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BSA TROOP 457

PINECREST, FLORIDA
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ABOUT US

Each week we have our Troop meeting. Patrols generally meet after the Troop meeting to plan campouts and/or work on rank advancement. Every month there is a scheduled camp out or a South Florida Council event. If you would like to see what we have coming up or what we have done in the past – take a look at our Events page.

We hold a Court of Honor in January and in May to recognize scout participation and advancement. An Eagle Court of Honor is held each April to commend on our Eagle candidates Boy Scouts of America's highest rank. Additionally, all members of the Troop are encouraged to participate in the many Eagle scout projects throughout the year.

Each summer our scouts attend Summer Camp and/or a BSA High Adventure experience.

At a week long Summer Camp, traveling North by bus, train or plane, the scouts work on Scout skills and earn merit badges such as: Art, Astronomy, Basketry, Camping, Cooking, Environmental Science, First Aid, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Lifesaving, Nature, Orienteering, Pioneering, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Sailing, Shotgun Shooting, Soil & Water Conservation, Space Exploration, Swimming, Wilderness Survival, and Wood Carving. Whitewater rafting, spelunking or visiting the local resources are always added to the adventure if possible!

Our older scouts can participate in an annual high adventure experience. Each year crews go to places such as Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, Florida or Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico or Northern Tier northeast of Ely, Minnesota.

THE SCOUT UNIFORM

The Scouting program in America has always included uniforms for its members and volunteers to identify members and show they are part of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts and leaders should wear their uniforms to all patrol meetings, troop meetings, and scout outings.

CLASS A UNIFORM

The official Boy Scouts of America uniform consists of a Scout shirt with appropriate insignia, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt, Scout socks, Troop neckerchief, Scout neckerchief slide and shoes.

Class A is worn at the first Troop meeting of each month, Courts of Honor, Boards of Review, Council events, flag ceremonies & Summer/High Adventure camps.

CLASS B UNIFORM

The official Class B uniform consists of a Troop 457 or scouting t-shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt, Scout socks, and shoes.

Class B is worn at Troop meetings, except the first meeting of the month, and all other scouting functions.

Class B Troop 457 t-shirts are available in all sizes. Short sleeves are $14 each and long sleeves are $16 each.

RECYCLED UNIFORMS

Our uniform recycling program provides various uniform items to Troop 457 members. If you have uniform items that can be reused, please see Kristin Franz before or after the meetings or contact her/him at .

INSIGNIA GUIDE

Where does it all go? See the BSA Insignia Guide for help in placing your Scout insignia and patches in the right place on your uniform.

JOINING US

Membership is open to all boys who are at least 11 years old, or who have completed the fifth grade or earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but not yet 18 years old.

Come on by and visit one of our Troop meetings. Visitors are always welcome. Be sure to introduce yourself to our Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster. For more information or to arrange a formal visit please contact Scoutmaster Julie Ziska, (350) 790-8382. Webelos Patrols are encouraged to attend as a group to meet their Arrow of Light requirement.

TROOP DUES AND FEES

Scouts Yearly Fees: $80.00
 –includes registration, insurance, & Boy's Life.
Adult Leader Yearly Fees: $30.00
 –includes registration, insurance & Scouter Magazine.

ADULT INVOLVEMENT

PARENTS ARE WELCOME and encouraged to attend all troop activities. Scout meetings and camping trips are excellent times to be a part of your scout's patrol activities, meet other parents and participate in troop concerns.

VISITORS

Please introduce yourself to Julie Ziska, our Scoutmaster, or contact her at julieziska@aol.com.

PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF T457

All suggestions and comments are more than welcome. Please take every opportunity to courteously express your thoughts to make this Troop the very best that our combined energies can provide.

WHERE WE MEET

We meet in the church's fellowship hall of Kendall United Methodist Church located at 7600 SW 104th Street, Pincrest, FL. Patrol meetings are held in various classrooms throughout the campus. See the map below for directions.

Troop meeting map
WEEKLY MEETINGS

Troop meetings are held on Tuesday evenings (except during school holidays) starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings, which are planned by the scouts themselves, are divided into three parts:

7:00 - 7:30 PM – LEADERSHIP MEETING

We start off with a Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC), where the Troop leadership (not the adult leaders) reviews the agenda for the Troop meeting and is responsible for planning and conducting the Troop's activities. Meanwhile, the week's host Patrol sets up chairs and tables for the Troop meeting, then prepares for the opening flag ceremony.

7:30 - 8:00 PM – TROOP MEETING

At our Troop meetings, we review achievements by individuals, Patrols or the Troop; then announcements are made for upcoming events and projects.

8:00 - 9:00 PM – PATROL MEETINGS

During the Patrol meting we work on scout skills, rank advancement, merit badges, and fun. We also plan for any upcoming campouts and/or outings.

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