Troop 398

Boy Scout Troop 398 

Our mission is simple. We deliver the promise made in the Boy Scout Handbook: Adventure, Friendship, Outdoor Skills, Leadership, Values and, most of all, Fun!  Boy Scout Troop 398 currently has over 60 youth members from throughout the community. Many adult volunteers are needed to provide a quality program for our scouts. We welcome your help-whether it is teaching a skill for a few hours or serving in a leadership role. We promise you lots of good food, fellowship and fun! Troop meetings are Mondays nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

If you are interested, contact Mike Warren (615) 896-1994.

Please read on for more information on Troop 398.

General  Troop 398 has been serving youth for over 35 years.  It has been chartered by St. Mark’s United Methodist Men’s Club since 1984. Our troop welcomes all youth regardless of church affiliation. We always have a Sunday morning devotional during camp outs. We are one of the largest troops in the Middle Tennessee Council, averaging 70 – 80 active youth.  We recently celebrated our 128th Eagle Scout. We average 4-6 new Eagle Scouts each year. Until recently, we did not have a Cub Scout pack associated with St. Mark’s so our troop draws its members from a number of packs in our area. As a result, our scouts attend a variety of local schools. In 2013, St. Mark’s formed Cub Scout Pack 398.

Meeting Place and Time  The troop meets every Monday night from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the “Eagle’s Nest”, our scout building behind St. Mark’s UMC, at 1267 N. Rutherford Blvd. We do not meet on major holidays or if severe weather causes cancellation of Murfreesboro City Schools.  We designate one Monday night approximately every month as a planning meeting night for Patrol Leader Council, Adult Committee or Leader meetings. Only youth leaders and adult leaders are expected to attend.  We designate one meeting night per quarter as a Troop Court of Honor where scouts formally receive the awards they’ve earned. Families are encouraged to attend and we often take this opportunity to put out information and answer questions on upcoming events. 

Adult Leadership
Perhaps the most important part of the Scouting Program is the interaction of the scouts with adult role models. Troop 398 has a wealth of experienced adult leaders. Our Scoutmaster, Mike Warren, has over 50 years’ experience in scouting. He is an Eagle Scout, Wood Badge trained and has been scoutmaster for 18 years.  Our Troop Committee Chairman, Dane Carey, has been an advisor on a Philmont trek and has a Life Scout son.  We have eight adult leaders who are Eagle Scouts, three of whom have been Assistant Scoutmasters for over 10 years. We currently have five Wood Badge trained adult leaders. Many of our adult leaders have served as advisors on our high adventure trips. We welcome any adults who want to share the scouting experience with their sons.

Boy-Led Program
Our goal is to continuously work toward the ideal of a boy-led troop. Our youth leaders serve for a period of six months. Troop planning for meetings and activities takes place at the Patrol Leader Council meetings. Troop meeting are run as much as possible by our scouts.  Adults serve as advisors. Scout meetings will often appear disorganized when compared to adult-run Cub Scout meetings, but look closely and you will see scouts practicing leadership and learning to run an organization.

New Scouts
New scouts joining our troop are placed in the Green Horn Patrol under the supervision of an experienced Scout who serves as a Troop Guide. An Asst. Scoutmaster is also designated to work with the Green Horns. The goal is to get them ready for Summer Camp and work on Tenderfoot Rank requirements. When the new scout attains the rank of Tenderfoot, he and at least one buddy are transferred to one of our five permanent patrols. 

Outdoor Activities
Most activities are scheduled at least 3 months in advance.  We are a very active outdoor troop “We put the ‘0uting’ in ‘Sc-outing’”!  We plan a weekend camp out at least 11 months out of the year. These monthly campouts include a variety of activities: fishing, hiking, backpacking, flat water and white water canoeing, rappelling to mention a few. Parents are not required to accompany their Boy Scout on camp outs, but parents are welcome to attend. We encourage parents who want to be an active participant to register as an adult so that they will be covered by BSA insurance. We discourage the participation of unregistered younger and older siblings because they are not covered by our insurance. However, siblings are welcome to accompany their parents on our August Whitewater Camp Out which is designated a family campout. We float the Hiwassee Scenic River in a variety of watercraft. We attend a weeklong Summer Camp at Camp Stahlman on Boxwell Reservation near Gallatin the second week of June every year.  Each year, in late June to early July, we plan a high adventure trip.  These trips are designed to provide a once in a lifetime experience for scouts 13 years and older..  In 2012, we took a 7 day canoeing trek out of Ely, Minnesota into Canada. We had 5 crews totaling 45 participants travel to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2013. This was a 10 day backpacking trek in the Rocky Mountains. In 2014, 2 crews attended Seabase and spent a week sailing a 40 foot sailboat in the keys. We have reservations for 4 crews for 7 days of canoeing at Ely in July 2015. We have reservations for 5 crews at Philmont in 2016.

Other Activities
Scouts participate in a variety of other activities, such as, the Polar Bear Plunge, Greenway Clean-up, Scouting for Food, three different Merit Badge Universities and various service projects that benefit our community.

Funding  
We are self-funded through annual dues ($50/scout), several fund raisers and camp out fees ($10 - $20/weekend to cover food and expenses). Most of our operating funds come from our Super Bowl Barbeque Fund Raiser. High adventure trips are supplemented by parking cars and cooking for various events. Scouts and adults are expected to participate as they are able. Several additional fund raising activities are provided to give scouts an opportunity to earn money for their scout account which can be used for any expenses related to scouting. All of the profit from popcorn sales goes to the scouts’ accounts.  We do not want to leave anyone behind because of money, so we provide financial assistance to needy scouts who participate fully in the troop’s activities.

For more information

Scoutmaster Mike Warren (615) 896-1994  or mike11345@aol.com 

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