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Our Troop

Troop 291 is a Boy Scout Troop located in Gaithersburg, MD dedicated to teaching young men leadership, service and outdoor principles. We have over 75 registered scouts and meet on Monday evenings at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.  We strive to have a “boy run" troop, with adult volunteers serving as advisers.


Each month, our troop offers scouts an adventure such as service projects, camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, skiing, and backpacking. A highlight of each summer is a week long summer camp as well as high adventure bases like Philmont, Northern Tier or Sea Base.


We were founded over 30 years ago and since that time more than 80 young men in the troop have become Eagle Scouts.  Troop 291 is sponsored by Fairhaven United Methodist Church, in the Seneca District within the National Area Council of BSA.

Contact Us

Have a question about our troop?   Email committeechair@bsa-ncac-troop291.org and we will be happy to help.      

How to Join

We have an amazing troop and would love for you to join us!   Please email us at welcome@bsa-ncac-troop291.org to learn more about joining.

To join our troop, a boy must be ages 11-18, have completed fifth grade or earned his Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts.   Most members of our troop live in Gaithersburg, North Potomac, Darnestown or Potomac, but we welcome boys from anywhere.  Some boys join after bridging from local Cub Scout packs, but a boy can easily join our troop without ever having been a Cub Scout.

Our New Parent Guide has many more details about the process of becoming part of Troop 291, including forms to complete, costs, uniforms, etc.   Don't worry if it seems like there is a lot to do - we'll help you through the process!

Other Units

Troop 291 often interacts with other scouting units in the area:
  • Troop 239 - Girls troop (also sponsored by Fairhaven United Methodist Church)
  • Crew 2828 - Venturing crew 
  • Pack 210 - Dufief ES
  • Pack 221 - Rachel Carson ES
  • Pack 291 - Travilah ES
  • Pack 1761 - Thurgood Marshall ES