Welcome back to our Philmont crew just in time for Bartle!
Troop 257, known as “The Scouts with Heart” prides itself on meeting the three aims of Scouting: encouraging participatory citizenship, building strong moral character, and helping young men to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Troop 257 was chartered in 1964 and has provided an environment for over 200 young men to earn the rank Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest achievement.
Scouts making the Weblos to Scouts transition are called “first-years”. These new scouts from new same-age patrols. Specific first-year guides are assigned to these patrols. They are given the tools and guidance to earn their first ranking in scouting.
Troop 257 camps typically 10 times per year in addition to High Adventure and Summer camps. It is our goal that campouts provide opportunities for the boys to grow in leadership and teamwork through the patrol method. We aim to keep the overall costs of camping at a reasonable level, while providing a wide range of experiences and environments.
Recent camping activities have included:
Annual Trappers Rendezvous – activities include Black Powder rifle shooting, Beaver trapping demo, Chili & Spam cook-off, and Trading, Trading, Trading. More than 4,000 scouts have attended this event annually.
Shotgun Shooting – Held at Camp Geiger Scouts are able to learn and test their skills with shotguns in a safe and controlled environment at moving targets.
Caving – Held at Jakobs Cave near Lake of the Ozarks boys were able to experience both dry caves and untamed caves.
Hiking, Biking, and Fishing – Several local area campgrounds offer opportunities for these Boyscout activities including LaCygne/Linn County Park, Watkins Mill State Park, Pomona State Park, and The Hollis Renewal Center.
Lockins – Some campouts can be held indoors as well. These activities have included Emerald City Gymnastics, The SEA LIFE Center of Kansas City,
Horseback riding – The boys were able to hike, fish, and ride horseback for part of the Prarrie Start Ranch campout.
Honors Camping Programs
Our scouts participate in both the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, and the Order of the Arrow at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation.
Summer Resident Camp
We camp each summer at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Mo. This provides our scouts opportunities for rank advancement, multiple merit badges, and other enriching activities geared to challenge them physically and mentally. Attending summer camp at Bartle provides our older scouts with the opportunity to earn membership and advancement in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
High Adventure Camp
Since 2003 we have taken 10 High adventure trips including:
- 2003 – Rocky Mountain National Park
- 2004 – Double H Scout Ranch
- 2005 – Philmont Scout Ranch
- 2006 – Black Hills
- 2007 – Philmont Scout Ranch
- 2008 – Boundry Waters
- 2009 – Double H Scout Ranch
- 2010 – Philmont Scout Ranch
- 2012 – Philmont Scout Ranch
- 2014 – Philmont Scout Ranch
- 2016 – Philmont Scout Ranch