Login

Menu

About Us

WELCOME to the Adventure of Scouting in Troop 211! This page will help you learn about Scouting, help you discover what makes Troop 211 special, and help you find answers to many of your questions.

Troop 211 Charter Organization

Troop 211 Scouters are chartered or sponsored by:

Osseo American Legion

Meeting held at: 
Advent Lutheran Church9475 Jefferson Highway,  Maple Grove, MN 55369
It is located one block north of 93rd Ave. (Cty Rd. 30) on Jefferson Highway (Main Street Osseo).
Get Directions

Troop Meetings

Our Troop and Patrol Meetings and the Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meet alternately on Monday evenings (7:00-8:30 PM) all year round. All meetings are held at the church.
You are invited to visit any of our meetings or activities as you learn more about Scouts and our Troop.

Troop 211 Goals

Scouting is a GAME with a PURPOSE. Active Scouts develop initiative, leadership, fitness, self-reliance, and self-confidence. Scouting also helps boys become good citizens of strong character, who will be leaders and achievers in the adult world.
Scouting’s eight methods make it unique:
·Scouting Ideals (Law, Promise, Motto, Slogan)
·Patrol System
·Advancement
·Adult Role Models
·Outdoor Program
·Leadership Development
·Personal Growth
·Scout Uniform
Our program is set up to balance between the outdoor and other activities that most boys want and the advancement and recognition that Scouts need. Troop 211 has earned the BSA Troop Quality Award since 1994, an indication of this balance.

Scout Membership

Troop 211 has approximately 10 active registered Scouts as of January 1, 2017. These Scouts range in age from 11 to 17 years.

Troop 211 Activities

Scouting in Troop 211 means Adventure and Challenge for your son and for you. We have an exceptional, active, challenging, and expanding outdoor program.
Summer camp is vital. In July of every year, Troop 211 will attend Many Point Scout Camp in the wooded, 7000 acre expansion near Park Rapids, Minnesota. This camp’s staff, program, and facilities (including a full aquatics program) have met our Scouts’ individual needs in an outstanding manner for many years.

Programs for New Scouts

Troop 211 makes a special effort to help new Scouts be successful. We have a special patrol for new Scouts, where new members learn together about Scouting under the leadership of an experienced Scout (the Troop Guide or Asst. Scoutmaster). New Scouts remain in the new Scouts patrol for about a year, when most will have earned the First Class rank and learned Scouting basics.

Programs for Older Scouts

When a Scout becomes 14 and First Class Rank, he can take part in many High Adventure Scout activities. These special events are tailored to the interests and maturity level of older Scouts. The summer camp offers exciting special programs for older Scouts, too.

  • 1999, 5 scouts hiked across the Isle Royale National Park (an island in Lake Superior).
     
  • 2000, 14 scouts ventured up to Atikokan, Ontario to take on the BSA Canoe Base going into Canada’s famous Crown Country.
  • 2001, 9 scouts headed for Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico for a 65 mile 10-day hike in the mountains.
  • 2002, 9 scouts took on the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin by sea kayak.
  • 2003, 5 scouts headed for Glacier National Park to hike.
  • 2005, 10 scouts went on a kayak trip to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.
  • 2006, 14 scouts went on a snorkeling and sailing trip at SeaBase, the National Scout camp in Florida.
  • 2007, 12 scouts went on a hiking in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
  • 2008, 10 scouts went horseback riding and wilderness camping at Philmont, the National Scout camp in New Mexico and 8 scouts went Kayaking around the Apostle Islands.
  • 2009, 16 Scouts went to a Norther Tier high adventure in the Boundary Waters.
  • 2010, 7 scouts went hiking and Whitewater rafting in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
  • 2011 8 scouts went horseback riding and wilderness camping at Philmont, the National Scout camp in New Mexico.
  • 2012 5 scouts went kayaking around the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior.
  • 2013 6 scouts attended Sea Base in Florida for a week of sailing.
  • 2015 5 scouts attended Swamp Base for a week of kayaking in Louisiana
  • 2016 3 scouts went on a fishing adventure
  • 2017 6 scouts completed a 110 mile biking trek on the George Mikelson trail
  • 2018 6 scouts attended Swamp Base (they had 2 weeks to prepare, after Philmont closed due to fire)
  • 2019  7 scouts attended Philmont Calvalcade
  • 2020 7 scouts went on a camping adventure encompassing two different state parks

Who can Join?

Troop 211 welcomes any interested boy of Scout age (either 11 years old OR have completed the Fifth Grade OR have earned the Arrow of Light, whichever occurs first). A boy does NOT have to graduate from Cub Scouts or Webelos to become a Boy Scout.

