Troop 324

New Parents

We usually do a special introductory meeting for new parents right after crossover season, but we're working on documentation that should help you find your way with minimal difficulty and a few laughs.

Troop 324 presents: Troop Facts

  • We have been registered with Westminster Presbyterian Church since about 1956.
  • 124 boys have achieved Eagle rank with Troop 324 since 1956; 52 under the current Scoutmaster's tutelage.
  • The troop roster averages around 40 youth members (ranging from 25 - 65 members.)
  • The troop is youth-led and guided: they choose and plan meetings and campouts and "run the show".
  • Troop 324 is very active and has campouts and activities every month.
  • Our regular campouts include: ice fishing, rafting, canoeing, motor boating, fishing, shooting sports, sledding, pioneering, compass courses, bowling, ice cave (quinzee) camping, trampolining, hiking 14ers, trips to FE Warren AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Chatfield Reservoir, mountain lakes, Valley Klondike, fall Camporee and more. We have a week-long summer camp every year. On even years (2016, 2018...) the youth try to plan an out of council summer camp. Recent summer camps include: Camp Buffalo Bill (WY), Medicine Mountain (Black Hills of SD), Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, Camp Marin Sierra (near Truckee, CA), to name a few. On odd years, the youth plan a High Adventure camp for the older boys who meet age/rank requirements. (COVID upset this rhythm, but we'll either get back to it soon, or we'll change this page!)
  • Every year the troop plans an extended campout usually in June. This is a family campout where your immediate family is encouraged to attend and enjoy some of the same activities that you enjoy. Recent extended campouts include: Glenwood Springs rafting and caving, Pueblo reservoir boating and rafting, John Martin Reservoir boating and Kashari, bicycle ride over Vail pass, etc.
  • Troop 324 has been awarded Best Of Show at the Denver Area Scout Show twice, as well as Best Use of Theme.
  • Fundraisers are available for the youth to earn proceeds for camp fees and gear, and they share in the profits from the annual popcorn and scout show tickets sales.
  • We have several adults trained in BSA/NRA shooting sports
  • We have adults and youth trained as BSA Lifeguards. 2 of the adults are DAC aquatics training instructors.
  • We have more than 20 registered adults assisting our scouts.
  • There are presently 4 active adults who have earned Scouting's highest adult award, the Silver Beaver. There are presently 6 active troop adults who have achieved the District Award of Merit.
  • Camping Gear provided! Tents (you can bring your own if you wish), lanterns, patrol boxes and cook stoves, pots and pans, large warming tent, and Dutch ovens are always ready to go. Lots of specialized equipment is available for troop activities, including canoes, rowboats, motorboats, shooting sports equipment, aquatics equipment, patrol sleds, fire barrels, rope making equipment, tug-of-war rope, rope bridge, etc.  All are transported in a large 16 ft. troop trailer, and a smaller truck bed trailer is owned by the troop and available when needed.
  • Our present Scoutmaster has over 20 years of Scoutmaster experience leading the youth of Troop 324
  • Our present Advancement Chair is also the Valley District Advancement Chair.
  • Our present Committee Chair is the District Roundtable Commissioner.
  • Troop 324 leaders organize the Valley District Merit Badge College.
  • A Troop 324 leader organizes the Valley District Klondike Derby.
  • Several of the adult leaders are trained as Eagle Advisors with The Great Valley District's Eagle Advisor staff.
  • Our present Scoutmaster and one previous (and still active) Scoutmaster have achieved the Valley District Scoutmaster of the Year Award.
  • Our present Committee Chair has achieved the Valley District Committee Chair of the Year 3 times.
  • 7 of Troop 324's adult leaders are also active Valley District leaders (chairs and commissioners)
  • A Sea Scouting Ship for co-ed youth 14-21 is directly attached to the troop; it specializes in water activities, including SCUBA, snorkeling, sailing and motor boating.
  • Low scout dues ($50 a year) and no yearly registration fees if the Scout sells a minimum amount for fundraisers. Presently there are two fundraisers available to achieve this: camp cards and Scout popcorn, but we might drop popcorn in favor of something more hands-on.
  • Troop bylaws require 3 adults at all campouts and activities to better protect your youth.
  • Adult participation encourages showing your youth that you are there for them. Scouting averages suggest 80% youth that achieved Eagle rank had active adults in their scouting adventures. Show them that you care and they will achieve. 

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