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BSA Troop 215

General Information

Troop Meetings: Thursday 7:00pm-8:30pm in the St. Mark Parish Hall

Troop Size: Currently 19 scouts ranging in age from 10 to 17

Patrols: Each scout belongs to a Patrol (Troop 215 has 2 Patrols). When camping, the Patrol members camp together, cook/eat together and work as a team.

Troop History

Troop 215 will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2018. In that time, Troop 215 has had over 75 scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

Scout Leadership

Troop 215 is led by the Scouts. The scout leadership council is called “GreenBar”. The annual activity/camping calendar is planned by the scouts in August each year. Greenbar scouts meet once a month to prepare for the next camping trip and the upcoming Troop meetings, service projects and other special events.

Adult Leadership

Troop 215 is fortunate to have a very cohesive and supportive parent/adult leadership. Currently Troop 215 has 15 trained scout leaders and a fully trained Troop Committee.  We strongly encourage parents to be active in the Troop whether as a trained scout leader or as a trained committee member.

Scout Advancement, Camping and Service

It is a primary goal of the Troop to encourage and assist scouts in rank, skill, and leadership. We encourage older scouts to take on the responsibility of “big brothers” helping the newer scouts to advance and learn scout skills correctly.

Troop 215 has a camping weekend every month. The 2017-2018 Camping Plan includes:  Troop-designed events at Cabin Lake County Park and Lake Waccamaw State Park, Backpacking/Hiking overnight at Raven Rock State Park, a Climbing "lock-in" at Triangle Rock Club in Raleigh, Ski Trip to West Virginia, Catholic Camporee,  District Camporee, and a ZipQuest trip with overnight camping at Camp Bowers.

Scouts of Troop 215 regularly participate in summer merit badge camps (ages 11-13) and in high adventure camps (ages 14-17).   In the summer of 2016, Troop 215 attended BSA Camp Durant and planned their own high adventure camp in the mountains of NC based out of Appletree Group Campground. Activities included hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Joyce Kilmer Forest, white-water rafting the Chattooga River, and earning the Indian Lore Merit Badge in Cherokee, NC.  In June 2017, 8 scouts went to the Florida Keys for a National SeaBase adventure!  Merit Badge camp for Summer 2017 was held at Camp Bowers.   In summer of 2018, the Troop will attend BSA Camp Ravenknob for both Merit Badge camp and High Adventure.

Service is also an integral part of scouting. Troop 215 participates in Meals on Wheels food prep, adopted campsite improvements at Camp Bowers and helping with various St. Mark church events.  Our Life scouts also provide service opportunities through their Eagle Scout Service Projects.  Recent projects have benefited Ogden Elementary School, St. Mark Catholic Church, Wrightsville Beach Elementary school, Parsley Elementary School and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.  

If you have further questions about Troop 215, please do not hesitate to contact Scoutmaster Jim Barnes   barnes4nc@gmail.com