Welcome, Scouts, Parents, and Volunteers, to Troop 98!

Troop 98 has a lot to offer to you. Scouting can teach you a variety of life skills, not just camping, and you will have fun in the process. You will learn responsibility, grow stronger physically and mentally, and learn how to teach and lead others. If you desire it enough, this can take you to the ultimate accomplishment as a Scout in Scouts BSA -- the rank of Eagle Scout, an award that few who join Scouts BSA will achieve. Do YOU want to be one of those few?

In our troop, you will have help: lots of it! There is a group of adult and youth leaders, including your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, Senior Patrol Leader, and various others to answer all your questions and help you with your advancements. You also have a youth leadership council that will be glad to help you.  You will get back from our program everything you put in!
The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Troop 98

We are Troop 98 and we have been serving Gahanna youth since 1943.  We serve the community by preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime. In this preparation we have four main aims; Character Development, Citizenship Training, Physical, Emotional, and Mental Fitness, and Leadership Development. This is accomplished through the hard work of the Scouts in our Scout Lead Troop, the guidance of the Scoutmaster Corps, the dedication of the Troop Committee, the commitment of Parents, and support from the Simon Kenton CouncilTri-Creek District and our Charter organization Stonybrook United Methodist Church,

The Troop Organization chart on the left provides a layout of what the Troop leadership looks like. This Troop Structure is built from several different layers so that Scouts can learn to help those they are responsible for, and always receive help when needed from another Scout, or Volunteer. 

What is Scouting?
Simply: Scouting is a game with a purpose.
Scouting is camping, adventure, and learning, and so much more. Scouting provides a positive and safe environment for young people to grow into the best versions of themselves. This growth is a process in which Scouts make mistakes and get messy. But when a Scout looks back at their time in the program these mistakes and the lessons learned from them become guideposts for the rest of a Scouts life. So go camping with your patrol of friends, burn your food, turn your tent into a bath tub, challenge yourself to do more than you ever thought possible, and we promise you will look back at your time in Scouts BSA and describe it with one word; FUN!

When we do things:
It is always best to consult our Troop Calendar to make sure when and where we will be.

Troop Meetings are each Monday from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, except:
    • When the local schools or our Chartered Organization is Closed due to inclement weather or a national holiday. 
    • The Monday following a campout, which is reserved for the Troop Leaders Council (TLC) meeting. The Troop meeting room is still open for patrol meetings during the TLC meetings. 
Board of Review meetings for boys to attend to achieve Rank advancements occurs the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

Troop Committee meetings for the adults are scheduled by the Committee Chair.

Summer Camp is generally a week in the middle of July at 7Ranges Summer Camp

Campouts are scheduled and on our Troop Calendar.

The Annual Program Plan is a document that lets everyone in the Troop know what activities the Troop will be involved in for that year. It is completed by Scout Leaders each year in December, and can be found on our Files & Forms page.
Where we do things: 
It is always best to consult our Troop Calendar to make sure when and where we will be. 

Other campout locations will be posted on our Calendar.

Why we do Scouting:
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to:
  • Try new things 
  • Provide service to others 
  • Build self-confidence 
  • Reinforce ethical standards 
While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

And did we mention IT IS FUN!                            Check out more benefits of scouting here.
How we Scout
The Troop 98 program is like a big layered birthday cake. It is fun, made from many different ingredients, and has a layered structure. The ingredients for the Troop program are the Annual Program Plan, the Communication Plan, the Troop Organization charts, and the Policies of the Troop and the BSA.

The Policies of the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 98 let everyone know how the program works, ensures that Boy Scouts is a safe place, and provide a standard code of conduct. Information about Troop 98 policies can be found on our Policies page. BSA policies on safety can be found at the Scouting Safely page, and you can learn how the BSA works on their About Us page.

The Troop Communication Plan manages all of the Troop information. This includes using Team App to provide safe and secure emails and notifications among Troop members, and store private contact information. The plan also includes the website you are reading right now to share public information among past, current, and future, Scouts, Parents, and Volunteers. To be added to our Team App please contact us and we will get you connected. To learn more about Team App check out our how to guides or you can search the Team App FAQ

Troop 98 is a Scout Lead Troop.  Empowering Scouts to be leaders is one of the core principles in Scouting. Scouting is designed to help Scouts prepare to participate in, and give leadership to, American society. A troop is a small democracy. Within the safety framework provided by the adult leaders, and with the Scoutmaster’s direction and mentoring, the Scouts plan and implement the troop program.

The Patrol Method
In our troop, you become a member of a patrol when you join us. This patrol is a group of Scouts your own age who work, compete, learn, cook, etc., together. You are an interdependent group where everyone is important. Your patrol is lead by a patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, and a patrol quartermaster that you elect. You will have the opportunity to run for these positions as you advance in rank through Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class.

Your leader works through a Troop Guide that in turn is directed by an Assistant Scoutmaster assigned to your patrol. Your patrol will conduct periodic meetings to take care of your patrol's responsibilities, goals, and activities. You will plan and carry out assignments for the troop as designated by your Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (), and the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), along with the Scoutmaster. This group, called the Troop Leaders Council (TLC), meets monthly to develop the troop's program and calendar.

The Scouts BSA Handbook
Your first source of information for anything in Scouts BSA is your Scouts BSA Handbook. In addition to being an informative guide to scouting, it is used to record completion of the steps required to advance in rank. It will be a part of your every Scouting activity. The updated requirements in the 13 Edition Handbook can be found here.

Other defining Documents
Along with the Scouts BSA Handbook there are several other documents that define the program. These are all official BSA documents that take precedent over any individual Troops policies
You can also find out more about the Building Blocks of the BSA programs.
Problem Solving
Whether you have a question or a conflict we want to make sure you know who to call. (Probably not the Ghost-busters). When a Scout has a question or a concern they can check our Scout process chart on the right. The process allows the Troop leaders, the Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader, to fulfill their roles as leaders. It also helps support the Volunteer role of being a guide to the Troop Leaders. If a Scout should be concerned about his or another Scout's health or safety any Scout, he should find an adult volunteer immediately

Additionally,  a Parent or Volunteer can check their own process chart seen on the left. Parents questions should be directed to the volunteer helping new Scout parents. They will be able to answer a majority of parents questions or direct them towards resources such as the Boy Scout Handbook or other defining documents seen above. And any concerns about health and safety should be taken directly to the Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee Chair immediately.

Monthly dues are $2 and are collected at the first Troop meeting of each month. The dues cover the cost of rechartering the Troop and the Scout for the year. Dues do not pay for campouts or other individual activities.

To help offset camping and other costs, each scout has a personal "scout account" funded by our major fundraiser. The Troop participates in only one fundraiser each year, selling Christmas Wreaths in November and delivering in December. If the Scout actively participates in the fundraiser, selling more than 6 wreaths, your cost for the major outings can be completely covered. In addition, your son has the opportunity to put his Scouting knowledge to the test and earn the equivalent of his summer camp fees.

Click here to see all of the Troops Financial records.

The Troop owns some equipment and supplies that are used for various events and camping. 
Please visit our Inventory Page for a complete list of the Troops assets.