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Scoutmaster's Letter

Scouting helps adolescents develop into young adults. The focus is on character (personal and group responsibilities, values, and outlook), citizenship (relationship and obligations to other people, society, and government), and fitness (physical, emotional, and moral). The principles of scouting are stated in the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Motto, and Slogan (see below).

Troop 57 offers middle and high school students many unique and rewarding experiences. Boys who participate in the troop have fun, experience new adventures, learn outdoor skills, go camping, develop leadership skills and make life long friends. The adventures experienced and life skills learned are not typically part of the school curriculum or sports program. Scouting is a wonderful complement to a boy's academic and physical education.

The parents of Troop 57 scouts provide an active program of meetings and outdoor activities. When asked what the best thing about the troop is, many scouts talk about their favorite outings, e.g. snow camping, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, fishing, extended high adventure spring break and summer trips or summer camp at Camp Oljato.

Each scout's accomplishments are recognized by the troop as he masters various skills, takes leadership positions and earns progressively higher ranks. Our scout leaders help plan and run the program that includes camping, skill development, community service, leadership and fun. Troop 57 offers all scouts leadership opportunities in den, patrol and troop activities.

Troop 57 requires the involvement of every scout family. Parents guide, support and mentor scouts serving in positions of responsibility and parents help organize and support all troop activities. At least one parent of every scout is required to take a volunteer position to help run the troop. This requirement is a key factor in the troop's long history of success. Historically, scouts who benefit most and advance the furthest are those whose parents are actively involved in the program. Parents often find this very rewarding. They get a lot from interacting with scouts and everyone wins because "many hands make light work."

The troop welcomes your interest and participation. We look forward to working with you to maintain and enhance the wonderful programs that the troop offers. If you have questions please contact us at t57_pa_scoutmaster at troop57 dot com.

Scout Oath:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law:

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean and Reverent.

Scout Motto:

Be Prepared.

Scout Slogan:

Do a good turn daily.