Hello to all Scouts, prospective Scouts, and parents,
Thank you so much for showing an interest in Troop One and visiting our website.
We are a highly active troop with an emphasis on the outdoors. We go camping a minimum of once a month and do many other activities throughout the year. We do some combined campouts a few times a year where the whole Troop stays together the first night and then the First-Class Scouts and older leave the next morning to go on a backpacking hike and stay overnight on a trail, to work on more advanced skills while the first-year scouts stay at the main camp site to work on basic scout skills.
Our Troop is Boy lead and that means that they decide on where to camp each month. The Scouts utilize the Patrol Method to keep things running smoothly. They pitch in to assist other scouts on projects and set up Courts of Honor (CoH) quarterly. They work closely wiith our Advancement Coordinator to make sure the CoH goes smoothly. We all take pride in allowing the scouts to lead as much as possible so that learning leadership skills become second nature. Yes, mistakes are made and the BSA allows for boys to make mistakes in a safe environment. The scouts learn from making mistakes and care by our adult leadership helps these fine young men to learn more skills that will help them become leaders in groups, school, college and work settings. Regular troop meetings are held on Tuesday nights from 7:00pm till 8:30pm; one week we teach Merit Badges and the next week we work on Scout Skills. This alternating schedule is something that the boys like because there is always something different to do each week.
Troop One was founded in 1992, we like to say; “Since 1992, Blazing the Trail to Eagle and Beyond.” Since the troop was started there have been over 75 Scouts to earn the Eagle Rank. We are Chartered by Sandia Presbyterian Church; the Church leaders have always been so amazing with their support of the Troop. We have a great group of adult leaders in our troop, some have had their son’s Eagle out and stay with the troop because they believe in what we do.
A little about me and how I have become the Scoutmaster for our great Troop One. I was a scout back in the mid 1970’s. I only earned Second Class Scout Rank and wish that I had stuck it out to earn the Eagle Rank. I guess that I use that story a lot when discussing this with scouts that are thinking about calling it quits. I became a Den Leader at a local Pack in 2001, then became the Assistant Cubmaster, then the Cubmaster. We moved across town and then I was an Assistant Den Leader until my son chose to join Troop One in 2005. At that time, I became an Assistant Scoutmaster. I have been with the troop since then except for one year when I thought that I was going to hang it all up. My wife decided to buy me a new uniform and told me that I needed to go back to the troop and that she would support my endeavors to help. My son Brett earned his Eagle Rank in 2013. In early 2021, our Scoutmaster stepped down after many years of leading the troop and I was selected to take over with those duties.
I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to help your child to learn to become a productive citizen in our great country and beyond. Please feel free to reach out to me by email or by phone.
Yours in scouting,