Mission & Philosophy
Troop 77 is a scout-led Boy Scout Troop that has operated continuously for over 80 years. The mission of Troop 77 is to support Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America in delivering a program that “develops character, citizenship, fitness and leadership skills in youth.” Each troop in the Council has a theme and Troop 77’s is camping. Campouts are scheduled at least once every month of the year (including the winter). Adults serve in an advisory capacity, oversee activities for health safety, and do not plan or dictate activities. The scouts are responsible for leading the troop meeting and defining and planning activities. While it may not always look pretty, this approach ensures that the boys learn leadership skills, are participating in activities that they enjoy, are engaged, and have fun. All activities are overseen by two-deep adult leadership.
The troop is organized into patrols that include boys of various ages and ranks. New patrols are formed every six months and are designated by the Scoutmaster(s). A Patrol Leader is elected by the patrol members and is responsible for taking attendance and carrying out the agenda. He calls everyone in his patrol to remind them of every troop activity. One Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is elected by the troop members and must be a member of the senior patrol. The SPL is responsible for leading the troop and functions as a resource to all Patrol Leaders. He will start the telephone tree by calling the Patrol Leaders.
Troop Activities and Events
Troop 77 meets every Tuesday at the Youth Activities Center at Boulder Elk’s Lodge #566 at 3975 28th Street in Boulder. Meeting hours during the school year are 7-8:30 pm and summer hours are 7-9 pm. Summer hours are scheduled between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The summer meetings include about an hour of swimming at the Elk’s pool. Troop meetings focus on rank advancement, merit badge activities, preparing for events and fun. The troop has an outdoor event at least once a month and the activities vary from year to year. Examples of events by season are listed below. Other events include a quarterly BYOC (bring your own computer), additional campouts, and assisting with Eagle Scout projects.