Standards of Membership

We expect each of our Scouts to be active, to advance regularly, to wear full Scout uniform, to practice good manners and behavior, and to do his best to live by the Ideals of Scouting as expressed in the Scout Promise and Scout Law. The key to successful Scouting is the camping program. We expect our Scouts to attend overnight campouts year round, and to attend the week at summer camp. We also expect parents to be actively involved with their son in Scouting. Active Scouts with involved parents reap the greatest Scouting benefits.

Troop 211 Uniform

The Scout uniform tends to diminish the importance of a person’s financial, social, and ethnic background, while clearly showing an individual Scout’s accomplishments.
Troop 211 requires all members to wear a full and correct uniform, consisting of the following official BSA parts:
·Khaki Scout Shirt, with:
·Shoulder loops
·Badge of rank & Arrow of Light (if earned)
·
Council & Troop 211 patches
·American flag and patrol medallion
·The purple World Scout Crest
·Scout Trousers/Shorts OR clean pair of Jeans
·Troop 211 Neckerchief with Slide
·Merit Badge Sash at all Court of Honor (COH) or other Scout formal gathering (after first merit badge is earned)
·Scout Handbook
Scouts wear full uniform at all meetings, to and from most day outings and campouts, and at any activity where we will be in the public eye.

Troop Information

We maintain a troop website for access to current activities and future events.  The web site contains:
·A calendar of upcoming events and essential information about troop activities.
·New Scouting policies or Committee notes
·Articles about recent troop activities
We encourage both Scouts and Parents to visit the web site regularly.

Troop Dues

Troop 211 uses a monthly troop dues program requiring $20.00 at the first troop meeting each month. This program is BSA recommended to teach the Scouts how to be responsible with and budget money. We suggest that dues be a part of the Scouts allowance and monthly home budget plan.  Or if families choose they may pay an annual fee of $200 in the month of January.

Other expenses

Besides troop dues the boys will need to have money for:
·A few council sponsored events per year - $5 - $8
·Patrol food fund for each of the monthly outings - approx. $15/weekend depending on what the patrol plans for meals
·Summer camp - approx. $200 (Scouts can earn enough money through the Scout fund-raisers [usually 90% of the profit to the Scouts] to pay for summer camp)
·Venture activities - cost varies and extra effort at Troop 211 fund-raisers is encouraged to help pay for these.

How Boy Scouting Differs from Cub Scouting

You may be surprised how different Boy Scouting is from Cub Scouting. But then, boys of Scout age are different from boys of Cub age. Here are some key contrasts:

Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts

Adult Leadership

Boy Leadership

Boy Participation

Adult Guidance/Participation

Family-centered

Boy-centered

Adults plan all activities

Boys plan all activities (with adult guidance)

Most activities lend themselves to full family participation

Boys camp and function as patrol groups [6 to 10 boys] under their own elected boy leadership (PLC) - limited family participation

Cub Scout camping is extremely limited, even for Webelos.

Camping is the very heart of the Boy Scout program.

Cub Scout advancement is done mostly with parents. Webelos advancement is done mostly in groups with the Webelos leaders. In either case, adults determine the timing and course of the boy’s advancement with little input from the boy

A Boy Scout has almost total control over his own advancement, which he will do mostly on an individual basis with senior Scouts and with a number of different adults.

Scout Advancement

Through our program most boys will achieve the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks within the first year. Many Scouts earn 3 or 4 merit badges at summer camp and 2 to 4 more during the year, setting them up for advancing to the next ranks (Star, Life, & Eagle).
Boy Scout advancement is more challenging and difficult than Cub Scout/Webelos advancement, and requires individual effort and initiative. It emphasizes leadership and service as much as badges and skills.
To advance, a Scout must be active, must do his best to live by the Scout Law and Promise, practice leadership, give service to others, learn Scout skills (mostly in the outdoors), and earn merit badges. Scouts are advanced individually by a Troop Board of Review, which meets about 6 times a year as needed, and then recognized for their advancement at a formal Troop Court of Honor, 3 or 4 times a year.

Adult Leadership

Troop 211 has a Scoutmaster and numerous registered Adult Scouters that attend most of the activities and campouts plus numerous parents involved through the “Adult Committee” that supports the troop activities and business. All parents are invited to attend the monthly Troop Committee meetings.

What Parents Need to Do

What can you do to help your son take full advantage of the Boy Scout Advancement method? Make sure your son attends our summer camp, offer encouragement, support, and know what your son needs for his next rank. Be active in Scouting with him, and strongly encourage him to attend as many Scout activities as possible, because only active Scouts advance.
YOU are the single most important factor that will determine how successful your son will be in Scouting! If you want your son to reap the benefits Scouting offers, you need to join Scouting with your son, either as a uniformed leader or as an active member of the troop committee. Scouts whose parents were actively involved attended more than twice the number of activities and attained more than twice the rank of Scouts with less-involved parents. Being an involved parent takes time and effort, but it’s also rewarding and FUN! One of the reasons our troop is so successful is because of the dedication of so many of our parents.