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Troop 281

Troop 281 is a Boy Scout Troop located in Gold River, California. Our troop is a small, close-knit group of Scouts. Parents and Scouts choose their level of participation, though most Boy Scouts attend the weekly meetings. We are chartered by GRDC in Gold River. We welcome new members and suggest attending one of our Tuesday meetings to get to know us. Join us, there's always something fun to do!  Interested? Send us an email or mail us at: 

Troop 281
11230 Gold Express Drive, 310-190
Gold River, CA  95670

A message from the Scoutmaster

Posted on Jul 8 2018 - 6:25pm

Hello Troop 281 Scouts and Families, 

Our next Troop meeting will be Tuesday, July 10th, 7:00 pm ending at 8:30 pm. Christ the King, 5811 Walnut Avenue, Orangevale. Scouts please be there at 6:45 to help set up, bring your scout book and be ready for a great meeting. Uniform of the day is Class B.

Don't forget to check the website and sign up for the Troop's upcoming opportunities.  July Backpack Trip is just around the corner. The remainder of our summer calendar including the aquatics day at Sac State Aquatic center... Sounds like a FUN... There is still time to sign up for these fun events!

Boy Scouts to serve the whole Family

Posted on Nov 1 2017 - 2:02pm

The Boy Scouts of America's volunteer-led board of directors unanimously approved a plan to welcome girls and young women into all Scouting programs thus serving the entire family. 

Cub Scouting will be available to girls beginning in 2018. A program for girls ages 11 to 17 will be announced in the coming year for projected introduction in 2019 and will enable young women to work toward the rank of Eagle.

Read more to find out what this means for your pack or troop. (more) 

Boards of Review

Posted on Aug 22 2017 - 1:03pm
  • 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.

Be a Merit Badge Counselor!

Posted on Oct 2 2016 - 6:52pm


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.

On the Path to Eagle - Organization

Posted on Jan 23 2016 - 5:02pm

When being organized just doesn’t come naturally…

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