Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 1434's website!

Troop 1434 is part of the National Capital Area Council (Potomac District) and meets weekly during the school year at facilities provided by our Charter Organization, Seven Locks Baptist Church, Potomac, MD.

Visitors looking for information about a Boy Scout troop to join can start with our "Info for Visitors Looking for a Troop" link.  Better still, come and meet us at one of our weekly troop meetings, Thursday evening, 7:30pm to 9:00pm during the school year, at 11845 Seven Locks Rd.

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” — Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting


Troop 1434 Scouts and Adults at Our Gateway Built for Summer Camp 2023, Heritage Scout Reservation, southwest Pennsylvania


Troop 1434 Scouts Gathered for a Tour of Fort Ligonier, a Colonial Fort in Western Pennsylvania

 Troop at Monocacy Civil War


We Have Some Seriously Smart Scouts in Troop 1434

Posted on Jun 16 2024 - 1:39am

On Thursday evening after the Court of Honor, I joined the Scouts in the playground outside the church.  Allen gave me a most welcome tour of the latest proposed changes to what the church wants to do with the layout of the playground (his proposed Eagle Service Project), and I tested them on a Presidential history trivia question that had stumped all of the adult leaders from troops in the area at our Round Table earlier in the week: "Who is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms?"  EVERY Scout knew that it was Grover Cleveland -- several knew that he was #22 and #24 and that Benjamin Harrison was #23 between the two terms.

Really Interesting PBS Program on an Early Eagle Scout

Posted on May 23 2024 - 3:55pm

Scouts --

For those of you who have shivered along with me as I told the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic adventure of saving his crew when their ship was crushed in the ice off Antartica, here's another real-life Antarctic story.  This one is the story of an Eagle Scout, Paul Siple, who first went to the South Pole with Admiral Richard Byrd in 1929, and devoted his life to exploring the Antarctic.  It's a 28-minute PBS documentary, so you know it will be good.  It won't be broadcast on TV in Washington, but you can stream it here any time you want a short break from studying for exams!  https://www.pbs.org/video/paul-siple-boy-scout-maqe7s/

Earn the 2024 Solar Eclipse Patch!

Posted on Jan 25 2024 - 5:59pm

There will be a solar eclipse on April 8.  It will be a partial eclipse here, not total, but all Scouts are eligible to earn the Solar Eclipse patch, which would look very cool on your uniform.  It's easy and straightforward to earn it.  Here are the requirements:  https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2024/01/24/how-to-earn-the-bsa-total-s...

Change to Requirements - Merit Badges (Scouts and Counselors Please Review)

Posted on Jan 16 2024 - 8:28pm

There are a number of changes to requirements for merit badges, effective January 1.  Some are minor, and some are quite significant.  Both Scouts and Counselors should review the changes.  At the botom of this link, there is a click-through to a .pdf file that has all of the changes : https://public.3.basecamp.com/p/k9SxecU1qxEsynDooTzzoTCH

Change to Requirements - Eagle Palms

Posted on Jan 16 2024 - 8:22pm

Effective January 1, 2024, Scouts no longer have to wait three months between Eagle Palms. They have to earn five additional merit badges, and live by the Scout Oath and Law.

Change to Requirements - No More Cyberchip

Posted on Jan 16 2024 - 8:21pm

The Cyberchip has been phased out. Scouts should use the Personal Safety Awareness training for both Scout and Star ranks.  Here is the link to the new requirement: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/scouts-bsa/

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