Youth 11-17 years old
BSA Scouts is a program offered through the Boy Scouts of America and is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, camping, community engagement, and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
St. Jude Catholic Church charters two troops for BSA Scouts, Troop 51 and Troop 2720. Membership at St. Jude Parish is not a requirement to be a member of either troop. Youth are welcome to join at any time. Anyone interested in more information about BSA Scouts at St. Jude can contact any of the adult leaders located on their respective websites below.
Troop 51 (Boy Troop) - https://troop51sj.trooptrack.com
Troop 51 meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the St. Jude Family Youth Center. Meetings are held year-round except for major holidays and a few other vacation times.
Troop 2720 (Girl Troop) - https://troop2720.trooptrack.com
Troop 2720 meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Beatitudes Room at St. Jude (next to the Gym). Meetings are held year-round except for major holidays and a few other vacation times.
Scouts can advance at their own pace with most scouts taking four years or more to earn the Eagle Scout Rank. The Troop encourages advancements and provides many opportunities for the scout to advance. There are more than 150 awards (135 merit badges) you can earn as a member of Scouts BSA. Whether it’s a rank advancement, merit badge or one of the many other individual awards, there’s plenty for you to set your sights on.
Annual activity highlights are:
Week-long summer camp at Camp Ransburg on Lake Monroe
The Winter Lock-in
Weekend and high adventure camping trips
Helping Eagle Scout candidates with their project
Staffing a booth at the St. Jude Festival
Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army
Every other year a class is offered to scouts who want to earn the Ad Altare Dei Catholic Scouting Award. Catholic scouts who have completed the 6th grade are invited to participate in the class. It takes about a year to complete the requirements in the workbook including service work.
BSA Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.