What Scouting is

Simply: Scouting is a game with a purpose.

Scouting is camping, adventure, 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 bathtub, 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!

Patrol Method

In Scouts BSA, you become a member of a patrol when you join. 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 led by a patrol leader, that you elect.

Troop Meetings

  • Troop Meetings are Monday nights from 7:00-8:30pm at Stonybrook UMC.

  • Patrol Meetings can be planned by the patrol leader as social or planning/preparation meetings for each patrol. Each Patrol decides when & where to have a Patrol Meeting.

  • Board of Review is the 2nd Tuesday of every month and start at 7:30 and end usually by 9:00. A Scout attends Board of Review when they have completed the requirements to advance in rank.

  • Troop Committee meetings are held every month starting at 6:30 directly before the Board of Review.


  • Troop Campouts are scheduled for each month. The yearly calendar is handed out each January. Scouts meet at Stonybrook at 6pm on Friday and return around 1pm on Sunday.

  • The cost for each campout varies based on the activities planned.

  • Summer Camp is a weeklong camp that takes place in July. Troop 98 will be at Seven Ranges from July 11-17 in 2021. The 2021 fees were $330 for youth and $165 for adults.

Fees and Fundraising

  • A Wreath Sale that takes place each Fall is the only Fundraiser that Troop 98 uses.

    • For 2020 each Scout was asked to sell at least $200 in wreaths.

    • There was a $85 fee if a Scout chooses not to participate.

  • Dues are paid by each Scout at the first meeting of each month. Monthly dues are $5 and should be paid by the Scout.

Adult Leaders

The Scoutmaster works directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for their Troop. The Scoutmaster trains youth leaders to run the Troop by providing direction, coaching and support. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters ensure all activities happen under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of BSA and the chartered organization.

The Troop Committee is a cross between a board of directors and a parent support group. It sets troop policies and handles administrative functions, ensuring that the Troop resources are managed and available to support Troop activities.

"Passive citizenship is not enough to uphold in the world the virtues of freedom, justice, and honor. Only active citizenship will do."

-Robert Baden-Powell