We meet Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Scout Hut at Chamblee First United Methodist Church (4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd). There are monthly campouts or daytrips, usually on Friday or Saturday nights.
Boy Scouts have to be 11 years old, or be ten years old and have completed fifth grade. Usually, Cub Scouts in Pack 268 crossover to the Boy Scout troop in the spring of their fifth grade year, and can go to summer camp that immediate summer. Anytime in middle school is the best time to get started in Boy Scouts. Boys can participate in the Boy Scout troop until they turn eighteen; they can join at any point up until that point, but if they don’t join until high school, they will not have time to reach the highest ranks (such as Eagle).
Fees and dues will cost about $100 annually, and there will be some cost for uniform and equipment; monthly campouts cost $15 to $30 depending on the activity; summer camp costs about $325 for a week, although the Scouts have an opportunity to do fundraising to defray some of the cost (see below).
No – there are a number of Boy Scout Troops in the area, and boys can join whichever one is most convenient to their schedule and best matches their desired program. You can locate other Scout troops at http://beascout.org.
Troop 268 chooses to not do extensive fundraising, but instead requires fees based on participation in individual activities. However, we do participate in the annual camp card sale which allows Scouts to raise money for a significant part of their summer camp cost.
Boy Scouts is open to all families, regardless of church membership or faith. Chamblee Methodist is the chartered organization supporting Troop 268, and we do request (but not require) Scouts to attend the annual Scout Sunday service to be recognized by the church. See Scouting at Chamblee Methodist for more information.
In Boy Scouts, the Scouts are supposed to plan their own activities, but we always need adult leadership from parents – parents can drive to and join on campouts; serve on the troop committee; help the boys organize activities, and help with merit badges that match their interests or experience. The Scout troop can be a great opportunity to spend time with your son as he matures into an adult.
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