Troop 26 is Scout-led. This means that Scouts are the leaders of the Troop. Scouts plan, manage and lead all aspects of the Troop. Trained adult leaders actively ensure that the Scouts have a safe, secure Scouting environment and resources and guidance needed to succeed while having fun doing it!


Scouting is a values-based program that instills the values of good conduct, honesty, responsibility, reverence, and leadership. A youth who spends one year in a Scout Troop will learn lifetime skills, basic outdoor skills, self-reliance, and how to get along with others. Scouting will prepare them to live a more productive and fulfilling life. 


Troop 26 operates using the “Patrol Method.” Using the Patrol Method, a Scout Troop is organized into smaller units, called Patrols, all led by older Scouts.  Together they plan the Troop’s program, and make it a reality.  By allowing Scouts to run the program they learn much more than skills - Scouts learn leadership and teamwork!

“The Patrol Method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout Troop, it is the only way. Unless the Patrol Method is in operation, you don’t really have a Boy Scout Troop.”

~ Lord Baden Powell, Founder of Scouting

Troop Activities

Troop 26 is an active outdoor Troop that does historic hikes, monthly overnight activities, Eagle projects, service projects, week-long summer camp, and high adventure. 

Monthly Outings

 - Rock Climbing

 - Backpacking

 - Camping

 - Canoeing

 - Skiing

 - Rifle Shooting

Summer Camp

 - Second week of July! 

 - Full week of camping

 - Range of activities

 - Merit badges! 

Service projects

 - Adopt-a-highway

 - Scouting for Food

High Adventure

As Scouts get older, Troop 26 meets their need for additional adventure is met with high adventure programs. Past high adventure trips include: 

 - 10-day, 80-mile backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Reservation

 - 6-day Len-Hoksin High Adventure Camp in Goshen, VA; 

 - 8-day Double-H backpacking adventure in New Mexico. 

 - Northern Tier Winter Camping in Minnesota.

Statistics show for every 100 boys who join scouting:

 1 will use his Boy Scout skills to save his life

 1 will use his Boy Scout skills to save someone else's life

 1 will enter the clergy

 4 will become Eagle Scouts

 5 will earn their religious emblem

 12 will have their first contact with a church

 17 will become Scouting volunteers

 18 will develop hobbies that will last through their adult lives

Who are Boy Scouts?

 108 of 172 Astronauts; more than 50% attained Star, Life or Eagle

 26 of the first 29 astronauts

 11 of 12 who walked on the moon

 85% of airline pilots

 89% of senior class presidents   

 72% of Rhodes Scholars

 65% of college graduates

 85% of FBI agents

 65% of the US Congress

 67% of US Military Academy graduates