A Bit About Us

 

Troop 15 - A Bit About Us

Why Join Scouts

Boys enter scouting for several reasons. They join to make friends, or to make existing friendships stronger. They join for activity and camaraderie or to get outside, into the wilderness of what our area has to offer. They want to do new things, like building an igloo or sleeping in a submarine.  Maybe they want to experience being in charge so they join to rise up through the ranks.  Scouting opens all these potentials. It was Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts who described scouting as "fun, with a purpose."



Its a Long Story...
Boy Scout Troop 15 has a long history. It was first chartered in 1947 and continues to this day to be a close knit, friendly group. It is part of the Chippewa Valley Council and has had several members elected into Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society. The troop meets on Monday nights, 6:30pm, at Central Lutheran Church, 28 East Columbia Street in Chippewa Falls. It is open to all boys who are at least eleven years old but not yet eighteen.



What We Do and How We Do It
There are some boy scout troops that have a full monthly schedule with lots of activities. High adventure, camping every month and lots of service hours. In the right troop, you could be camping with scouts every weekend. We highly encourage your interest in scouting, but recommend other troops for that. In Troop 15 it is our philosophy that though scouting is important, there are other things in life to do as well. We meet every week and try to mix the business of running the troop along with some learning of skills and a dose of fun and bonding activity. On average we camp 5-7 times a year. We go on a couple of bike rides and hikes every summer. We participate in 3-5 service projects during the year.  Every year some of our members go to Sno Base, and other high adventure camps. But scouting in Troop 15 is relaxed. It is not going to consume your life or overwhelm your pocketbook.

Our fund raising occurs in two major events, popcorn sales in the fall and a pancake breakfast in the spring. These events will help defer the scout expenses for summer camp and other special events.

Calling all Moms and Dads
For years scouting was and in some troops still is an old & new boys club. Times have changed and Troop 15 has changed with those times. We encourage parent participation and leadership (both Moms and Dads). Over the years we have observed a strong retention rate amongst the boys with parents who are involved in meetings, outings, and leadership roles.  Generally speaking, the boys appreciate and enjoy having their parents go through this special experience with them.  Going out into the world, boys as they become men will have a good chance to work for a female boss. Seeing women in leadership positions within scouting, working with them, respecting and gaining their respect will better prepare them for their adult life.



Fun With a Purpose
Troop 15 is also known for having many boys achieve Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.  The troop is scout lead and patrol based. Our membership is on average about twenty-five chartered members. In this almost seventy years of existence what has remained constant is the fun, friendship and adventure of scouting. These are the boys who grow up to be men and leaders of generations to come.


We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our troop!