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Troop History                   Troop History  

Boy Scout Troop 355 was first chartered in April, 1996 to the Methodist Men's Club of Sharon United Methodist Church (SUMC). With the planned construction to reconfigure SUMC, the troop moved to St. Luke's Lutheran Church in January 2017.

The Troop began with five Scouts, two Wood Badge trained leaders as Scoutmaster (served on Wood Badge staff) and Assistant Scoutmaster (served as Wood Badge Course Director), a Chartered Organization Representative, a Troop Committee Chairman and six Troop Committee Members. Since that time the troop has undergone continuous growth. This is attributed to the strong camping program including a monthly campout (9x/yr), week-long trips to summer camp and 7-10 day "Super Trips" each summer beginning in 1997. Our Scouts are steadily advancing in Scout Rank as they learn new scout craft skills.

We are proud to be part of Apache District in Mecklenburg County Council. We are in a strong District in which many Troops provide leaders to support District functions. We have leaders in many Troops that are Wood Badge trained and strongly support our Council Training programs. Our own adult leaders serve the District and Council on training, Jamboree and Order of the Arrow staffs and committees.

Our Troop has more than tripled in size since its founding. We average 15-20 boys in our Troop who sustain membership for a 6-7 year period and engage in a quality program and leadership training. To date, our Troop has produced 28 Eagle Scouts who are now enjoying careers in college, the armed forces or in the private sector.

Upon rechartering the Troop, we have earned the Quality Unit award each year. Adult leaders are trained in Fast Start and Scoutmastership Fundamentals. Sixteen adult Scouters from our troop have been through the Wood Badge training program. One Assistant Scoutmaster was the Council 2001 Jamboree Committee Chairman. We regularly combine with other Troops to conduct our Troop Junior Leader training classes to ensure our boy leaders receive the training that is so important for their development.

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On the Go  On the Go 

Troop 355 is an active bunch of Scouts and Scouters (adult leaders). We go camping one weekend a month - 9 months of the year. The trips develop the skills needed to advance in rank and teach boys basic survival skills they can use their entire lives. We practice two-deep leadership, meaning at least two trained leaders accompany the boys on every outing.

Scouts at First Class rank and age 14 (or completed 8th grade) have the opportunity to participate in high adventure 7-10+-day Super Trips each summer. Past trips have included:

- Canoeing in Minnesota, Maine or Canada;
- Backpacking treks at Philmont in New Mexico;
- Cycling on the C&O Canal 185 miles from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC;
- A trip to the Cascades in Washington state for backpacking/horseback riding/fishing/rafting;
- Sailing in the Bahamas & British Virgin Islands
- Scuba Diving in FL

The troop attends week-long summer camp each year, at various BSA affiliated camps, but primarily at our own Camp Grimes. Camps afford the opportunity to earn several merit badges, encourage team building through organized competitions, and the chance to meet Scouts from other areas.

Scouts and Scout leaders are encouraged to particpate in the movement of Scouting outside our vicinity. These trips afford participants unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and are supported by the troop committee. Troop 355 has youth and adults that have attended:

- 1995, 2003 & 2007 World Scout Jamborees
- 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013 & 2017 National Scout Jamborees
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Fundraising  Fundraising 

Troop 355 participates in three fundraisers per year.

Funds raised from the Troop-sponsored BBQ sale are used to:

  • purchase and maintain top-quality group camping gear
  • pay camp facility fees related to monthly camping trips
  • defray cost for each Scout attending week-long Boy Scout summer camp, or annual 10-day high adventure Super Trip
  • make donations to St. Luke's Lutheran and our local BSA Council
  • pay for advancement materials
  • pay for Troop Junior Leader training
  • pay for Scouts to attend the Council Junior Leader training
  • pay for charitable donations

  • Our 21st annual Troop fundraiser BBQ took place in January 2018. Boy Scouts, leaders, parents, friends, and church members all pitched in to realize another highly successful BBQ event. We cooked 9500 pounds of pork on 36 wood-fired grills beginning on Monday; followed by picking and packing over 2 days. A lunch & dinner event occurred on Friday. Distribution of pre-sold and walk-up sales were finished on the Saturday. Each December, we also bottle three popular versions of our own secret recipe BBQ sauce. Not only does this annual event help us raise enough money to fund our Troop program for another year, it also enables us to make a charitable donation to some organizations outside our own Troop.

    In our Troop, Scouts also have the opportunity to sell Trail-ends Popcorn each October/November. Monies earned (27% of sales) are put into an individual restricted account for each Scout, which they may then use for appropriate expenditures, as long as they are members of Troop 355. These personal accounts may be used for purchasing personal camping gear such as a sleeping bag or backpack, or trip expenses toward week-end camp outs, summer camp, National Jamboree, or even a World Jamboree.

    Our Troop runs a Camp Card campaign in March/April. Scouts sell these $5 Coupon Cards and the 50% commission is put into their own restricted account. They may then use these funds for appropriate expenditures, as long as they are members of Troop 355. Their personal accounts may be used for trip expenses toward summer camp, week-end camp outs, National Jamboree, or even a World Jamboree. They may even purchase personal camping gear such as a sleeping bag or backpack to be used in camping endeavors.

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    Meetings  Meetings 

    Meets Mondays at:
    St. Luke's Lutheran Church
    3200 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

    Troop meeting:
    Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm
    Visitors are always welcome.

    Court of Honor:
    Quarterly - 2nd Monday or Tuesday (Mar, June, Sept, Dec)
    St. Luke's Fellowship Hall

    Troop Committee:
    Monthly - 1st Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm
    All scouts recommended to be represented.
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    About Joining  About Joining 

    Visit one or two of our Troop Meetings to observe how we operate first hand. Talk with our Scoutmaster and get a copy of our Troop 355 introduction along with a Boy Scout application. The Troop 355 Introduction includes all of our joining requirements.

    Then come to another Troop meeting along with your parents, completed Boy Scout application & other required forms, and the joining fee. Our Scoutmaster (or an assistant), will test you on all of the joining requirements and verify you completed the Youth Protection portion of the requirements with your parents.

    Once you have completed the requirements, we expect you to obtain a complete Boy Scout uniform and attend the next meeting along with your parents to be formally welcomed into our Troop with a special ceremony. Then the adventure begins!

    (from scouting.org)
  • Boys of at least age 11 OR
  • Boys who have completed the 5th grade and are at least 10 years old OR
  • Cub Scout Second-year Webelos who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least 10 years old OR
  • Transfers from another troop

  • Note: Boys cannot be older than 18 years of age

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