• ABOUT US SLIDE SHOW (2023-2024):  link ]

We are a medium size troop in Burke, VA focusing on personal growth, leadership development, citizenship training, community service, and character building for our Scouts.

We have a strong group of Scouts supported by an energetic and engaged team of adult leaders and parents, many of whom are active or former military and Federal service. Our troop regularly earns the highest recognition for Boy Scout troop quality and District recognition for outstanding Scout and adult leaders.

Troop 1344 was chartered in the Patriot District of the National Capital Area Council on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2005, and is sponsored by the American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Virginia.

We meet Monday nights 7 PM at Cherry Run Elementary School (occasionally at Burke United Methodist Church).

No Troop Meeting Until April 29 -- Monthly Leadership Meetings Monday April 22

Posted on Apr 19 2024 - 6:57am

Reminder that the Monday April 22 monthly meetings are only for the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) plus Scribe, Committee, and Adult Leaders at Burke United Methodist Church (BUMC).

The Scouts involved (PLC) are the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, 2x Patrol Leaders, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  Plus Scribe for notetaking.

Congratulations to New Scout Leadership Elected April 8 and POR Scouts Appointed April 15

Posted on Apr 19 2024 - 6:57am

Congratulations to the newly elected Scout leaders and the appointed Scouts with positions of responsibility (PORs)!  The troop voted for the leaders and the Scoutmaster appointed some of the PORs at the April 8 elections:
==  Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC):

________-- Senior Patrol Leader (SPL).  Rhys Compton (Star)
________-- Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL):  Alex Luminati (Star)
________-- Troop Guide (TG):  Ben Lamm (Life) [SM appointed]

________-- Patrol Leader (PL)  ||  Cobra Patrol:  Peyton Fu (Star)
________-- Patrol Leader (PL)  ||  Beaver Patrol:  Carter Davis (Star)

___==  Scoutmaster Appointed Positions of Responsibility:

________-- Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM):  Preston Fu (Eagle)
________-- Order of the Arrow Representatives:  Preston Fu (Eagle) + Ben Lamm (Life)
________-- Den Chief (DC):  Paddy Firenze (Star)

New Senior Patrol Leader Rhys Compton appointed the remaining PORs and announced them April 15.  All elections results positions are attached and on the website PORs page:  [ LINK ]

Great job to all outgoing and incoming leaders and Scouts with PORs!

Congratulations to the Order of the Arrow Candidates Elected April 8

Posted on Apr 13 2024 - 11:13pm

Congratulations to the 7 Scouts elected on April 8 by the troop for candidacy into the Order of the Arrow!  The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boys Scouts of America, composed of Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives as elected by their peers.  See attached for details on the OA and the elected Scouts.

These Scouts who wish to gain membership into the OA must complete the induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, within 18 months of election.  ASM Garrett Denney, the troop OA Advisor, has contacted these Scouts with instructions.

Schedule Summer Camp and Philmont Medical Exams ASAP (Turn-in June 6 Troop Meeting)

Posted on Apr 13 2024 - 11:00pm

The next step for both summer camp participants and for the Philmont High Adventure crew is to schedule your medical exams ASAP.

_____* Recommend May 1 or after for those participating in middle school and high school sports (sports physical earliest date allowable).
_____* Summer camp details (see "Medical Exams" section):    [ LINK ]
_____* Philmont details (see "Medical Exams" section):   [ LINK ]  

Additionally, Summer camp final payments are due Sunday, April 28 ($555 per Scout).  Details to be published next week.

Mulch Spreading Fundraiser Earned Record $4,700+ Over 3 Days

Posted on Apr 8 2024 - 10:16am

Thanks to the parents and Scouts who volunteered their time and effort to help Troop1344’s annual fundraiser spreading mulch (March 17, April 6-7).

We set another fundraising record earning more than $4,700 (2023 $4,000  ||  2022 $3,000  ||  2021 $3,000  ||  2020 and prior $2,000 average).  Overall, $4,750, 992 bags, $4.79/bag.

50% of the money goes to the troop general fund paying for upgrades / repairs / replacements needed on T1344 camping gear / equipment / supplies, specialized adult leader training (e.g. Wilderness First Aid, CPR, BSA leadership), and special group requirements.  $2.375 this year goes to the troop.

The other 50% goes directly to the Scout Account for those Scouts who volunteered.  This money can pay for summer camps, high adventure expeditions, Eagle Scout projects, and other individual Scouting fees, giving each Scout a sense of accomplishment working to pay for their own activities.  Each family can directly contact Treasurer Tim Davis to claim their Scout Account funds.

Top Earners ($150 And More) Congratulations Special congratulations goes to these hard working Scouts:
• Rhys Compton
• Carter Davis
• Peyton Fu
• Matthew Hughes
• Ben Lamm

Fundraiser Coordinator Thanks  ||  Mr. Frank Hughes.  And a super special congratulations and thank you goes out to Mr. Frank Hughes, the brains / heart / spirit behind this operation!  The troop truly appreciates his dedication and experience in organizing and leading another highly successful annual fundraising effort!

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