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About Troop 47

Troop Meetings
We meet on most Monday evenings at The Rock of Southwest Church, from 7 - 8:30 pm. (Exceptions are for PLC meetings, swim nights, troop mobilizations, etc. Always check the troop home page or the "Upcoming Events" menu for the most current news).

The Rock is located at 10393 West Alamo Place in Littleton, CO (1 block west of Kipling; 1 block north of Bowles). MAP>>

Webelos
We have a number of Pin Days and other fun activities scheduled for first and second year Webelos during the year. Please join us -- it's a great way for Cub Scouts and parents to get to know our troop and to see what Boy Scouts is all about. Keep checking the website for information, or contact us via email to see what we have planned. Need some activity badges or pins? Our scouts are happy to help your Pack earn their Arrow of Light!

Parent & Adult Leader Meetings
The 3rd Monday of each month is a Parent/ASM Committee Meeting. Meetings are held at The Rock of Southwest Church. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend!

Patrol Activities
Patrols are encouraged to get together regularly to learn how to function as a group, to work on rank advancement, and to have fun. Patrols are the primary means that a Scout completes rank requirements. Active patrols are key to successful Scouting.

Troop Slogan
“What can I do to help?”

Troop 47 Hierarchy
• Individual Scouts organized into patrols of 4-8 Scouts
• The Troop and its sponsoring organization (The Rock of Southwest Church)
• Timberline District
• Denver Area Council
• Western Region
• National Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Fees
• $215 dues for new Scouts due at joining (includes “Boy’s Life Magazine”, Scout handbook cover, shoulder epaulets, Troop Class “B” T-shirt, troop scarf, and a $100 refundable initial deposit for Summer Camp)
• $95 annual dues payable in advance in January
• Second and subsequent Scouts in the troop from the same family pay $9 less
• Activity fees (usually between $15 and $25, although Summer Camp is typically between $150 to $200 per Scout and high adventure trips can cost considerably more)

• Troop 47 also offers scholarships.  Please see our scholarship policy. http://troop47.mytroop.us/system/files/Troop47ScholarshipPolicy2012.pdf

History
Troop 47 was formed in 1989, and has had 7 superb Scoutmasters Emeritus, most of whom have gone on to become active at the District or Council level. We are proud to have graduated approximately 60 Eagle Scouts to date, and have had at least one Eagle Scout each year.


What Distinguishes Troop 47?

Maybe you and your family are thinking about joining our family. Or you are new to the troop and are wondering why we do some of the different kinds of things we do in Troop 47. While all troops are under the authority of Boy Scouts of America, each one is different because of its individual heritage. That usually gives prospective Scouts and their families a choice of “cultures”. Here are some of the things we believe make Troop 47 somewhat distinctive.

Boy Leadership
Troop 47 emphasizes the “Boy led – Adult supported” philosophy of Scouting. From the annual planning process and monthly “PLC” meetings (more about these later) to troop meetings and outings, we attempt to encourage boy leadership.
• Scoutmaster’s primary job is to train Junior Leaders
• Adults don’t do what a Scout can do, including training other Scouts
• Best troops are those in which the adults talk the least!

Outdoor Emphasis
We emphasize outdoor activities, including backpack-style camping in addition to car camping. “Leave No Trace”, the “Outdoor Code”, and the “Buddy System” are also emphasized.

Hiking
When hiking, you will see some unusual “customs”. These include lining up and counting off to see if everyone is present, calling out “Anyone not ready?”, quietly passing messages & questions up and down the line, and having the adult volunteers at the end of the group. Some of these techniques are used to promote safety, group cohesion, and a quiet outdoor experience for us, those we meet, and any wildlife we might encounter.

Finances
While the Troop participates in various fund raising activities through the year, these are not a major source of income to the Troop. Troop expenses are met through a combination of annual dues and activity fees. Each activity is intended to be self-financing.

More Information
Please use the "Contact Us" menu button to send us an email. We always welcome guests at our meetings -- in Troop 47, there is always room for more scouts!