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.
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.
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.
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