About Troop 1853

Welcome to Troop 1853!

Troop 1853 is a boy-led Boy Scout Troop that meets at Community Covenant Church, 7018 Sydenstricker Road, at 7:30 every Tuesday.   

Following are a few observations about our Troop to give you an idea about our "culture":

  • We have a very close-knit group of adult Scouters many registered and four of our previous Scoutmasters are still with the Troop. Many members consider the Troop their second family.
  • We have reduced our size over the last six years from a high of 110 to about 70 in 2021. Part of this is decline in Scouting and some of this is COVID impacts. Our large-to-medium size offers some great advantages:  we can offer a lot of activities because we can call on a deep well of adult volunteers; we do a superb job providing the Boy Scout program and helping Scouts stay on track for advancement; we can afford to have two dedicated Assistant Scoutmasters who are "Eagle Coaches"; for all of our Life Scouts; we always have ample leadership opportunities for Scouts; and boys almost always develop a good circle of friends within the Troop.
  • We have 5 mixed age patrols with Scouts anywhere from 10 years old to 17 (most are 11- 14), plus the Troop Leadership that includes the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. 
  • We are dedicated to developing the boys as leaders - we work very hard to empower the boy leaders while providing a safe experience for all.
  • We camp every month and each month has a theme usually associated with a merit badge. December of 2019 we did Railroading MB with a visit to the Baltimore Railroad museum, in October 2020 we did a Search and Rescue (SAR) Campout in connection with the SAR MB. In February 2021 we will be doing Snow Sports MB with a trip to the slopes. April 2021 will find us focusing our campout on Cooking and the Cooking MB.  In June, the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) will meet and the scouts will plan next year's calendar.
  • For boys who stay with the Troop and try to make Eagle, the vast majority make it.  We have excellent support systems, monitoring of progress, "nagging", etc. to help parents help their boys cross the finish line, etc.  In the average year, Troop 1853 will see about 5-8 boys make Eagle Scout.

A few more facts: 

  • Monthly program and campout themes are decided by the boys at the annual planning conference (usually June).
  • We normally run a new Scout focused program from March through July. We try to focus meetings on monthly themed merit badges and Scout requirements.
  • We are organized into 5 mixed-age patrols; no New-Scout Patrol.
  • We have a very active high adventure program (usually for Scouts 13 years old and up): in 2019 we went to Philmont and Winter Northern Tier, 2020 to Sea Base, and in 2021 we will go again to Sea Base for those that delayed due to COVID. The Boys Troop will go to Sea Base in Spring Break 2022 due to great parent volunteers and for those Scouts that could not make it in the Summer.  We synchronize our high adventure program with the Girls Troop 1853 and Crew 1853 to maximize adult support and usually have multiple crew participate. It is an active high adventure program made possible by adult volunteers.
  • We have a linked troop. The Girls Troop 1853 share a Troop Committee. During the annual planning conference the boys determine what and how many campouts and activities they will conduct jointly with the Girls Troop 1853.
  • Our troop runs on the efforts of volunteers and engaged parents…the boys and our troop need you!
  • Our troop is funded through dues:  $180 annually per Scout (2021).  Additionally, we offer one fundraiser annually for boys to earn money for campouts, summer camp or other troop events.

For more information or to visit a troop meeting, just send an email to Scoutmaster@Troop1853.org