About Troop 370
Boy Scout Troop 370 is chartered by Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. The troop was first established in 1956… making it 60+ years old.
At Troop 370 we believe that a scout should always ‘do his best’ and his goal should be to attain the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest award. The national average for a scout to attain the rank of Eagle is roughly 3%…. at Troop 370 our average is close to 25%.
Although we believe in a ‘boy-led’ troop, we have the trained leaders with experience in all types of camping, outdoor activities and merit badges. We have a very supportive troop committee which backs the senior patrol leaders event planning. Our troop calendar is totally planned out a year in advance.
Please feel free to come check us out, we always welcome anyone interested in joining in the adventure.
Troop 370 is one of the premier Boy Scout Troops in the area with a long history of excellence and service for more than 60 years. To date the Troop has over 160 Boy Scouts who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The excellence continues today. In the last decade alone over 55 members of our Troop have earned their Eagle Scout Rank. The Troop has earned the National Quality Unit Award every year.
The Troop meets 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday evenings, at Green Acres Baptist Church in the basement below the chapel located at 1607 Troup Highway. Meeting activities planned by the Scouts themselves include learning and practicing Scouting skills, planning trips and special activities, working on merit badges or other projects of interest to the Scouts, and, of course, fun and games.
The Troop is divided into a number of patrols of 6 to 10 boys. Sometimes a patrol will hold its own meetings and plan additional outings. If enough Webelos Scouts join the Troop at one time, they will form a New Scout patrol, with an experienced older Scout as Troop Guide, to work on basic Scouting skills and advancement. Otherwise, the New Scouts are placed in existing Patrols close to their age and/or rank.
Troop 370 is a boy-run troop. Boy leaders plan and execute their own program, with parent and adult leader participation and support. New Scouts begin with small jobs under the guidance of more experienced Scouts. As their skills and knowledge improve, new responsibilities are given to them.
Learning leadership skills is one of the most important products of being a Boy Scout. Troop 370 has a Junior Leader Training program for the boy leaders. Each Scout will learn the skills needed to carry out his job in the Troop and will learn how to pass those skills on to other boys.
The Patrol Leaders’ Council consists of the members of the Leadership Patrol (SPL, ASPL, Troop Instructor, and JASM) and the Patrol Leaders of each patrol. This group meets monthly with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to plan Troop meetings and outings.
Troop 370 has a year-round outings program, with an outing every month planned by the Scouts themselves. In addition, the Troop or any of the patrols may plan other activities during the year. See our calendar for a taste of the program planned by the Patrol Leaders’ Council and the patrols. Because of our active program, we offer Scouts the opportunity to participate in seasonal sports without their feeling left out of the Scouting program.
The Troop plans a special High Adventure each summer in addition to Summer Camp. The High Adventure has ranged from a week of canoeing, Philmont Scout Reservation (2 weeks), Sommers Canoe Base in Minnesota or deep-sea fishing.
The Troop outings program is designed to provide the Scouts with fun, new skills, and advancement. In addition to meeting requirements for advancing in rank, outings provide opportunities for earning merit badges, including Camping, Hiking, Cooking, Backpacking, Pioneering, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and many others.
Members of Troop 370 attend Camp Pirtle located near Carthage Texas. The Troop has been attending Camp Pirtle since the mid-1960’s. In addition we have also attended
Buffalo Trails in west Texas, Camp Orr and Camp Pioneer in Arkansas. Summer Camp is the ideal place for Scouts to work on advancement and merit badges. It is also a great place to meet scouts from other areas and, of course, to just plain have fun.