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Join Columbia Boy Scout Troop 162!

If you are interested in attending a troop meeting or joining Troop 162 please e-mail our Scoutmaster Brendan Keenan. You can also stop by our meetings each Thursday at 7:00-8:30pm at St. Columba's Church. We looking forward to meeting you.

Joining Requirements:
To become a Scout you must be a boy who has earned the Arrow of Light Award or has completed the 5th grade or be 11 years old, but not yet 18.

Four Steps to Joining Troop 162
1. Complete an Application and Medical Form.
2. Pay Dues.
3. Purchase a uniform.
4. Most Important! Active Family Support

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

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 designed to promote socially acceptable behavior while arming our young men with the skills and knowledge they need to make wise decisions. Scouts, families and communities are helped through education provided by Scouting on:

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

Leadership Skills
Scouting teaches our young men 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 with the following:

- 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%)

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