The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
About Troop 335
Boy Scouting is a program that teaches today's youth leadership, independence, and outdoor skills that will benefit them throughout life. Experienced Scouts teach younger Scouts the skills and knowledge they have learned.
Troop 335 is an active, youth-run Troop. We have weekly Troop meetings in Palatine. Parents are always welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Monthly Camping and Day Trips
Troop 335 is an active Troop that camps monthly throughout the year. Klondike in January, Spring Camporee in April, Fall Camporee in September, Webelos Unplugged in November are some of the Council-sponsored campouts we attend. In addition, we've had weekend campout or day trips to various campgrounds around northern Illinois, Cobia Submarine in Wisconsin, Game Works, Bowling, and others. Parents are not required to attend all campouts but they're always welcome to join us. (By the way, our Scouts cook G-R-E-A-T meals!).
The younger Scouts (under 14 years of age) typically sign up for a week at the Northwest Suburban Council's Camp Napowan in central Wisconsin: swimming, boating, archery, rifle, shotgun, nature, Scout skills and creative activities are available all week long at this professionally-run camp. It is a great time to earn Merit Badges, learn new skills, meet new friends, and enjoy the beauty of nature. Camp Napowan has received national recognition for its program, including its Flintlock pioneer village with working forge.
Older Scouts attending Camp Napowan are challenged to take on leadership roles and work on some of the more difficult outdoor merit badges. They can also test their leadership and Scouting skills by taking the COPE challenge course.
The experienced Scouts (over 14 years of age) are eligible to attend our Troop's varied High Adventures. In recent years, our High Adventures have included Philmont (a working ranch in New Mexico), Boundary Waters (canoeing), fly-in fishing trips to Canada, Sea Base in Florida, hiking in Alaska and in Glacier National Park in Montana, a 10-day bicycling trek within Illinois, and more. These trips challenge Scouts (and adults!) physically as well as provide an experience of a lifetime.
Every four years many of our Scouts attend the National Jamboree with tens of thousands of other Scouters.
Community service is a big part of our Troop. Each year, our Troop volunteers to help at the Avon Breast Cancer Walk (setting up tents for the walkers) and at the Relay For Life in Palatine. Other service projects have included park clean up, serving meals at our chartered organization, and volunteering at other fundraisers throughout the community.
Troop 335 has two excellent Scoutmasters: Eric Hammel and George Skoog. Other adults and parents are very active in the Troop as well. Although we are a boy-led troop, adults are needed for financial matters, to attend campouts, and provide mentoring and guidance to the Scouts.
How To Visit or Join Troop 335
New members are always welcome to Troop 335. Boys must be at least 11 years old, or have completed the 5th grade, or earned the Arrow of Light Award and be at least 10 years old.
Where and when can you visit with Troop 335?
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