Troop 8 is owned and operated by St. Thomas the Apostle parish, and forms an important part of the parish’s youth ministry program. It licenses the scouting program from the Boy Scouts of America, applying it in accord with the national and diocesan Catholic Committees on Scouting and St. Thomas’ mission and character. Scouting at St. Thomas is the third largest youth ministry program, after the CCD program and elementary school.
Did you know that:
• During the average academic/scouting year, Troop 8 runs:
over 100 different events (meetings, outings, service projects)
40-50 different outings
over 100 total days of outings
3-4 weeks of high adventure treks for older boys
1-2 Extended trip for all scouts
All tolled, that makes for more days of scouting than days of school, and puts us at the top of boy scouting activity in the county.
• Troop 8 has received the Boy Scout “quality unit award” every year since its inception.
• Troop 8 has qualified for the National Camping Award for each of the past 18 years.
• Almost 50 Troop 8 alumni earned the rank of Eagle Scout - scouting’s highest award.
• Troop 8 was the first troop in the local council to practice & teach environmentally conscious “Leave No Trace” camping, and the first troop in the council to implement BSA’s high adventure program for older boys.
• Troop 8 boys run this site, which is recognized as one of the best and most sophisticated scouting internet sites
• 10 or more Troop 8 scouts have their own Amateur Radio operator licenses
• Each boy from Troop 8 typically gives between 30 and 200 hours in community service each year.
Troop 8 does not “double count” service, so this amount is over and above what the boys do for their schools and churches. It is also over and above the work they do for the scouting program.
• A number of Troop 8 boys have professional guide-level skills in specialty areas like whitewater paddling, rock climbing, and skiing as they work on “Ranger” award.
• All of our youth leadership boys have Wilderness First Aid or higher level training, and several have professional responder certification.
• In the past 18 years, boys from Troop 8 have been involved as medical first responders in over 20 injury-accidents, and have assisted boaters in distress on dozens of occasions. Four of our scouts won a national Medal of Merit for rescuing a family from a whitewater river.
• In the same period of time, boys from Troop 8 have been involved in well over 100 roadside assistance efforts, part of “doing a good turn”.
• To the extent we have tracked it, more than a third of Troop 8 alumni have pursued careers that they were introduced to or developed through their scouting experience, including (among other things) aviation, medicine, teaching, military service, engineering, and religious life.
• Without exception, on outings across the country over the past 10 years, Troop 8 has been described in glowing terms… “exceptional young men” – youth Director, Spirit of Christ church, Arvada, CO… “simply the best youth group we have every year” - Grady Vigneau, owner, Round Hearth lodge … “great boaters – not just in technical skill, but in their attention to detail and especially their care for others” – Northern Waters Adventures.