I am Clint Lamm, an Assistant Scoutmaster for your local Troop 1344 in Burke, and we’d like to provide you awareness of our upcoming events that are open – and welcome – for your Webelos to attend. This is an especially important time of the scouting season for Arrow of Light (AOL) candidates to get the experience of scouting with Boy Scouts and to facilitate their rounds in checking-out local troops ahead of cross-over early next year.
Troop 1344 maintains active schedules of live and virtual meetings, camping (primitive and car-side trailer), hiking, backpacking, canoeing and many other activities, and operates a robust leadership program to grow and develop our scouts via the Patrol Leadership Council. Even in this COVID-19 era, Troop 1344 found innovative and fun ways to keep our boys active and involved in scouting while exceeding safety guidelines to protect our children. For these efforts, one of our adult leaders, Mr. Ken Fu, just received the BSA Patriot District Outstanding Assistant Scoutmaster Award for 2020, for this first year of this brand new award. We are also quite proud of the strong parental engagement that supports our programs.
We’d like to recognize the hard work of the Scouts from Troop 1344 that have completed the 70 miles of hiking required to complete the Hiking Merit Badge. The lessons of preparedness as well being physically fit were reinforced over this months’ long process.
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 24 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 ourselves 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:
Canoeing and Kayaking
Our troop meetings are held on every Monday night except school holidays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at at Burke United Methodist Church, at Burke Center Parkway, and Burke Lake Road.
During the Quarantine period – we are continuing to meet weekly over a Troop wide video conference.
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.
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.
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.
Troop 1344 is in our eight year of chartering with more than fourteen scouts 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.