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Orienteering: June 1st

Troop 1344 will hold an Orienteering Event for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on 1 June 2019 at Burke Lake Park on the east side (end of Old Keene Mill Road) to work on Orienteering Skills and the Orienteering Merit Badge, and as outreach to local Cub Scout Packs.

Troop 1344 will hold an Orienteering Event for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on 1 June 2019 at Burke Lake Park on the east side (end of Old Keene Mill Road) to work on Orienteering Skills and the Orienteering Merit Badge, and as outreach to local Cub Scout Packs.     

The Event will have Morning and Afternoon Sessions.     

The Morning Session will allow Boy Scouts to complete requirements for the Orienteering Merit Badge. It will start at 9:30 AM and run until about 12:30 PM.    The Afternoon Session will be for Boy Scouts to teach Cub Scouts Orienteering Skills. The session will run from 1:15 PM until about 4:30 PM.    A detailed schedule can be found on our calendar.

Scouts will need to bring their 10 essentials, especially bug spray, water, sunscreen, and first aid kit.

Scouts must bring their own compasses. These should be orienteering compasses or lensatic compasses. For Cub Scouts, if there is only one or two orienteering or lensatic compasses per den, then we can work with that. The Troop doesn’t have extra compasses.

The Troop will provide maps.

To sign up, go to our sign-up genius here:

Signup Link

Den leaders are responsible for having scouts permission forms and health forms on hand. Troop 1344’s own scouts/parents are responsible for their own forms. ASM Brian Luti will check Troop 1344 Scouts upon arrival.

Hiking Battle of First Manassas

Virginia is full of history – this weekend we hiked the Battlefield of First Mansassas. The park has is a great resource – where artifacts of this battle were on display.

Merit Badge Weekend a Big Success

Seventeen scouts and 6 leaders traveled to Camp Snyder for Merit Badge Weekend. Over the course of the weekend 12 different merit badge classes were offered. Most scouts worked on 3 to 4 merit badges.

Troop 1344 helps with Cub Rocket Launch

Troop 1344 enjoys opportunities to help with local Cub Scout Pack activities. Recent activities have included helping with the annual bike rodeo, joining forces for our annual ‘Scouting for Food’ program, volunteering as Den Chiefs and, pictured here, helping with a Cub Scout Rocket launch outing.

Join Troop 1344


Prepared. For Life.


We invite Webelos Scouts or Scouting-age boys and their parents to visit any of our troop meetings.

Our Troop Boy Scout Troop 1344 from Burke, Virginia was chartered in the Patriot District of the National Capital Area Council on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2005 and is sponsored by the American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Virginia now over eight years. Our troop has over 15 registered members. We camp frequently during the year and attend summer camp. Our Scouts enjoy outdoor activities like camping and hiking. On at least one campout a year we challenge our¬selves with a high adventure activity. In addition to camaraderie and leadership, the boys learn and practice outdoor skills like camping, cooking, and orienteering on these trips. Most of our monthly trips are in the Northern Virginia area. On these campouts, we cook in patrols. Our troop has a wide range of equipment including tents, stoves, and other cooking gear for our troop and patrols. In addition to camping, our youth leaders plan varied activities and destinations each year. Other activities have included:unitflag

  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skiing
  • Climbing
  • Shooting


During Cherry Run’s Renovation, the troop’s new meeting location is at Burke United Methodist Church, at Burke Center Parkway, and Burke Lake Road

Our troop meetings are held on every Monday night except school holidays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Cherry Run Elementary School in Burke, VA. The school is located at 9732 Ironmaster Drive, Burke, VA.

The troop meets every other week in the months of July and August.

Visit Troop 1344

We invite boys interested in learning about our troop at anytime. To arrange a visit, or to join us on a campout, contact us.

2016 Scheduled Events

Jan – Merit Badge Weekends
Feb – Ski Trip
Mar – New Scout Campout
Apr – Camp Snyder
May – Canoeing
Jul – Summer Camp

Scout Advancement

Our patrol leaders and older Scouts, under the supervision of the uniformed leaders, work with younger Scouts on rank advancement during the year. Additional opportunities are available in summer camp programs. Boys are encouraged to earn merit badges individually or in groups/patrols. Many troop parents are merit badge counselors. We bring in other community members to our meetings to help Scouts with specialized skills. Troop 1344 holds Courts of Honor three times a year in February, June and October where advancement is formally acknowledged.

Rank of Eagle Scout

Troop 1344 is in our eight year of chartering with more than fourteen eaglescouts attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. We have several adult leaders who are Eagle Scouts. Our troop has an Eagle Scout Advisor to help Life Scout families prepare for the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.

High Adventure & Camping

High Adventure Loghighadventure

  • 2010 – Northern Tier Canoeing, Atikokan, Canada
  • 2011 – Philmont Scout Reservation
  • 2012 – Florida Sea Base – Scuba Diving
  • 2012 – High Knolls Trail, Blue Ridge Scout Reservation
  • 2013 – Northern Tier Canoeing, Atikokan, Canada
  • 2014 – Philmont Scout Reservation
  • 2014 – Summit Scout Reservation
  • 2015 – Summit Scout Reservation
  • 2016 – Norther Tier Canoeing

Summer Camp Log

Camp Powhatan at the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Hiwassi, VA 2012 and 2013.

We sent a group to Camp Olmstead at the Goshen Scout Reservation in 2014 and 2015


Troop 1344 is a boy-run troop and operates by the patrol method. The Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC), with oversight from the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop Committee, plan and implement the troop’s activities, including our weekly troop meetings, campouts, and our annual summer camp. Our troop conducts a semi-annual Troop Youth Leader Training program (TYLT). Our adult leaders are trained in Scouting policies, training skills, and safety; appropriate to or exceeding the requirements for their positions and for our outings.

Parent Participation

Troop 1344 enjoys a strong parental base. In addition to adult leadership and Troop Committee positions, we have many parents who help with special projects. We welcome and encourage parents to participate in activities, serve as a merit badge counselors and, or become an adult leader.

Service to the Community

Troop 1344 participates in the Council’s annual Scouting for Food drive in the fall. Our members have helped support other activities in the community as well. Our troop has supported a variety of projects, both indoors and out: Some examples are:

  • Hidden Pond Nature Center dock, erosion control, and trail development
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park boat dock re-decking and playground de-wintering