Sponsored by Dale City Moose Lodge #2165
Troop 1378 is a Boy Scouts of America Troop located in Dale City, Virginia. It is chartered by the Moose Lodge #2165 and has been in existence since 1971. The Troop currently has 15 Scouts and 16 adults registered. The Troop is extremely proud to claim 75 Eagles as a part of its heritage. We are proud that Troop 1378 is a National Capital Area Honor Troop for 2006 and a centennial quality unit for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The Troop has regular meetings every Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. at Montclair Elementary School during the months of October through April. Our meetings during the months of May through September are at the Moose Lodge in their Pavilion off of Cardinal Drive in Dale City.
If you would like to plan a special visit to a troop meeting, please contact us at Troop1378_Dale_City@yahoo.com.
The Troop has a web page at http://troop1378.ScoutLander.com with both public and password protected pages. A permission slip and registration is required to post sensitive information (including photos) and to access the restricted pages. The permission slip is available from the Troop.
There is additional Troop information available through our BeAScout.org description at BeAScout with Troop 1378.
Troop Events: The Scouts at the August Planning Meeting have planned at least one Troop outing per month with several months having multiple activities such as service projects, fund raising, caroling, etc. The specific events change from year-to-year but often include “repeat” activities that the Scouts are particularly fond of. Activities can be found on the web page calendar. The Troop does participate in council and out-of-council events including camporees, biking, backpacking, canoeing, merit badge days, summer camp, winter campouts, skiing, caving, high adventure, Scouting for Food and other service projects.
Attendance at Meetings: While the Troop would ideally like all scouts to attend all meetings and outings, (to show scout spirit!) we recognize the reality that there are many times when it is not possible due to sports, religious activities, or family matters. The minimum requirement to be considered active (and therefore eligible for advancement) is to attend half of all meetings and half of the Troop’s monthly outings.
Parent role in the Troop: Parents are expected to attend meetings at least once a month where valuable information is provided. You should try to keep your son focused on working toward rank advancement by actively encouraging him and helping, where necessary. Parents are also an absolutely essential part of the Troop activities that occur each month. A great deal of time is invested by the adult uniformed leaders in preparation for the outings, and it is expected that parents will assist by volunteering to drive to the outings and/or participating in the outings. The Troop’s fundraisers are important events that require parent support. Parents are also needed to participate on the Committee and in the Board of Review process. Please try to help anywhere you can.
Fund Raising/Finances: The Troop has a $55.00 fee to register--$28.00 is for the National Council (includes Scout registration fees, insurance and Boys’ Life Magazine), and $27.00 is annual dues for the troop. Scouts must be 5th grade transitioning Webelos, eleven or in the sixth grade to join. Events are paid as-you-go. Typical outings cost between $25.00 and $45.00/individual. The exceptions include the ski trip and summer camp which are substantially more.
The Troop participates in several fund raisers including Popcorn (individually), 4th of July concession stand, and a Lion’s Club yard sale concession stand. Each boy will have an individual account set up for them, but may pay for events directly. The Troop is fiscally sound carrying between $6,000 and $8,000 over each year.
Troop Equipment: The Troop owns a trailer and a substantial inventory of camping equipment. Our Moose Lodge chartering organization have graciously provided an equipment shed and allow us to store the trailer on their premises.
Scout Equipment: With their registration fee Scouts are provided a neckerchief, slide, and troop hat. Scouts are expected to purchase and maintain a Class “A” uniform including tan shirt, belt, pants, merit badge sash, and socks. Scouts will also need Troop class “B” shirts for warm weather activities and all travel. Class B shirts and selected other uniform components and equipment can be purchased from the Troop supply. Scouts are expected to provide their own sleeping bag, pack, tent, hiking socks and boots, but you should check with the Troop Quartermaster before purchasing any new equipment—the Troop often receives donations that can be distributed to the Scouts.