Troop 46 is one of the best Boy Scout Troops in the area, with a long history of excellence and service for more than 68 years. The excellence continues today. In the last thirty eight years 102 members of the Troop have earned their Eagle Rank. Several more may earn Eagle before year end. The troop has consistently earned the National Quality Unit Award.
The Troop meets 7:30 to 9 pm, Monday evenings, in the Village School Cafetorium. The Blawenburg Reformed Church is our charter organization. Meeting activities planned by the Scouts themselves include learning and practicing Scouting skills, planning trips and special activities, working on merit badges or other projects of interest to the Scouts, and, of course, fun and games.
The Troop currently has 85 registered scouts, divided into twelve patrols of 5 to 12 boys. Sometimes a patrol will hold its own meetings and plan additional outings. When the Webelos Scouts joined the Troop in the spring, they formed five New Scout patrols, with an experienced older Scout as Troop Guide, to work on basic Scouting skills and advancement. Otherwise, the Patrol Leaders work with the New Scouts to teach them the skills they will need.
Troop 46 is a boy-run troop. Boy leaders plan and execute their own program, with parent participation and support. New Scouts begin with small jobs under the guidance of more experienced Scouts. As their skills and knowledge improve, new responsibilities are given to them.
Learning leadership skills is one of the most important products of being a Boy Scout. Troop 46 has a Junior Leader Training program for the boy leaders. Each Scout will learn the skills needed to carry out his job in the Troop and will learn how to pass those skills on to other boys. Some of them have also served on staff at our local Junior Leader Training Camp (JLTC) after having attended National Junior Leader Instructor Camp (NJLIC) at Philmont New Mexico. This year we had two scouts serve on staff at Philmont for National Junior Leader Instructor Camp (NJLIC). The scouts of troop 46 are also supportive of the local Order of the Arrow by holding 5 of the 6 leadership positions, including lodge chief.
The Patrol Leaders' Council consists of the SPL, ASPL, Troop Instructor, Troop Guides, Troop Quartermasters, Troop Scribes and the Patrol Leaders of each patrol. This group meets monthly with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to plan Troop meetings and outings.
Troop 46 has a year-round outings program, with an outing every month planned by the Scouts themselves. In addition, the Troop or any of the patrols may plan day hikes or other activities during the year. See our calendar for a taste of the program planned by the Patrol Leaders' Council and the patrols. Because of our active program, we offer Scouts the opportunity to participate in seasonal sports without their feeling left out of the Scouting program.
The Troop outings program is designed to provide the Scouts with fun, new skills, and advancement. In addition to meeting requirements for advancing in rank, outings provide opportunities for earning merit badges, including Camping, Cycling, Hiking, Cooking, Backpacking, Pioneering, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and many others.
Members of Troop 46 attended Camp Yawgoog for the first time in 1996. The Troop is returning there again this year. Previous to that we had attended Yards Creek Scout camp for many years. The Troop goes to Yagoo for one week in July. Summer Camp is the ideal place for Scouts to work on advancement and merit badges. It is also a great place to meet scouts from other areas and, of course, to just plain have fun.