On Friday, June 23rd there will be a planning meeting for the Troop leadership (both Youth and adult). We will meet at Mr. McCormick’s house at 5:00 pm and we should be finished around 8:00. Bring your calendars (personal, school and community) and your ideas so we can make plans for next year. Dinner will be provided – hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill.
The Boy Scouts of America defines the three aims of Scouting as growth in moral strength and character, participating citizenship, and the development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. To help accomplish these aims, one of the key methods is the Outdoors experience.
Robert Baden-Powell once said,
A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.
The BSA enhances his view by describing the Outdoors method as follows: Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoors that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Scouts gain an appreciation for God’s handiwork and humankind’s place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature’s resources.
Boy Scout Troop 23 offers a year-round outdoor-based program designed to offer and encourage effective character, citizenship, and fitness training for boys age 11-17.
Boy Scout Meetings are held every Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm at the St. Peters Center on the corner of Cottage and East Streets in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We invite boys ages 11 through 17 to come by on a Wednesday night and see what Troop 23 is about.
Scoutmaster Chris Sweet leads a dedicated group of assistants that provide guidance to the youth leadership of the Troop.
Troop 23 has some type of activity every month. Past campouts have focused on hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking, rock climbing and rappelling, biking, and canoeing. We have regular events like special themed “Camporees”, a mid-winter “Klondike Derby”, as well as other special events involving scouts from all over Massachusetts. Each summer we attend a week-long summer camp.
Our troop was founded in 1928 and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Great Barrington. Our Troop has enjoyed serving our community and our sponsoring organization since our beginning. Since the Troop was charted we have had 60 Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. Our Eagle projects have helped our local community, schools, churches, and charities.