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We are part of the National Capital Area Council (Potomac District) and meet 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 the "Info for Visitors" link in the menu at the left.

Troop members should enter Login username and password for access to the site.  If you have lost this information, please use the reminder tools that are provided through the login link, or contact webmaster@potomac1434.mytroop.us.

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

 Boy Scouting, in fact, is the ONLY place in our sons’ lives where we adults and parents aren’t programming and running their lives—they get to run their own lives!

Think about it. In school, the teacher—an adult—is in charge of what each student will learn, and the pace at which this learning will occur, in regimented rows of desks and a completely controlled environment. In sports, the coach is in charge of the training and the umpires and referees—adults all-are in charge of infractions and penalties. In churches and synagogues, the clergy—adults once more—are the authority figures, the ones in charge. Other examples include drama, music, and all performance arts: Who’s in change? Yet another adult. There is, in fact, no place our sons can be themselves, learn what they want at their own pace, and lead their own team except in Boy Scouting.

When your son decides to earn a merit badge, do you rush to sit down with him and lay out a plan for him so that he can complete all the requirements and earn it? If you do, ask yourself: Who actually just earned that merit badge–you or your son? Or—worse—do you tell him what to earn and when to earn it, and he becomes merely a task-follower with no goals of his own?

Or, when he’s about to go on a camping trip with his patrol friends; who packs his pack? If you do, and you forget to put in his flashlight, the result is that you get the blame, so that the only “life lesson” in that scenario is that parents can’t be trusted to get it right. But if your son does the packing and forgets his flashlight, the lesson learned is “Maybe next time I’ll make a list of what I need, and then follow it.” Which lesson do you want your son to learn?

ASK ANDY column  July 24, 2014

 Troop at Monocacy Civil War

SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE - how to get started? Do it this summer

Posted on Dec 13 2022 - 6:21pm

Participants (Scouts, Scout leaders, parents< etc) can enroll and track their progress either online with a free Online Activity Tracker or on a paper Active Lifestyle Activity Log. Participant begins by visiting www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA   Here is the launch 2-minute video on YouTube from 2011 by Boy Scouts.  To earn the SCOUTStrong™ PALA Challenge award, a participant is required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes per day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for a total of six weeks. Participants can take up to eight weeks to complete the program.  

Interesting, Innovative Local Service Project

Posted on Oct 25 2022 - 12:55am

Here is an interesting local service project that could take a lot of forms -- getting people in the neighborhood to "adopt a storm drain" to keep clean before storms.  This was done as an Eagle Scout Project, but it could be something that Scouts do in their own neighborhoods, or publicize via subdivision listservs, or by flyers.  It doesn't take a lot of time to clean a storm drain (and fall is a really important time to keep them clean).  The harder work would be publicizing the project.

Summer Travel Postcards from Troop 1434

Posted on Sep 9 2022 - 12:15am

Our Scouts took some amazing trips this summer.  Some sent postcards to the Troop so we can share in their adventures.

Here are the postcards we received.  The originals are posted at the Coop.

Like Playing Chess? Here's an Interesting (Ambitious) Eagle Project Idea

Posted on Jul 28 2022 - 11:15am

This is a cool idea, if you can identify a good place to do it!


Scouts Helped Rescue Passengers when an Amtrak Train Crashed Last Week

Posted on Jul 5 2022 - 1:56pm

Troop 73 from Appleton, Wisconsin, was on the way home from Philmont when the Amtrak train they were on struck a dump truck.  How they reacted, using their Scout training, is truly impressive.  How do you think you would have reacted in this emergency?

Registration for the 2023 National Jamboree is Open!

Posted on May 25 2022 - 10:45pm

There is no experience in Scouting that can compare to a Jamboree -- ten days of fun and fellowship with Scouts from around the US, doing things (four different Zip Lines, anyone?) that you never thought you'd do. Ask Spencer (who attended in 2017) or Mr. Fox (whose hat is full of souvenir pins from many Jamborees) about the experience.

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