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, 386 T97 Scouts & adults have gone on one or more annual treks, expeditions, or SuperTreks.