Troop 281

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A message from the Scoutmaster

Posted on Dec 6 2021 - 7:00pm

Dear Scouts and families,

Welcome to Troop 281, offering an opportunity for youth to grow with the Scout Oath and Law through camping and leadership activities.  Please contact  us with questions about our troop, how your child may join, and why scouting works in building character and citizenship.


Interested In What It Takes to Run the Troop?

Posted on Sep 10 2021 - 8:28pm

Parents - Are you interested in what it takes, in terms of money, to run the Troop?  A report with the expenses for the last year and the latest treasurer reports are available at the following location:

On the Troop website, to go "Files" then "Committee Minutes etc" and "2021 TC Minutes Plus"

These reports will give you a good understanding of what it takes to run the Troop.

Become an Assistant Scoutmaster

Posted on Mar 29 2021 - 7:44am

Parents - Want to have more fun and memorable experiences with your Scout?  Joint the Troop 281 Scoutmaster Corps.  What are you signing up for?  You’ll make great friends, both in the troop, and with others outside of the troop.  You can learn advanced skills in areas of your choosing.  You can participate in Troop meetings by helping the scouts deliver their program.  You get to teach and sign-off scouts on requirements.  You don’t have to do everything, just the activities that you want to participate in.  It’s fun and it’s easy. 

Here is what you need to do:  Tell the Scoutmaster you are interested.  Take Youth Protection Training (which you have probably already done).  Sign-up for and take the Assistant Scoutmaster Training online.  Then sign up for Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS).  IOLS is an overnight class where you learn and practice outdoor camping skills the Scouting way, so you can teach Scouts to be safe and have fun in the outdoors.  

New Payment Guidelines for Troop 281

Posted on Sep 5 2020 - 3:57pm

Starting October 1st Troop 281 will no longer accept cash payments. 

 Zelle, personal checks, cashier’s checks or money orders will be accepted for all Troop events and renewal of annual dues.

The Zelle address is treasurer@troop281.net  

The troop also has a  PayPal account that is connected to the troop website. You may use PayPal for camping events costing less than $50.00. (PayPal’s fees really add up)

We request that payments for events be made when the reservation is made. This helps with accounting and keeping our costs accurate and appropriate.

Why are we doing this?  It is considered a good business practice to have two people sign off when collecting cash.  It has been challenging for Troop 281 to have two adult volunteers at the same location and same time signing off on the collection of cash.  Using Zelle, personal checks, cashier’s checks or money orders will greatly simplify the process.

Questions?  If you have any questions, please contact the Troop 281 treasurer at fiveinseoul@yahoo.com

Be a Merit Badge Counselor!

Posted on Jun 18 2020 - 5:51pm

The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a Merit Badge Counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a Merit Badge Counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Boards of Review

Posted on Sep 30 2018 - 6:55pm
  • A Scout officially earns his rank when he successfully completes his Board of Review (“BOR”).
  • BOR’s are arranged by the Advancement Chair, typically the night of the 1st monthly Troop meeting
  • Scouts, PLEASE request your BOR 5 days or more before it's scheduled!
  • Troop BOR’s are comprised of 3-6 Troop Committee members. Members of the Scout’s family, the SM and ASM’s may not serve on a Scout’s BOR.

“Scout” is the only rank for which there is NO Board of Review. Eagle palms also do not require a BOR.

BSA Troop 281

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