Troop 451 Fast Facts
- Our troop has been active since its founding in 1996.
- Troop 451 typically numbers over 35 scouts.
- The troop maintains a year-round active and challenging outdoor program.
- The troop goes camping once a month from August through June.
- A 7 day summer camp is planned each year to Camp Geiger in Missouri where scouts can complete multiple Merit Badges at once.
- Boy Scouts plan and run the program.
- Since 1996, the Eagle rank has been earned by over 137 scouts.
- Troop 451 has long contributed to the community though countless Eagle Scout projects.
Scouting is a values-based program with its own code of conduct. The Scout Oath and Law help instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty. Scouts learn skills that will last a lifetime, including basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with others. For almost a century, Scouting has instilled in young men and women the values and knowledge that they will need to become leaders in their communities and country.
Troop 451’s program is built upon training, leadership, adventure and fun. We are an active troop with monthly campouts and travel to Summer Camp for a week in St. Joseph, MO. We also plan high adventure trips at Spring Break and one during the summer, in addition to Philmont Treks, Sea Base, and Northern Tier.
Our Troop participates in regular service projects such as Adopt-A-Spot, Scouting for Food, and we are regularly enlisted by the community to assist with flag ceremonies, conservation and cleanup.
Boy Scout Troops all implement the same Scouting program from the National Council. Most people might then ask if the Troops are any different? Absolutely! Troops have different scout and adult leaders who focus on different activities. Since Scout Troops are scout led, the direction and focus comes from the scouts. Some Troops focus on lightweight camping, some on merit badges, some on high adventure activities and others focus on service opportunities. When looking for a Troop, there are many factors to consider. Here are a few things that make 451 unique:
Trail to First Class
Troop 451 has a dedicated program geared towards helping your son achieve his First Class rank within the first year of joining the Troop. Why is this important? First Class represents a major milestone for the Scout, serving as the point where his advancement switches from skills-based achievement to leadership skills. We have 2 dedicated leaders who work with the boys as well as over 15 older Scouts who are paired up with the younger Scouts to make sure they succeed.
One hallmark of a successful Troop is active and engaged adult leaders. We have a very strong leadership group and regularly have 5+ uniformed adults at each meeting, along with another 15-20 parents who assist in a variety of committee roles or teach Merit Badges to the Scouts. While the program is decided and run by the boys, the adults provide logistical support for the program as well ensuring the health and safety of the Scouts.
Boys love to get out and have some fun! We have an active High Adventure program to help engage the older Scouts in more challenging activities. The High Adventure programs are open to boys ages 14 and up. We participate in the Boy Scout National High Adventure Bases – backpacking at Philmont in New Mexico, sailing at the Florida Sea Base and canoeing the Boundary Waters in Minnesota at Northern Tier. We also take our own high adventure trips with the Troop – horseback cavalcades, whitewater rafting and SCUBA trips just to name a few.
Order of the Arrow /
Mic-O-Say Dance Team
The OA/Mic-O-Say Dance and Ceremony team is a group of Scouts within the Troop who belong to either the Order of the Arrow or Mic-O-Say (both are honor camping societies). The Scouts that elect to participate perform and dress in Native American costumes that they have built. The Scouts perform for Cub Scout Blue & Gold banquets, pack meetings, Eagle Courts of Honor and other community events. They also conduct ceremonies for Arrow of Light ceremonies and bridging ceremonies for Cub Scouts.
For more information about the team, please see their website, the Lone Star Dance District.