Are you considering joining Troop 26? There are a lot of great reasons to consider joining Troop 26, but you should carefully consider whether Troop 26 is right for you. First of all, you need to make sure that you meet the qualifications for joining a boy scout troop.
Membership Requirement: Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
Typically speaking, that’s really the only requirement for joining a boy scout troop. However, Troop 26 is different. The boys in Troop 26 are special. They didn’t join Troop 26 just to be part of another organization. They are goal-oriented young men focused on challenging themselves to achieve the highest levels of scouting. They are focused on developing their personal character, scouting skills, and leadership skills. Troop 26 scouts strive to be the best. They are not afraid to commit to taking on difficult tasks that challenge their mental or physical toughness and scouting skills. Troop 26 scouts are truly special!
The drive of Troop 26 scouts is the reason that Troop 26 has over 675 Eagle Scouts, more than any other boy scout troop in America! Troop 26 scouts are successful because, as a boy-led troop, they are focused on helping one another to be successful, providing encouragement to their fellow scouts throughout their entire scouting career. The troop’s boy-led leadership is anchored with the Leadership Corp (LC). The LC is a group of scouts who have have earned their Eagle Award and continue their scouting career by providing training, leadership, and encouragement to the younger scouts as they work towards the rank of Eagle themselves. In addition, Troop 26 has a solid foundation of adults who provide support and resources to the troop to help make Troop 26 a world-class organization.
As you consider the reasons why you should join Troop 26, consider this:
You shouldn’t join Troop 26 just because…
- the troop has over 675 Eagle scouts.
- the troop camps every month.
- the troop organizes regular treks to Seabase, Philmont, and Northern Tier.
- the troop takes 2-3 contingents (72 – 108 scouts) to National Jamboree.
- the troop regularly attends summer camp in other states (like Alaska, Colorado, South Dakota, & Texas).
- the troop puts on special events for Webelos such as Arrow of Light Ceremonies and WOW events.
- the troop’s Scout Master, Bill Shaffer, has been with the troop for over 44 years.
- your parents want you to join.
- all your friends are joining.
Rather, you should consider joining Troop 26 for these reasons…
- You want access to leadership programs like Pine Tree and the White Stag Leadership Program.
- You want to be given the opportunity to lead over 175 scouts and 50 men to test your skills.
- You want a lot of people to encourage and support you on your journey to earning your Eagle.
- You want to be part of an organization that is rich in history, cherishes the contributions of its members, and honors those who are exceptional.
- You want to develop skills that can only be developed with Troop 26.
- You want to work very hard to prove that you have what it takes to be an Eagle scout.
If you want to be awesome, if you want to be the best, you should join Troop 26. When you join Troop 26, you will be welcomed as a member, be accepted for who you are, and be given lots of support and encouragement. Before making any decisions about whether or not to join Troop 26, you should come by and visit us. We have meetings every Monday (except certain holidays) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tulsa. Meetings start at 7:30pm and end at 9:00pm. Come and visit and see what Troop 26 is really about. For more information, email EagleFactory@Troop26.org.