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Last updated: 09/12/2017


» Parents/Scouts

Please review the calendar of events for the next several months and discuss upcoming events with your Scout. I have heard Scouts say they need to check with their parents before they can commit to the event.  Sign ups are at meetings and Scouts need to know if they can participate


» Rank Advancement Changes

Advancement changes are happening! Check out the link below for information on these changes and how they will affect your rank advancement on the way to Eagle.


Guide to Advancement
» Upcoming Events
more upcoming events
Joining Troop 85

Why Join?

Scouting reinforces the skills and values we want our sons to learn while they're having fun.

Scouting is designed to promote socially acceptable behavior while giving our young boys the skills and knowledge they need to make wise decisions. Scouts, families and communities help their education in :

  • Physical and mental health
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Good Citizenship
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Helping others in need
  • Fighting child abuse and substance abuse
  • Career preparation and education

Leadership Skills
Scouting teaches our young boys the skills that help prepare them for a lifetime of ethical leadership. Among Scouting alumni are:

  • Almost 90% of all Senior Class and Student Council Presidents
  • More than two-thirds of all Rhodes Scholars
  • More than two-thirds of military academy graduates

Research conducted by Louis Harris & Associates showed that when a random sample of Scouts was asked what Scouting had taught them, almost nine out of ten responded that Scouting helped them:

  • Take better care of the environment (89%)
  • Get along with others (88%)
  • Always give your best effort (87%)
  • Have confidence in yourself (87%)
  • Set goals for yourself (87%)
  • Care for other people (86%)
  • Treat other people with respect (86%)

In addition, Scouts were found to be more likely to:

  • Assume leadership roles in clubs and school organizations
  • Put the needs of others before themselves
  • Make the most ethical, not necessarily easiest, decisions
  • Value education and the environment

Scouting is Fun!
Boy Scouts in Troop 85 go on a camp-out or other Troop activity every month of the year except December. Every summer we attend a week-long summer camp, at a location picked by the Scouts, where we enjoy swimming, fishing, archery, shooting, nature study, boating, and plenty of good outdoor living. Older Scouts have the opertunity to go on various High Adventure trips, such as whitewater rafting and canoeing on the Boundary Waters.