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Scouting and Troop History

Boys Scouts was started by Baden Powell in 1910. 

As a youth, Robert Baden-Powell greatly enjoyed the outdoors, learning about nature and how to live in the wilderness. After returning as a military hero from service in Africa, Baden-Powell discovered that English boys were reading the manual on stalking and survival in the wilderness he had written for British soldiers. Gathering ideas from Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, and others, he rewrote the manual as a nonmilitary nature skills book and called it Scouting for Boys. To test his ideas, Baden-Powell brought together 22 boys to camp at Brownsea Island, off the coast of England.
This historic camp out was a success and resulted in the advent of Scouting. Thus, the imagination and inspiration of Baden-Powell, later proclaimed Chief Scout of the World, brought Scouting to youth all over the world.


The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Troop 291 Information

  • Troop 291 is over 25 years old
  • 85 Eagle Scouts and counting
  • Charter Organization is Fairhaven United Methodist Church
  • Many scouts, but not all, bridge from Cub Scout packs at Thurgood Marshall, Dufief, Stone Ridge, Travilah, and Rachel Carson Elementary Schools
  • 76 scouts and 91 adults registered with Troop 291 in the 2016 charter year; large troop offers many opportunities
  • Troop relies on parent participation for success; we request that one adult from each family register with the troop
  • High annual scout retention rate (over 85% last three years)
  • New scouts will be placed in patrols with their friends at their first troop meeting, and an older scout will be assigned as patrol leader
  • Many families balance scouts with other outside activities, including sports and religious obligations
  • Troop meetings generally occur three times per month, outside patrol meetings occur once per month, and Parent/Patrol Leadership Council meetings occur five times per year (August, October, January, March, and May)
  • Fairhaven provides us meeting space Sunday later afternoons and Wednesday evenings
  • At least one camping trip planned per month, including in the summer
  • Pig Roast, Mulch Day, Scouting for Food, and our Charter Organization Service Day are required events
  • Service projects include Muddy Branch Cleanup, Hanson Farm service project during Pig Roast, Fairhaven service project, and multiple Eagle projects annually; most of these projects are eligible for SSL hours
  • While Cub Scouts is Parent Led, Boy Scouts is Boy Led. This is how boys develop their leadership skills.
  • There is a learning curve in Boy Scouts. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and get involved