Troop 318

Scoutmaster's Minute

Welcome to Scout Troop 318! Troop 318 serves the youth of Lexington, MO and surrounding rural areas age 11 to 18. We are part of the Blue Elk district in the Heart of America Council and are chartered by the Lexington Lions Club.

Established in 1922, Troop 318 is the oldest Scouting unit in Lexington. Since 1922, Troop 318 has helped 389 young men obtain the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. We have an incredible volunteer staff that is fully trained in their positions and every leader takes Youth Protection Training every two years to ensure that your kids are in safe hands. We want all of our Scouts to have the best experience possible and it is our goal to help prepare them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

If you are interested in volunteering or have a child that is interested in joining, please use the form to the right and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Shawn Meyer
Scoutmaster, Troop 318


Meetings

Meetings are held on a regular basis on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Scout Cabin located next to the basketball courts at College Park just off the Lafayette Regional Hospital parking lot. Regular attendance is expected for all youth who join Troop 318. In the event school is cancelled due to inclement weather, scout meetings may also be cancelled. Parents are expected to arrange transportation for their scouts to and from meetings and events. A calendar listing monthly activities and local scout activities is distributed regularly and updated as changes occur. It is important that this calendar be retained as attendance at scout functions ensures a successful scouting experience.


Camping

Camping has always been central to the scouting experience. Troop 318 makes every effort to have a campout every month. Troop 318 also attends a 9-day Summer Camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, MO each summer. Scouts will be able to earn merit badges as well as participate in other activities that may not be available anywhere else.


Advancement

As Scouts in Troop 318, youth will advance through the ranks on their Trail to Eagle. The ranks of Scouts, BSA are Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life and Eagle. The Eagle Scout is Scouting's highest award given to a youth member. The leadership of Troop 318 will work alongside the Scout helping him climb the Trail to Eagle.


Organization & Leadership

Troops are organized into patrols and youth leadership. The troop plans their activities including camping, service projects and fundraising under the mentorship of adults.

There are many Youth Leadership positions the scouts serve in to help them develop leadership skills. The top youth leader is the Senior Patrol Leader, who is elected once or twice a year.


Youth Leadership Positions

  • Senior Patrol Leader
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Scribe
  • Quatermaster
  • Librarian
  • Historian
  • Chaplain's Aide
  • Troop Guide
  • Instructor

Patrol Leadership Positions

  • Patrol Leader
  • Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Patrol Quatermaster

Adult Leadership Positions

  • Scoutmaster
  • Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Committee Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Advancement Chair
  • Camping Chair
  • Training Chair
  • Secretary
  • Committee Member
  • Merit Badge Counselor

Parents are encouraged to help any way they can and many opportunities are available for them to share their skills. Parents are encouraged to attend the Troop Committee Meetings which are held once per month.


Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal,
Helpful, Friendly,
Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared!

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily!

Outdoor Code

Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded