Boy Scout Troop 258 was first chartered in 1939, just 19-years after the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in the United States, and is affiliated with the Cascade Pacific Council, in the Three Rivers District. The Troop is chartered by the Canby Kiwanis Club. At this time there are around 30 to 35 registered Scouts in the Troop, but we have room to grow. The Troop is based in Canby, but also includes boys from Oregon City, Milwaukie, Mollala, Mulino, Aurora, Hubbard, Donald, Rhododendron and Woodburn, as well as other cities in the local area. Troop 258 provide boys with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. We are proud of our 75 years of continuous service to area youth.The Troop presently consists of scouts ranging from the fifth grade up to senior year in high school. The scouts who make up the Troop come from different schools and represent many different nationalities and religious backgrounds. We are a “heritage troop” with many wonderful qualities and multi-generation or returning scouting families. Our current roster includes scouts of every rank from Scout through Eagle. We also have several adult Eagle Scouts serving various positions, some of whom earned their Eagle Scout rank as members of Troop 258.Troop 258 meets Monday evenings year-round at 7:30pm, at our Troop Lodge. The third Monday of each month is the Senior Patrol Leader meeting where upcoming activities are discussed by the Scout leaders. Quarterly, the Troop holds its Court of Honor ceremony to celebrate Scout achievements over the past quarter and to highlight the Troop’s activities. Our Troop activities include a monthly camping trip or event, annual summer camp, a high adventure outing for older scouts, merit badge opportunities, and community service projects.
Troop 258 is backed by an active parent support group and a strong Executive Committee, that continually strives to improve and work towards quality programming for our scouts.
There are some troops that run all their scouts through a one-style program for every scout, with a goal of each boy obtaining their Eagle by the age of 14. We are NOT this type of troop. We are not a “Conveyor Belt Troop.” We do not create “Cookie Cutter Boy Scouts”, nor do we spoon feed our scouts through advancement or merit badges. Our scouts are members of the troop, but we also recognize them as unique individuals. Opportunities to obtain specific merit badges are available at the troop meetings, however our scouts are encouraged to pursue merit badges relating their own particular interests. We produce older-mature Eagle Scouts, with an average age of 16-17 year old Eagles. Our Eagles average 30 merit badges. We have a higher than national average Eagle advancement.
Ours is a boy-lead troop which means that the Troop elected Scouts provide overall leadership for Scout activities and Troop adult leaders serve advisory, safety net and logistics roles in the background. The Troop is lead by the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader, both elected by the Scouts. We have three Patrols, each lead by a Patrol Leader. Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of 6-10 boys. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members. Leadership sets the schedule for each term, plans the Troop activities, coordinates advancement, and resolves minor conflicts. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters role is to guide and advise the Scouts but the goal is to allow the boys to fulfill their leadership responsibilities.
The Boy Led Troop concept is quite different from Cub Scouts regarding parent involvement. During Cub Scouts the focus of the parent was primarily on their own child and involved a good deal of one-on-one involvement. The Boy Scout Troop still requires a good deal of parent involvement but the focus needs to be on the Troop as a whole instead of the individual Scout.
The philosophy of Troop 258 is to develop confidence and leadership within the boys of the troop through a boy run troop, enjoying various experiences in camping, education, and many outdoor events. As such, the leaders of Troop 258 to make their best efforts to include these elements in every aspect of our Troop program as planned by the boys. Teaching, training and encouraging boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do in Troop 258 is lead their patrols and their troop.
“Adventure, learning, challenge, responsibility – the promise of Scouting is all this and more.” Boy Scout Handbook, 11th Edition, pg. 1
“Every Scouting activity moves boys toward three basic aims: Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Training.” Scoutmaster Handbook, 1998, pg. 7