Our philosophy is to teach the boys and young men of our Troop responsibility and maturity by encouraging the Scouts to assume leadership roles, both in the planning and running of Troop meetings, as well as the teaching and training of younger Scouts. While the adults do take an active role in the guidance of our youth, we work hard to ensure that Troop 669 is a Boy led Troop.
We place our new Scouts into existing Patrols, which are made up of mixed ages. We feel that this promotes the leadership of our older boys by putting them into positions to teach and train the younger Scouts. This increases their knowledge of the subject matter, because in order to teach it, you need to learn it. In addition, the younger Scouts tend to behave in a more mature manner, because within their Patrols they have some older and more mature boys with which they interact.
We engage in a variety of outings, which include hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, summer camp, service projects, and activities that help towards earning merit badges and rank advancement. Above all, though, it must be fun. We believe in getting the boys involved right away in the outdoor program by introducing them to age appropriate hiking and backpacking activities. This way we can keep the “outing” in Scouting.